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Before taking a bow for yourself < hereticalpolems > 2021-09-18 20:56

Before taking a bow for yourself
[ With the exception of Yale's C. Van Woodward's historical re-revisionist writings, which challenged the sympathetic 'Lost Cause Narrative' of the southern rebels, Yale had its own dirty hands in its past]

Colonial Clergy-Yale was founded by colonial clergy.
Besides John Davenport, many of the ministers of the New Haven jurisdiction during this and the succeeding century were slave owners, as were deacons in their churches and other leading citizens.2 “One servant boy, £10” is included in the inventory in the will of John Davenport, New Haven’s
founder.3 Timothy Woodbridge, a founder of Yale College, owned “an Indian boy and some negro slaves.”4 It is uncertain whether Abraham Pierson, Yale’s rector from 1701-1707 and the minister of the Killingworth church, was also a slave owner. The century’s most famous American preacher and theologian, Jonathan Edwards the Divine, himself “owned several slaves: Joseph and Lee, a woman named Venus, purchased in 1731, and, listed in the inventory of his estate in 1758, a ‘negro boy’ named Titus.”
5 In a letter, Edwards wrote in his own defense, “If [the critics of slave owners] continue to cry out against those who keep Negro slaves,” they would show themselves to be hypocrites, because they too benefited from the slave trade. “Let them also fully and thoroughly vindicate themselves and their own practice in partaking of negroes’ slavery,” he charged, “or confess that there is no hurt in partaking init,” otherwise “let ‘em own that their objections are not conscientious.”
[Those highlighted have dorms or prominent buildings named after them, to this day]
The First Yale Endowed Professorship: Col. Philip Livingston-Philip Livingston endowed the first professorship at Yale College.
Philip Livingston was a slave trader. When Robert (Phillips's father) died, Philip Livingston inherited six of the twelve slaves listed in his father’s will.9 Philip Livingston became the heir not only of the Manor, but also of the family business: The importation of slaves was an attractive sideline to Robert’s son Philip and grandson Robert, Jr. Philip was a leading importer of slaves from Jamaica and Antigua during the 1730s.

The dorm to which I was assigned: The First Yale Scholarship: Bishop George Berkeley.
Bishop George Berkeley, in his brief stay in the New World between 1728 and 1731,14 not only bought 3-5 slaves, but explained to the colonists the merit of doing so: It would be of advantage to their [slave masters’] affairs to have slaves who should ‘obey in all things
their masters according to the flesh, not with eye-service as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, as fearing God;’ that gospel liberty consists with temporal servitude; and that their slaves would only become better slaves by being Christian.15

The First Yale Library Fund: Jared Eliot
The Rev. Jared Eliot of Killingworth (Yale 1706) was one of Yale’s earliest graduates. He became Abraham Pierson’s successor at the Killingworth church and also served as a member of the Yale Corporation for 33 years, from 1730-63. His fame spread after he published treatises on agricultural studies. Eliot was also a slave owner; slave labor was in part responsible for his agricultural success.
Rev. Doctor Jared Eliot had a Negro slave, named Kedar, and Kate, his wife. One Monday, on a Spring morning, he took them to a house and farm, two or three miles from the landing, in Killingworth, where he resided, and gave them provisions and tools, telling Kedar what work he should do. Next Monday, he rode over to the farm, to see them. He finding none of the work done, called Kedar to account. 25 After a long and successful career, Rev. Eliot died in 1763. His will “gave the first funds for the support of the College Library,” by creating a £10 foundation for buying books.26 Slave labor contributed towards the financial foundation of the Yale library system.

Approaching the Revolution: Governor Jonathan Trumbull (1710-1785)
Trumbull was the governor of Connecticut before, during, and after the American Revolution. He graduated from Harvard in 1727. Through trade with the West Indies, Jonathan Trumbull turned the small business he inherited from his father into one of the most prosperous in Connecticut. In 1736, the year before he married, Jonathan Trumbull purchased “Flora—a slave for life” with the
aid of his father.27 A few years later, Trumbull began a long career in the Colony’s General Assembly. Among his duties were to enfore the Colony’s Black Codes—laws applying only to people of color that circumscribed their freedom of movement and assembly. Trumbull adjudicated a case of “nightwalking” in 1758: Jonathan Trumbull, His Majesty’s Assistant for the Colony of Connecticut, rules that Negroes Cato, Newport and Adam are to be publicly whipped on the naked body for nightwalking after nine in the
evening without an order from their masters. Their owners are each fined 7s and costs.28 Twenty stripes were typically inflicted on those circulating in the streets after nine p.m. with no pass from their masters.

Both Stiles and Hopkins are commemorated by Yale buildings. Hopkins is remembered by one of eight dormitory wings at the Divinity School. Ezra Stiles’ name adorns a residential college.
Three years later, in 1776, Samuel Hopkins was an uncompromising abolitionist.
In 1790, Stiles agreed to serve as the first President of “The Connecticut Society for the Promotion of Freedom and for the relief of persons unlawfully holden in Bondage.”

Two Models of Leadership
In addition to its clerical graduates, Yale’s leadership has long held a place within the political estab-
lishment; nowhere was the conflict between slavery and America’s budding democracy more evident.
Two Yale leaders offered two models of political leadership during this struggle:
• John C. Calhoun was one of the most politically influential graduates of Yale’s pre-Civil War years,
serving as U.S. Vice President, a member of Congress, Secretary of War, Secretary of State and
Senator. A proud slaveowner, his political influence enabled him not only to shelter the institution of
slavery where it existed, but on occasion to expand it.
• James Hillhouse’s anti-slavery activism stands in stark contrast to Calhoun’s positions. As a member
of Congress and Senator, Hillhouse sought to reduce the institution of slavery that Calhoun later
tried to expand.
John C. Calhoun received the ultimate honor from Yale: the name of a residential college. His statue
also adorns Harkness Tower, as one of only eight Yale “Worthies.”53 The City of New Haven does not
honor Calhoun in any way.
There is no Yale building named after James Hillhouse. The City of New Haven does remember him
with “Hillhouse Avenue,” the street connecting Yale’s central and science campuses, and with
“Hillhouse High School.” This high school used to stand between Broadway and the Tower Parkway,
but in the 1950s Yale purchased this land from the city and razed the buildings to make space for two
more residential colleges—Stiles College and Morse College—and the high school moved further out
from town.

I wanted to get to John C. Calhoun (and the surprising contrast of reverence and treatment accorded to him and James Hillhouse).

So with this past, the seeming crowing pride for the academic contribution of David Blight, Sterling Professor of History, of African American Studies, and of American Studies[​IMG] to the removal of the Robert E. Lee Monument-Statue in Richmond, the Capitol of the Confederacy that martially fought to preserve the slavery economic economy-
'Memory and memorials: Yale scholar’s work influences removal of Lee statue' [_2021-9-18_14-21-35.png ].
It seems a bit too 'patting oneself on the back for righteousness' in the context of the past that still has reminders of the past-though Calhoun College's name has been changed-whose presence conveys the shadows of the past!

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junyabee: Transcendence from Temporal Existence < ThusspokeZarathust > 2021-09-11 20:26

Transcendence encompasses both the temporal forms of the political/apolitical and the historical/ahistorical. Transcendence is a sui generis sublimity unto itself.

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Absolute transcendence surpasses all temporality in its manifested qualities. Politics is the functional historical morality. Being apolitical is the divorce from historical morality of politics to an ahistorical dismissiveness of the political dynamics. That dismissiveness doesn't end chronology's consequences. Because choice itself is a moral act, thus a determiner of prospective social constructs, thereby a political act in its apolitical form. That apolitical form includes art, the abstract tangent of the political.

Transcendence encompasses both the temporal forms of the political/apolitical and the historical/ahistorical. Transcendence is a sui generis sublimity unto itself. It is not anchored to anything but its own constant mutability. It IS super-ordinate to the chronology that is an offshoot branch of that sui generis sublimity. Transcendence is that state that is an involuntary leap over the gap between temporal logical forms and and the seeming anarchic randomness of serendipity.

To get to that serendipitous randomness is the emotional psyche portal from your spontaneous, compulsive response to a cognitive event. That event fragments your previous constructs of thought aesthetics and takes you through the worm-hole pipeline to that alternate framework of transcendence. Within that realm of cognizance is the extensional algorithm to your former cognizance of logic. That extension to your former cognizance of logic brings you to a new perspective of perception that is the 'transcendence'.

In achieving that transcendence your perspective of the priorities within those previous temporal paradigms comes a reorientation and juxtaposition of your navigating and transactional relationships within that temporal medium. You are no longer subservient, definitely not adherent, and marginally cohesive with the relationships and orientation inside that temporal medium. You are more a 'part of' that medium than an adherent of the medium. That new orientation will be a proactive discipline-routine that will sustain the serendipitous graces of being transcendent to the worldly temporals of the rest of the human consensus ethos.


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Niggas, aka Black folk, aka Negroes and other cultural euphemisms front in their own version of gravitas of status. 'Whites'-culturally leveraged superior privileged a priori status attitude.
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junyabee: Biden’s disastrous Afghanistan charade-by *Noah Rothman*
,,.as recently as July, President [ ]Biden insisted that it was "not inevitable" that the Taliban would retake control of the country, writes[ ]Rothman. That has proved wildly, tragically incorrect.
[This OP-Me!] These are the Consequence of hollow platitudes and hyperbole from positions of authority after Jimmy Carter's 'inconvenient truth', 'malaise address'. Clinton-Bush-Obama postured on it. Trump exploited-the-Hell out of it. On 'whose say-so' won't negate those who trust 'their lying eyes'.

All Biden had to say is that the American political and military strategy in Afghanistan was fucked-up, from the beginning and did nothing but suit U.S. needs not the needs of the 2003 post-Taliban society. By putting a U.S. PR-patina on the Afghan conflict they left to chase the false-bogyman of WMD in Iraq to fortify their hegemony in the Mid-East (w/Israel), they gave the Taliban the time and space to exploit, politically/militarily what had been neglected. Obama, being an aspiring tool-of-the-status quo, carried on the misconceived narrative and aggravated it more in the reckless civilian killings.

This has been a slow-moving cataclysmic progression of U.S. cultural and political hubris.
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