‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ activists — and historical ignorance

‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ activists — and historical ignorance

What to say about “activists” pushing the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” “movement,” even as police shootings of blacks are actually down 75 percent over the last 45 years? Some protestors, many old enough to know better, say ridiculous things about race relations, like “things have gone backward.” Time for perspective.

Booker T. Washington was born a slave. In his autobiography, “Up From Slavery,” written in 1901 — just a mere 36 years after the Civil War — Washington wrote:

“As a rule, not only did the members of my race entertain no feelings of bitterness against the whites before and during the war, but there are many instances of Negroes tenderly caring for their former masters and mistresses who for some reason have become poor and dependent since the war. I know of instances where the former masters of slaves have for years been supplied with money by their former slaves to keep them from suffering. … One sends him a little coffee or sugar, another a little meat, and so on. Nothing that the coloured people possess is too good for the son of ‘old Mars’ Tom,’ who will perhaps never be permitted to suffer while any remain on the place who knew directly or indirectly of ‘old Mars’ Tom.’…

“From some things that I have said one may get the idea that some of the slaves did not want freedom. This is not true. I have never seen one who did not want to be free, or one who would return to slavery.

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