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The Advantage of Being “White” or White Privilege

By Gene Betit | October 18, 2020 |

In the wake of George Floyd’s death last May, millions of Americans from all backgrounds and races participated in demonstrations, marred in some cases by violence. After Floyd’s murder, there were massive demonstrations around the world, and they have continued across the United States more than three months later. The issues at stake are complex,…

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Preface to African Americans in American History, 1526 – Present

By Gene Betit | October 16, 2020 |

We must always take sides.Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encouragesthe tormentor, never the tormented.Elie Wiesel The subject matter of this next book is not African American history, but American history which includes aspects that white Americans considered unimportant, painful, or attempted to ignore. Blacks have contributed much to this country, and the…

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American Slavery

By Gene Betit | October 5, 2020 |

Blacks debarking from the White Lion It is commonly believed that the history of African Americans in English North America began in August 1619, when the White Lion, an English privateer based in the Netherlands, traded “20 and Odd Negroes” captured off Mexico from a Portuguese slave ship for food. Because these first blacks were…

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African Americans in American History, 1526-Present

By Gene Betit | September 25, 2020 |

This book is an augmented, comprehensive study of African Americans’ accomplishments since arriving with the Spanish in North America in 1526—nearly a century before the first Anglo-Saxons landed near Jamestown. The book documents their perseverance despite a saga of racism and white supremacy seldom taught in American schools at any level. Seventy-eight photographs, maps, charts,…

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The South “Won” the Civil War via its Lost Cause

By Gene Betit | September 22, 2020 |

The Southern account of the Civil War developed almost as soon as the guns went silent. Edward Pollard, wartime editor of the Richmond Examiner, published his 752-page The Lost Cause: A New Southern History of the War of the Confederates in 1866. Considering the technology of the time, this was a virtuoso feat, because this…

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Caste

By Gene Betit | September 17, 2020 |

Not until 2022 will the United States have been free of slavery as long as that execrable institution existed on our soil – it existed in all thirteen colonies until the Northern states gradually began to abolish the institution after we became a country. By the Civil War, slavery no longer existed in the Northern…

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The “Lost Cause:” Historical Background

By Gene Betit | September 6, 2020 |

The Southern account of the Civil War developed almost as soon as the guns went silent. Edward Pollard, wartime editor of the Richmond Examiner, published his 752-page The Lost Cause: A New Southern History of the War of the Confederates in 1866. Considering the technology of the time, this was a virtuoso feat, because the…

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White Supremacy

By Gene Betit | September 4, 2020 |

Slavery, racism, and genocide, America’s horrors, are seldom discussed in the “manifest destiny,” of our “shining beacon on a hill.” It is difficult, nearly impossible, to separate the phenomenon of slavery from racism and white supremacy since both of the latter were used to justify permanent enslavement of African Americans. Nor is this a sectional…

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Why does Black Lives Matter Keep Demonstrating???

By Gene Betit | August 26, 2020 |

In its June 2020 issue, Time magazine observed: “the slightest and smallest level of alleged misconduct or suspicious behavior is suitable to justify the police killer’s unreasonable fear.” Often, the killing of unarmed blacks is justified by describing past misconduct. Many believe that victims of summary execution somehow deserve their fate. Policing is a dangerous…

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Legal Malpractice

By Gene Betit | August 21, 2020 |

Six men hung in Georgia, 1919. American justice was distorted by hate and prejudice for generations, and not only in the South, although it most frequently occurred south of the Mason Dixon line. Ofter This is another legacy of white supremacy and racism, portraying blacks as ignorant, sub-human brutes, a mythology that led to lynching and…

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