Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA
“...our brains become magnetized with the dominating
thoughts which we hold in our minds, and, by means with
which no man is familiar, these “magnets” attract to us
the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which
harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.”
~ Napoleon Hill
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” ~ Proverbs
“We become what we think about.” ~ Earl Nightingale
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch
your words, they become your actions; watch your
actions, they become your habits; watch your habits,
they become your character; watch your character, it
becomes your destiny.” ~ Lao Tzu
There is widespread belief today in a concept known as
Systemic Racism - something evolved from the practice
of many “white” Americans owning “black” African
It is wise for us to examine history for a better
The English word “slave” derives from the Latin
“Sclavus Slav”, from the frequent enslavement of Slavs
in central Europe during the early Middle Ages.
But the practice of slavery began in the Ancient World,
and often resulted from an initial act of compassion.
Later, more about people I call Compassionate
Perhaps the oldest story began when a young Hebrew
named Joe ran into Egypt one day. He was quickly
captured and imprisoned as a suspected spy. His jailors
soon realized Joe had a great talent: a skill we would
call today, psychotherapy.
Now, the Pharaoh of that time was troubled by bad
dreams. He heard about this Joe guy in his jail and
sent for him. Joe and the Pharaoh had many “sessions”
Joe was a good listener. He interpreted the messages
from the Pharaoh’s subconscious and offered him advice
and suggested solutions.
Over time, the rapport and trust between the two men
grew into an unbreakable bond of love and friendship;
so much so that the Pharaoh appointed Joe to manage the
affairs of all Egypt.
Meanwhile in Canaan, where Joe hailed from, the people
in the entire region were dealing with a devastating
famine. Joe’s dad, Jake (a.k.a. Izzy), sent most of his
other sons to Egypt to buy food.
Long story, much shorter: On their second trip to
Egypt, the Pharaoh found out about the plight of his
dear friend Joe’s family. He told Joe to have Jake move
his entire family and their livestock to Egypt. He
dispatched a caravan of carts to help transport the
children, and told Jake to leave all possessions behind
because the Pharaoh would provide everything they
The Pharaoh gave Jake a large parcel of Egypt’s finest
land to settle his family upon, and the 12 tribes of
Israel grew and lived in peace and abundance in the
land of Egypt for many years.
Now, many years had passed since the deaths of that
Pharaoh, Izzy and Joe, and faded completely from memory
were the bonds of love and friendship between the three
The current Pharaoh was a xenophobe. He FEARED people
who looked different, spoke a different language, and
practiced different customs. He was afraid the growing
population of Israelites might make war and overthrow
So, he ordered they be treated harshly and be forced to
do hard labor. He thought that demoralizing them and
stunting their egos would deter them from rising up.
Thus, the first recorded practice of slavery was born
A later Pharaoh ordered the first forerunner of Planned
Parenthood - the post-birth abortion of every male
infant. One boy, named Moe, escaped the slaughter, but
that’s another story.
The Ancient Middle East was much as it is today:
endless wars. They fought over land, resources, women,
children, insults - any excuse would do.
Now, after attacking and defeating a city, some leaders
- like Alexander the Great - would order the complete
slaughter of every living thing, including young
children and livestock. Al probably thought it was
merciful to end their lives quickly rather than leaving
them to die of slow starvation with no one left to care
Others - Compassionate Caretakers - felt it better to
keep survivors as slaves. Often they would teach them
their ways and attempt to assimilate them into their
culture. Others would demoralize many of them,
especially the boys, out of FEAR they would someday
rise up seeking revenge.
The slavery as practiced in America was born, not of
Fear, but of GREED: Greedy “black” Africans who
captured other “black” Africans, and sold them to
greedy traders, who sold them to greedy farmers wanting
Now, many slave owners were Compassionate Caretakers,
who thought of their imported African laborers as an
underclass - needing food and shelter in exchange for
useful work. They provided some children with a
thorough education, so they could function as servants
in the home. Others were educated in agriculture so
they could actually manage the operations of the farm.
The 1619 Project created by Nikole Hannah-Jones
presents American history as a legacy of slavery from
the point-of-view of African slaves. It is a valid
point-of-view. 1619 was the year the first African
slaves arrived in Virginia.
But that is not an American story. It is a British
story. The colonies were part of the British Empire.
From the point-of-view of the European descendants who
founded the States of America, the story began in 1776.
It is a story of anti-slavery and the beginning of an
ongoing struggle to achieve equality for ALL people.
The Declaration of Independence began with the
assertion that, “All men are created equal.” (Yes, they
used the word, “men.” Equality for women was a later
chapter in the ongoing struggle.)
The Declaration contained a rather long list of
grievances against the King of England. Among these
was, in the original draft, one which began, “He has
waged cruel war against human nature itself, in the
persons of a distant people who never offended him,
captivating and carrying them into slavery in another
hemisphere, determined to keep open a market where men
are to be bought and sold...”
The delegates from the colonies of North and South
Carolina would not consent to a unanimous declaration
unless that section was stricken. The other delegates
gave in, believing the battle for abolition would be
easier fought in a free America rather than as British
(Ironically, Great Britain abolished slavery before
Abolition was finally achieved almost a century later
during a horrible and bloody Civil War.
But the struggle for equality was far from over, as the
mindset of Compassionate Caretakers did not end with
slavery. Many freed slaves stayed put as paid servant
employees. Some continued as sharecroppers - farming on
land owned by their former masters. Most moved to
cities where, even in the North, they were offered jobs
in subservient occupations.
But none were treated as equals, but as members of an
underclass: segregated from “white” society and in need
Constitutional amendments and laws were passed over the
years which guaranteed equal voting and numerous other
But, as late as 1960, “black” Americans were still
thought of as an underclass - segregated and forbidden
to participate as equals with “white” Americans. So,
legal rights were not enough. The time for the quest
for CIVIL rights arrived at last.
Thousands rallied, marched and spoke, led by Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. (in my mind, the greatest American
hero so far). King’s followers were courageously
peaceful, even when faced with violent opposition.
Most members of my generation grew up hearing the words
of Dr. King and allowed them to move from our heads
into our hearts. We embraced desegregation. We learned
to work together, play together, laugh and cry
together, break bread together, and be amused by each
other’s bigoted parents. We loved, dated and married
each other, and had children together.
Over our lifetimes, we came close - really close - to
achieving King’s dream of a “color blind” society.
But there are still a few genuine racists among us. No
amount of amendments or laws can ever eliminate them.
Every civilized society has laws against murder. God
Himself commanded against murder through Moe (yes, that
Moe). But there will always be murderers among us.
Worse yet, there are among us, those who CREATE
contemporary Systemic Racism. There are generally three
groups of them:
First, the “Compassionate Caretakers” who, I suppose,
will always be among us. If they cannot find enough
underclass “victims” to care for, then they will plant
a whole new crop of them.
Second, the exploiters who profit from the industry of
Third, the Marxists who, originally launched by the
Soviet Union, have been attacking America for about 70
years (long game, indeed). Their goal: weaken the great
sleeping giant, who was woken by Imperial Japan in 1941
and by bin Laden in 2001, by dividing us.
Chief among their tools today is using the 1619 Project
as the SOLE basis of the American history curriculum
taught in schools today. Among its assertions:
“Anti-black racism runs in the very DNA of America”.
If America is still hostile toward “blacks” and impedes
their opportunities for success, then it’s hard to
explain why millions of “black” Africans immigrated to
America in recent decades. Most of them have prospered
very well. But their descendants are being taught they
Perhaps the most bizarre and definitely the largest
group of racists in America today is young “white”
people who hate and loathe...THEMSELVES and all other
“white” people because they are “white”! They believe
they are inherently evil and are shamed solely because
of the color of their skin. Talk about stereotyping!
This belief system is codified in the book, White
Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. It was assigned by the NEA
as required summer reading for all American public
So, there really IS a lot of racism in America today,
and it IS systemic: taught in America’s public schools.
Perhaps it’s not such a bad thing many schools won’t
reopen this fall, after all.
If children are subjected to the repeated suggestions
that they are victims or shamefully evil, those
inculcated beliefs will permeate through every aspect
of their entire lives. It will define for them who they
believe they are.
Don’t sign up for that class!
Your Friend and Servant,
Ken Klemm - Florida, S of A
P.S. If I had to design an American history curriculum,
and was only allowed to base it on the life and words
of one person, I would choose Dr. King. What he
understood and taught about America’s history and its
promise is all one needs to know about America. He
called future America the “promised land.”