Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – guest host Christina Botteri welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio who outlined several issues wrong with the 1619 Project and how it was the Democrat Party that has historically always been against minorities.
Botteri: In the studio with me, the original all-star panelist. And we were having an animated discussion over the break about a great many things. But Crom, you wanted to circle back to some of the things that we were talking about in the previous segment with Dr. Ibram Kendi. Tell us about that.
Carmichael: Dr. Kendi is a big supporter of Critical Race Theory and is a big supporter of the 1619 Project. And the 1619 Project essentially posits is that our country started in 1619 when the first Black slaves, and there were between 20 and 40 who arrived in Jamestown and that’s when the country started.
And that all of what happened since then in our country is because of slavery. And that our Declaration of Independence is because of slavery. Our Constitution is because of slavery. Our economic growth is because of slavery and all these different things.
They ascribe all that. But slavery was not unique to this geography. And I say this geography because we weren’t a country until well after that. We had to fight a war of independence to become our own country and to have our own laws, and not live under British laws.
The original slavery in this country was a British institution. It wasn’t a constitutional institution because we didn’t have a Constitution. But what they posit is that all this economic growth and everything wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for slavery, and we wouldn’t have the government institutions.
So they say that all of our government institutions are based on slavery also. Well, there was a lot of slavery in the world for hundreds of years prior to 1619. And if slavery ends up generating the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, our form of government, and our robust economy, if it does all those things, then why didn’t it do it in other countries that had even more slavery?
They should even be more robust than ours. But it didn’t happen in the other countries because the 1619 proposition is fundamentally flawed in kind and Kendi promotes that as truth. When somebody gets up and promotes something that is false as truth, we call that person Anthony Fauci. (Botteri laughs)
Botteri: Duh duh duh.
Carmichael: (Chuckles) So Kendi promotes a Critical Race Theory that maintains that there is systemic racism. Now, I will argue that there is institutional racism and there’s always been institutional racism.
And the institutional racism that we’ve had has been something that the Democrat Party has pushed for 200 or 300 years. The Klu Klux Klan was at that time what Antifa is today. It was the militant wing of the Democrat Party, the Klu Klux Klan.
It’s amazing to me that Biden goes to Tulsa and says what he says, not recognizing, I guess he didn’t even know that it was the Klu Klux Klan that did in Tulsa 100 years ago and what happened to the Black business community and the Black people in Tulsa.
It was the Klu Klux Klan. The Klu Klux Klan was formed by the Democrat Party. It was exalted at many Democrat conventions during those years. The Jim Crow laws that Biden says are terrible, those are Democrat institutions.
And so here you have Kendi, who is talking about the history of our country but he completely ignores the fact that the Democrat Party was the party of slavery and is the party today that forces Black and Hispanic children to go to terrible schools.
He ignores every bit of that because he has a different agenda. And part of his agenda is to make $25,000. for each one of his speeches. So he’s a very wealthy guy and he’s a very famous guy.
The book I’m reading right now is a book about Muhammad Ali. It’s called The Left Hook That Dazed Ali and Destroyed King’s Dream. Because Ali could have chosen to support Martin Luther King. King’s dream speech was in 1963. That was the year of the dream speech. That was about the same year that Ali became a Muslim.
Botteri: After, by the way, Democrats killed the Civil Rights Act I think that would be for the second time. The Civil Rights Act was brought up by Republicans in 1957 for the first time. It took several iterations before it finally passed.
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Photo “Ibram X. Kendi” by Montclair Film. CC BY 2.0.