Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Orwellian madness in the US

So the Black Justice League at Princeton University wants the name of former president of Princeton (and former President of the United States) Woodrow Wilson expunged from the university because Wilson was (apparently) an evil racist and imperialist. 

The irony here is that if they’re hoping to upset conservatives they’ve picked the wrong guy since most conservatives consider Wilson to be one of the most catastrophic presidents in US history.

Of course if you’re going to consign Wilson to the memory hole then there are quite a few other presidents who will also have to become unpersons. Abraham Lincoln was a notorious racist. George Washington was a slave owner. Lyndon Johnson was an open racist who was very fond of using the dreaded N word. Even that darling of the Left, Franklin Roosevelt, can’t escape. The white American athletes who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics were invited to meet Roosevelt, but African-American Jesse Owens was pointedly not given an invitation leading Owens to remark that Hitler hadn’t snubbed him but Roosevelt had.

In fact it will probably be necessary eventually to declare most American presidents unpersons.

I fully expect that within the next few years we’ll see a move to have Washington DC renamed Martin Luther King City. And no, I’m not joking.

Of course this Orwellian madness is not confined to the US. In Britain you can be arrested for quoting Winston Churchill.

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