Real Black History in America

I have a long list of black-related history on my current reading for the year, and even though I’ve not finished the really giant tomes, it’s already becoming clear that the real history of blacks in America doesn’t fit liberal or conservative narratives (even though some of these texts are compiled from primary sources by ultraliberal9000 folks).

The brief takeaway is that blacks worked very hard for hundreds of years before America was even a nation and for roughly 150 years afterwards, up to and including development and use of fancy machinery and infrastructure.  They were creative, curious and industrious and responded to massive setbacks with renewed energy and efforts to build and maintain self-supporting towns and households and businesses.  There was a great deal of black-founded and black-funded (key point, that) relief society/private charity.  It is an ongoing theme.

Then WWI and various weather disasters hit and there was a big shift towards urban living that never really died down.  There is a grain of truth to the idea that after centuries of building and rebuilding, black Americans were worn out and exhausted and struggling to maintain their own belief in America as a propositional nation.

And yeah, there was real legal and social restriction of blacks specifically over and over again where this simply did not happen with Native Americans and Chinese (and later groups of Asians).  And sometimes it was actually similar to the WASP fear of Jew dominance– that is, not all the economic fears of blacks were due solely to the idea that they’d work cheaper.  That’s been interesting to discover.

This doesn’t mean there were no sketchy black people or shiftlessness.  But there was a fair amount of projection from whites obscuring some of this that is also very interesting to read from correspondence and other recorded notes from the various historical eras.

There is, ultimately, no sane argument for claiming black Americans aren’t legitimate sons and daughters of America, who have frequently been denied access to the patrimony of America as a nation.  To torture an analogy, blacks in America are like the children of a widower’s second wife being treated like the children of a mistress by the children of the widower’s first wife.

A little honesty on these matters would go a long way.  A lass can hope.