I know I should not be stating the obvious like that. I had hoped I would not use this blog to go off on the idiocy that is the right in this country - especially the hucksters who spew hate and stupidity for the money. But, Rush Limbaugh finally set me over the edge today with his incredible ignorance of history.
I am sure the ditto heads were waiting for Limbaugh's take on President Obama's comments past Friday and he did not disappoint. He was his normal race-baiting ignorant self. After claiming that Caucasians have the least reason to be guilty about slavery, he continued his ignorance:
Despite all that, no other race has ever fought a war for the purpose of ending slavery, which we did. Nearly 600,000 people killed in the Civil War. It’s preposterous that Caucasians are blamed for slavery when they have done more to end it than any other race and within the bounds of the Constitution to boot. Yet white guilt about slavery is still one of the dominating factors in American politics.
Where to begin? First of all, Northern Whites did not go to war to end slavery, but to save the Union. After a year or two, it was a foregone conclusion that slavery would end. Even more incredulous, it was Southern Whites who went to war to protect slavery. So, Limbaugh got it backwards. Whites fought a war for the purpose of keeping slavery, not ending it.
Secondly, there actually have been examples of wars fought for the purpose of ending slavery. It is called slave revolts. And, off the top of my head, the Haitian Revolution comes to mind, where blacks fought a war for the purpose of ending slavery - their own. I would not expect Limbaugh and his listeners to know that. They are too busy patting themselves on the back for eradicating racism while being the victims of racism from African Americans.
What a twisted reality these people live in.