1619 is a very important year in the history of the United States, Mitch McConnell

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Recently, the only black Republican United States senator, Tim Scott (R-SC), stepped out in front of the nation and once again made his best impression of the loving slave-owner character of Samuel L. Jackson Stephen. of “Django Unchained” while responding to the first speech to a joint session of Congress. Among his many backsliding demands, Scott boldly and cheerfully declared: “Listen to me clearly, America is not a racist country.”

Unsurprisingly, Scott’s position showed that he strongly agreed with Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who recently said America was not “systematically racist.” Shockingly to some though, Vice President Kamala Harris also agreed with Cameron and Scott. When asked the next day to respond to Scott’s comments on “Good Morning America,” Harris replied, “No, I don’t think America is a racist country.”

Dahleen Glanton of the Chicago Tribune noted, “Unlike Scott, who suggested that whites these days are more unfairly judged by their skin color than blacks, Harris, at least, acknowledged the historical role of racism.”

Of course, the consummate vulgar political career Harris did this because she has no problem bowing to the race-insensitive whites whose votes she wants in the next election. After all, she thinks black people will support her no matter what she says or does, as she attended Howard University and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She might be right. Who knows?

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In the end, no matter how many excuses people make for themselves on either side of the political divide, Cameron, Scott and Harris are all very dangerous and willful black pawns who have delivered the same destructive and false message.

Days later, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell returned to his alma mater, the University of Louisville, and added fuel to the fire. Cameron and Scott have denied the current role of racism in America. Harris denied the current pervasiveness of racism, but tried to soften the blow by acknowledging its history. McConnell took things to another level and tried to squeeze out the importance of an important historical point himself.

“There are a lot of exotic notions about the most important points in American history. I just don’t agree with the idea that The New York Times said the year 1619 was one of those years, ”he said. Confusedly, McConnell acknowledged that slavery was America’s “original sin” and that the country still struggles to overcome “racial discrimination,” but argued, “I just don’t think so. is part of the foundation of what American civics education should be. about.”

With this, McConnell echoed the sentiment of white parents, teachers, professors and administrators across the country who are fighting against the “diverse and inclusive” educational plans of K-12 schools at university. They see these program changes as “reverse racism”, “liberal indoctrination” and anything under the sun that will “disadvantage” white children and adults.

Interestingly, these arguments are made while simultaneously ignoring the fact that age-old educational programs permanently biased and wrongly placing European descendants at the center of the universe have marginalized all other children and adults throughout. American history. The view reaffirms that a disturbing percentage of whites have always viewed racial equality as a zero-sum game. They do not see justice, decency, equality or even freedom as things that can be expanded for the benefit of all citizens of the country. In their mind, any gain for lazy and intrusive blacks means loss for noble and deserving whites.

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Cameron, Scott and Harris are all wrong. America IS a racist country. It is based on racism and still perpetuates it in so many ways. McConnell is wrong too. The year 1619 is incredibly important in American history. To deny 1619 was an important year, it is also to deny that American slavery was a brutal and important reality. To deny either of these facts is to deny that the legacy of slavery still exists and torments us politically, socially, economically, psychologically, pedagogically and in many other ways.

This is not a first for McConnell. He has made a number of derogatory and dismissive statements about race, reparations and now the genesis of American slavery. The overwhelming thing this time is not just what he said but where he said it. The University of Louisville has said it wants to become the “first anti-racist university” in the country. It’s a tough sell when he’s so closely allied with a senator who is the descendant of slave owners in Alabama and who makes such arguments over and over again with such coldness and harshness.

I’m not a cancellation culture guy. I believe in conversation and dissent. Here is an idea. McConnell is a University of Louisville alumnus. He says he loves the place. I’ve been teaching at school for 25 years, so I have some skin in this game too. I challenge him to a debate… wait… it’s too aggressive. Black men cannot be too aggressive. People will say that I am threatening. It’s bad. We can’t have that, so let me rephrase this.

I humbly invite Senator McConnell to return to his beloved school for a calm public conversation about race, slavery, and the importance of 1619 in American history because, like many Americans, he clearly has been poorly educated in poor and ideologically racist schools. It will be a great opportunity for University of Louisville students to interact with one of their favorite Senators and one of their favorite professors in a fabulous educational experience for all. What do you mean?

Ask your people to call my people and we will make it happen, senator. But I have to be honest, I won’t be holding my breath while I wait for this phone to ring.

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Ricky L. Jones is a professor and political philosopher who graduated from Morehouse College and the University of Kentucky. He is also the host of iHeart Media’s award-winning “Ricky Jones Show”. His column appears every two weeks in the Courier-Journal. Visit him at rickyljones.com.

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