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Nov 02 2016

Incoming College Students Think America Invented Slavery

Slavery was nearly ubiquitous in every corner of the world from the beginning of human history until it was largely eradicated relatively recently thanks almost entirely to the efforts of Europeans and Americans. Yet given the extent to which public schools have become more interested in maintaining ignorance than in educating, this comes as no surprise:

For 11 years, Professor Duke Pesta gave quizzes to his students at the beginning of the school year to test their knowledge on basic facts about American history and Western culture.

The most surprising result from his 11-year experiment? Students’ overwhelming belief that slavery began in the United States and was almost exclusively an American phenomenon, he said.

“Most of my students could not tell me anything meaningful about slavery outside of America,” Pesta told The College Fix. “They are convinced that slavery was an American problem that more or less ended with the Civil War, and they are very fuzzy about the history of slavery prior to the Colonial era. Their entire education about slavery was confined to America.”

They have to believe this. Otherwise liberal ideology, according to which the universe is centered on the alleged oppression of blacks by the wicked USA, would not make any sense.

Pesta has given his quiz at seven different universities over the years, including Purdue University, University of Tennessee at Martin, Ursinus College, Oklahoma State University, and University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. He has found that increasingly students arrive at college not only ignorant, but preprogrammed to despise their own culture and history.

“They cannot tell you many historical facts or relate anything meaningful about historical biographies, but they are, however, stridently vocal about the corrupt nature of the Republic, about the wickedness of the founding fathers, and about the evils of free markets,” Pesta said. “Most alarmingly, they know nothing about the fraught history of Marxist ideology and communist governments over the last century, but often reductively define socialism as ‘fairness.’”

Pesta also noted that, early on, his students’ “blissful ignorance was accompanied by a basic humility about what they did not know.” But over time he said he increasingly saw “a sense of moral superiority in not knowing anything about our ‘racist and sexist’ history and our ‘biased’ institutions.”

“As we now see on campus,” Pesta said, “social justice warriors are arguing that even reading the great books of Western culture is at best a micro-aggression, and at worst an insidious form of cultural imperialism and indoctrination.”

A nuclear holocaust would have been less devastating to Western Civilization than allowing progressives to take control of education. Common Core is expected to make the situation even worse.

How they probably spin the Battle of Trenton, if they teach it at all.

On a tip from Torcer.

18 Responses to “Incoming College Students Think America Invented Slavery”

  1. JackisBack says:

    And whose teaching the student this garbage in the early years. Middle class White women (members of the local communist teachers unions) who drive their BMWs back to their McMansions and then lecture gullible sponges about the evils of White privilege and capitalism.

  2. SNuss says:

    Every day, the Left continues to prove that Pres. Reagan was 100% accurate when he stated:

    “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”

  3. 762x51 says:

    Must have been America. It couldn’t have been the Muslims who were selling the slaves into the transAtlantic slave trade. They only started capturing and selling black African slaves nine hundred years before Columbus sailed. Of course the Egyptians were doing it 4,000 years before that so . . .

  4. THOUGHTCRIMINAL2084 says:

    The same forces that envisioned unleashing a nuclear holocaust are the one who unleashed this cultural genocide upon us. One way or another they were determined to destroy us. Cultural Armegeddon

  5. CassandraBird says:

    and need to share it

  6. Nobama says:

    I’m sure most of these college kids also believe the entire United States was segregated up until the 1960’s (instead of just a handful of Democrat-run Southern states).

  7. KHarn says:

    A friend of mine from Porto Rico actually thought that slavery was legal in the US until the 1950’s!
    I was happy to set him straight.

  8. KHarn says:

    The north was and still is segregated, not just by race, but by nationality and religion. The school desegregation act EXCLUDED the north.
    But we’re not supposed to talk about that.

  9. KHarn says:

    And the nationalized school board. It was better when the school boards were local and we could fire those who screwed up, or threaten to punch them in the nose. The school boards in the old days were run by people who were not career politicians and had to earn their living with REAL jobs and therefore had to maintain good relations with their neighbors.

  10. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Actually it was the 16th amendment that made anyone with an income a slave.

  11. Nobama says:

    Um..put down the crackpipe, troll.

  12. Guy Fawkes says:

    The sad fact is, if the majority of incoming college students believe the United States invented slavery, it is an indication the majority of the students are not familiar with the Bible. Nor of the history of human beings.
    There has been slavery throughout the history of mankind.
    And, slavery still exists today.
    Just my opinion.
    Guy Fawkes

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  14. KHarn says:

    No, it’s true. In fact, segregation was introduced in the South after the war. “Black churches” didn’t exist in the South until after “the war”, everyone worshiped together before then. It was done to keep the ex-slave from being influenced by white southerners, the REPUBLICANS and New Englanders had an agenda of power-grabbing that could not be stopped.

    But of course, YOU believe that “the war” was fought “to free the slaves”. No it wasn’t. But that lie has to be promoted because the Yankees could never prove that secession was illegal. If they could have proved that, every one of our generals and government officials would have been hung.

    If any of our leaders had been brought up on “treason” charges, the Yankees COULD NOT have proved that secession was illegal and they would have had to admit that they had invaded a foreign country for a LIE. They could not even use the “to free the slaves” lie since they DID NOT free any slaves in their own states until December of 1865!

    And by the way, to promote “desegregation” IN THE SOUTH, Esienhower sent the army which violates the Posse Comitatus Act and can be considered the actions of a DICTATOR.

    But the lie must be upheld; otherwise, all those men died not to “save the union”, but for NOTHING.

  15. tommy mc donnell says:

    sorry pal but the revisionist history that slavery was not a factor among the civil war is completely wrong. just an idea promoted by the same leftist educators mentioned in the above article. among the several factors that caused the civil war slavery was probably foremost among them.
    the school desegregation act excluded the north. I guess you didn’t live in the north in the 1950s and 1960s then. you never heard of school busing? read up on the history of school busing in boston for instance. you seem like a product of the same educational system the author was complaining about.

  16. tommy mc donnell says:

    slavery was abolished in these states
    pennslyvania (1780)
    Massachusetts (1783)
    Connecticut (1783)
    rhode island (1784)
    Vermont (1777) before statehood
    new York (1799)
    new jersey (1784)
    by 1804 all the northern states had enacted laws to abolish slavery or set meausures in place to gradually reduce it

    the following states enter the union as “free states”
    Indiana (1816)
    Illinois (1818)
    maine (1820)
    Michigan (1837)
    iowa (1846)
    Wisconsin (1848)

    the 13th amendment was passed in dec. 1865.
    “they did not free any slaves in their own states until dec. 1865” it is kind of hard to free slaves you don’t have. maybe you should read a history book instead of blankly accepting everything your communist professors tell you.

  17. tommy mc donnell says:

    liberals never live in the world that socialism creates(our inner-cities for instances)they always live in the world that capitalism creates.

  18. dott says:

    This is what happens when you take Biblical education out of schools;
    Moses’ much repeated “Thus says the Lord unto Pharaoh, “Let My People Go”, and other such relevant underpinnings for freedom, independence, and antislavery efforts become unmoored ideals with no basis, and few foundations.
    How do you expect to keep
    such freedoms when you can’t
    recall the reasons that you gained the in the first place??
    But then, of course, governments realize this, too.

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