The Word - American History X'd

  • Aired:  01/31/12
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The Tennessee Tea Party demands that textbooks remove references to the Founding Fathers' slave ownership and violence against Native Americans. (4:27)

WHOLE TIME.

NOW, NATION, THERE IS NO ONE WE

AMERICANS REVERE MORE THAN OUR

FOUNDING FATHERS, WHO CREATED

THE GREATEST, FREEST, HUMBLEST

NATION IN HISTORY.

THAT'S WHY WE PUT THEM ON OUR

MONUMENTES, OUR MOUNT RUSHMORES,

AND OUR CAMEL CASH.

LET US NEVER FORGET GENERAL

JOSEPH CAMEL LEADING HIS TROOPS

INTO FLAVOR COUNTRY.

THE LIBERALS WERE ALWAYS TRYING

TO SULLY THE THINGS OUR FOUNDING

FATHERS DID BY TALKING ABOUT THE

THINGS OUR FOUNDING FARTHERS

DID.

TAKE CHRIS MATTHEWS.

>> EVERYBODY KNOWS THOMAS

JEFFERSON HAD A RELATIONSHIP

WITH SALLY HEMINGS AND HAD KIDS.

JAMES MADISON WHO DRAFTLET THE

CONSTITUTION HAD OVER 100

SLAVES, HAD THEM ALL HIS LIFE.

DIDN'T EVEN FREE THEM IN HIS

WILL.

>> Stephen: OF COURSE HE

DIDN'T FREE THEM IN HIS WILL.

IMAGINE THE SHOCK TO HIS

CHILDREN-- FIRST THEY LOSE THEIR

FARTHER, THEN THEY LOSE THEIR

SLAVES.

PLUS WHO IS GOING TO DIG THE

GRAVE AND PASS THE BISCUITS AT

THE FUNERAL.

AND WHY, WHY, FOLKS NEEDLESSLY

TARNISHING HIS REPUTATION FOR

BANGING FRENCH WHO ARES.

I PREFER TO THINK OF HIM BANGING

AMERICAN WHORS.

O.

( CHEERING )

BRAVO.

WORST OF ALL, FOLKS, THERE'S THE

NEW EXHIBITION, SLAVERY AT

JEFFERSON'S MONT SHELL OH,

PARADOX OF LIBERTY, WHICH TURNS

JEFFERSON'S HISTORIC HOME INTO A

REMINDER THAT OVER THE COURSE OF

HIS LIFE, JEFFERSON OWNED 600

PEOPLE.

BUT THAT IS CONVENIENTLY

IGNORING THE FACT THAT THANKS TO

JEFFERSON, THOSE SLAVES WERE

LIVING IN A FREE COUNTRY.

FORTUNATELY, SOME MODERN PARIS

ARE DEFENDING OUR FOUNDERS, AND

THEY BRING US TO TONIGHT'S WORD.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

AMERICAN HISTORY X.'d.

FOR A YEAR, ONE GROUP HAS WAGED

A COUNTER-OFFENSIVE AGAINST

THESE FOUNDING FATHER FACT

ATTACKS.

>> SOME MEMBERS OF THE TEA PARTY

SAY WHAT'S IN YOUR CHILD'S

TEXTBOOKS MAY BE GIVING THEM A

NEGATIVE OPINION ABOUT OUR

NATION'S HISTORY.

>> THE TEA PARTY IS TELLING

STATE POLITICIANS WE NEED TO

TONE DOWN TALK OF SLAVERY AND

STOP MAKING IT ABOUT RACE.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Stephen: YES, PLEASE, STOP

MAKING SLAVERY ABOUT RACE.

EVERYBODY KNOWS IT WAS ABOUT

ECONOMICS.

BLACK PEOPLE JUST HAPPENED TO BE

A GREAT INVESTMENT.

NOW, A SPOKESMAN--

( LAUGHTER )

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TENNESSEE

TEA PARTY SAYS THEY JUST WANT TO

ADDRESS "MADE-UP CRITICISM ABOUT

THE FOUNDERS INTRUDING ON THE

INDIANS OR HAVING SLAVES OR

BEING HYPOCRITES."

YES, THAT IS TOTALLY MADE-UP

CRITICISM.

THE FOUNDERS DIDN'T INTRUDE ON

THE INDIANS.

THEY KNOCKFIRST, THEN KILLED

THEM.

THE POINT IS, NO ONE-- NO ONE'S

TALKING ABOUT REWRITING HISTORY.

JUST CUTTING OUT CHUNKS OF IT.

OF COURSE, THAT WILL LEAF A FEW

HOLES IN OUR HISTORY BOOKS, SO

WE ADULTS NEEDS TO COME TOGETHER

TO GET OUR STORIES STRAIGHT.

NOW,, YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT TO DO

THIS JUST IN CASE THE KIDS START

ASKING UNCOMFORTABLE QUESTIONS

LIKE, "WHY IS THE SKY BLUE?"

AND "WHAT HAPPENED TO THE

ARAPAHOE?"

SO IF THE KIDS-- IF THE KIDS

ASK, GEORGE WASHINGTON DIDN'T

OWN SLAVES.

REMEMBER?

HE AND MARTHA GENEROUSLY ADOPTED

HUNDREDS OF AFRICAN CHILDREN TO

CULTIVATE THEIR TOBACCO.

THEY WERE LIKE THE 18th

CENTURY BRANGELINA.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

AND ANDREW JACKSON--

( APPLAUSE )

OLD HICKORY DIDN'T FORCE THE

CIVILIZED TRIBES ON A FIVE-STATE

DEATH MARCH.

THEY WERE HIKING THE APPALACHIAN

TRAIL AND GOT LOST.

I MEAN, WE'RE STILL LOOKING FOR

THEM.

IN THE 19, WE'RE KEEPING UHEIR

CONTINENT WARM.

OF COURSE, WE'RE ALSO GOING TO

WANT TO CUT OUT THIS PART OF OUR

HISTORY WHERE WE'RE LYING TO OUR

KIDS ABOUT THOSE PARTS OF OUR

HISTORY.

BUT I THINK IN THE END, THEY'LL

THANK US FOR NOT TEACHING THEM

THE BAD PARTS BECAUSE THOSE WHO

DON'T LEARN THEIR HISTORY ARE

DOOMED TO REPEAT IT.

SO WE MIGHT AS WELL MAKE THE

HISTORY THEY'RE DOOMED TO REPEAT

A NICE ONE.

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