We’ve just about reached peak stupid in the hysteria over the Democrat Confederate flag. Now we’ve moved on to street names that heretofore didn’t bother anyone in Brooklyn.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries says it’s time to make Brooklyn’s General Lee Ave. history.
The main drag in the borough’s Fort Hamilton Army garrison is improbably named for the Confederate general who fought on the side of slavery.
The Brooklyn Democrat says it’s time to rename the roadway for a worthier honoree who actually hails from the ethnically diverse borough of Spike Lee, Joan Rivers and Jimmy Smits.
“There is no good reason for a street to be named after an individual who led the Confederate Army in the fight to keep slavery and racial subjugation alive in America,” said Jeffries.
“It is my hope that the we will do the right thing and find an appropriate local hero for whom the street can be renamed.”
If the people of Brooklyn want to go ahead and rename it there’s no problem with us. But the hypocrisy of it all is just too much. We even have a racist clown chiming in to help add to the stupidity.
Rev. Al Sharpton wants a new name for “General Lee Avenue” in Brooklyn, New York.
The street, which runs through the center of Fort Hamilton, which is New York City’s only US military base, was named in honour of Robert E. Lee, who led the Confederate troops during the Civil War. Lee served at Fort Ha from 1841-1846 while he was in the US Army.
Sharpton’s organisation, the National Action Network sent out a press release Wednesday announcing the group’s northeast regional director, Minister Kirsten John Foy, will be holding a press conference outside the base on Thursday. The release said Foy will “denounce” the street as well as the “recent discovery of a Confederate Flag painting on the ceiling of the second floor of the New York State Capitol waiting room in the Governor’s office.” Additionally, Sharpton is scheduled to hold a vigil on General Lee Avenue on Saturday.
Now this loathsome turd had been around decades stirring up racial hatred, but never before did he even notice General Lee Avenue. All of a sudden, though, the buffoon wants some camera time.
Making this all the more absurd is the fact Jeffries has an uncle who’s a vile black supremacist and anti-Semite.
Jeffries’ black supremacist views first came to public notice in the spring of 1988, when a white student, writing in the CCNY campus newspaper, catalogued the host of anti-white theories that Jeffries routinely advanced in one of his classes, Black Studies 101. Jeffries had been teaching at CCNY since 1972, when he was tapped to head the Black Studies department and was almost instantly granted tenure, thanks in no small part to a CCNY administration determined to appease a surging militancy among blacks on campus. Jeffries had little or no standard peer-reviewed scholarship to his name at the time he was granted tenure — or, for that matter, since.
In April 1990, the New York Times reported that another Jeffries class, nominally about African heritage, would have been truer to its content had it been offered under title of “Anti-Jewish Conspiracies 101.” Grossly overstating the participation of Jews in the transatlantic slave trade, Jeffries taught that “rich Jews who financed the development of Europe also financed the slave trade.” In a similar vein, he railed against the notion that the murder of six million Jews during World War II deserved to be recognized as a uniquely horrific act of genocide, complaining to his students that “the Jewish Holocaust is raised as the only Holocaust.”
Jeffries also used his class to retail his decidedly supremacist theory of human evolution. Blacks, according to Jeffries, were “sun people,” the culturally and racially superior counterparts of whites, the “ice people.”
The media is so lazy nobody seems to even be aware of the hypocrisy here. But it’s never bothered them before, so why would anyone expect them to notice now?
Dr. Jeffries’ teachings in the early 1990s about inherent traits of blacks and whites and the role of Jews in the slave trade put him at the center of a heated controversy. City College removed him as chairman of the department of black studies in 1992, arguing in court that he had been ineffective in the job. Dr. Jeffries said his free-speech rights had been violated and mounted a successful legal battle to get his job back. But his name has become synonymous with the confrontational racial politics of the time.
Dr. Jeffries’s legacy hasn’t been a significant factor for either of the younger Jeffries, who don’t employ the same ethnically focused rhetoric. Rep. Jeffries said he was rarely asked about his uncle during his 2012 run. Once, it came up at a fundraiser. He said he responded as he normally does, acknowledging his deep ties to Prof. Jeffries but noting that he has carved his own path.
Without double standards we’d have no media standards at all.