with Abby Martin
teleSUR English on Sep 9, 2017
Trump hit his lowest moment when he blamed “both sides” for the murder of anti-racist protester Heather Heyer in Charlottesville. But understanding how a neo-Nazi sympathizer got into the White House requires breaking apart the myth underneath it all, the glorified story of the creation of the United States in 1776.
Dr. Gerald Horne is the Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston and is the author of over 20 books on slavery and the Black liberation movement; most recently The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States.
from the archives:
The Road to Charlottesville: Reflections on 21st Century U.S. Capitalist Racism by Paul Street
Wonder if the Arch-authoritarian Racist Idiot Donald Trump will Make it to 2020? by Paul Street
Chris Hedges and Ajamu Baraka: It’s Been A Bipartisan Effort To Control the Populations of People of Color
Creative Anti-Nazism by David Swanson + Confederate Statues Come Down in Baltimore and Durham
Charlottesville is a Call to Action Against Fascism + Deandre Harris on Attack by White Supremacists
Untold Truths About the American Revolution by Howard Zinn (2009)
Peter Linebaugh: The Untold History of Independence Day
The Fourth of July Like You’ve Never Seen It Before! by Mike Ferner
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Really interesting interview.
It’s actually only comparatively recently that the real story & implications of slavery have started to be addressed here in the UK; for example, how the great wealth from the slave trade out of Bristol actually financed & enabled the ‘industrial revolution.’
There is a particularly excellent 4-part documentary series produced by the BBC in 2012, presented by the Scottish actor Brian Cox, called Addicted to Pleasure….that brings to life much of the social history associated with this horrific exploitation, driven by imperialist ambition & sheer greed.
Thanks for the link, David. Unfortunately I can’t view it while using Ad Blocker, but others may wish to watch it.
The series is superb, Lo. Arguably, it is one of the most candid, revealing and instructive examples of the documentary genre. I’m viewing it again for the third time right now, as I had forgotten just how incisive and beautifully presented it is. So if you ever get the opportunity, I highly recommend it.
Ad Blocker seems like a good idea; however, I’m prepared to put up with the ‘skip ad’ option, if it enables access to such brilliant (ie both instructive and engaging) material…as evidently you cannot temporarily switch off the Blocker app.
Anyway, thanks so much for posting yet another fine conversation from the Empire Files, truly an invaluable resource and educational archive.
You may have talked me into turning off Ad Blocker to watch this series, David.