Thursday, July 20, 2017

America's record on slavery slammed by ... Spiderman?

Popular movie takes aim at Washington Monument, Founding Fathers


Even “Spiderman” isn’t immune to the endless push for political correctness.  Another attempted reboot for the superhero franchise, “Spiderman: Homecoming,” is receiving attention for its deliberate attempt to incorporate diversity into its casting. And while that isn’t so unusual, an incongruous critique of the Washington Monument as the product of slave labor is raising eyebrows among some theatergoers.  In the scene, the character Michelle Jones, played by biracial actress Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, refuses to enter the Washington Monument with the rest of her decathlon team because it was supposedly built by slaves................“In 1879, after a 25-year hiatus, work resumed on the monument and was largely finished by 1884.........As Barton observes, American slavery was only a memory by this point in history.   “Since slavery ended in 1865 through the addition of the Thirteenth Amendment, none of the work that occurred from 1879 to 1884 involved any slaves – not one,” he said.

“So even if one accepts that the entirety of the work done from 1848 to 1854 was performed solely by slaves, which was definitely not the case, then it would still be the case that about 80 to 85 percent of the work was not done by slaves. However, since most of the early work was not done by slaves, it is possible that from 90 to 95 percent (or even a higher percentage) of the monument was not done by slaves. Those who claim that the monument was built by slaves insinuate that the entire structure was a result of slave labor, when in reality it’s likely closer to only 5 percent or less.”...........Read more

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