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Will the National Audubon Society
cancel John Audubon? Conservation group
confronts its namesake's slave-owning
and white supremacist past and plans
on publishing a new biography
detailing his 'ethical failings'

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Posted By: Ribicon, 8/2/2020 9:37:38 AM

The National Audubon Society is re-examining and confronting the racist and slave-owning past of its namesake. The non-profit environmental organization, dedicated to the conservation of birds and other wildlife, was founded in 1905 and named in honor of Franco-American ornithologist John James Audubon. Audubon is perhaps most famous for illustrating birds in their natural habitats and publishing his book, Birds of America, as a series in sections between 1827 and 1838. But an often glossed-over part of Audubon's history is that he owned many slaves, sold them to others, and saw black and indigenous people as being inferior

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The Marxist propaganda ministry made cultural negatives such as pornography and transgenderism seem normal if not outright laudable. And once they come for large-scale slaveowners such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, just as they promised, we will sit back and let it happen.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: another_clinton 8/2/2020 9:49:50 AM (No. 497447)
Ethical conduct is a concept defined by contemporary cultural norms. During the time of any slaveholders life, the concept was legal and was abhored by many, even the slaveholders themselves.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: CallMeHank 8/2/2020 9:51:25 AM (No. 497449)
I am confused. Last I noticed John James Audubon was being celebrated as an African-American himself, born in Haiti, the son of a French sea captain and his Congo-born mistress/household slave, who through application of his genius was eventually hugely successful in spite of his humble beginnings. So which story is true? Or both?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Fasteddie 8/2/2020 10:16:22 AM (No. 497484)
Let's just cancel all of history and be done with it.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: HotRod 8/2/2020 10:21:39 AM (No. 497496)
Since Africa was, and still is, a leading contributor to the slave trade, no black people should ever call themselves African-Americans. Anyone who still uses than label should be cancelled. The country of Africa should be renamed ''Land of Slaves!''
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Jennie C. 8/2/2020 11:58:02 AM (No. 497618)
Including his "ethical" failings on just making birds up, or changing them to fix his whims? He was the first to try to make a field guide, though he did his painting from dead birds. Roger Peterson is my hero in birding, he did his pictures from living birds, and published a guide that I used into my 40's (when it was pointed out to me that the NatGeo one is better, which it is).
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Jennie C. 8/2/2020 11:59:33 AM (No. 497623)
#3, he was born in Haiti, but to a white man, who did own slaves. I don't know if he himself owned them later or not.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Jennie C. 8/2/2020 12:00:18 PM (No. 497625)
#4, the "country" of Africa? Who are you, Joe Biden?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 8/2/2020 12:05:49 PM (No. 497630)
You don’t get to change history.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: voxpopuli 8/2/2020 12:18:09 PM (No. 497653)
how about the Sierra Club? i THINK there MIGHT have been a guy named Irving Sierra back in 1885 who played cards in Boston who KNEW a guy who probably owned slaves because he used to live in Alabama.. or something..
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Miss Ann Thrope 8/2/2020 1:14:05 PM (No. 497706)
"The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones." Shakespeare.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Polecat49 8/2/2020 1:21:05 PM (No. 497714)
At the least, Audubon had Honor, Ethics, Backbone. The current day so-called operators of his society and bankrolled staff have long ago traded in ANY Honor or Integrity to become demoncRATS and ANTI-Americans.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: swarfer 8/2/2020 3:18:22 PM (No. 497813)
There sure are a lot of uneducated or ignorant or just plain dumb people today. All of this concerning slavery was well known and considered common knowledge to previous generations educated in what were then excellent public schools. I don't apologize for my kids, why should anyone apologize for anything that happened a long time ago especially if it was legal and generally accepted at the time. A bunch of bird brains. I guess they'll start burning Audubon prints now.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Goose 8/3/2020 10:37:59 AM (No. 498458)
This is for the birds.
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