David Barton, the founder of WallBuilders.com, told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Friday that the country appears to be suffering from an “amnesia of history” due to the sudden drive to censor history and topple statues perceived as symbols of hate.
Barton, the author of numerous best-selling books and expert in historical and constitutional issues, said there is a new battle cry and anyone is at risk because we no longer see an individual, we see groups. If we take the time to examine the person, the discovery is seldom nuanced and polluted by stereotyping.
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“This is kind of the lynch-mob mentality,” he said. He said that these historic figures may not be perfect, but there is another side—in many cases– to their story.
Wallbuilders is a “national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage,” according to its website.
Todd Starnes, the host of the program, said that he sees a troubling trend that begins in the country’s classrooms. If the next few generations of American schoolchildren learn that the country’s founding fathers were racists who owned slaves—and there are no more statues to topple—the next logical target will be the constitution.
“It’s not down the road, Todd, it’s already here,” Barton said. “When you look at the purpose of the (NYT’s) 1619 Project, whose curriculum is now in every state, they point out that it is the American constitutional system that has produced the evils in culture—the chief of which is racism.”
Barton asked: If the constitutional system produced racism, and you don’t want racism, what do you have to do? “Get rid of the American constitutional system,” he said, in response to his own question.
Barton took it one step further and said it was the free-market system that incentivized owning slaves, so clearly the capitalist system is a danger that needs to be extinguished.
Barton agreed with Starnes that much of the ignorance in the country is due to the lack of education. He pointed out how Carter Woodson, a famous black historian, documented that back in the 1860s about 43 percent of free blacks in South Carolina owned slaves. (About 40 percent of free blacks in Georgia also owned slaves.) Barton also pointed out that back during the 1860 census, and 12 percent of the Native American population were black slaves. He said the Thirteenth Amendment—which abolished slavery—did not affect these tribes because they were independent nations.
“Slavery is a human problem, it is not a black and white problem,” he said. He continued, “No other nation in the world had a war where whites went to war against whites to free blacks as a result.”