This past Independence Day, social media like Twitter were teeming with joyful appreciations of and gratitude for our freedom and America’s bounty, in spite of threats to both under the Obama administration. But there were also plenty of bitter, divisive messages from progressives, who can’t bring themselves to celebrate this country; instead, they spent the holiday ramping up their relentless racial grievance-mongering.
Leading the pack, predictably, was one of the Hollywood One-Percenters, who can always be counted on to pretend to side with the mythical 99%. Ostensibly an actor and comedian, Obama apologist Chris Rock has become rich and famous in the country that he routinely trashes as racist. Showing his solidarity with violent Occupy-types, in March Rock assaulted a camerawoman with a journalist who asked about Rock’s slanderous comment that the Tea Party was “insane” and “racist.” His latest hateful jab came on Twitter in the form of this racist, historically ignorant, punctuation-deficient holiday tweet, which went viral:
Chris Rock @chrisrock
Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworksIt’s possible that Rock’s tweet was simply a publicity ploy calculated to stir up controversy and boost his flagging, uninteresting career. Of course, if he really wanted to boost his career and endear himself to millions of Americans, he could simply have tweeted happy birthday wishes to America and his gratitude for the freedoms he enjoys that countless Americans have died for and continue to die for. But leftist celebrities are actually contemptuous of their American public; they care only about their standing among each other. So in fact, Rock’s tweet was calculated not only to aggravate proud Americans but to earn him high-fives among fellow entertainers like black actor Don Cheadle, who approvingly “retweeted” Rock’s “joke.”
They weren’t the only ones. Zach Braff, another celeb with a stalled career, tweeted a similar sentiment (at least Braff understands the basics of capitalization and punctuation, unlike Rock):
Zach Braff @zachbraff
Slaves weren't freed for another 90 years. So maybe just enjoy some of the fireworks...To get some perspective on the value of such celebrity opinion about history and politics, remember that these are people who in centuries past were court jesters. But thanks to the omnipresence of cinemas, television, the internet, and tabloids which serve as megaphones to push their words and deeds into the forefront of public consciousness, the uninformed blather of celebrities is given disproportionate weight here and around the world.
With Hollywood leading the way, near-illiterate progressives tried to clog the Twitterverse and sour everyone else’s holiday with irrelevant denunciations of American slavery. Here is a prime example, albeit refreshingly free of obscenities and spelling errors (and yes, those are the hammer-and-sickle symbols of communism in this person’s Twitter name):
happy 4th of july. america is a violent racist nation built upon slavery and genocide. enjoy your hot dogs and fireworksPlenty of social media patriots were quick to counter the nonsense. One Twitterer calmly explained to Chris Rock where he went wrong:
Ariel Dove @gWellaReiki
@chrisrock July 4th has nothing to do with slavery; it's to do with Independence from Britain.Another stated things a bit more bluntly:
Carl Jackson @holyslant
Morons like Chris Rock don't understand that July 4th 1776 marked the beginning of the end of slavery.The “America was built on slavery and genocide” meme is a central pillar of leftist anti-Americanism. For example, one July 4th message that “trended” on Twitter was a link to the Independence Day commentary by MSNBC’s weekend host and Jeremiah Wright apologist Melissa Harris-Perry, one of that network’s stable of America-hating attack dogs, about whom I wrote recently for FrontPage. She said in her monologue that “Independence Day is more aspirational than actual,” and that on this day we should meditate on our failings as well:
It’s ours, all of it. The imperialism, the genocide, the slavery, also the liberation and the hope and the deeply American belief that our best days still lie ahead of us… So on the 4th of July… I’m going to wave a flag without hesitation — not because I’ve forgotten my nation’s many wrongs, but because I remember them.Though she tries to dress it up in a sort of patriotic optimism, this is not a celebration of America – certainly not of American exceptionalism, which Obama and the left refuse to acknowledge. It is typical of the left’s insistence on viewing this country’s history through the lens of racial victimization in order to perpetuate divisive grievances, generations after America rose above its failings.
The message that the left wanted to hammer home on this 4th of July and every other day is that rather than celebrate our independence and meteoric rise to the most prosperous, egalitarian, and beneficent power in world history, Americans today should never cease flagellating themselves in guilt over slavery, even though we officially ended it in America nearly 150 years ago, and even though it’s not even a uniquely American phenomenon. Slavery has been perpetrated in every culture by every race throughout history (including Native Americans and black Africans, though you’ll never hear the left discuss that). It is still being carried out today by Muslims in Africa and the Middle East (which the left will also never admit).
The multiculturalist left fantasize that nonwhite indigenous peoples everywhere lived in Edenic harmony with each other and their habitats until the genocidal, environment-raping Christian white man came along and enslaved them all, and that Eden will be restored only when that Christian white imperialist is destroyed – or fundamentally transformed.The right does not argue that America should whitewash its history; on the contrary, it is the left that would like to whitewash the fact that it took that Christian white man to end slavery, at the cost of hundreds of thousands of white (and black) lives in a war that nearly collapsed this country. But that inconvenient truth doesn’t advance the left’s race-baiting, America-hating agenda.
(This article originally appeared here on FrontPage Mag, 7/17/12)