Who promotes â€œwokeâ€ history?
If youâ€™ve been to a museum or a historic site lately, you know that the central message is black people â€” how badly we treated them, and why the country would have gone nowhere without them. The New York Post recently ran a story called â€œMonticello is going woke â€“ and trashing Thomas Jeffersonâ€™s legacy.â€
It could have been about any historic home, but Monticello, which has been on the nickel since 1938, has gone all out.
In the visitorsâ€™ center â€“ the first place you go â€“ there is a painting of Jeffersonâ€™s slaves, gathered round a dirt mound, weeping.
The first Monticello room you enter, the parlor, has been brought up to date with this painting of a faceless black man, which was commissioned for Juneteenth. The label says that â€œhands and face of featureless tarâ€ represent â€œthe faceless lives of all who served in bondage, witnessing but never recognized.â€
It was painted by a black man â€“ of course â€“ whom Time magazine commissioned to paint this impression of the Ferguson riots.