Unsung Heroes


Or perhaps “Rarely Sung Heroes” in these modern times of growing (or struggling?) decency in the United States. I say that with caution and some hesitation. Let me explain.

Back on June 6, 2019, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France honoring all the Allied soldiers who participated, fought, died, and survived in that historic amphibious invasion to liberate Nazi Europe, I published my blog-post Five Hundred Yards. It was my attempt for readers to bring an acute perspective and emotion what the landings on Omaha Beach was like that June morning for the thousands of 17-, 18-, 19- and 20-year old boys had gone through as they hit the water or beach. If you have the opportunity to read or reread Five Hundred Yards, please do. It will set the stage and context for this post.

Some/Many caucasian Euro-American descendants born and living in our 50-states today have a generic, basic knowledge of how indigenous North American peoples/Indians were either exterminated, moved from their homelands, or abusively treated and deceived by the U.S. government, military, and new settlers between 1778 and 1911, during the official existence of the United States. Between 1539 and 1774 thousands upon thousands of Indigenous peoples were massacred by European colonists and their armed forces. By far the biggest killer of North American Indians were all the lethal diseases European colonists/invaders brought within them and spread. Ironically, similar to what former President Trump accused the Chinese of doing with COVID-19. Nevertheless, it is estimated that from the Pre-Columbian Era (1325–1492) to the final massacre in 1911 in Washoe County, Nevada, between 95,000,000 to 114,000,000 Native American people, that’s millions not thousands, were wiped out by Europeans.

Despite this horrific background and constant inhumane atrocities committed upon them by Europeans and Euro-American descendants, during our first and second European World Wars more than 12,000 Native American Indians fought in Europe for the U.S. in World War I. More than 44,000 fought for the U.S. in World War II. Keep in mind, this is only one to three generations after the exterminations and removals from their own ancestral homelands over a 600-year timespan. Think about that. The numbers of your own people gradually and drastically dying, massacred, and disappearing all around you. With that in mind, these Native American men who, like their African-American WW1 and WW2 military counterparts, volunteered to go fight and risk their lives on a far away continent for a nation who at the time and well before did not love them or treat them as equals and far from justly. Nor did this nation welcome their survivors home as heroes the same as their own caucasian Euro-Americans and yet still went and did their patriotic (tribal) duty and did it bravely, honorably as the warriors they had always been.

I want to commemorate in a small way those Normandy, D-Day Native American warriors who did not come home, those who were wounded and maimed, and those who survived the entire war who did come back home, but nonetheless were still scarred and mentally wounded by those 2–3 years in Nazi Europe. Scarred perhaps too by six centuries of war upon their people by Europeans and Euro-Americans. Here is one of many partial accounts of that June morning on Omaha Beach, 1944 by Army Medic and 19-year old Private of Fox Company in the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division who were the first frontline units to hit Omaha Beach.

In my June 6, 2019 blog-post Five Hundred Yards, I wrote about how many casualties were sustained by the first wave hitting the beach or head-high water of Omaha in the first 15-minutes and hour of landing. What I didn’t mention in that blog-post was that decades later German Wehrmacht testimonies stated they were firing their MG-42’s, 5cm and 8cm mortars, and rocket-launching Nebelwerfers so much, non-stop that the barrels were all overheating, even when they rotated them with extra barrels they had, 3-4 extras in some units. The German gun-crews were astonished by how many Allied soldiers kept coming and falling, coming and falling, over and over, endlessly as they quickly exhausted their entire stores of ammunition. On the American side with the 1st Division known as “The Big Red One,” they sustained over 2,000 casualties in the first hour of landings.

One particular Army Medic who was one of 14 total Medics in his regiment made it far enough up the 300-400 yards of flat beach and took cover. However, as he looked back from where he had come he realized he was all alone. No one in his company had made it safely as far as he had. He then noticed many of his fellow infantrymen lying on the beach wounded, screaming, and in the rising tide carrying their 60-75 lbs of gear, most were struggling or unable to pull themselves up the sand so as not to drown. Without hesitation he ran back some 300-400 yards again under heavy fire with his two satchels of medical supplies to those wounded and drowning, pulling many of them 10-11 yards up on the beach and began giving first aid. Another Corp man reported to his officers that this one Medic pulled about eighteen wounded out of the water that were twice or three-times his size and their uniforms and gear heavily soaked. Charles Norman Shay is a Penobscot Indian from the state of Maine and was that one remarkable Army Medic. He tells in his own words what happened:

“The seas were red with the blood. At the very beginning, it was difficult for me to witness so much carnage. I had to push what I was experiencing out of my mind, so I could function the way I was trained to function. Then I was able to operate effectively and even saved a few lives. I have always been proud to be a medic. It’s a special privilege.”

Shay remembers cradling those critically wounded to give them some comfort. When he found one he recognized, badly wounded with an open abdomen, he stayed with Private Edward Morozewicz, one of his closest friends, to ease him in his last few breaths. In 2017 Shay visited Morozewicz’s family, making sure they knew of Edward’s courage. Charles participated in a special ceremony honoring his fellow fallen medic. Shay still questions why he lived when Morozewicz and most of his unit were killed. “I knew [Edward] was slowly dying. I bandaged his wounds and gave him morphine. But I knew there was no help for him, says a somber Shay.

Most of the American 1st and 29th Division’s first waves onto Omaha Beach perished, cut-down and slaughtered by the precise, heavily supplied and experienced 352nd German Infantry Division. The 352nd was assembled with many battle-tested soldiers pulled from worn-out or disbanded Wehrmacht divisions that had served on the Eastern front in Russia. By 12-noon on D-Day over half the men and most of the officers in Shay’s Company were either seriously wounded or dead. Up to 3,000 Allied troops died, and some 9,000 were injured or classified as missing that day, unidentifiable, or lost to the sea. Of Shay’s Regimental Medical Detachment of 42 medics, seven were killed and 24 severely wounded. After so many of his regiment and company fell or were killed, he later struggled many times with Survivors Remorse.

“My heart breaks for those mothers who prayed for their brave sons but never welcomed their sons home again,” says Shay wiping away a tear. “I can never forget the men who never had the chance to experience life as it was meant to be, a wife and a family, but instead were destined to depart this life in some far-off [European] land.”

Shay often says it was random, crazy luck that he survived D-Day, the rest of the war, and later the Korean War that he volunteered for service just five years later. After the war in Europe ended, the U.S. Army awarded Shay a Silver Star for his actions, and the French government appointed him a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur, the highest honor given to non-citizens of France. But despite those medals this humble Penobscot Indian veteran always refers back to fellow warriors who paid the ultimate price and sacrifice for their country, homeland, Native tribes and family. Shay says there were many just like him.

Recently there has been new memorials and ceremonies finally recognizing the heroic contributions and sacrifices of Native American WW2 veteran warriors. Charles Shay makes annual trips back to Normandy to pay his ceremonial respects and honor his fellow Indians lost there with Eagle feathers, sage, and tobacco. He does so to bring heightened awareness to the younger public, particularly back in the United States. He lets his fellow Indian warriors lost, buried there under row after row of white crosses that they are not forgotten.

In the Normandy American Cemetery at least 29 Native American soldiers are buried. In the Brittany American Cemetery at least nine Native American soldiers are buried. And at the Utah Beach American Cemetery 30 Comanche soldiers, Code Talkers, from the Oklahoma Reservation are memorialized there. According to Dr. Harald E. L. Prins, an anthropologist and researcher at Kansas State University, 175 Native American soldiers landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Over 75-years later only around 55 have been identified.

For an extensive telling of Shay’s gallant service on D-Day go here. Many of the past stories of that day in June, a lot of the later accompanying military field narratives describing the Omaha ordeal are sanitized versions of the original field unit notes. And as S.L.A. Marshall writes for The Atlantic magazine in his provocative, transparently graphic article First Wave at Omaha Beach, he says even “Cornelius Ryan’s epic film The Longest Day misses the essence of the unfiltered Omaha story.” I highly recommend his article.

It is my opinion, reflecting back this June 6th, 2021 anniversary of D-Day, given these Native American warriors pre-war histories they had every justifiable reason not to lift a finger for a white-man’s faraway war. They did not have to do any patriotic service for a 1940’s Euro-American country that treats them and had treated them as second- or third-class people without the same identical privileges and human rights afforded White America. Today, I think these Native American warriors are overdue, deserving the utmost respect, honor, and ceremony up to or beyond any other homage given to any Euro-American veterans of any U.S. wars! May they all receive many sacred Eagle feathers, burnt sage, and tobacco so all of their spirits rest in peace and receive (at minimum) equal remembrance and honor by all Americans; every single one of us without exception. Unmeasurable gratitude for all of you Native American warrior veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present.


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30 thoughts on “Unsung Heroes

  1. Excellent post. So much of our history is being lost through simply not teaching it and actually suppressing it. And then also through natural attrition, as people die.

    I feel sad because we’ve lost our sense of honor and courage and we have elements now in society that want to turn us into everything these unsung heroes fought against in WWI and WWII.

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    • We are undergoing a tremendous reframing of everything ‘Western’ to be understood as bad. Everything. This historical reassembly uses linguistic treachery at its finest which is then used to ‘reexamine’ history through an ideological narrative. (One need look no further than the vaunted 1619 Project to see how this method works. Orwell would not be surprised at how effective is the method to undermine what’s true and replace knowledge of history with a Just So storyline that supports and not surprisingly aligns with only a single anti-Western ideological narrative.) And that narrative – now used by the propaganda machinery of authoritarian rulers around the globe – centers around the sin of ‘colonization’ as the fatal character flaw of all things Western. And this narrative finds rich soil in the West because we teach this lie as the only acceptable version of history. The West, we are told by inundated messages daily, is the only responsible agent for all of the world’s problems and any successful improvement for anyone anywhere is at best merely a small and inadequate compensation for committing the Great Sin on the victimized world.

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      • Tildeb, as always I enjoy your feedback, comments, and exquisite knowledge on so many topics dear to me. Thank you for this comment here, Sir. 🙂

        I am a little unsure, though, whether you think this “tremendous reframing” of Western history, and in some cases, correctly reframing past distorted, nationally biased/revised versions of history—and/or omitted portions of history that does take place by the Victors—as right and appropriate… OR… is “to be understood as bad. Everything” about this current “historical reassembly.” For example, commemorating the remarkable, heroic contributions of Native American warriors/veterans like Charles Shay’s unit and others at Omaha Beach and Normandy, or the Code Talkers in the Pacific Theater against the Japanese, or African-American veterans (of TWO World Wars!) such as the Tuskegee Airmen or the Buffalo Soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division. For decades, probably too many, these non-white soldiers and units were ignored, forgotten, or intentionally omitted from popular news, literature, and school text books in white Euro-America.

        Did I misread or misunderstand the meaning/gist of your comment? I feel like I did. Feel free to elaborate please and help me with my typical dysfunctional brain. 😄 Thank you Sir.

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        • All of the contributions made towards the destruction of the the Third Reich and the Japanese Imperial forces and Italian brigades are worthy of my deepest respect and appreciation. The protection of liberal democracy – even with its ongoing struggle extricating its internal institutions from popular shortsightedness, stupidity, brutality, and selfishness predicated on bigotry and discrimination – against these particular overt threats are vital history to why we can swim in the lazy waters of evaporating liberalism today.

          But foregoing this history and recasting it as Western Imperialism and colonization is a slap in the face of each and every person – regardless of race, creed, colour, and sex – who put themselves on the line, who stepped up and served regardless of differences, to aid this effort and defeat the existential threat. Respecting the uniform has earned this appreciation because that expectation defending liberal democracy in all its national forms and versions is what is being donned by the wearer.

          I can tell you personal accounts from every corner of my country, every ethnicity, every language, every culture including German, Japanese, and Italian heritage, including many examples for the 3 branches of indigenous people and the 624 recognized tribes who – in spite of institutional prejudices and biases and intolerances and bigotries and even imprisonment – stepped up for the greater good and served. This is remarkable, as you clearly articulate in the OP.

          And I know many of these stories because I have a brother-in-law who speaks and writes about them all the time. He has not only researched and written about certain units and the men and women who formed them, deployed, and engaged as members in hostile encounters, but currently heads up a team that provides information about those who served, through documentation – both official and collected (like diaries and correspondence) – to the next generation of relatives who ask about what these contributions were. With permission, this is the source of information when students today are to write about one person from a ‘before’ time to help make the historical connections between today and yesterday. He was on the team that actually discovered the identity and relatives of several unknown soldiers (WWI and WWII) unearthed in both Europe and South Africa (from the Boer War). History is not some narrative told by elders; it is real and immediate and important to better understand today why things are the way they are.

          This painstaking detailed work is a dedication earned by the sacrifice of life while serving, which is a deeply felt motive by those who serve today. They are connected to their unit. Unit connection to its actual history is not whitewashed or compiled by distant academics but maintained and passed on generation by generation. It is a brotherhood earned, and one that crosses and evaporates today’s artificial historical bullshit that it’s all about power and race and ethnicity and victimization. A unit’s history is always present and it’s always part of today.

          So I make the comment about the tremendous reframing because many people in the military understand that this runner or that sapper, this able seaman or that submariner, this pilot and that navigator did his or her duty to the brotherhood, to the unit, to the company, the platoon, the squad, the crew, the person next in line when it mattered most, and that that relationship defined ‘the quality of character’ each service personnel brought into focus no matter how that character might be packaged – by ethnicity or religion or skin colour or whatever. This is real history and a means to link why things are the way they are today with what happened yesterday and a lesson for future generations to understand why ML King’s words give voice to the slavery of 1619 but to the promises made in 1776.

          Our character over the arc of time is what matters and not all the bullshit identities and ridiculous intersectionalities and the idiocy of presuming historical victimization to excuse one’s duty not just to the liberal experiment today earned by the blood of others from yesterday but to each and every citizen to be treated better when inequalities are encountered. And the way forward is not to go backwards and bemoan ancient grievances; it is to use the lessons of history and build one’s character to meet these challenges. And prevail.

          And the only way to allow people to be personally responsible for their character means we must support equality in law for the individual to have that opportunity. That is what is under threat by this group-based approach today mistakenly thinking that illiberal equity is preferable to the liberal ideal of legal equality, that illiberal ideology this time and for the first time will not logically end at totalitarian rule that must erase respect and protection for the individual in law.

          We are seeing the reframing of history to represent the arc of Western history as all bad, all about power, all about hegemony. Well, step back and compare and contrast with every other human civilization and system of governance and one will realize just how far the liberal experiment has brought us. To cast these unquestionable facts of radical development towards the betterment of humanity aside and begin framing our historical narrative in as negative a light as possible is a tremendous disservice to those of all ‘identities’ we owe a debt of gratitude for their liberal contribution towards fulfilling in part those promises of 1776.

          That there’s a way to go is not in question. That everything is not utopian is obvious. That our history includes some terrible injustices is quite true. But to focus only on these as an excuse to dismantle and undermine the principles of liberal democracy is by far a greater injustice than forcing the sons and daughters to take a knee today for some of the unjust actions committed by fathers and mothers once upon a time. The revisionist history we support today presents is no less an existential threat than done covertly school by school by school by ‘social justice warriors’ than the overt threat by armed insurrection. Our individual character is in question, and so we will see if we can measure up to answering the call as did those who have come before us.

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          • My goodness Tildeb. Your first five paragraphs just OOZE with elegant articulation and profound clarity for me now. Wow. Just WOW. Thank you. 🙂

            I need to take some deep breaths for a bit, gather myself, then go back and reread your wonderful elaboration. Mainly too… I need to finish reading all of it! Likely 2-3 times. Hah! 😄

            I shall return with more. 😉

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            • What I’m trying to say using D-Day and the individual stories that center on a few aboriginal ones is that history to be understood is not a single narrative written by victors but a compilation of a thousand different stories that share a central theme. And that theme is what is eventually codified into its simplest version. But appreciation for this version rests in thousands of pieces and so I raised the unit’s history as an example. But it always goes back to the individuals involved, their stories, and how their compiled actions multiplied into shaping what was to follow.

              Colonialism, for example, is not a policy. It’s a way of life. To erect boundaries and claim only European whites and their descendants are to blame for it is not historical; it’s an ideological narrative used to fit a selected belief. In Canada, for example, the Iroquois ‘colonized’ the land of the Mohawk, who in turn colonized the land of the Huron, who in turn colonized the land of the Chippewa, who in turn colonized the land of the Oneida, and so on. So claims of historical land ownership as if interrupted only by the French and British is ludicrous. So these tribes get together, claim they are a monolith that never existed in history, in order to create a single ‘colonizer’ that successfully pushed them off the lands they had pushed others off of! A recent genetic study indicating this model (comparing burial grounds to specific families) accurately described this constant ‘colonizing’ by First Nations tribes. Naturally, the studies were called ‘racist’ and stopped. We wouldn’t want to disturb the current narrative (by teaching revisionist ‘history’) of vilifying all things Western in order to create a monolithic Bad Guy we can blame for all the world’s ills.

              Anyway, that was my intention. Sorry for the length.

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            • I haven’t yet read this reply because I only just finished my response I just posted… below. Lol 😉

              I will probably have to read and reply to your latest comment-reply tomorrow afternoon or evening. Also, as you might remember, this week I prepare to travel first to Mom’s in central Texas, then flying out of Austin, TX the next morning for Mackinac Island. 😁

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            • No need to apologize Tildeb for the length. 🙂 Usually with my blog-posts, comments can require more length and detail in order to articulate more precisely the thoughts, concepts, disagreements, etc. Please don’t feel you must always apologize for necessary detail and elaboration to convey exactly what you mean.

              Sometimes/Often oversimplification—no matter how concise one feels they’ve been—can still cause misunderstandings, even disasters. The very nature of human communication is not only fluid with unique backgrounds relative to the writer/speaker as well as the reader/listener, and those can all fluctuate. Thus, communication is also geographically cultured/based, so every single person carries to some degree personal biases which can and do influence a listener’s, a reader’s reception. The same applies to the writer/speaker. All of this is to say that I do not mind extensive details and pedantry as others might, especially on subjects of a critical nature. Homeland Security certainly has more than two commands when the nation is under (perceived) threat:

              Step A) When a bang/boom is heard, proceed to step B.

              Step B) Push and hold down red button that is labelled: “Nuclear Arsenal Launch.”

              Right!? Lol 😉 Oversimplification, sometimes disguised as “concise,” is one of my personal pet-peeves. Consider if you will the sheer number of synonyms we have of nearly every single English word. That speaks volumes, if I can employ a pun, of what I’m saying. 😛 Plus, it’s also my personal opinion that many people are just too hectically rushed, or really lazy if disinterested, and therefore hide behind that word/concept of concise. Oversimplification and hyper-convenience pervade our current American society. It’s widespread and its habits of (gross) presumption certainly has its problems in human interaction. But enough about the many flaws of human engagement.

              I think when you elaborated that “…appreciation for this version rests in thousands of pieces…” and going back to the individuals that participated is essentially saying what I hope I am implying: that every single human perspective in epic and/or traumatic experiences has a level of significant value, if not just to help stitch together the many parts of a greater whole, a completed tapestry. In art, timeless masterpieces are not composed of one, two or three (ethnic, racial) colors, if I may. As we know well, the color spectrum is a multitude of color shades. The microscopic, atomic, and sub-atomic levels make our existence quite fluid for god’s sake! 😄 And THAT is just what the HUMAN eye can see! There are more subtle colors and shades that we cannot see by the naked eye!

              Therefore Tildeb, I think we are on the same page, but as is usually the case you are a much better accomplished writer than I am. I’m pleased to admit that you keep me on my toes almost 24/7. 😄 😉

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            • “every single human perspective in epic and/or traumatic experiences has a level of significant value, if not just to help stitch together the many parts of a greater whole, a completed tapestry.”

              Just so. These are the tiny hands that shape and craft the generalized version we call history. Replacing all of this with an ideologically formulated narrative to suit one framing is not history (like the 1619 Project); it’s indoctrination.

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            • Agreed. 👍🏼

              If I can complicate somewhat what I was conveying earlier 😛 , I personally try to live by a motto of being inclusive rather than exclusive. I always prefer a well-oiled TEAM! Hence, aside from the more complex justice system, convictions, and types of incarcerations, outside of that… I have never liked Cancel Culture or unjustified ostracism. And I’ve always loathed elitism. I think you understand what I mean here Tildeb. 🙂

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            • So many unsung heroes. But sure, always those who aren’t, too. History is always very messy. I wonder how much longer will be the opportunity I had as a teacher to ask a classroom who so and so was and why should any of us know anything about them? This building, that institution, the statue over there, the sign over here, that river, the road name, whatever. Almost every day. I didn’t give answers but left it up to them to answer at some later date. I would usually add a story to the name later – often something local and unusual or noteworthy or funny but something to help explain what THEY encountered today. Thank goodness these didn’t have to pass today’s moral hallway monitors and historical sanitizers and the perpetually offended grievance archeologists; historical effects were what mattered and that could and often did promote discussions about positive and negative. Of course, kids these days cannot possibly cope with the potential ‘harm’ such informed consideration might yield, even though I know more than a generation of students who were a bit more hardy and seemed not just capable but actually interested in learning from the past and discussing it with passion. How shocking. So today we are supposed to protect them from this learning and give trigger warnings and shape only approved and suitable anodyne narratives about Western heritage predigested to remove the impurities for them, to foster unquestioning and/or self-censoring consumption I guess… while claiming concern that no one knows why so many don’t seem able to learn from history. Such a mystery. It must be the white colonizer’s fault. Ooo, let’s find ‘another way of knowing’ instead and write a haiku about it.

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            • HAH! 😄 That’s a delightful way of describing the NECESSARY negative and pain that like it or not, is indeed a lesson-learning tool, and a very integral process at that!!!

              How shocking. So today we are supposed to protect them from this learning and give trigger warnings and shape only approved and suitable anodyne narratives about Western heritage predigested to remove the impurities for them, to foster unquestioning and/or self-censoring consumption I guess…

              You sounded so much like my Dad there it was weird! You’ve actually put in a superb way my answer/response to my Mom, sister, and daughter—referring back to my blog-post Five Hundred Yards and me and my son watching HBO’s Band of Brothers, despite its graphic scenes; sorry folks, that’s war and it is utterly horrific!—and their concern, question put to me: Are you a lover of war and violence? Tildeb, you’ve essentially stated here what I attempted to explain to them and anyone else about my personal passions (for the sake of education and NOT repeating horrific history!) for military history and those men (and now women) who have sacrificed SO MUCH for the greater good, a much better, peaceful world. And btw Tildeb, my Dad would never dilute or sanitize things for me cuz obviously the USMC doesn’t do it that way, nor did he spare me the painful lessons of life, e.g. this blog-post: To Operate A Mechanical Edger.

              Hell, Tildeb… even when I’m drinking, enjoying a cocktail, beer, wine, etc? Rarely, in fact almost always I never want anything diluted or “light”! I want STOUT. I want bold flavors from my beer and my wines. The only spirit I will allowed to be “purified” are my vodkas—at least distilled 7-times, preferably 10 or more. This is how I prefer my libations. This is how I prefer my relationships: boldly raw, brutally honest, and acutely proactive. This is how I want to experience life, NOT just the happy, joyous Silver-linings 24/7, 365 days… but all the despair, pain, and tribulations too that come with life that yes indeed IS MESSY! If you don’t have the hard parts, the painful parts as well, then you will NEVER fully appreciate the joy, euphoria, and tranquility of all the good. Everything enhances the other and the opposite, or should… shouldn’t they? Lol 🙂

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            • Real life is a hard teacher: it gives one the punishment first and then leaves you to figure out the lesson. I learned that lesson while hugging various toilets and understanding that I had spent hard-earned money for the privilege. It’s a good reminder that none of us are born smart, me most of all. I have always had a long way to go.

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            • On a totally different topic Tildeb, my Mom and sister wanted me to give you their personal thanks for your wonderful insight and tips for our trip to Mackinac Island. 🙂 ❤️ And I thank you as well Sir.

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            • Tildeb,

              If I can request a bit more of your excellent knowledge and writing skills please, I wanted to share this PBS Amanpour & Company segment. I usually watch 2-4 times a week Amanpour & Company along with PBS NewsHour and Judy Woodruff. In this 16-min interview May 28, 2021 by Walter Isaacson with Kathleen Kingsbury, the new Opinion Editor of The New York Times, they talk about Cancel Culture, social-media’s influence on the American public, and eventually the 1619 Project you mentioned. When I caught this interview I was very intrigued. And when Kingsbury got to the part about the 1619 Project, I had heard that title once before, but knew nothing about it.

              Due to the mass, extensive changes COVID-19 caused for “science & safety” minded intelligent Texans like myself, 😉 my daily/weekly life was turned upside down. As a result of this, my “time” to hear, watch, or read current news was drastically effected! Believe it or not Tildeb, I didn’t know a damn thing about the 1619 Project or this new modern trend of ostracism called Cancel Culture, but after catching this segment, I now know a bit more. I’m not an expert on these subjects, but I’m no longer naïve either. I really liked what Kathleen Kingsbury had to say. That said though, please know as well that I do not always agree with The New York Times, or their Magazine and journalists. There are plenty of other news sources and journalists to consider and read too, THANKFULLY! 🙂 But I did want to get your thoughts on this 16-min interview with her, if of course you have the time Sir. Thank you.

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            • These are hard questions to answer quickly.

              Regarding the new(ish) editor Kathleen’s interview, there’s a reason why it’s now called the New Woke Times and the is an overarching reason why all the best columnists and reporters who have left it over the past couple of years give us a pretty strong clue why. In a nutshell, the rank and file from the various departments of the Times have a strong tendency to follow lockstep with the woke twitter mob and then tell the editors what they may and may not write. If they balk, they get fired or have to write an apology to the staff and the liberals are a dwindling cohort against this onslaught. But Kathleen herself is an expert at using the right language, striking the right tone,. relying on tried and true acceptable words and phrases to make it seem like it’s all good, to make it appear by narrative that the Times is fair and balanced rather than the flagship legacy media it is for the Woke.

              So when it comes to the 1619 Project – a project paid for by the Times and then presented to the country as if in answer to the crimes of racism, winning a Pulitzer for the author – one might think the much vaunted ideal of only printing what’s true, presenting facts behind their selection of which columns to publish as Kathleen insists is the reason for people leaving the Times or not being published, one might be surprised to find out that the Times itself and without warning edited its own version of the 1619 Project several times and on different platforms under its banner to pretend it never said what many critics with doctorates in American history had pointed out it had said. No admission of guilt. No editorial explanation for these changes. And when caught red handed (gee, I wonder where THAT term comes from?), the admission was one of editorial confusion between platform editors and never, not once, an admission that its so-called editorial reliance on factual ‘research’ relied entirely on selected ‘lived experiences’ versus much validated contrary facts. (This lovely little insight article is from a fact checker who strenuously disagreed and whose expertise whenever this arose was promptly ignored. Here’s a compilation from historians of why the 1619 Project is cause for great concern by real historians.)

              Every single advancement in civil rights in legislation and enacted by legal enforcement since 1619 to address the lack of legal equality for minorities of all kinds are ALL waved away as ‘camouflage’ for embedded racism against only blacks to keep to the 1619 Project’s central tenet unchanged and unbending. In other words, the ‘conclusion’ from all this supposed ‘historical’ research relying on ‘facts’ not surprisingly is the premise used to adjudicate the historical record itself and ‘correct’ it when reality falls short! By fiat.

              It’s as much an accurate portrayal of national history as Mein Kamph is for Germany. Sure, there are many facts within each, but both are framed stories, ideological narratives, with a lot of correct facts but organized to look like history when they aren’t. The ‘Project’ uses sifted history to be interpreted with by only a racist framing that, unsurprisingly, finds nothing but racism. Whodathunk? Quick: give that author an award!

              That it finds 1776 and all the documents associated with this watershed historical moment to be nothing but additional camouflage for racism demonstrates its skewed ‘research’ and it has nothing whatsoever to do with what’s true.

              The 1619 Project is a truly shining example of ‘progressive’ woke confirmation bias hard at work. (Even the term ‘woke’ has been stolen to falsely present vindictive racism as if an extension of civil rights when in fact it’s exactly the opposite.) And it also won a Pulitzer for Hannah-Jones its author, just like Kathleen had won at the Boston Globe for what I am told is really good journalism! Same prize; but two very, very different reasons for them.

              And the second reason (not for good journalism but for espousing the ‘correct’ ideology) – a way to address ‘systemic’ racism by following the dictates and teaching of CRT an dimpose it on vulnerable youth by means of public education – is to attach never-ending blame to white people who are the only source of never-ending racism and who can atone only by actively promoting anti-racism for life. Think I’m stretching the truth here? Hardly:

              “White people raised in Western society are conditioned into a white supremacist worldview because it is the bedrock of our society and its institutions … Entering the conversation with this understanding is freeing because it allows us to focus on how—rather than if—our racism is manifest.” Robin D’Angelo White Fragility

              Yup: if you’re white, we’re racist. Forever. Too bad. So sad.

              So how do we overcome manifesting our inherent and institutionalized racism? Gotta love this gem from the High Priest of CRT Himself:

              “The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.” Ibram Kendi How to be an Anti-Racist

              Biden has granted federal money to education in civics and history that specifically cites Kendi’s works as well as the 1619 Project, both of which are pure Critical Race Theory benchmark works now in action. Both, just like D’Angelo’s works, are diametrically opposed to ending racism. Both want never-ending retribution determined by racial affiliation, by the colour of one’s skin. (Who cares this is diametrically opposed to King’s version that asks for the content of character in its stead? I CAN’T BREATHE is the only proper response to legitimate criticism. Both are deeply anti-liberal and see individual rights and freedoms in law as camouflage for more systemic racism against blacks.

              This reformatted version of Marxist ideology, and the mewling appeasement by invertebrate people everywhere like Kathleen Kingsbury and the legions of woke progressive social justice warriors who promote it and think well of themselves doing what they can to protect it from legitimate criticism, is a huge threat to liberal democracy.

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            • It might be a day or four(?) 😛 Tildeb before I can really digest your reply here and then comment with a hopeful, decent amount of clarity and relevant cognizance. 😄 And you are certainly correct that all these are “hard questions to answer quickly” or as I would put it: oversimplifying it for the sake of speed, or laziness. Thank you Sir for NOT doing that, obviously with your always well thought out responses and high quality checked, edited, rechecked, re-edited details required for such complex topics. What you produce in perhaps 30-mins, JEBUS H. CHRISTMAS, would take me 3-hours to construct and nowhere near as eloquent as you compose. 😆 Bravo to you! 👏

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            • Have a great trip. Here’s something else to consider over the weekend and into next week. I look forward to you explaining why I’m wrong.

              Understanding why CRT is deplorable and understanding the intention to undermine liberal values smeared with lovely and noble sentiments matters greatly I think. This is a legacy issue. Today’s inverted version of what ‘progressive’ means makes it a stealth ideology that is very, very seductive because to champion it makes one FEEL like a selfless and good person standing opposed to those painted as the worst of the worst. And one must be a bigot and a racist to stand against CRT we are told repeatedly by the mob bullies of Twitter and those ethical invertebrates who think this is true, a misogynist and sexist pig to stand against children deciding to undergo surgical transformations of their reproductive organs, a deplorable person to stand against sending fully intact male sexual predators into serving sentences in women’s prisons because they ‘feel’ they should, a Nazi to support Zionism, and so on. The woke ideology will go after liberal values with remarkable intolerance no matter where they are to be found. Why this clue doesn’t hit home to more people on the Left is a great mystery to me. I suspect it’s because too many people swim in the waters of liberalism on a day to day basis but have no clue they do so, that they are privileged to do so, that there’s a debt to be paid for inheriting this prize. This is why comparisons of today’s ‘progressive’ woke folk to the Red Guard are valid, why references to Orwell’s 1984 are appropriate and frighteningly accurate.

              More importantly, understanding CRT and how the woke movement generally is an existential threat to the liberal experiment and standing against its incursion wherever it tries to gain headway is essential to defusing the most powerful ammunition the Right can use to gain moderate support for their next populist. I think there’s a strong argument to be made that this is the SAME battle but on a different field that led to the rise of the Third Reich.

              (Notice, please, the same rise in acceptable anti-Semitism across the Western landscape… most popularly in the form of those poor Palestinians, donchaknow, the ones who teach the acceptance as fact the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, who are taught both on television and in school at early elementary levels that Jews are monkeys and apes, the same poor Palestinians who pay those and their families who kill Jews with bonus cash and pensions, the poor Palestinians who have been represented at every bargaining table by those who steadfastly reject every potential solution to living peacefully with an Israeli state, who fire rockets indiscriminately into civilian populations (including their own), who demand ‘From river to the sea, Palestine will be free’, and so on, who have outlawed Jewish participation in their governance and social programs, and so on. But the ‘apartheid’ state is Israel, we are told constantly. This anti-Semitism embraced as Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions is part and parcel of the Woke mantra to demonstrate allegiance with poor victims rather than what it is: anti-Semitism cloaked as a virtue of inclusion and diversity by claiming that inequity damns Israelis for not dying in equal numbers every time armed conflict breaks out, and this is evidence of its fascist state.) The Left, by going along with this ideological attack against liberal values in every arena, empowers the Right with those who are politically moderate. Until more of us on the Left figure this out and DO something about it, the more danger we are facing in the coming years to any peaceful legal recourse to protect our equal individual rights and freedoms from the perniciousness of imposing equity on all. The woke Left are attacking the liberalism while the Right responds by attacking democracy. Liberal democracy is at risk from both.

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            • Hmmmm. 🤔 Quite interesting.

              I haven’t yet read entirely your latest comment-reply Tildeb, but because I usually do not demarcate race, gender, and ethnicity—two human conditions NO ONE on Earth can ever pre-select before or at birth, right?—for anyone’s given parental rearing, however, these conditions/traits DO come into play by the age of say one’s twenties and beyond when personal/individual (learned) intelligence and critical-thinking have been well (or not?) developed. In other words, most all humans become 100% responsible and accountable for their words and behavior… AS WELL AS their silence and inaction. The exception to this would of course be mental and/or physical-biological disabilities… also born with and not “pre-selected.” BUT… it must be kept in mind that a person’s race, gender, and ethnicity can never be totally ignored and not factored into human events, personal experience, and history. Yes, after their 20’s they do become a lesser factor, but never ever reduced to zero. Does that make sense? Am I conveying this personal thinking preference clearly regarding other people’s differences to me?

              Assuming I have conveyed (up above) my personal thinking preference (template) clearly, I DO NOT utilize this cognitive template when it comes to a person’s or group’s creed, ideologies, or political, social, and economic persuasions and/or tendencies. These are all paradigms, habits, conditioning, formulated when a person has become mature, educated (learned?), and fully accountable for their words and behavior AND their silence and/or inaction. I personally believe this is especially true in regard to religious faiths/beliefs. I do not hold vague, unverifiable lifestyles or life-choices like mythical religions as ANY VALID defense to commit human rights violations, genocide, wars, and massacres. Period!

              So as one case and point of my personal thinking template about another person’s or group’s words/actions, and this is indeed a very controversial position I have on the matter, is this…

              In 1947-48 the victorious (primary) Allied nations (including the U.S.) wrongly and immorally allowed and assisted Israel—as a Criminal Accessory—to invade, occupy, and kill Palestinians and Arabs with levels of immoral impunity to the present day. According to verifiable history, Israel absolutely has no legal or historical justification whatsoever for being in the eastern Levant on/in Palestine’s ancestral homelands. But due to exactly what you’ve mentioned Tildeb about CRT:

              “This is a legacy issue. Today’s inverted version of what ‘progressive’ means makes it a stealth ideology that is very, very seductive…”

              That is exactly what Zionist Jews seductively played or utilized—sympathetically and empathetically—upon the international community and the U.N., primarily the United States government, in 1946-1948 after the unspeakable atrocities of WW2’s Holocaust. And now because of this horrible blunder that really began with Theodor Herzl, then the post-WW1 Balfour Declaration, and culminated with the WORST judgement/decision in 1947-48 by the U.S., France, and Great Britain to force through the U.N. the creation of Israel in the worst location possible on Earth: around Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank. What an utterly ASININE thing to do for all the wrong reasons!!! Now the West, and particularly the United States, are paying for this horrible blunder for the last near 75-years. 🤦‍♂️

              If you are interested Tildeb and have the time—while I’m in Mackinac Island and then reading/reviewing THIS latest comment-reply, to return to later—I have a 3-part series about this idiotic debacle by the U.S. in 1947-48 called: The Circus of Recycling. Three extensive Parts detailing why I and thousands of other Americans believe we need to break such intimate (religious) ties with Israel. The sooner the better. Israel should be completely dissolved, for many profound reasons, the least of which is what 75-yrs of history has clearly shown us. The Palestinians and Arabs have every right to DEFEND their ancestral homelands!

              Okay Tildeb, now I must truly prepare for our trip. I won’t be able to return until I’m back. I hope that’s fine with you Sir. 🙂

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            • So who were all those people around Jesus’ time?

              Jews long predate Arabs in the levant. So there most certainly is a historical context for creating Israel out of Transjordan where Jews had always lived. Notice that ONLY Jews, however, accepted partition and only Jews imposed forced migration on other Jews from what the UN determined should be Palestinian lands at the time? Look what happened: immediate war with countries insisting Israel had no right to exist and would impose a military solution instead. Four times this has happened. What hasn’t happened (until very recently) is wider recognition that Israel should have the right to exist at all. This is the camp you fall into and the inevitable result of that kind of position means more war, not less, more terrorism, not less, more Iranian influence, not less, more instability in the region, not less. I don’t see any of this a good thing.

              This ongoing deeply biased vilification of all things Israeli fuels anti-Semitism and not Israel’s actions. If the actions were the concern, then far worse action from Palestinian official policies of state sanction murdering of Jews to China’s treatment of the Uyghurs would be condemned equivalently and would supposedly cause equivalent anti-Palestinian and Chinese intolerance and calls for divestment, boycotts, and sanctions. Obviously they don’t. Only Israel. And this is true across the board in all issues, constant vilification of Israel and complete silence otherwise.

              You’re being played.

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            • I encourage you to read my 3-part series about this, if you can. 🙂 Meanwhile, I must put all of this on hold till my return the week of June 21st. Take care Tildeb. ❤️

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            • I responded but have included a couple of links that I suspect WordPress has automatically taken it into moderation.

              Also, I think you’ve chosen a fabulous weekend of moderate temperatures with no major weather systems on their way to screw up your trip. The very hot period ending just prior to your arrival should warm the waters and make it much more pleasant on the island afterwards (the system that changes the air looks like Thursday morning. At least, that’s how it’s looking this Tuesday evening. But then, you knew all this when you selected the date!

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            • Yeah, I had to “Approve” it out of Moderation—damn automated Spamming machines! ✊👎 —they are the reason for this level of filtering and protection on the world-wide-web. Internet protection, safety, etc, has its pros and cons, but usually I am okay with it. To me the www/internet, especially social-media, is just like a world-wide free-for-all 24/7 orgy! Smart people who are not reckless at least wear condoms, and practice other common sense behaviors, right!? 😁

              We think we have chosen a wonderful time, yes. We were all just checking the forecast there and it looks (for now) like an average of low-70’s during the day, mid- to upper 50’s at night, sunny or partly cloudy the entire stay on Mackinac Island. We are very excited! 🙂

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            • According to verifiable history, Israel absolutely has no legal or historical justification whatsoever for being in the eastern Levant on/in Palestine’s ancestral homelands.

              The verifiable history shows a Jewish/Judean presence in the region. Most serious scholars/archaeologists accept that the Israelites and Judeans arose from the native Canaanite population. That seems to be reasonable historic justification.

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            • CR, 👍🏼

              I’m replying to this comment last after your comment later below, if you don’t mind. My apologies if my replies are a bit too short—my family and I are currently on vacation—but I have a few moments to quickly respond while some of them rest/nap. 🙂

              As I mentioned to Tildeb above, I wrote a much more extensive, expanded background of reasoning and research behind my personal position about the modern state of Israel’s creation and geographical location in my 3-part blog-series The Circus of Recycling. This might give you a much more thorough understanding of why I (personally) think Israel has no legitimate 1947-48 grounds to claim, invade, and now occupy Palestine, the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, etc, as a bordered, self-governing State/Nation inside of Palestine. Nor do they possess these grounds today or the last 74+ years… anymore than we Euro-American descendants have the right to claim the modern USofA as our God-given right to take Native American Indians 800-1000 year ancestral lands. 😉

              Anyway, catch my drift CR? Reversing so much ancient and/or mid- to modern history according to whomever’s “god” is a messy nasty business in my academic professional opinion. However, it doesn’t mean ignore it all and continue to commit Violations Against Humanity, these last 75 to 150 years, does it?

              As a bit of light-hearted humor CR, with my own family heritage and ancestry I would not mind one bit returning to my own ancestral lands in either Chambons-Mentoulles of Cluson Valley, between Turin, Italy and Lyon, France, or the Alsace-Lorraine region of eastern France near the Swiss border between the towns of Vauthiermont and Baillou, France… rather than staying in Texas. One big reason my ancestors fled Southern Europe was 1) the intolerant violent Catholic Church, 2) constant wars, battles, fighting between ruling royal Lords/Nobility, and 3) because of #2 poor unstable work and economies/jobs for no land ownership. 😄 Isn’t it funny how much of history repeats? Those 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th-century conditions in Southern Europe are now (and have been) materializing inside Texas, or rather the modern ultra-Red, Conservative/Religious and Evangelical-Fundamental sociopolitical movements, for at least the last 6-10 decades. Ugh! Yuk! 🤢

              CR, I’d LOVE to be back in eastern, southeastern France on/in my “ancestral lands” right now! 😉

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          • Don’t let it go to your head Tildeb, 😉 (hehehe)… but THAT elaboration was pleasantly beyond what I expected. Thank you. Furthermore, I see now and understand better what exactly you are stating, promoting, and defending.

            I would never wish to speak a disservice to ANY individual veteran or unit or branch of service, past or present, if they’ve honorably upheld (or beyond) the core values and served well (or better) the exact ideals, ethos, and highest standards and principles of the Unit & Branch. My own father, as a USMC Marine, instilled in me, as best he could without me ever enlisting in the Corp, was deadly serious about these characteristics: Honor, Courage and Commitment both in combat, serving the Corp, and in public while not deployed or serving. Most all of the men and several women in my Father’s immediate and extended family all served in one of the major Branches of our military. Myself, if I had not pursued collegiate then professional soccer after graduating H.S., definitely would have enlisted in the USMC or Army. But my career in semi-pro and pro soccer, then post-grad into Psych/A&D rehab and therapy, took me down a different career/life path. But most all of what I grew up with and around our military servicemen and women has always stuck with me. I absolutely have the HIGHEST regard, respect, and gratitude to our veterans, alive or deceased, who served well and perfectly those values, standards I mentioned above.

            That said, unfortunately there are always “bad apples in the bunch” that dishonor and betray those highest standards and principles, and abuse their positions of advantage and weapons experience. Of course those bad apples, evil men can be found in any military units/branches in the U.S. and the world’s other nations. I know you know this too Tildeb. 😉

            Nevertheless, I do want you to know that it will NEVER be my intention to be a disservice to the personal stories, sacrifice, and highest service standards that SO MANY soldiers, veterans, etc, willingly give for people like me: a 58-yr old American man that has never had to serve or volunteered to serve in peace-time for the precise reason those men and women who have… have afforded me “other” career-life choices! I have and always WILL hold our military servicemen and women in the highest regard!*

            Again Tildeb, thank you so much for your excellent, exquisite elaboration.

            ——————

            * — That have served honorably (or above) their military branch’s/unit’s core and sub-core values, and “honorably discharged” or paid the ultimate sacrifice. 🙏

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    • Sometimes the problem isn’t purposely not teaching something or suppressing it, although that also can be an issue too, but rather a breadth versus depth issue.

      Breadth—think a textbook trying to cover as much of the most important information as possible—can’t go into as much depth on narrow topics. Going from largest topic: World War II.

      Then narrowing it down: Battles – D-day – Native American soldiers on D-Day

      However, as one narrows down a broad topic and starts to gain depth, inevitably it’s difficult to develop depth on all narrow topics because for any Broad topic there are thousands of different ways you can narrow it down. This is part of the reason that most PhDs have to specialize. You can’t be an expert in everything. So it also unfortunately comes down to limits of time and interests.

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      • CR,

        It is very good to see you again Sir. It has been a long time; welcome back! 🙂

        I quickly read through your comments; enjoyed this one especially.

        “…as one narrows down a broad topic and starts to gain depth, inevitably it’s difficult to develop depth on all narrow topics because for any Broad topic there are thousands of different ways you can narrow it down. This is part of the reason that most PhDs have to specialize. You can’t be an expert in everything. So it also unfortunately comes down to limits of time and interests.”

        I find that very much true. In fact, I wrote a lengthy 4-part blog-series about that one tricky process of condensing historical breath down to narrow, specific depths entitled Games of Unknowledging that perhaps you’d find interesting, time permitting, as much as I enjoyed researching and learning all the various complex components of Knowledge vs. Ignorance. I mean, there are a minimum of four (4) classifications of ignorance and likely more:

        • A Native or Innocent State
        • Time and Mental Constraints – as you mentioned CR
        • Moral-Exemplary Caution
        • Strategic Subterfuge

        And furthermore, the task of digging up all the specific depths/details to forensically piece together is not a 1-2 week project by any stretch of the imagination I should think! The required (minimum) time is no less than months, perhaps 1-3 years and more if one is a stickler for accurate details and context, right? 😉

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