"Slavery is theft — theft of a life, theft of work, theft of any property or produce, theft even of the children a slave might have borne." Kevin Bales
I learned that a comment was made that TWW did not do its homework on Doug Wilson. One thing we do at the thoroughly bibilcal and gospel TWW is read a lot, far more than ever finds its way onto the blog. Today, I plan to shore up my assessment that Doug Wilson has held some disturbing views on slavery by showing you what he did NOT say or do.
Jimmy the Greek
My Russian father was quite a character. He loved sports and was not above throwing a few cents down on his favorite team, race, whatever. He admired and followed the colorful Jimmy the Greek, who would place odds on anything. If he were alive today, I bet he would have odds on the outcome of the Reformed versus Traditionalist Baptists. Here is a synopsis from Wikipedia link.
"Dimetrios Georgios Synodinos (September 9, 1918 – April 21, 1996), better known as Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, was an American sports commentator and Las Vegas bookie."
"According to the autobiography titled Jimmy the Greek by Jimmy Snyder, Steve Herskowitz (editor), and Mickey Herskowitz, he bet $10,000 USD on the 1948 election between Thomas Dewey and Harry S. Truman, getting 17:1 odds for Truman to win. In a later interview he indicated that he knew Truman was going to win because Dewey had a mustache and "American women didn't trust men with a mustache"".
"On January 16, 1988, he was fired by the CBS network (where he had been a regular on NFL Today since 1976) after commenting to WRC-TV reporter Ed Hotaling in a Washington, D.C. restaurant that African Americans were naturally superior athletes at least in part because they had been bred to produce stronger offspring during slavery:
“The black is a better athlete to begin with because he's been bred to be that way, because of his high thighs and big thighs that goes up into his back, and they can jump higher and run faster because of their bigger thighs and he's bred to be the better athlete because this goes back all the way to the Civil War when during the slave trade'n the big… the owner… the slave owner would, would, would, would breed his big black to his big woman so that he could have ah, ah big, ah big, ah big black kid see… ”
According to the New York Times obituary, Snyder expressed regret for his comments, remarking: "What a foolish thing to say."
Now, here is what I want to emphasize, Jimmy was distraught over his statement and he effusively and thoroughly apologized for his statement. Here is a link to Beaver County Times in which then Presidential candidate Jesse Jackson praised Jimmy for his heart felt apologies. Jimmy even vowed to send personal letters to all African American athletes, apologizing for his statement. Hang with me. I promise this will make sense shortly.
Doug Wilson's Slavery Pamphlet-1996
Now back to Wilson. It is important to realize that the initial pamphlet called Southern Slavery As it Was, co-authored by Wilson and his friend Steve Wilkins, was published in 1996. (Thanks, Deb, for this idea-your hunch was right!) This was well before the widespread blogging era. It was not a widely distributed pamphlet and so, it was largely forgotten until 2004. That is, until blogging started and the whole stinking mess rose to the surface and a couple of professors attempted to challenge Wilson. (Note to Wilson: My small groups is standing by to receive your phone calls of protest). It is also vital to understand that Black and Tan, Wilson’s little update, was written for at least one reason: the concerns of citation problems in the original book.
Who Was Invited to Speak at Wilson's 2004 Conference?
Fast forward to 2004 which is 8 YEARS after the publication. This was mentioned in Friday’s post. Please pay careful attention to who is invited to be at this conference. From The Late Unpleasantness in Idaho: Southern Slavery and the Culture Wars by William Ramsey link.
“Information about Wilson’s ninth annual “history conference” in February 2004 turned out to be the final straw for many residents. Wilson had scheduled himself as the keynote speaker, praising the southern racist ideologue R.L. Dabney, but he had also scheduled as co-speakers white supremacist League of the South co-founder Steve Wilkins and the anti-gay Tennessee minister George Grant, notorious for advocating the extermination of all homosexuals in his book Legislating Immorality. University of Idaho students were especially outraged that the conference was surreptitiously scheduled to take place on their own campus in the Student Union Building. “
1. So, his buddy Steve Wilkins, a League of the South supporteer.is back on the docket. Why so, if Wilson was running from their co-authored book of 8 years ago? What is the League of the South?
For clarity from Wikipedia link
“The League of the South describes itself as a Southern nationalist organization, headquartered in Killen, Alabama, which states that its ultimate goal is "a free and independent Southern republic." The group defines the Southern United States as the states that made up the former Confederacy.[It claims to be also a religious and social movement, advocating a return to a more traditionally conservative, Christian-oriented Southern culture. It advocates a "natural societal order of superiors and subordinates.”
2. George Grant, a troublesome individual, is also invited to be a speaker.
From the Box Turtle Bulletin link we learn about George Grant. Please note the dates of the quotes material which were well before the 2004 conference.
“Grant’s 1993 book, Legislating Immorality: The Homosexual Movement Comes Out Of The Closet. In that book, Grant compares homosexuality with pedophilia and bestiality. He also calls for the death penalty for gays, saying “[t]here is no such option for homosexual offenses” except capital punishment."
"In 1987 George Grant wrote The Changing Of The Guard: Biblical Principles for Political Action, in which he made his call for a theocratic overthrow explicit. On reading these passages, there can be no doubt exactly what Grant is calling for: Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ – to have dominion in the civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness."
- But it is dominion that we are after. Not just a voice.
- It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.
- It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.
- It is dominion we are after."
To this writer, it seems as if no change has occurred, or worse, it may have broadened. But, is there any thing more recent? You betcha! And this is the crux of my argument.
Here is a 10 minute video in which Wilson is asked by one of his pastors about his views on slavery. Here it is: the big moment for Wilson. He can do a Jimmy the Greek or he can punt. I say he punts. In fact, the more I read Wilson, the more I could be persuaded that he consistently says things in order to have plausible deniability. I am doubting his sincerity of many fronts. See if you think that a Las Vegas gambler showed more contrition than a man who,according to Piper, SUPPOSEDLY “gets the Gospel right.”
Wilson appears to argue that the Civil War should not have been fought because it was not a “Christian” war. There is much food of thought or argument in this. But listen very, very carefully for any sign of remorse. Do not be sidetracked. Ask yourself, how would you respond if someone accused you of racism?
This is a link to a new article on the Hufffington Post. It is a remarkable coincidence considering what we are writing about here. It is called An Ex-Slave’s Letter. It is fascinating.Who knew ex-slaves could have such a cutting sense of humor? Here is a short excerpt.
"Addressed to one Col. Patrick Henry Anderson, who apparently wanted Jordan to come back to the plantation east of Nashville, the letter begins cheerfully, with the former slave expressing relief that "you had not forgotten Jordon" (there are various spellings of the name) and were "promising to do better for me than anybody else can." But, he adds, "I have often felt uneasy about you."
He informs the colonel that he's now making a respectable wage in Dayton, Ohio, and that his children are going to school. He tallies the monetary value of his services while on Anderson's plantation – $11,608 – then adds, "we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you."
Turning serious, he alludes to violence committed against women back in Tennessee and wonders what would happen to his own family members. "I would rather stay here and starve – and die, if it come to that – than have my girls brought to shame by the violence and wickedness of their young masters."
He asks if there are schools now for blacks. "The great desire of my life now is to give my children an education, and have them form virtuous habits," he writes.
Then he signs off with a swift, unforgettable kick. "Say howdy to George Carter," he says, "and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me."
I will write more on Wilson on Wednesday and include more links from his fans at the Gospel Coalition, along with some of the surprising comments by such "missional leaders."
I apologize for my atrocious spelling in comments recently. I did not realize my spell check got turned off last week and so assumed all was well without those little red, underline reminders. I will be more careful!
Lydia’s Corner :Zechariah 1:1-21 Revelation 12:1-17 Psalm 140:1-13Proverbs 30:17