EXAMINATION OF THE WHITE PAPER OUT NOW!
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM LANDMARKS OF OUR FATHERS:
In response to the recent reponse from the MWPHGL of Massachusetts, "WHITE PAPER" (Not Dated) submitted to the Conference of Grand Masters PHA.
It was 7am this morning that I received (by email), from a secondary source, a response submitted by the MWPHGL of Massachusetts called, "The WHITE Paper", in which, they attempted to lay out their review and rebuttal of the work, Landmarks of our Fathers: Critical Analysis of the Start and Origin of African Lodge No. 1.
Needless to say, that after numerous attempts to get their Grand Lodge to issue a response to the work, even 6 months prior to my publication of the work, they (MWPHGL of MASS), after almost two years, have issued their statement.
After review of the "WHITE Paper", I have to state I was highly disappointed in their two year work.
The WHITE paper was filled with emotionalism and ad hominem attacks, rather than a scholar rebuttal that would conclusively prove Landmarks of our Fathers to be false or fabricated information.
I do not stop here. I have halted all works at this point to focus an adequate response to the White Paper, because it is the MWPHGL of Massachusetts that i will be addressing in my upcoming book, "Examination of the WHITE Paper: Politics in Masonic Research".
I will show conclusively, the attempted politics played by the MWPHGL of Massachusetts Historical Committee, to keep the the true history of African Lodge No. 1 suppressed and why.
I appreciate them for the opportunity and platform to further the discussion regarding African Lodge No. 1, but to also put on display the many politics put into play when it comes to Masonic research, and the reasoning behind suppressing factual and credible work in the name of "false legacies" and "handed down narratives".
I hoped for more from their response, but nonetheless appreciate the fact that they have provided Masonic researchers an opportunity to right the ship in the various jurisdictions, when Masonic research becomes contrary to the status quo narrative and agenda.
While I am more disappointed in their unwarranted attacks on my character, they, now, must equally defend the character and agenda behind such a unscholarly and biased review of my work.
Believe it or not, this is a great day for Masonic Research.
Grand Lodges, who claim that masonic education and research are vital and integral components to being a Mason, must now be held accountable for those claims.
We now have a debate...
Brother John L. Hairston
Landmarks of our Fathers: A Critical Analysis of the Start and Origin of African Lodge No. 1
Examination of the White Paper
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