Open Thread | The Part of AMERICAN HISTORY That Some Want Erased

I read these two tweets and just went

It’s all connected. The desire to Whitewash – literally, American History and erase the contributions of Black Americans from the building of this country.
I have often said that the reason Black people are so hated is because our very existence undermines and undercuts the fantasy narrative that far too many White people want to engage in when they speak about America.

American exceptionalism is the FACT that this country’s economy and the economic advantage that this country has had was built on over 245+ years of American Chattel Slavery.
And, another near 100 years of American Apartheid- Jim Crow.

I use to wonder why, when studying American History, the period of Reconstruction was given such a short shrift.
I used to think it was because it was such a short span of time.
As I got older, I realized it was because that was the last time that America would have lived up to its actual creed, but, didn’t.
The failure of Reconstruction was another blow to those who want to live in American Exceptionalism Delusion.

The failure of Reconstruction would point out the blatant White Supremacy that undergirds so much of this country.
To tell the truth of what freed slaves did for themselves. What they were able to build up, with barely any assistance from the country that had them in bondage. What an almost completely illiterate population was able to do in such a short amount of time.

I remember watching a program with Ta-Nehisi Coates, when he spoke of where the title of his book:
We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy

I thought it was referring to the election of Donald Trump after Barack Obama.

Mr. Coates is a student of HISTORY, and always wanted us to understand that what’s new is old…

“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era Black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South.

Reconstruction’s failure is America’s failure to live up to it’s creed.

To every era of Black Advancement, there has always been a White Backlash. Period.

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27 Responses to Open Thread | The Part of AMERICAN HISTORY That Some Want Erased

  1. rikyrah says:

    Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) tweeted at 2:02 PM on Tue, Jul 11, 2023:
    NEW: “Judge Cannon has set the upcoming trial to open on Aug. 14 at her tiny satellite courthouse in the northern reaches of her district…That decision means Trump’s jurors are set to be drawn from the most brightly red corner of a vast court district.”

  2. rikyrah says:

    No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) tweeted at 11:23 AM on Tue, Jul 11, 2023:
    New: A new poll just found that a large plurality of Americans support Biden’s “Bidenomics” economic plan, with only 20% opposed to it.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Foreign Affairs (@ForeignAffairs) tweeted at 0:23 PM on Tue, Jul 11, 2023:
    “Right-wing politicians and members of the media allied with former President Donald Trump are actively undermining the military’s standing in society, while paradoxically claiming its popularity as their own.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Aaron Black (@ABlackPolitical) tweeted at 9:40 AM on Tue, Jul 11, 2023:
    Let this sink in for a minute:

    Bank of America got caught opening credit card accounts for customers who did not authorize them to open these accounts and nobody is going to jail.

    Who else has a problem with this?

  5. rikyrah says:

    David Darmofal (@david_darmofal) tweeted at 10:46 AM on Tue, Jul 11, 2023:
    Tuberville is clearly trying to have it both ways. He’s trying to appeal to white nationalists while falsely claiming he’s against racism. The voters of Alabama who voted for this man over Senator Doug Jones should be ashamed of themselves. They’re complicit in his racism.

  6. rikyrah says:

    This is a Lifetime Movie 🍿 🍿 🎥

    Terry (@BeingTerryJane) tweeted at 8:12 AM on Tue, Jul 11, 2023:
    You steal NINE MILLION from your job in two years, purchase a MILLION dollar house down the street from thus said job, and after you got caught you proceeded to forge the judges signature claiming your charges were dismissed so you can open a hookah lounge.


  7. rikyrah says:

    Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) tweeted at 0:42 PM on Tue, Jul 11, 2023:
    Democrats should keep the focus on Tuberville – force Republicans to publicly defend his support of white nationalists and his harming our national security by withholding nominations.

  8. rikyrah says:

    David Darmofal (@david_darmofal) tweeted at 0:51 PM on Tue, Jul 11, 2023:
    Biden-Harris administration plans to cap how much families pay for child care through a government program

  9. rikyrah says:

    The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) tweeted at 0:45 PM on Tue, Jul 11, 2023:
    .@SenTuberville isn’t confused, he knows exactly what he stands for.

    white nationalist (noun): one of a group of militant white people who espouse white supremacy (see white supremacist) and advocate enforced racial segregation.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) tweeted at 6:22 AM on Mon, Jul 10, 2023:
    So let’s get this straight – in an Oval Office meeting there was an agreement to (unlawfully) seize state voting machines. Then someone drafted a presidential order directing the Secretary of Defense to seize the voting machines (= an overt act). So … conspiracy complete.

  11. rikyrah says:

    The ReidOut (@thereidout) tweeted at 9:55 AM on Mon, Jul 10, 2023:
    #ICYMI-@AWeissmann_: “What happened at the meeting… is completely antithetical to a democracy. You have people talking about taking over the Department of Justice with the likes of Sidney Powell…”

    Watch more via @TheReidOut:

  12. rikyrah says:

    Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) tweeted at 3:53 AM on Mon, Jul 10, 2023:
    “Instead of surging as elected officials and immigration advocates had warned, the number of migrants trying to enter the United States has plummeted.”

  13. rikyrah says:

    Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) tweeted at 9:51 AM on Mon, Jul 10, 2023:
    Harris County, Texas has now filed a lawsuit to block a new GQP state law that completely abolishes the office of county election administrator.

    Fight back against the Republican fascists who win by suppressing the vote, committing election fraud and cheating.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Andrew Weissmann (weissmann11 on Threads)🌻 (@AWeissmann_) tweeted at 10:55 PM on Mon, Jul 10, 2023:
    Trump’s argument for trial delay boils down to: don’t schedule a trial before the election, because if I am found guilty that cd hurt my election chances.
    I cd see Jack going to the appeals court if a trial date is not set soon.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) tweeted at 10:16 PM on Mon, Jul 10, 2023:
    Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like a huge diabolical fucking scandal that fascist Republicans recruited a literal fugitive Chinese Spy to smear Hunter Biden with. These despicable fucking assholes sink lower and lower.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) tweeted at 9:51 PM on Mon, Jul 10, 2023:
    Let me understand this correctly, the so called “whistleblower” that fascist GQP Republicans had in their disposal to falsely accuse the Biden Family of crimes is in fact a Chinese Spy, an unregistered foreign agent as well as a fugitive arms trafficker? 🤣🤣🤣🤣


  17. rikyrah says:

    MSNBC (@MSNBC) tweeted at 9:20 PM on Mon, Jul 10, 2023:
    “Open campaign of terror”

    @maddow reports on Tennessee A.G. Jonathan Skrmetti targeting transgender people — asking Vanderbilt University Medical Center for private medical records of transgender patients.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Barbara Lee (@BarbaraLeeForCA) tweeted at 8:59 PM on Mon, Jul 10, 2023:
    COVID-19 proved how essential the 340,000 UPS @Teamsters are in keeping our economy moving.

    These employees—who make record profits possible—deserve to be compensated accordingly with pay increases and improved benefits. I support their fight for a fair contract and workplace!

  19. rikyrah says:


    Now on Threads! (@agraybee) tweeted at 6:45 AM on Tue, Jul 11, 2023:
    I’ve learned more about cluster bombs in the week we’ve been giving them to Ukraine than in the year Russia has been using them against Ukraine.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Brian Allen (@allenanalysis) tweeted at 10:18 AM on Tue, Jul 11, 2023:
    AP News is perceived as the sole bastion of independent journalism that remains available to us.

    Public colleges and universities have been strategically using visits by Supreme Court justices as occasions to cultivate donations. These institutions have organized…

  21. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) tweeted at 10:18 AM on Tue, Jul 11, 2023:
    We are about to get a clue on whether Judge Aileen Cannon is illicitly working for Donald Trump or serving all of us Americans.

  22. rikyrah says:

    The Black Wall Street Times (@TheBWSTimes) tweeted at 9:45 AM on Tue, Jul 11, 2023:
    A suburban Detroit police officer who punched a young Black man in the face and slammed his head to the ground was charged Monday with a federal civil rights crime.

  23. rikyrah says:


    AFP News Agency (@AFP) tweeted at 8:50 PM on Mon, Jul 10, 2023:
    VIDEO: Brazilian river polluted with toxic foam.

    It looks like a snowy winter scene, but the Tiete river — in Sao Paulo state, Brazil — is actually covered in a toxic foam. During the dry season, sewage and waste water dumped into the river creates the foam, with much of it…

  24. rikyrah says:

    Schoolhouse Rock….
    The Constitution🎶🎵🤗

  25. rikyrah says:

    Wanna work and live in Germany?

  26. rikyrah says:

    I don’t know what I love most…
    Him stretched out on the counter….. Or Grandma feeding him afterwards🤗🤗🤗

  27. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😊😊😊

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