Sailer In TakiMag: Dueling Crackpot Theories About July 4, 1776
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From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:

It’s the Indians, Nikole

Steve Sailer

June 21, 2023

Back in 2019, the executive editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet, reassured a restive newsroom that while, admittedly, the Times’ plan A to dump Trump—Russiagate—had failed ignominiously with the release of the Mueller Report, they shouldn’t worry because the newspaper’s plan B to rid us of this turbulent president—harping on racism nonstop—was gearing up nicely.

Central to the post-Russiagate NYT assault on Trump, according to Baquet, was black journalist/amateur crank historian Nikole Hannah-Jones’ (soon-to-be) Pulitzer Prize-winning crackpot “1619” theory, which ethnocentrically and egomaniacally

aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 [when blacks first arrived, 12 years after Englishmen and ~15,000 years after American Indians] as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.

In particular, Hannah-Jones announced that the American revolution of 1776 happened in order to preserve slavery in the colonies from British abolitionism.

As an amateur crank historian myself with my own crackpot theory of 1776, I’m rather sympathetic to Hannah-Jones’ imaginative theorizing that the purpose of the American Revolution was “to ensure slavery would continue.”

She does have one data point in her favor.

Read the whole thing there.

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