Sunday, January 13, 2008

1776 and the Plantation

I have received some criticism for my claim that the plantation was a better place for blacks than federal housing projects (vindicating once again my campaign strategy of "Bad Publicity is better than No Publicity At All" -- had I not written that line, I would have been ignored rather than criticized).

The evidence I offered for my claim was the music: the plantation produced "Negro Spirituals" while Federal Housing Projects have produced "gangsta rap."

Economically, dependence on secular govenrment welfare is not any more promising than the plantation. For all their "freedom" and "opportunity," there are blacks alive today whose grandparents were on welfare, and whose grandchildren will probably be on welfare. But, of course, welfare recipients today have television, so they're obviously better off than those who lived on the plantation before the Civil War. If slavery were still legal in 2008, slaves would likely have a DVD player for entertainment, and movies that did not encourage them to become "uppity" or lose good work habits. In other words, the material differences between today and the ante-bellum South are inconsequential.

It is the spiritual differences that matter.

Southern-style slavery is still immoral, but so is secular welfarism.

There's an interesting parallel between (1) my claim that the southern plantation was more humane to and for blacks than the civil rights culture undergirding today's government welfare system and (2) my claims about the American Revolution. I have written that the American Revolution was un-Christian:

This does not mean that Britain was justified in practicing "taxation without representation." They weren't. And I certainly believe that Washington D.C. in 2008 is far more tyrannical than London in 1776. But if the man in the Red Coat demands your money, you don't have the right (as a Christian) to use your bayonet or musket on him. Give him your money (Matthew 5:42).

When the Romans conquered Israel and subjected her to despotic military occupation, they imposed a law which said that Roman soldiers could conscript Israeli citizens to carry the soldier's pack for up to one mile. Jesus, speaking indirectly to the "zealots" of the day who, like Sam Adams, fomented revolutionary resistance against Roman tyranny, said that if this law should be invoked, His disciples -- required by law to go only one mile -- should be willing to go two miles (Matthew 5:41).

What should a Christian do if ordered to go less than a mile -- say, 50 feet -- to the back of the bus?

Biblical teaching on submission is not popular.

In many ways Southern slaves reflected the character of Christ better than their masters. In most ways they better reflected Christ than today's rappers and the heroes of the "Civil Rights" movement.

Planned Parenthood has criticized R.J. Rushdoony for not denouncing Old Testament laws on slavery. They quote him saying,

The law here is human and also unsentimental. It recognizes that some people are by nature slaves and will always be so. It both requires that they be dealt with in a godly manner and also that the slave recognize his position and accept it with grace. [more]

Planned Parenthood wants us to believe Rushdoony believes one race is superior to another. Ron Paul critics want us to believe that Dr. Paul is also a racist.

A white man who invokes a government edict to force a black woman to surrender her seat on the bus to him and move to the back of the bus is not following Christ, but is a wretched deformation of humanity. But among those who are oppressed by members of such a species, who is more Christlike?: the one who submits to government segregation and discrimination with grace, praying for the oppressor's repentance, or the one who refuses, resists, denounces, villifies -- and then claims an entitlement from the same government that once segregated them?

Americans would be more Christian if they had not resisted the Red Coats with muskets. In the same way, Blacks were slowly given the opportunity to open one of two doors: the first was opened by Branch Rickey, and Jackie Robinson went through the door. It may not be clear who opened the second door, but Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and the Civil Rights movement went through it. Victims of white supremacists would have been more blessed by God if they had entered Branch Rickey's door.

The "Projects":

Going the Second Mile:

Whites need more whites like Branch Rickey.
Blacks need more blacks like Booker T Washington.
The issue is not race.
The issue is religion.

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