Great Americans Like George Washington, Harriet Beecher Stowe “Cancelled” At Target?

Children’s Book Section of Target Department Store in middle class suburb of Somers Point near Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Only stories promoting radical left “woke” Democrat agenda are displayed.  All others “canceled”.  The story of Malala Yousafzai “Standing Up for Girls’ Rights” in the Islamic world fails to mention that her efforts were a complete failure, and that she is “canceled” there. 

Even after 60 years of intense and systematic “ideological subversion”, now, most Americans still think people like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Benjamin Franklin, Ulysses S. Grant, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Adams, Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, Lewis and Clark, were great Americans and that their stories should be told.  However, they were removed long ago from our public schools, libraries, colleges, and Hollywood/TV popular entertainment.

In 1913, Sarah Spencer Washington began working at a small hair salon on Baltic Avenue, in the black neighborhood of Atlantic City.  Within ten years, she was the owner of a multimillion dollars nationwide beauty supply and media business.  How she did it is a fascinating and inspiring story.  However, because it does not promote the “woke” Democrat politically correct narrative of American history, it is “cancelled”.

The stories of great Americans of local interest in the Atlantic City area are no longer told in our local schools or libraries.  They include the stories of Richard Somers of Somers Point who fought and died in 1804 in America’s war that ended a thousand year slave industry in North Africa.  Jonathan Pitney and Samuel Richards, the founders of Atlantic City and builders of its first railroad to Philadelphia in 1854.  Sarah Spencer Washington, the hairdresser who turned a beauty shop in Atlantic City’s black neighborhood into a multimillion dollar media and cosmetics empire in the 1920’s.

In 1908, 12 year old George Hamid, a Christian, was forced to escape persecution in Syria, then part of the Muslim Turkish (Ottoman) Empire.  He came to Atlantic City where he and members of his family performed acrobatic tricks for tips on the beach by the Boardwalk at South Carolina Avenue, in front of Child’s Restaurant.  Hamid later become the owner of several successful circuses that toured the country, the New Jersey State Fair, and the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.  His story is also “cancelled” because it does not promote the “politically correct” narrative of American history.

George Hamid, owner of the Steel Pier and successful circuses  in the 1940’s who started doing acrobatic tricks for tips on the Atlantic City beach.  John C. McKee, the black waiter in a Philadelphia restaurant who became a millionaire by developing projects like McKee City in Egg Harbor Township in the early 1900’s.  They also include George Henry White, the black Republican Congressman from Wilmington, North Carolina who built the town of Whitesboro in Cape May County during the “Great Migration” of black out of the Jim Crow South after 1876.

If young people today read the stories of those great “cancelled” Americans, they would understand that while America was never perfect, our limited, constitutional government and culture of individual freedom brought more wealth, opportunity, and justice to more people of all races and ethnic groups than any other nation in history”.  That is the meaning of “Liberty and Prosperity”, New Jersey’s motto since 1776.

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