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April 15, 2008

Mary Lefkowitz Defends Reality from Moonbattery

Kudos to Mary Lefkowitz, for standing up for truth against the politically correct lies that have been supplanting it in the increasingly bizarre realm of academia. Her new book History Lesson describes the ordeal she went through after attempting to defend factual reality from the bogus Afrocentrism movement, which rewrites history so that blacks built the pyramids and influenced classical Greek culture.

From a review in today's Wall Street Journal:

She concluded that the Afrocentric authors regarded history as a form of advocacy: Like other postmodernists, they believed that truth is impossible to know — that all "narratives" are socially constructed and thus possess an equal claim to legitimacy. At the time, traditional scholarship was generally under assault, but the classics were particularly vulnerable, because they purported to study the foundational texts of the West. Attacking the classics as a complex system of lies was emotionally important to those who wanted to take Western culture down a peg. Feelings and politics mattered, not scholarship. As Ms. Lefkowitz puts it: "[Bernal] seemed to be saying that the most persuasive narrative was the one with the most desirable result. In effect, he was preaching a kind of affirmative action program for the rewriting of history."

Martin Bernal is the author of a collection of preposterous Afrocentric lies entitled Black Athena. It represents what future generations will be taught instead of history if moonbattery triumphs.

Outraged by the nonscholarly approach of Afrocentric writers, she somewhat naïvely imagined that facts would put their extreme theories to rest. She noted, for instance, that Socrates couldn't have been black, as alleged, because his parents were Athenian citizens and blacks, in classical Athens, were not eligible for citizenship. She noted, as well, that Aristotle would have had a tough time stealing his philosophy from the library at Alexandria, since he died before the library was built. Such arguments went nowhere, Ms. Lefkowitz writes, with those who saw Greek philosophy "as yet another case of a colonialist European plundering of Africa."

To the Left, there is no objective truth, only ideology. Two plus two is five, if that's what dogma dictates.

It isn't enough for moonbats to corrupt our institutions, to steal our freedoms, to cripple our economy. They want to obliterate the factual reality upon which our civilization is based. Thankfully a few people like Mary Lefkowitz are still putting up resistance.

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If you believe in global warming, maybe you'll believe this.

On a tip from Byron.

Posted by Van Helsing at April 15, 2008 11:43 AM

Comments

Its like the whole Mayans invented television thing.

Posted by: Anonymous at April 15, 2008 12:08 PM

This kind of "History" makes you want to ask its adherants a few questions.

a)If the Black Africans were the originators of all these things, why were there Pyramids, massive Libraries, etc. only in Egypt, and not over all the continent of Africa?

b)How would Aristotle- or anyone else, for that matter- go about "stealing their wisdom"? What precisely did he do? Steal their books, and then surgically lobotomize the whole population? And how does a wise, mighty people just stand there and watch some inferior dolt "steal their wisdom"?

On and on I could go, but the answer to these inquiries would be the same as those recieved by Miss Lefkowitz..."YOU'RE A RACIST"!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Toa at April 15, 2008 12:19 PM

I think the white people were slaves and Hitler was black.
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Posted by: UCA at April 15, 2008 12:39 PM

As a Greek I can assure you there was absolutely no African influence in my ancestral culture. Zero. The very idea is ludicrous and highly insulting. Let them go find another culture to hijack but leave mine alone. Vre vlakes! γαμήσ αυτούς!

Posted by: Nitsa at April 15, 2008 12:40 PM

Steal their books...

What books would those be?

Posted by: Jay Guevara at April 15, 2008 12:52 PM

So how do the Ptolemic dynasty figure into Afrocentric 'history'? Early TWP?

Posted by: Penfold at April 15, 2008 1:20 PM

Considering that the Ottoman Empire had white slaves well after the U.S. had black Seators, I think we are doing fairly well.

Posted by: James F McEnanly at April 15, 2008 6:21 PM

I heard that black Africans built the pyramids from an oral storyteller who came to an elementary school during Black History Month. What evidence did she have other than what came out of her own mouth?

Posted by: Pat at April 16, 2008 3:36 AM