February is Black History Month and WallBuilders is encouraging everyone to celebrate it buy purchasing a copy of David Barton’s absurdly biased DVD “Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White”:
We’d encourage everyone to save their money and just read the report we wrote several years ago, exposing how Barton’s DVD systematically blames the Democratic Party for everything from slavery to Jim Crow:
Though the program is billed as an attempt to recognize “the forgotten heroes and untold stories from our rich African American political history,” it is, in reality, a 90-minute effort to portray the Democratic Party as responsible for every problem that has ever plagued the African American community in America and imply that the Republican Party is the antidote. Barton’s website proudly claims that he “is currently breaking ground in the African-American community with his presentations” based on this DVD.
Throughout the program, Barton presents a staggeringly slanted, openly partisan, and tellingly incomplete view of American history. Barton focuses on the Democratic Party’s historical support for slavery and Jim Crow, but completely ignores the transformation of American politics brought about by the civil rights movement. Barton, of course, never mentions that the rise of the modern Republican Party was built on a “southern strategy” of embracing and exploiting the resentments of racist southern Democrats who joined the Republican Party after Democratic President Lyndon Baines Johnson pushed and signed landmark civil rights and voting rights legislation.
We even grabbed a few choice video clips from the DVD itself highlighting the way in which Barton links the Democratic Party to the Ku Klux Klan and asserts that Democrats supported slavery just as they support abortion today: