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Friday, May 12, 2006

So what explains Kevin Federline?

Winston McCuen

Reading, Writing and Race

Reading, Writing and Race - J.R. Berry Reports
WEB EXCLUSIVE - J.R. Berry's extended interview with Winston McCuen
Reaction to News19's Story

(Cayce) - Inside the walls of Brookland-Cayce High School, you expect students to be treated equally. But a viewer tip led News19 online where a teacher's comments left us asking questions.

"These sorts of things are going to upset people, but the truth can be very upsetting," said Brookland-Cayce High School teacher Winston McCuen.

That truth, at least according to McCuen, is that black people are inferior to whites.

"Intellectually, yes they are," said McCuen. "This has been confirmed over and over, and this is a generalization. Again, there are some blacks who are more intelligent than individual whites. But as a rule, that is true. I-Q tests prove it over, and over and over."

News19's J.R. Berry asked McCuen, "Do you think slavery in America was a good thing? "Yes," said McCuen. "In America there was a rational assessment saying listen, if we give these people freedom right as they are and you have to go back to see how they were, you can't assume they were like us.

J.R. asked, "How were they?" "They were coming out of the jungles," said McCuen. "They had been enslaving each other for centuries in Africa, and in terms of being used to rule of law, they knew none of that."

No doubt about it, Winston McCuen has controversial opinions. But do his views make it into the classroom? He teaches Latin at Brookland-Cayce. He told J.R. that most of his students are white.

J.R. asked," Is this something that enters your classroom, something you tell your students?" "I'm a Latin teacher, so I'm not teaching politics or history," said McCuen. "I'm just teaching Latin."

"We got off subject one day and he mentioned that slavery happened and he mentioned the Vice-President around Andrew Jackson's time, and that's how we got off on slavery," said 9th-grader Candace Carol. The Vice-President she was referring to is John C. Calhoun; someone Winston McCuen admires.

"John C. Calhoun: the greatest South Carolinian in terms of political understanding and wisdom," said McCuen. "And he argued that the institution of slavery was a positive good, and he called it a great good and it was good."

Before talking with us, McCuen posted his views on an internet Web site called "American Renaissance." Most of the comments on the site are aimed at blacks. McCuen's comments are no exception. For instance, last August, McCuen said, "There is no apology to be made for black slavery in America. Why should today's whites apologize for the wisdom of their ancestors?"

J.R. commented to McCuen, "There will be some people that will say those are racist remarks." "They can call them what they will," said McCuen. "But if they call it racist, I just say it's true and you've got to deal with that. I have a responsibility to speak the truth; I believe it is."

J.R. asked, "So if you have black students in your class, do you look down on them?" "No, "said McCuen. "I try to do the best I can with every student I've got."

J.R. asked, "But you just said they were inferior?" "You try to actualize whatever potential is there," said McCuen.

This isn't the first time Winston McCuen has been in the news. In 1999, he was a history teacher at St. Joseph's, a private high school in Greenville. McCuen hung a Confederate flag in his classroom. When parents complained, he was told by school officials to take it down. He didn't, and he was fired.
Yes, Africa was completely without law, order and civilization. Completely unable to build complex societies until the white man came.

Here's an example of African savagery:

West African Kingdoms

by: Donavan Duncan

It is generally accepted by scholars and scientists today that Africa is the continent where humankind first saw the light of day. Indeed, it is widely recognized as the original home of man. One of the most tragic misconceptions of historical thought has been the belief that Black Africa had no history before European colonization. Whites foster the image of Africa as a barbarous and savage continent torn by tribal warfare for centuries. It was a common assumption of nineteenth-century European and American Whites - promoted by the deliberate cultivation of pseudoscientific racism - that Africans were inferior to Whites and were devoid of any trace of civilization or culture.

It is only recently that more reliable studies has brought to light much information about great civilizations that developed in Africa while Europe was in the period often referred as the Dark Ages. The earliest of these mature civilizations were in West Africa. In a vast region south of the Sahara, Africans organized kingdoms which in time became great empires. This region is called the Sudan (a word meaning "land of the Blacks" in Arabic) The Sudan was important in the early history of Black Africa because the Africans first practiced agriculture in this region, and thus became the first people south of the Sahara to fashion and use iron tools and weapons. They were also among the first people in Africa to organize viable political systems. The Sudanic Blacks had learn to domesticate crops long before the coming of Christianity, and their grain production furnished food for an expanding population.

The first West African state of record was Ghana which had been ruled by over forty kings by the year 300 A.D. The early Ghanaians were a peaceful and prosperous people who developed an economy based on agriculture and mining. The power and prosperity of Ghana, and the two other descendant empires of Mali and Songhay, arose from the following factors: (1) the agricultural base in the Niger River Valley; (2) their control of trade as middlemen between the North African Arabs, the Saharan salt mines, and the gold mines of the Guinea forests; (3) the existence of the open Savannah (a treeless plain) which their armies could traverse quickly to hold the empires together; and (4) their eventual adoption of the Islamic faith. Islam contributed the Arabic script and language to the Sudanic empires, which became known as centers of learning and culture. The invasion of Ghana by the Muslems along with a disastrous series of droughts that dried up the vital Bagana and Wagadu Rivers helped to plunge the empire into economic decline; and it became easy prey for hordes of conquerors who completed its destruction by the thirteenth century.

After the fall of Ghana, a Black state called Mali became the successor power in West Africa. The king of Mali formed alliances with other Islamic rulers, and this military and religious strength made him the most powerful ruler in Africa. Mali was founded by the Mande people of the upper Niger River, famous for their weaving, mining and architecture. By the close of the fourteenth century, the Mali empire had achieved greater wealth and power than Ghana. Civil warfare, attacks from Mossi and Songhay, and the arrival of the Portuguese in Africa mortally reduced Mali's power.

The third of the great kingdoms of the West, Songhay, began in the early eight century at Gao near the bend of the River Niger. By 1500, the empire of Songhay had become the largest and most powerful state in the history of West Africa. Some of the most important innovations associated with this empire are the establishment of schools, a uniform system of weights and measures, the improvement of banking and credit procedures, reorganization of the armed forces, the promotion of more foreign trade, and the creation of an effective government administrative network throughout the land. As Songhay was a Moslem state, the laws of the Koran became the basis for the administration of justice. Songhay made its greatest progress in education during the reign of Askia Mohammed. Askia Mohammed was overthrown by his eldest son in 1529. The Moroccans and Spanish invaders from the north, defeated the Songhay forces and took control of Timbuktu; and the once great empire soon dissolved into warring regional factions. Thereafter, like Ghana and Mali, Songhay went into an inevitable decline as a major power in West African affairs.

Though most European explorers did not penetrate into Africa far enough to encounter the Guinea kingdoms until the nineteenth century, some visited the city of Benin as early as the sixteenth century. Benin, located in the forest of what is today Nigeria, was an impressive commercial and cultural state. Benin conducted large-scale trade throughout Western Africa. Benin evolved a system of currency (cowrie shells and metal rings called manillas). A number of new states emerged in Guinea during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Ashanti kingdom in the Gold Coast and the state of Dahomey were two of the most celebrated. These kingdoms developed complex and efficient systems of government, and their subjects lived in towns comparable to some of the leading cities of Europe.

The rise of the great kingdoms and empires in West Africa paralleled other civilizations which emerged elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa. Their existence proves that Africans were capable of managing their own affairs and creating noteworthy civilizations long before Europeans appeared on that continent. They left a heritage that continues to influence the lives of Blacks in Africa and abroad today.

You can see how primative and ignorant these Africans were, with their trade and metallurgy and linguistics.

Of course, none of these civilizaition took place in the jungle, so despite their wealth, they may not really count.

And he wonders why he keeps getting fired.

Oh,one other point, far more Kentuckians, white and black, served in the Union Army than in the Confederacy

Now let us turn to a brief statement of the strength of Kentucky's forces in both armies during the war:
Union Army

White troops 64,000
Negro troops 25,000
Total 89,000

plus 14,000 white Union state militia, making a total of 103,000 men that Kentucky gave to the Union.

Kentucky volunteers to the Confederate Army numbered some 35,000 to 40,000. The overall total of Kentuckians engaged was about 140,000 men.

Thus from the figures it is noted that Negroes supplied almost one-fourth of the total Union forces furnished by Kentucky. Of the total number of Kentucky white men in both armies almost one-third were Confederate.

To better understand how this tragic conflict was truly a brothers' war one has but to look at the war record of a few of the old and prominent families of the Bluegrass state. Families with names emblazoned indelibly on the history of Kentucky, such as:- Breckinridge, Bullitt, Marshall, Todd, Logan, Hardin, Morgan, Castleman, Garrard, Clay, Speed, Desha, Harlan, Preston, Shelby - to name but a few.

A section attached at the back of this paper attempts to show the heart rending divisions within some of these families. Another section shows the severed loyalties of counties and regions within the state. In Kentucky it was truly a Civil War with unbelievable complexities to the sentiments and loyalties expressed through the entire commonwealth from the Ohio River to the Tennessee line and from the mighty Mississippi to the pine covered Cumberlands.

There were 67 natives or residents of Kentucky who were Union Generals, whereas 38 natives or residents of the state were Confederate Generals. Only Virginia and Louisiana are said to have furnished more Confederate Generals. Some of the outstanding Union Generals from Kentucky were: Robert Anderson, William "Bull" Nelson, Thomas L. Crittenden, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Edward Hobson, Lovell H. Rousseau, Speed Fry, Green Clay Smith, and T. T. Garrard.

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