Conscious Choice cover

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

Today’s blacklisted American: Biracial physician demoted by hospital for criticizing the left

What apparently passes for medical treatment at the Hennepin Healthcare system
Beliefs apparently required of doctors at the Hennepin Healthcare system

The new dark age of silencing: Tara Gustilo, a biracial physician from the Philippines, found herself quickly demoted from her position as chairwoman of the OB-GYN department for the Hennepin Healthcare system in Minnesota when she dared to post on social media commentary against the Marxist and bigoted Black Lives Matter organization and the equally bigoted critical race theory being pushed by leftist educators in the public schools.

“Some of my colleagues saw my posts and decided that I was no longer fit to be chair of the department,” she said, adding that she has spent her career trying to create a “multicultural and inclusive care environment.”

Many of Gustilo’s colleagues responded to her personal opinions by accusing her of being racist, having a mental breakdown, and of being unfit to lead her team, she said, noting that her employer lied about her performance to justify her demotion since it knew it could not penalize her for merely having political opinions it didn’t like. “They claim that I was late to meetings, have poor communication skills, and was generally unfit to serve as chair,” she said.

A human resources manager eventually admitted to her that her personal beliefs were the reason for her punishment, Gustilo alleged. [emphasis mine]

If that last allegation can be proven, then Gustilo has a magnificent case in court. And since she is fighting back in court with the support of two different legal firms, that evidence is certainly going to be presented, in the light of day.

First she has filed a discrimination charge against the Hennepin Healthcare system with the federal government. For this she is represented by lawyers at he Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR).

Second, on July 26th her case was also picked up by the Minnesota-based Upper Midwest Law Center (UMLC), which has included it in a collection of cases this non-profit is filing in a number of legal venues, all in defense of a number of people blacklisted because of their political opinions.

Today, UMLC announces parallel EEOC charges and state and federal lawsuits on behalf of Tara Gustilo, a HHS Doctor; Joe and Aaron Norgren, a Native-American father and multi-racial son, former and current employees at DHS; and Liberty In Our Neighborhood 194, an organization of Lakeville Public School parents, and several individual Lakeville parents, including Bob and Cynthia Cajune, a Native-American Veteran and white couple with multi-racial children.

These named individuals have apparently all been targets because they have condemned the racism inherent in critical race theory, and are fighting hard to keep it out of their schools. As noted by Doug Seaton, President of UMLC,

“Our clients are bravely confronting CRT-inspired bullying, indoctrination and retaliation, which is not ‘training’ or persuasion. They have been insulted, lied about, threatened, demoted and fired, simply for refusing to submit to this ideology. But the U.S. Constitution, the federal Civil Rights laws, and their Minnesota counter-parts don’t permit this race-based discrimination, retaliation, compelled speech, and invasion of privacy.”

That the supporters of Black Lives Matter and critical race theory always resort to harassment, blacklisting, and name-calling essentially proves that both really are rooted in bigoted and Marxist ideologies. If not, their supporters would be able to argue rationally, using facts to prove otherwise. They don’t, however, because the accusations are true, and thus like all such bigots and storm troopers — from the Soviets to the Nazis to the Facists to our modern communists — their only argument has to be oppression and censorship.

The sad part of this story is that even if Gustilo wins in court against Hennepin, the colleagues who attacked her will likely get off scot free. Hennepin — even if it loses big in court — is certainly not going to punish them for their lies and libels. It really agrees with them. Gustilo will find herself working side-by-side with individuals quite willing to publicly slander her for her opinions. Will she have the strength of character to do this, and to also call them out for their evil misbehavior? Will other decent people at Hennepin support her in this? At a minimum she should get apologies from them all.

Instead of apologies, I instead suspect that these thugs will simply lie low, with the tacit support Hennepin’s management, simply waiting for another opportunity to attack and destroy her. And it will be possible for them to do this because she will find no one at Hennepin willing to support her publicly, out of fear they will become the next target of this bullying.


Please consider donating to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar below. Your support will allow me to continue covering science and culture as I have for the past twenty years, independent and free from any outside influence.

Your support is even more essential to me because I keep this site free from advertisements and do not participate in corrupt social media companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook. I depend wholly on the direct support of my readers.

You can provide that support to Behind The Black with a contribution via Patreon or PayPal. To use Patreon, go to my website there and pick one of five monthly subscription amounts, or by making a one-time donation. For PayPal click one of the following buttons:


Or with a subscription with regular donations from your Paypal or credit card account:


If Patreon or Paypal don't work for you, you can support Behind The Black directly by sending your donation by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to

Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652

One comment

  • Another good (?!?) one. Two somewhat tangential points:

    Always wear a/v recording devices. I currently work mostly by myself, but if I worked with people, I would be wearing a body cam – always. Of course, it will mostly record useless garbage (at least my life is), but that doesn’t hurt anything and when you want it, you’ve got it. Now that I think about it, this will be required when the downstairs apartment becomes an AirBnB.

    [Hennepin] really agrees with them.

    Be careful with that construction. Who, exactly, is “Hennepin”? These sorts of things are decisions made by individuals, not some ghost in the machine of the corporation. It’s a convenient fiction for things just like this: Poor “Hennepin” gets sued, not the individuals causing the problem. Nonetheless, those individuals do exist.

    I agree with your point – they (not “it”) will not go quietly in to that good night. However, they exist and they can be targeted in ways great and small.

Readers: the rules for commenting!


No registration is required. I welcome all opinions, even those that strongly criticize my commentary.


However, name-calling and obscenities will not be tolerated. First time offenders who are new to the site will be warned. Second time offenders or first time offenders who have been here awhile will be suspended for a week. After that, I will ban you. Period.


Note also that first time commenters as well as any comment with more than one link will be placed in moderation for my approval. Be patient, I will get to it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *