By: Daniel John Sobieski

If you try to wear a Mexican sombrero or an Indian headdress on Halloween or to a costume party, liberals will try to shame you with the charge of  “cultural appropriation” or stealing someone’s culture for personal benefit. Yet House Speaker Nancy Pelosi found no shame in wearing historic African dress, namely  Kente cloth stoles, for her personal political benefit

and that of the Democratic caucus to allegedly mourn the murder of George Floyd. When President Trump walks to a church burned by Black Lives Matter terrorists, liberals call it a “photo-op”. When Pelosi trolls for votes bt exploiting a racially charged murder, it is called being “woke”.

Pelosi could have al least dome her homework before donning the African garb but liberals and Democrats are woefully ignorant of the racial history of America, including slavery. Democrats talk a lot about slavery but all they have succeeded in doing with their power is to move African-Americans to a different plantation. And there they were, in all their pandering glory, wearing the scarves of slave traders:

These scarves were traditionally worn by the wealthy land-owners and dignitaries of the Ashanti (or Asante) tribes of what is now known as Ghana. They were made of silk, making them not only rare but also symbolic of wealth. More importantly, they were adorned by those who were involved in the pervasive slave trade the wealthy of the Ashanti tribe embraced.

You read that right. The elite in the Ashanti tribe who wore these stoles throughout history were slave owners and even slave traders. They were a scourge throughout the reason, taking people from tribes they would conquer and selling them as slaves. According to Wikipedia:

The Ashanti live in Ashanti specifically in Ashanti capital Kumasi metropolis and due to the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, a known diaspora of Ashanti exists in the Caribbean, particularly in Jamaica. Slaves captured by the Ashantis and sold to the British and the Dutch along the coasts were sent to the West Indies, particularly Jamaica, Barbados, Netherlands Antilles, British Virgin Islands. the Bahamas etc. Ashanti are known to be very opposed to both the Fante and the British people, as the Ashanti only traded with the Dutch in times of their ascension to becoming a hegemony of most of the area of present-day Ghana.

Blacks trading in black slaves is a historical fact that goes unmentioned by Democratic leaders along with other historical facts such as the fact that the first resistance movement against a Republican president had a name. Oy was called The Confederacy. The irony is that most of those statues being torn down and beheaded are of Democrats who were mad that Republicans led by Abraham Lincoln freed those Democrats considered their property.

Before she and her colleagues knelt in supplication for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time a rogue cop held his knee on George Floyd’s neck, Pelosi piously pandered:

“We are here to observe that pain,” Pelosi said. “We are here to respect the actions of the American people to speak out against that, specifically manifested in police brutality. We are here to honor George Floyd.”

Pelosi read the names of Floyd and other African-Americans killed in police actions, and she invited her fellow Democrats to call out names she may have missed. (In remarks after the 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence, she described the black men as “martyrs.”)…

Democrats in both the House and Senate are about to introduce national police reform legislation called the “Justice in Policing Act.”…

“We cannot settle for anything less than transformative, structural change,” Pelosi said. She also called for the demilitarization of police.

Of course, if Pelosi wanted transformative change she could have called for the election of Republicans in jurisdictions that have been run by liberal progressive Democrats for decades. For the most part, we are talking about police misconduct, real and alleged, are in states rum bt Democratic governors and cities run by Democratic mayors working with Democratic city councils, mayors who appoint the police chiefs responsible for the hiring, training, and discipline of their police departments.  White privilege? How about Democrat privilege? As Bob Woodson, founder of the Woodson Center, told Tucker Carlson on Fox News:

“In the past 50 years, $22 trillion has been spent on poverty programs. Seventy percent goes not to the poor but those who serve poor people,” he said. “So many of those people taking office use this money to create a class of people who are running these cities, and now after 50 years of liberal Democrats running the inner cities, where we have all of these inequities that we have, race is being used as a ruse, as a means of deflecting attention away from critical questions such as, why are poor blacks failing in systems run by their own people? It’s more class than it is race … and now race is being used to deflect attention away from the failures of people running those institutions. The question is why are black kids failing in school systems run by their own people?”

“When Eric Holder was a U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., a lot of young people were shot by the police, but they were black police shooting black kids, and not one was prosecuted,” he continued. “But there was no public outcry because as long as illegality or evil wears a black face, then it escapes detection and that’s what’s wrong with looking life through the prism of race. I don’t know what systemic racism is. Maybe someone can explain what that means.”

If black lives matter, then so do black livelihoods as inner-city businesses are burned to the ground. Before the pandemic and the riots, black unemployment was at a historic low as Trump’s Opportunity Zones brought needed investment and opportunity to the inner city.  If black lives matter, rioters should be outside Planned Parenthood under whose leadership black babies are being aborted at a disproportionate rate in pursuance of founder Margret Sanger’s dream of extinguishing the black race, It is Democrats, not racism or bad cops, that have historically held blacks back.

Notice that no one has demanded that statues of former Democrat Senator and KKK icon Robert Byrd be removed, statues honoring the hard-core former white nationalist Hillary Clinton once called her friend and mentor, including one prominently displayed in the West Virginia state capitol:

With the tearing down of confederate statues, removal of confederate flags, and the destruction of anything from America’s past that is controversial or downright deplorable, one statue has managed to escape scrutiny from protesters.

It involves a U.S. Senator from West Virginia. A prominent, highly successful member of the Democrat party. And a mentor to the woman who almost became President of the United States.

He also happens to be a former card-carrying member of the KKK. In fact, he created his own chapter along with 150 of his friends and colleagues.

Where is the outrage and destruction of this statue?

That is former Senator Robert Byrd who was once elected a top officer – the Exalted Cyclops, whatever the hell that is – in the local Klan unit in the early 1940s.

He is a man who once vowed never to fight in the military along with “race mongrels” or “with a negro by my side.”

After his passing, Hillary Clinton eulogized Byrd in a 2010 video in which she called him “my friend and mentor.”

The alt-left’s historical amnesia omits the fact that it was Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia and former “Grand Kleagle” with the Ku Klux Klan, who holds the distinction of being the only Senator to have opposed the only two black nominees to the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas,  and led a 52-day filibuster against this legislation.

Sen. Al Gore, the father of the former vice president, voted against the act, as did Sen. J. William Fulbright, to whom Bill Clinton dedicated a memorial, current senior Senator from South Carolina Ernest Hollings, Sen. Richard Russell and, of course, Sen. Strom Thurmond, who was a Democrat at that time.

Booker forgets that it was Democrats who unleashed the dogs and turned on the fire hoses on civil rights marchers. It was Democrats who stood in the schoolhouse door and are still standing there by opposing school choice and trapping minority children in failing schools. It was Democrats who blocked the bridge in Selma.

Booker’s amnesia omits the fact that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would never have been possible without Republican leadership. Not only was that legislation a personal victory for Illinois Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen, then-Senate Minority leader, Republicans in both the House and Senate also supported the measure in far greater percentages than Democrats. Only six GOP Senators voted against the act, compared with 21 Democrats. The party of Abraham Lincoln beat back the fire hoses and dogs of the party of Robert Byrd. As one pundit put it, the Democrats should know a lot about Jim Crow laws, since they are the ones who wrote them.

The alt-left talks of white nationalism but ignores the true character of movements like Black Lives Matter.  Not long ago, as the Daily Caller reported and a video showed:

Black Lives Matter protesters marching on the Minnesota state fair on Saturday spewed violent anti-cop rhetoric just hours after a Harris County, Tex. sheriff’s deputy was ambushed and executed at a Houston-area gas station.

“Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” activists with the St. Paul, Minn. branch of Black Lives Matter chanted while marching behind a group of police officers down a highway just south of the state fairgrounds.

The Democrats are the party of Jim Crow, slavery, Jim Crow, and the KKK. So the next time Pelosi takes a knee and can’t get up she’d better fact-check her history first.

* Daniel John Sobieski is a former editorial writer for Investor’s Business Daily and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.