Essays

Black Lies: Invalid Generalizations in Black Revisionist History

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by David Sims

QUOTES FROM “Aspects of the Family and Public Life of Antoine Dubuclet: Louisiana’s Black State Treasurer, 1868-1878,” by Charles Vincent, published in The Journal of Negro History, Vol. 66, No. 1, Spring, 1981.

“Until recently, Reconstruction scholarship has treated with much severity the black Reconstructionist. Black office holders, such as in Claude Bower’s Tragic Era, have most often been seen as the cause, in large part, as well as the effect of a time of gross mismanagement, misrule, and moral qualifications always consistently demeaned.”

Heh. Correctly so, for the most part. The Journal of Negro History is a black publication that will delve as much as it must into pseudo-scholarship in order to revise black history into something that isn’t absurd and disgusting.

That black Reconstructionist-era state officers abused their powers and stole money isn’t at all a surprise, since that’s what we’ve found black politicians doing in our own times to an extent that surpassed similar misconduct by white officers by several orders of magnitude. This is true worldwide, not merely in the United States alone. Wherever you find blacks in charge, whether in Louisiana, or Haiti, or an African country (pick one), you find levels of corruption and vice so large as to be tragicomical: tragic if such malfeasance affects you, comical if you are at sufficient distance to laugh in ridicule from a position of safety.

“More current scholarship, however, has attempted to correct these unfortunate misconceptions.”

Whitewash, Mr. Vincent. The proper term for most such exertions is whitewash.

“What follows — a brief review of the life and work of Antoine Dubuclet, a man of color highly praised for his work as State Treasurer not only by his own Republican Party, but by the Democratic opposition as well — is another endeavor in this very necessary task of revamping.”

It only makes sense for someone attempting to create a “scholarly” work such as this one to scrutinize US history with as powerful a microscope as he can possibly get his hands hold of, and identify the finest example of black official rectitude as there is to be found, and use him as if he were the illustrative typical case, which of course he is not.

Nonetheless, the historical hoaxes perpetrated by Afrocentric scholars of later times shouldn’t put a bad smell on any actual black historical personage who did manage to be honest in the conduct of a high public office. Even if he did own slaves.

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