WHY WE CAN NEVER HAVE AN HONEST CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE
January 28, 2013
Last Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder reiterated his claim that Americans are a “nation of cowards” on racial issues. Here we go again.
Holder’s effort to profile the entire nation as cowards came during a friendly interview with the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, where was asked if he would take back his 2009 remarks. He adamantly said: “I would not take that back.”
Holder was referring to a 2009 event in which he told his agency employees celebrating Black History Month that “though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we — I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” “Certain subjects are off-limits and that to explore them risks at best embarrassment, and at worst, the questioning of one’s character."
Ever since Barack Obama was elected President, a vast majority of black leaders across the country have called for "an honest conversation about race." What on earth does that mean? And, why on earth do we need to have that conversation since we have elected the first black President in this nation's history?
Could it be what they are really saying is, "Now that we have our first black President, we need to change the dynamic from 'white-privileged' to black power?"
Eric Holder comments last week was in response to a question from a reporter as to whether he would to take back his 2009 comments. He refused to do so.
Holder continues to maintain the position that minorities are oppressed by the white male, and Americas society and cultural norms have nothing but negative impacts on minorities and women. This is just another lame example of how the left projects their failures onto the rest of us and uses race as an excuse for everything.
Over the last week we also heard the president accuse America as a whole for not liking him because he is black. This was based on his rapidly diminishing popularity; we also heard him blame Rush Limbaugh for people not liking him. As if we are all like little democratic voters, running around looking for someone to tell us what to think.
President Obama and Eric Holder would have you believe that capitalism and our constitution are why we have a divided society when in truth; it is their racial identity politics that leaves this nation more polarized than it has been in decades.
I just don't understand why those on the right cannot turn this argument against the left by trying to show the true racist nature of their policies. We live in a day where believing black people are equal with whites is the new racism. Equality today means equal results instead of equal opportunity, and it can be safely argued that this policy of “socially engineering” equality has been destructive on the very people it was supposed to be helping.
A recent example is Holder coming down on public schools if he feels there is racial disparity in how children are punished. He believes that school systems are punishing black children disproportionately and this should be alleviated. The truth is; failure to hold children accountable for their actions only produces irresponsible adults.
Affirmative Action is another example, while there may have been a time when the democrats Jim Crow laws demanded that action such as this be taken; we are well beyond that now as most white people view blacks as being equal. Most people except for guilt ridden liberal democrats anyway. Their belief that black people need affirmative action has created an entitlement mentality where there is no need for people benefiting from it to live to their fullest potential.
It is the victimization and entitlement mentality that leaves generations of blacks trapped in so called “generational poverty.” It is the reinforced belief of being owed, propagated by the likes of Obama, Holder and other liberals that leaves blacks “disproportionately” impoverished.
America is not a racist nation. Most people look back at our history and are appalled at the fact that there was slavery in a nation founded on freedom.
This collective guilt was used very effectively by those pushing racial identity politics. In fact, programs like affirmative action are viewed by several black people as being in need of change and no longer needed in a world that has moved past the issue of skin color.
In an article published by American Scholar, Ralph Eubanks writes about his grandson being admitted into college because of affirmative action laws. His grandson readily admitted that he did not experience any situation which made him feel as if he needed to depend upon such laws for admission. He didn’t feel as if being “black” was a disadvantage. Perhaps he would be better off staying out of college, because in today’s world of Critical Race Theory, he would be taught otherwise.
Another example of affirmative action in the academic environment is the University of Michigan’s policy of enrolling a “critical mass” of unrepresented minorities. Minorities are admitted into academic programs not based on merit but based on a quota system.
How is this fair? Certainly, this policy would leave a person of color who has worked hard to accomplish something in the cold as the quota system would prevent them from even reviewing their records. This policy also dictates that minorities receive twenty extra bonus points.
Again, how does this encourage minority students to pursue academic excellence? It reinforces the mentality that they are owed and leaves those that can excel out in the cold. As far as white privilege goes, because of affirmative action a woman named Barbara Gruter was denied admission to the UofM law school even though she had a GPA of 3.8 and scored a 161 on the Law School admissions teat.
With facts like these it is hard to say that whites are oppressing minorities. While a Supreme Court decision forced this school to change their policy based on the above incident, many schools across the nation still use a quota based system.
Eric Holder and Barrack Obama, along with the rest of the racial grievance industry would be better off if they would acknowledge the support that white America has showed for such programs.
Through the 1970’s and the 1980’s white America has overwhelmingly supported programs that helped people who were historically discriminated against, to the tune of 65%. Ironically, throughout the same period, roughly half of the black population opposed programs that automatically granted them privilege over white Americans. This shows that blacks wanted equality of opportunity as opposed to outcome.
It should also be noted that racism played a huge role in the election of first black president, and not in the way you may think. Barrack Obama received a huge amount of support from white America. No doubt this reflected a foolish belief that simply voting for a black man would prove they weren’t racist. Cameron Duodo writes in the New African that there were many blacks who were opposed to Obama because he was half white. In fact he references a black priest who condemned Obama because his mother was Caucasian.
Perhaps the President and his Attorney General would do themselves well by realizing we are not programmable automatons as they seem to believe. We are capable of making our own decisions based on our own research. Just because there is a small portion of the population who can readily be relied upon to fall in line with these racial identity politics, doesn’t mean the rest of us are just going to sit here and take it.
Mr. Obama, Mr. Holder, we the people of the United States are sick and tired of being called racist, when it is overwhelmingly obvious you use the word as a vehicle to transform the nation. As long as you continue to do that, there can be no honest conversations about race. Your "side" will always dominate the talk and win the argument.
We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.