It appears that the woke want everyone to meet their standards, but they know that their standards are without foundation, so they are officially changing the narrative.
Because they now run the charirites, or are cowards afraid of the twitterilk who will protest if they don’t go full woke.
The updated description on the EH website and app says: ‘Blyton’s work has been criticised during her lifetime and after for its racism, xenophobia and lack of literary merit. In 2016, Blyton was rejected by the Royal Mint for commemoration on a 50p coin because, the advisory committee minutes record, she was “a racist, sexist, homophobe and not a very well-regarded writer”.’
But it adds: ‘Others have argued that while these charges can’t be dismissed, her work still played a vital role in encouraging a generation of children to read’.
The charity, which manages over 400 historic monuments including Stonehenge, today defended the move.
And MailOnline can reveal that is has also updated the online profiles of Benjamin Franklin and Rudyard Kipling, both blue plaque recipients, with fresh sections on their attitudes to race, slavery and empire.
Underneath a subheading titled ‘Peter, King and Franklin’s attitudes to slavery’, English Heritage writes that Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, ‘viewed black people as inferior’ and ‘owned enslaved people from about 1735 until 1781’. The change was made between May 16, 2019, and August 13 last year.
And in an update made some time after August 29, 2019, the charity said author Kipling’s political views have been ‘widely criticised for their racist and imperialist sentiments’.
Ms Blyton had critics before she died in 1968. A 1966 Guardian article accused her of racism over her book Little Black Doll – where a toy named ‘Sambo’ is only loved by his owner once his ‘ugly black face’ is washed ‘clean’ by rain. In 1960 the publisher Macmillan refused to publish her story The Mystery That Never Was, claiming it had an ‘unattractive touch of old-fashioned xenophobia’.
But critics have slammed the website update, with the Save our Statues campaign group labelling the blue plaque guide for Ms Blyton as a ‘perpetual insult’. Others also said that important historical figures are under attack from ‘rabble-rousers’ who want ‘to denigrate British history and its figures’.
It came after weeks of warnings about the future of some of Britain’s top cultural institutions, including the National Trust, being under threat from a ‘woke cult’.
In the face of anger, English Heritage stood by its move today and tweeted: ‘We’ll continue to update our website so that the story behind each plaque – and each person – is told in full’.
Members of the Enid Blyton Society say that the author’s critics fail to read her stories ‘in the context of the time her books were written’ – and that the author would have written them differently if living today.
One supporter said: ‘Enid Blyton has come under a lot of criticism over the years as being sexist and racist, and maybe viewed with modern eyes some of it could be viewed that way, however, as has I think been discussed before, many modern critics are taking her writing out of the context of the time it was written’, adding: ‘Enid Blyton was perfectly capable of understanding changing values’.
Well, that sat in the unfinished pile for a long time. Until the woke started pulling down statues of Lee, Lewis and Clarke. The history of the white majority is now forbidden, and this has the approval of the elite.
Retired Army General Stanley McChrystal recently wrote an article in the Atlantic to announce that he had taken a portrait of Lee that his wife had saved up to buy him when they were first married, and thrown it in the trash. Perhaps more significant was what Americans did last year to commemorate the sesquicentennial of Lee’s death: nothing.
In the late spring of 2020, when protests broke out nationwide after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Richmond became the scene of mayhem impressive even by the standards of the time. Rioters pulled down two of the statues on Monument Avenue that commemorate leaders of the Confederacy. Days later Levar Stoney, Richmond’s mayor, ordered the removal of two more—a rare government-sponsored dismantling of a National Historic Landmark. He also ordered the removal of the oldest of the statues, the giant equestrian form of Lee by the French sculptor Antonin Mercié, hailed by artists and admired by tourists since its unveiling in 1890. Though a court stayed the order, protesters converged on the spot and covered the pedestal in graffiti, some roaming the grounds with AR-15 rifles. “You have certain Confederacy people, certain Klan people, certain Southern people who don’t want to see it down,” one armed protester told an interviewer. “They want to keep it up to remind us of the oppression, and we’re not having that.”
There is a strange thing about the historiography of our Civil War. So central is the event to the country’s self-understanding that every aspect of it is constantly being reassessed to answer up-to-date political questions. Civil War histories, even the masterpieces among them, can seem to have the longevity of newspaper articles.
You may say that I have no stake in that fight, and that is true. During the same time my ancestors were fighting: the Maori, and they established their colony despite repeated attacks. But that is not honoured. I will turn to Staey McCain, who is of the South who writes.
This whole mess makes me sick. If Virginians today would dishonor Lee, in truth they dishonor only themselves.
The correct answer is to repent, as a nation. Minorities included. Because otherwise, your skin will be your uniform, and this will end very badly.