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Cancel Culture and The Salem Witch Hunts
American Thinker ^ | 28 Mar, 2021 | Devin Sper

Posted on 03/28/2021 4:12:47 AM PDT by MtnClimber

This is not America’s first brush with cancel culture, but we can bring it to a better, quicker end if we show courage now rather than hoping it burns itself out.

In 1692, a group of hysterical teenage girls in Salem, Massachusetts, began denouncing girls from rival families as witches. Accusations of witchcraft soon multiplied and spread throughout the town; some of the accused were as young as four years old. Ultimately, 200 people were tried, and dozens executed, for fictitious crimes. The court did not require evidence, as the accusations themselves were considered proof of guilt.

There are obvious parallels between the Salem Witch hunts and today’s cancel culture, especially in the ubiquitous and toxic accusation of racism. The accusation alone smears the accused as guilty, and the denounced party has no way to defend against the charge. Looking back at Salem gives us insight into the conditions that enable cancel culture to take root, why the public tolerates it, and how it might end.

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Beginning with the 2016 Presidential election campaign, the Democratic Party and media, in an effort to gin up the black vote, began claiming police racism every time a police officer killed a black person.

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Charges of racism soon spread beyond the police, and our entire society and history as a country is now being accused of “systemic racism.” Just as the citizens of Salem saw the Devil in everything and everyone, our modern witch hunters now see the specter of racism everywhere. They have convinced themselves that the United States is permeated by “systemic white racism.” Schools teach “critical race theory,” essentially anti-white, racism. What began with tearing down statues of Confederate generals soon spread to tearing down statues of Grant and Lincoln.

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TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: brettkavanaugh; censorship; communism; cottonmather; delusions; gallowshill; godsgravesglyphs; massachusetts; salem; witchhunt
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1 posted on 03/28/2021 4:12:47 AM PDT by MtnClimber
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To: MtnClimber

This time the witch hunt shows have spread into every level of government, every level of education and every level of business. Will it stop before half of the country tries to execute the other half?


2 posted on 03/28/2021 4:13:03 AM PDT by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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To: MtnClimber

The left had to destroy all the statues because PDJT proposed a national great American Statue National Park on July 4th during his SD speech If the ugly truth of the roots of the Democrat party were common knowledge, the lie would be exposed and everything would be revealed. Biden’s racist comments had to be hidden and everyone was in on the Biden cover up.


3 posted on 03/28/2021 4:31:13 AM PDT by cnsmom
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To: MtnClimber

History does repeat itself. Not only are we seeing reflections of the Salem Witch Hunts today, but also the tyranny of Nazi Germany.


4 posted on 03/28/2021 4:58:10 AM PDT by abclily
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To: MtnClimber

Wrong on the 2016 election.

Ginning up the black vote started with 0bama in 2007 and continued with his organization Act Blue.


5 posted on 03/28/2021 5:04:49 AM PDT by EBH (How they did it? Social Contagion and Social Media is the mechanism)
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To: abclily

Dictators, totalitarians, etc. don’t manage to take over all by themselves.


6 posted on 03/28/2021 5:06:28 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: MtnClimber

The Crucible and the Communists didn’t try to argue that there weren’t Witches or Communists. They claimed that they did not pose a threat and that it was dangerous to listen to accused witches and Communists name others to save their own hide.


7 posted on 03/28/2021 5:23:13 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Lean on Joe Biden to follow Donald Trump's example and donate his annual salary to charity. )
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; ...
Oh, no, those witches had it coming to them! /rimshot

8 posted on 03/28/2021 7:13:27 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: MtnClimber

Save humanity keep liberals in the trees.


9 posted on 03/28/2021 8:32:07 AM PDT by Vaduz (women and children to be impacIQ of chimpsted the most.)
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To: MtnClimber

Do you have a rival?
Did you have a disagreement, no matter how minor, that you just can’t let it go?
The next meeting, just stand up, point your finger, and scream “WITCH!” (“RACIST!”).
That alone would be sufficient to have that disgusting nonperson tied to the stake for burning.
Evidence? Who needs evidence. Che Guevara said that evidence, as well as trials and due process, is an irrelevant capitalist concept.
Or as said years ago in our own Capitol, “The nature of evidence is irrelevant. It’s the seriousness of the charge that matters.”


10 posted on 03/28/2021 8:48:52 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (Antifa=BLM=RevCom=CPUSA = CCP=Democratic Party )
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To: MtnClimber
Sharon Osbourne is out of 'The Talk'


11 posted on 03/28/2021 8:52:57 AM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Re-imagine the media!)
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To: Chode; DoughtyOne

See #11. Leftists see no problem until they are the next victims.. Like Sharon Osborne.


12 posted on 03/28/2021 11:10:46 AM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Re-imagine the media!)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

100%


13 posted on 03/28/2021 2:02:44 PM PDT by Chode (there is no fall back position, there is no rally point, there is no LZ... we're on our own. P144:1)
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To: cnsmom; wardaddy; Ohioan

“If the ugly truth of the roots of the Democrat party were common knowledge”

Andrew Jackson? Martin Van Buren? Thomas Jefferson?

Where exactly do we learn this secret history?


14 posted on 03/28/2021 3:53:47 PM PDT by Pelham (Liberate the Democrats from their Communist occupation)
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To: Pelham

All the Democrat Klan involvement.


15 posted on 03/28/2021 6:47:55 PM PDT by cnsmom
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To: cnsmom

“All the Democrat Klan involvement.”

And which Klan would that be? There were three distinct eras having no connection with each other. They simply shared the name. Which one do you think the Democratic Party organized? All of them? Some of them? One of them?

Shoot, I know the names of prominent politicians involved in the Klan. Governor Edward Jackson of Indiana. Clarence Morley, Governor of Colorado. Kaspar Kubli Speaker of the Oregon House. Rufus Holman US Senator from Oregon. Rice Means US Senator from Colorado. August Smith of Wisconsin. See if you can guess what party they belonged to.


16 posted on 03/28/2021 10:02:54 PM PDT by Pelham (Liberate the Democrats from their Communist occupation)
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To: MtnClimber

Human nature never changes.


17 posted on 03/31/2021 12:14:03 AM PDT by Trillian
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To: Pelham; wardaddy

Jefferson, Madison & Monroe or the Harry Byrd family in the 1900s. Virginia Democrats were great until late in the 20th Century! Contrast them to the Puritans advocating a red hot poker through the tongue of Quakers!! (As recorded by Bancroft!)


18 posted on 04/05/2021 12:16:50 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Pelham; wardaddy

As usual, your intellectual integrity shows through. Democrat Harry Byrd stopped the 1920s Klan in Virginia., with a law that was deliberately ignored in the Leftist maneuvers in Charlottesville a few years back.


19 posted on 04/05/2021 12:25:48 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Ohioan; StoneWall Brigade

Plus one


20 posted on 04/06/2021 1:49:05 PM PDT by wardaddy (P IN 1999 JIM THOMPSON WAS RIGHT ABOUT THE BUSHES ...WE WERE WRONG lz’’z:s)
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