I’m going to go ahead and predict this article by Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic is the dumbest article from a mainstream conservative political pundit you will read today:
“Last year, the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington, D.C., think tank, published a report titled “Patriotic Assimilation Is an Indispensable Condition in a Land of Immigrants.” It complained that “elites—in the government, the culture, and the academy—have led a push toward multiculturalism, which emphasizes group differences,” and ominously warned against “deterring national unity by requiring Americans to remain sorted into separate ethnic categories.”
Instead, it argued that Americans, regardless of their background, should unite in assimilating to the universal principles of equality, liberty, and limited government.
Since Representative Steve King has complained that political correctness causes people in the United States to “just walk on eggshells,” afraid to address things “that are really on their mind,” I trust he will forgive my bluntness in rendering a judgment about him: King is living proof that some Americans do fail to assimilate in this manner, even when their families have been in this country for several generations. …
If King hasn’t properly educated himself as to the values of the Declaration and the Constitution, he has done better than bygone generations of European Americans whose failures to assimilate were orders of magnitude more profound. …
To keep progressing toward that end, Americans ought to encourage European Americans like King to keep assimilating until they fully embrace the Founding values that made this country’s birth exceptional. …
Thankfully, the unassimilated are a minority of whites. A moratorium on immigration from European countries with a strong alt-right, in hopes of giving European Americans the time and space they need for patriotic assimilation, would therefore be overkill.”
Where should we start?
1.) Slavery was legal in every American colony that declared its independence in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was written by a slaveowner and the Constitution was crafted as a compromise to include the Deep South slave states. This is why it includes the 3/5ths clause and the Fugitive Slave Clause which explicitly repudiate “all men are created equal.”
2.) The Declaration of Independence accuses King George III of being “deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.” He is damned for having “excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.” In other words, King George III sided with the Indians and slaves over the Anglo-American colonists.
3.) The Constitution was “ordained and established” in order to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” The First Congress passed the Naturalization Act of 1790 which restricted naturalization to “free white persons.” Whiteness remained the racial foundation of American citizenship until the 1950s. The federal courts adjudicated the racial eligibility of immigrants to become US citizens into the 20th century. The Supreme Court ruled in 1922 and 1923 that Japanese and even “high caste Hindus” were ineligible to become naturalized American citizens.
4.) The Constitution specifically excluded Indian nations from inclusion in the American political system. Classified as foreign nations and “Indians not taxed,” the Constitution gave Congress exclusive jurisdiction for dealing with Indian tribes. We were the “Native Americans.” It goes without saying that there wasn’t a single Indian or negro present at the ratification of the Constitution.
5.) George Washington’s administration set about establishing US sovereignty over the Northwestern Indians who ceded most of Ohio to the United States after the Battle of Fallen Timbers. The Founders set the pattern for the Indian Wars of the 19th century.
6.) Thomas Jefferson was a founder of what is known today as “scientific racism.” He outlined his theories of racial differences in his Notes on the State of Virginia. He was an Anglo-Saxonist who believed American liberty was derived from the culture and traditions of Germanic peoples. He also believed that blacks should be removed to Liberia or some other “tropical clime.”
7.) James Madison was the president of the American Colonization Society which organized the settlement of free blacks in Liberia on the coast of West Africa in the early 19th century. The capital of Liberia, Monrovia, is named after President James Monroe.
8.) Thomas Jefferson’s revisal of the laws of Virginia called for banishment of white women who had mulatto children: “If any white woman shall have a child by a negro or mulatto, she and her child shall depart the commonwealth within one year thereafter. If they shall fail so to do, the woman shall be out of the protection of the laws, and the child shall be bound out by the Aldermen of the county, in like manner as poor orphans are by law directed to be, and within one year after its term of service expired shall depart the commonwealth, or on failure so to do, shall be out of the protection of the laws.” The anti-miscegenation laws of the Southern states weren’t struck down until the Loving decision in 1967. Perhaps Jefferson and the generations of Virginians who followed him were ignorant of “American values” as defined by the New York Intellectuals in the 1930s?
9.) One of George Washington’s first acts as commander of the Continental Army was to sign an order forbidding the enlistment of blacks. Most blacks fought on the British side in the American Revolution. In 1792, the Second Congress passed a federal militia law which only included White men and excluded blacks. Blacks weren’t finally integrated into the armed forces until the Korean War. As we have seen, Americans didn’t care about “racism” until the 1940s.
10.) In 1798, the Secretaries of War and Navy issued separate directives forbidding the enlistment of blacks in the Marine Corps and on naval warships. This was cited by Chief Justice Taney in the Dred Scott decision of 1857 which found that blacks were not American citizens. They didn’t gain American citizenship until the Civil Rights Act of 1866. The 14th Amendment was passed during Reconstruction because of its dubious constitutionality.