You almost have to feel sorry for the dolts that complain about the founding fathers as “old dead white men”. Almost. But then stupidity on that level is beyond my ability to pity. I can only shake my head in disbelief.
The fact that they have a right to say something so stupid is granted by the words written by “old dead white men”.
Reading about the disdain for the Founding Father’s as old dead white men got me to thinking about other dead white men. I know it’s against the fashion of the times to respect the accomplishments of white men, dead or alive, but I shudder to think what life would be or have been without them.
Without the words of William Shakespeare we would not have some of the greatest words ever put to paper. This dead white guy has entertained and enlightened for centuries.
Countless movies and stories have been written using his work as a template. The ignorant don’t know that because they don’t bother to learn. How many stories have been written using Romeo and Juliet alone? Would the world be a better place without Hamlet and the Tempest? Stretching the mind seems to have gone out of fashion too.
Without Mozart,Beethoven and Tchaikovsky the world would not have some of the finest music every heard. And try to imagine a world without “da da da da” of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony used so many times and so many places.
How about the way modern music often ripped off the classical music? Did you know back in 1976 there was “A Fifth of Beethoven” by Walter Murphy which was a disco version of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, featured in Saturday Night Fever?
Then there was “Song Sung Blue” by Neil Diamond – based on Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21”, second movement back in 1972.
“Annie’s Song” by John Denver – based on Peter Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, second movement in 1974.
And in 1960 Elvis Presley had a hit with “It’s Now or Never” which was from di Capua’s O Solo Mio. Mario Lanza had a hit with it but Presley’s version went to number one and it was an international hit. But Elvis is just another dead white guy, right?
An old dead white guy named Henry Ford revolutionized the world of manufacturing with his assembly line. That then made the automobile affordable for the average family. No big thing and by all accounts old Henry wasn’t a very nice man. But imagine the world without his contribution.
How about two white brothers named Wright, they were inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful airplane. Imagine a world without the contribution of Wilbur and Orville.
Yet to some of the fools spouting off about dead white men the color of their skin is more important than what they gave the world. If they could see the world of today they might decide it would be better to stick with bicycles.
Let’s see, what other old dead white men can we excoriate for the color of their skin?
How about Galileo? Italian scientist and scholar Galileo made pioneering observations that laid the foundation for modern physics and astronomy. Galileo expressed openly his support of the Copernican theory that the earth and planets revolved around the sun.
Church Inquisition consultants pronounced Copernican theory heretical. In 1616, Galileo was ordered not to “hold, teach, or defend in any manner” the Copernican theory regarding the motion of the earth. Galileo obeyed the order for seven years, partly to make life easier and partly because he was a devoted Catholic.
But who cares about this old white guy? Imagine a world where he never existed. And imagine a people so ignorant they would despise him for the color of his skin.
Who should we decide is not important next based on the lack of melanin in his skin?
How about Jonas Salk?
How about Louis Pasteur? Might as well include a Frenchman. After all he too suffers from a lack of melanin.
Funny thing, I was taught all my life that racism is wrong. My white mother and father taught me that. They taught me that judging a person by the color of their skin was not only wrong it was stupid. Silly old white people often think silly things like that.
I could go on and on with the contributions of white men to the world we know today. It would do little good with those who actually are stupid enough to think of the Founding Fathers as old dead white men. A closed mind gathers no wisdom.
A person determined to blame others for the problems in their life and then place that blame by skin color has nothing to contribute to this, or any other society. They spew their venom and pollute the world around them.
There are millions of good, productive black citizens who have made a success of their lives. They contribute to their community and their country every day. The are policemen, soldiers, firemen, musicians, wives, husbands, mothers, father, nurses, doctors and whatever the hell they decided to be. They didn’t sit on their asses and whine about the white folks that held them down. They did something. They made a life for themselves and their children.
I think the whiners call these people “Uncle Tom” if they don’t join in their whiny chorus. They must denigrate these people lest the young see that the race-baiters are liars and thieves. Thieves of their future.