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You may have heard of the thing called The 1619 Project, a series of essays shilled by the New York Times, and loved by woke progressives, that purports to demonstrate that America is a country built on and inextricably bound to slavery. It argues that racism infuses every aspect of our culture, is the unifying ideological foundation of our nation and should be seen as the beating heart and evil soul of America.
It’s widely regarded by real historians as tripe, as faulty and incompetent history, shot through with error and toxic reimagining of the past. I share that view.
However, for those who simply must believe that the spirit of that peculiar institution has survived into the modern era and that the bloody hand of the slave owner still guides our affairs, let me offer an alternative.
In 1860 the Democratic Party, then barely 30 years old, divided over the issue of slavery. Make no mistake, the Party was pro-slavery: the great division was over whether or not a man who owned slaves should be free to take those slaves with him if he moved into the western territories. That he should be allowed to own other men was not a point of contention, but rather Democratic Party gospel.
I’m not going to claim that the modern Democratic Party is a party of slavery, though I do think its policies are terribly destructive to a great many Americans of minority demographic groups and have been for about as long as the Party has existed. Rather, I’m going to suggest that, if one must have a racist bogeyman lingering from antiquity and still working its mischief, one can find much more compelling evidence that that bogeyman is, not America as The 1619 Project argues, but rather the Democratic Party itself, the last great institutional defender of slavery in America.Published in