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Based on a true story.
PATIENT 1: Ouch, Dr. Carson! My tooth's been aching.
BEN CARSON: OH MY GOD YOU HAVE AIDS
PATIENT 2: My back's been killing me, doc. Should I take some Tylen-
BEN CARSON: THIS IS WORSE THAN SLAVERY
PATIENT 2: Whoa, it's not that bad. I only feel it when it's cold outside.
BEN CARSON: AIDSSSSSSS
PATIENT 3: I tripped on a confederate flag while attending a Tea Party rally you spoke at. Scraped my knee up pretty rough.
BEN CARSON: ANARCHY IS IMMINENT WILL WE EVEN HAVE ELECTIONS IN 2016? Oh, well okay that's not so severe. Now, what was I saying about Nazi Germany?
Very cool week or so in Bradford-land. First, the fine fellows at Christ and Pop Culture tasked me with covering Lecrae's latest album, Anomaly. TL;DR, the message was ambitious but the execution was uneven. More grateful than I can express for Rich Clark and the CAPC editing team. They are helping me become a better communicator with every interaction.
My Anomaly review traveled farther than I expected. Sarah Pulliam Bailey of RNS wrote up a nice summary of Lecrae's recent success (Fallon Tonight performance, #1 on Billboard 200, etc.) that was syndicated in the Washington Post! My mom must be hella proud. All this while wifey and I were in the Bay Area on vacation! Talk about a working holiday.
Glad Sarah referred to me as a "friendly critic." I'm a Lecrae fan, and love what dude is accomplishing. I look forward to his endeavors while hoping for artistic growth.
Please don't hate me, Lecrae.
Actual quote from actual book review about American slavery, from The Economist:
"Mr. Baptist has not written an objective history of slavery. Almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites villains. This is not history; it is advocacy."
lol, log off bruh.
But for real, what's the point of recording events if you can't accurately report who was at fault? Let's keep this line of thought going, right?
"The author has not written an objective history of the Holocaust. Almost all the Jews are victims, almost all the Germans villains. This is not history; it is advocacy."
"The author has not written an objective history of the American Revolution. Almost all the Americans are victims, almost all the British are victims. This is not history; it is advocacy."
"The author has not written an objective history of imperialism. Almost all the indigenous are victims, almost all the Europeans villains. This is not history; it is advocacy."
Oooh, I'm having fun! Let's keep this up!
"The author has not written an objective history of Scientific Revolution. Almost all the scientists are victims, almost all the Magisterium villains."
"The author has not written an objective history of the late Roman empire. Almost all the Christians are victims, almost all the Romans villains."
I know the adage "history is written by the victor", but "it's wrong to say movements in history were wrong" is pretty disappointing, especially for a respectable publication like The Economist.