Michael Moore: America 'Founded on Genocide and Built on the Backs of Slaves'

Schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore said recently that America was "founded on genocide and built on the backs of slaves."

This disgusting statement was made at the same January 12 Symposium on Poverty at which he claimed older whites who didn't vote for Barack Obama in 2008 were racist (video follows with transcript and commentary):

MICHAEL MOORE: It’s not envy, it’s war, and it is a class war, and it’s a war that has been perpetrated by the rich on to everybody else. I mean, the class war is one they started. The mistake they've made, just to deal with the racial part of this, is their boot has been on the necks of people of color since we began. This is a nation founded on genocide and built, built on the backs of slaves. Alright?

So, so we started with a racial problem. We went, we tried to actually eliminate one entire race, and then we used another race to build this country actually quite quickly as a new country into a world power. This country never would have had the wealth that it had had it not had slavery for a couple of hundred years. If it had had, if it had had to pay people, if it actually had to pay people to build America, you know, we might just be at that point in Utah where we're joining the two rails together maybe at this point right now.

So the United States wouldn't have participated in the Industrial Revolution if not for slavery? And all of the fabulous inventions created by Americans after the Civil War wouldn't have occurred if slavery didn't exist prior? One and a half subsequent centuries of innovation and expansion would never have come to fruition?

Exactly what kind of an America-hating, history-challenged nincompoop do you have to be to not only think such nonsense but actually say it at a symposium - to applause, no less! - being aired on C-SPAN?

A Michael Moore nincompoop, that's what kind.

Why anyone cares what this man says is one of our nation's greatest mysteries.

(H/T Weasel Zippers)

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