A quote from a current candidate for the United States Presidency:
As I speak, I am going to ask the white Americans in the room to please repeat after me. On behalf of myself and on behalf of my country, to you and all African Americans, from the beginning of our nation’s history, in honor of your ancestors and on behalf of your children please hear this from my heart. I apologize.
Please forgive us. With this prayer I acknowledge the depth of the evils that have been perpetrated against black people in America. From slavery to lynchings to white supremacist laws to the denial of voting rights to all the ways, both large and small, all of the evil, all of them wrong, for all the oppression, and all of the injustices, I apologize. Please forgive us. – Marianne Williamson
Her grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Her grandfather changed his surname from Vishnevetsky to Williamson after seeing “Alan Williamson Ltd” on a train.
They were lucky. The Nazis did not kill them in gas vans, firing squads or burn them in ovens, like six million other Jews.
Williamson doesn’t talk much about her heritage. She ignores not just World War II genocide, but also overlooks attacks on Jews today. Assaults targeting Jews rose 13% in 2018, according to Tel Aviv University researchers. They recorded nearly 400 cases worldwide, with more than a quarter of the major violent cases taking place in the United States.
Jews represent the largest number of hate crimes against religious beliefs in this nation, according to the FBI’s most recent statistics:
58.1 percent were anti-Jewish.
18.7 percent were anti-Islamic (Muslim).
4.5 percent were anti-Catholic.
3.2 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
2.4 percent were anti-Protestant.
1.8 percent were anti-Other Christian.
1.4 percent were anti-Sikh.
1.4 percent were anti-Eastern Orthodox (Russian, Greek, Other).
Marianne’s ancestors endured pogroms – mass murders by mob – in Russia and Ukraine that killed millions throughout the Middle Ages and into the 20th century. In 1918–1919 alone, more than 1,200 pogroms took place against Russian Jews.
Her Jewish male ancestors were forced to be drafted for a term of 20 years in the Czar’s army. Many killed themselves under brutal conditions. It was an attempt to reduce Jewish marriage and children – genocide.
While Marianne and others accuse white Americans of a hate crime rampage, percentage-wise whites are less likely to commit such acts. In 2017, race was reported by the FBI for 6,370 known hate crime offenders:
50.7 percent were White (73.1% of Americans).
21.3 percent were Black or African American (12.7% of Americans)
7.5 percent were groups made up of individuals of various races.
She is correct to condemn lynchings in the South, particularly in the 1920s, and we should pledge to never let them occur again. However, this is not happening in America today, and it does not require Marianne to intercede with God on our behalf. Such chutzpah!
The last recorded lynching occurred in 1981 in Mobile, Alabama. Michael Donald, a young black man, was beaten to death by KKK members. One of the perpetrators was sentenced to death and executed in 1997. Justice was delayed 16 years by courts and greedy lawyers.
While slavery was an abomination in the U.S., other nations were far worse, but seldom criticized by today’s activists.
|Country / Destination||Slaves Delivered||%|
|Spanish Empire (including Cuba)||2,500,000||22.1|
|British West Indies||2,000,000||17.7|
|French West Indies (including Cayenne)||1,600,000||14.1|
|British North America & U.S.||500,000||4.4|
|Dutch West Indies (including Surinam)||500,000||4.4|
|Danish West Indies||28,000||0.2|
|Europe (including Portugal, Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores,||200,000||1.8|
Contrary to popular belief, most slaves worked in sugar and coffee plantations and mines, where some 90% died. Less than 5% were engaged in cotton production.
|First Employment||Number of Slaves||%|
In the Caribbean some 3.5 million slaves were imported, but by 1860 only 300,000 survived. By contrast, the 500,000 slaves imported into the U.S. had grown in population to nearly 4 million by the start of the Civil War.
Marianne may not realize that the British, French and Dutch killed ten times as many slaves as were brought into our country. They died from overwork in miserable heat, starvation, beatings and disease.
This country itself was not capturing Africans and enslaving them. The major traders were:
|Portugal (including Brazil)||30,000||4,650,000|
|Spain (including Cuba)||4,000||1,600,000|
|France (including West Indies)||4,200||1,250,000|
|British North America, U.S.||1,500||300,000|
None of this is meant to defend slavery in America, but to put what happened here in historical and statistical perspective.
It really is time for the current purveyors of American “white guilt” to begin blaming the Nazis for mass genocide, the Russians for mob mass murders, and the European nations that murdered Africans by the millions to make a buck for their overseas corporations.
And it’s long past time to stop blaming a fair and compassionate nation of today for past horrors.
As far as the holier-than-us Marianne is concerned, here is an entertaining item from the LA Times some years ago:
Wearing feathers in her hair, spike heels and a strapless evening gown, Marianne Williamson, New Age guru of the hour, is seated on a hotel ballroom stage in Marina del Rey, shoulder to shoulder with unmarried soap opera actors and other eligible and glamorous singles. Amid much banter and giggling, they will be “auctioned off” by talk-show host Cyndy Garvey and producer-director Garry Marshall.
Laura Dern and Linda Blair are no-shows, but Williamson, on the verge of becoming almost as famous as they are, will wait patiently for two hours until it is her turn to go on the block. She will answer politely when Garvey asks her how to pronounce Muse, the name of the restaurant where she plans to take her date. She will urge Marshall to tell the well-toned crowd that she is “very interesting.” In exchange for an evening in her company, a man from the Midwest will contribute $1,200 to the Family Assistance Program, a charity for the homeless.
Although on other nights she exhorts her followers to give themselves up to God, there is nothing incongruous in her now offering herself up at a bachelor-bachelorette auction. This, after all, is Hollywood, and Williamson, who has been mentioned in the same breath as Mother Teresa for her work on behalf of people with AIDS, is no stranger to the combined worlds of glitz and good causes.
In a field crowded with purveyors of spiritual wisdom, the 39-year-old tough-talking, quick-witted former nightclub singer from Texas has blazed her way to the top. She has been captivating standing-room-only audiences in West Hollywood, Santa Monica and New York with her blend of religion and self-help drawn from a three-volume work known as “A Course in Miracles.”
Here is her pitch for black slavery reparations, billions to be paid for by both white and black American taxpayers: