The ugly history of the New Year is too real for white Republicans


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The ugly history of the New Year is too real for white Republicans

The ugly history of the New Year is too real for white Republicans


On New Year’s Day, it’s a good bet Rhode Island Representative Patricia Morgan and the only black person you know wouldn’t sit down to eat black-eyed peas and collard greens together.

It’s a safer bet that she and her fellow Republicans won’t expend any mental energy on the New Year’s date as a terrifying time for enslaved people in America.

You may remember, Representative Morgan, tweeting a few days ago that she “has a black boyfriend” – with an emphasis on the past tense – but this unnamed black symbol has recently become “hostile and unpleasant,” which the Rhode Island legislator concluded should be Because of the critical race theory, because she herself hasn’t done “anything to her, except to be white.”

CRT, according to Morgan, is an issue that is really a “split[ing] us because of the color of our skin.”

That’s really what I took during an era when flag-waving Confederate rebels stormed the US Capitol, the FBI identified white terrorists as the greatest threat to national security, and members of Congress openly sided with and promoted self-identified white nationalists. ideologies, anti-black hate crimes soared, and Representative Morgan herself proposed one anti-CRT bill and blocked another that would include teaching black history in Rhode Island schools.

It’s tempting to think that Morgan has misinformed about CRT — an esoteric legal concept of examining systemic racism that no school in Rhode Island teaches — and that the far right has become obsessed with it over the past year. But in a later appearance, Morgan inadvertently admitted that her problem was not with CRT, but with the idea that history might be taught in a way that fully acknowledged how anti-black racism defines every aspect of America, taking full stock of the devastation caused by white American supremacy. That would be a huge problem, according to Morgan, who claims that “with CRT, there’s no redemption,” because he’s not focusing on the “good part of our history.”

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This is really just a way of saying that she is opposed to a non-historical history that is full of myths of supremacy and other non-historical nonsense. Not to mention that she’s also not a fan of white people – after centuries of black people being omitted from the historical record – and had to share the historical spotlight.

“I’m really concerned that the critical race theory – this centralization of the black experience, this making race central to everything in our society – is really dangerous,” Morgan said in an interview. “And it’s severing the things that bind us together as Americans.”

This is what opponents of CRT really fear, summarized by Morgan. Perhaps because she would have preferred that the Rhode Island schoolchildren not know that their state’s “General Court of Elections”–meaning Morgan’s Legislative Ancestors–passed a law in 1652 that ended black life enslavement in two cities, and that would pass another law outlawing Native slavery in 1676, only to completely ignore this legislation in favor of racial capitalism.

Laws limiting slavery were also passed in the state in 1774, 1784, and 1787, although those laws did not end the savage system either. In fact, “nearly half of all slave travels in Rhode Island occurred after the trade ban,” USA Today reported. When the American Revolution began in 1775, “Rhode Island was the largest slave-trading colony in British America,” according to Leonardo Marques, author of The United States and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the Americas. Newport, and then Bristol, were major ports in the transatlantic import of humans who were trafficked from Africa to the colonies in the eighteenth century, and the enslaved black population per capita was greater than any New England state in the colonial era.

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The state would finally constitutionally abolish slavery in 1843.

While it is now considered a celebratory moment across the United States, the end of the year was filled with shock and fear for the black people living under the yoke of slavery. The enslaved settle their accounts towards the end of the year, meaning that those they enslaved might be hired into other slaves, or sold on the first day of the year. Among enslaved black people, they spent New Year’s Eve worrying they might be snatched from their families and loved ones, and auctioned off to whoever pays the highest price to erase slave debt.

As such, New Year’s Day was known as “Recruitment Day” or – to be more precise called the cruelty to which they were subjected – “Heartbreak Day”.

Lewis Clark, who escaped slavery and became an outspoken abolitionist, stated in 1842, one year before Rhode Island outlawed legal racial slavery: “Of all the days of the year, slaves feared New Year’s Day worse than anything else.” “. “For men come for their debts then; and if anyone is going to sell a slave, that’s the time to do it; and if anyone wants to give up a slave, that’s the time that he does it; and the slave never knows where he’s going to send. Oh, New Year’s is a heartbreaking time in Kentucky!”

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Clarke’s novel is an American truth, as historically relevant as those stories that Morgan and many other Republicans would prefer that we continue to focus on this every day. It is a history that Morgan wants to whitewash until it fades from the collective American memory. But it’s so important that these stories are told – which tell us how we got to the present moment, and why we can’t get past the lingering effect of what Morgan would like to forget.

There is a black saying taken from the day of employment which states that the new year will determine the next year.

“Slaves went somewhere [on Hiring Day] I called the hiring grounds to hire their workers for the next year,” Sister Harrison, a formerly enslaved freelancer, said in an interview in 1937. That’s where that saying comes from that what you do on New Year’s Day you’re going to do for the rest of the year.”

This likely means that Morgan and other white conservatives, who have been using CRT as a con man for the past year, will continue to do so straight into 2022. But it’s all more white supremacist propaganda. Hopefully there will be more pushback in the new year against the racist campaign to ban the teaching of legally verifiable history. and that Morgan’s ridiculous efforts to prevent those facts are losing more “friends” who could hardly tolerate them anyway.

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