In a February 18, 2009 speech to Justice Department employees, Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States in some people’s eyes, infamously stated we “are a nation of cowards” as the term presumably attends to discussions of race in the United States of America. He is right of course, but not in the main.
The cowards are those who will not speak their minds out of fear. But, there are those of us who will speak our minds, be promptly accused of racism when we do and not care. Who are the cowards then? Those who will not speak or those who are so afraid to hear what others think, shut them down when they do speak up?
This is precisely why this piece is being written, to state bluntly and without care of whether or not a reprisal in the form of being labeled a racist is forthcoming. Mr. Holder wanted a dialogue, let’s have at it.
I cannot speak to the black experience in America, I am not black. But one does not have to be a certain skin color or ethnicity to understand what it’s like being shunned for something over which one has no control. My ancestors were from Italy. I do in fact know what it’s like being looked down upon because of it. Did it make me angry? You bet, but not sufficiently that I lashed out at the rest of the world and justified it by chanting a mantra of institutional victimization.
If you want to know the truth, the bitterness on the part of white people directed toward black people has very little to do with skin color. It actually has more to do with an offense Americans find far more onerous than discrimination based on the color of one’s skin. It comes down to fairness. We’re angry that government pushes you to the front, makes excuses for you and generally accommodates your whims at a price the rest of us have to pay. You’re only 13% of the population, why do you deserve anything more than 13% consideration?
White Americans are by and large generous and giving, always willing to extend a hand, we’ve proven that over fifty years and $15 trillion dollars of anti-poverty measures meant to help black people get out from underneath their endemic miseries. But our charity has not only been wasted, it is scorned by black people as something owed to them, reparations for slavery if you will.
That’s crap. There isn’t one person alive in America today responsible for slavery. There isn’t one black person alive today who was ever enslaved. On a personal level, my grandfather came to America at the beginning of the last century. He had nothing to do with black slavery in the New World, nor did any of his antecedents and by extension then, neither did any of his descendants including me and mine. In point of fact, there is no one in the United States who had anything to do with slavery, so why do we owe black people a nickel’s worth of consideration more than they’ve already received on the matter? And where’s your gratitude for everything we’ve done to help you out? Instead of purposely walking in front of the white man’s car as slowly as possible, you should be skipping across the street and tipping your hats for all you’ve received out of his pockets.
White America wonders how it is their sons and daughters are turned away from the finest schools because there needs to be room for black students. What if my kid is in every way more qualified than yours? Where’s the justice if Harvard bumps my kid with the most stellar record academically and otherwise in the freaking world for your kid who couldn’t come close? It doesn’t matter the color of anyone’s skin, it offends the American sense of fairness. But you desperately want that leg up and you raise momentous howls when courts strike down what is so plainly unfair. You want a level playing field, then when you get one you balk at playing on it. Compete with the best and see if you can succeed among them without any help from anywhere. You do it in sports, why not in every other endeavor?
It is of course a tragedy that an eighteen year old kid was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, but where’s the justice in using the event to loot and pillage, to outright destroy and steal from people who had nothing to do with it? How is it those who did the damage aren’t even being pursued much less punished? How come because you’re black and part of a mob, you get to do things that would get any white person alive arrested, convicted and imprisoned? That’s the way it looks and anything you might say to the contrary to justify such wholesale thuggery is to us another lame excuse for the worst among you just because their skin color is the same as yours.
As far as education is concerned, we’re sick and tired of having to dumb the entire system down because your kids can’t cut it. And it makes us angry that no one points to the obvious when discussing the behavior of black kids in our schools. Eric Holder’s demand that school systems stop suspending black kids is so offensive any teacher to whom the idea is put responds by rolling their eyes in disbelief it was even suggested. As an ex-teacher, I would love to watch Eric Holder in a classroom of belligerents. He wouldn’t last ten seconds before expelling them all.
Maybe it’s because they come from predominately one parent households, or maybe it’s the environment in which they grow, but guess what? We don’t care anymore about that because our kids are being negatively affected by yours. You wonder why white people fly from urban areas where the majority population is black? If you need the straight answer it’s because no matter where you are, there’s decay. When you come into a neighborhood you bring drugs, gangs and violence. No person, no matter their color wants to live in that environment so they move as fast as they possibly can before losing every bit of value in their homes or their lives.
Your leaders are all left-wing socialists and/or communists who hide beneath a leftist political philosophy so as to lend some kind of perverted legitimacy to their real agenda, taking from everyone who earns and redistributing it to those who won’t. You are mistakenly under the impression that you are getting over on the white man by calling this scheme “social justice.” But we know precisely what you’re doing, perpetrating a scam with the government’s approval.
And don’t think for a moment we are happy with the jaundiced view of America and Americans both your president and attorney general have. You don’t think we know why they are so desperate to align themselves with black people and their causes or why they are so adamant about blowing open our borders to anyone and everyone? This is their way of overwhelming the white man, of finally taking from him his majority status so as to fully punish him for being white. It’s Obama’s “final solution” being desperately carried out by Eric Holder.
The polls show it better than I could ever articulate the point, we are more racially divided under Obama and Holder than at any time in recent history. There’s more of a divide today than there was in the 1960s. Why? Because they want it that way. If they didn’t, this would be a far different country as a result of their administration.
We think what you want is to be more than equal. We know you think that way because you believe you’re owed it. You deserve to be more equal than the white man, after all, the white man has been more than equal for so long, it’s time for a switch in levels. But we owe you nothing. You owe yourselves, not to be more than equal to everyone else, but to drag yourselves out of the mess you created to a point where you can not only be equal, but be respected. If you want to rise above your circumstances, do what every other ethnic group has done in America, work hard and move forward as a consequence of that work, not of ludicrous demands for social and economic justice. But you haven’t and you won’t as long as you continue to make excuses and lay blame on the white man. You’re essentially in the same position you were a hundred years ago and out of some occluded sense of logic, you blame white people instead of yourselves. Do you know how sick that is? It flies in the face of every experience all other ethnic groups have had with America.
Your resentment of the successes others worked to achieve only exacerbates the problem. It shows up in almost everything you do. Your comedians routinely use white and people of Asian ethnicity as the butt of their jokes with an insensitivity and brutishness that would send you running for Eric Holder and the DOJ if the tables were turned.
You want to be equal? First you have to look in the mirror, then you have to decide who the hell is staring back and after that you either deal with the realities of your culture or continue to pull at a fantasy which condemns you to waiting for someone else to give you an identity better than the one you presently own. That’s the thing, isn’t it? You’ve been told by your leaders and Democrats for decades that yours is coming, but it never does and it never will unless you change what you are.
You think white people hate black people because of skin color. I think black people hate white people for that reason more than the other way around. If there is anything white people hate about black people is that part of your culture which poisons everything around it while at the same time assuming that no matter how evil and depraved, because it emanates from black culture the rest of us must find it acceptable or else we are racists.
You have us all wrong actually. It isn’t the color of your skin. It’s anger. It’s being pissed off that you, just because you’re black, should be given a pass on all manner of destructive behavior and that somehow the rest of America has to not only accept it, but pay for it too. You better do what Aretha Franklin tells you, “You better think…” because the end of that era is upon us and ironically, it has been ushered in by Barack Obama and Eric Holder.
You wanted a dialogue, well, there you have it. I am under no misconception however. The backlash will be swift and venomous, but I don’t care and I’m willing to bet fewer and fewer people do. In the final analysis it isn’t hatred at all, it’s the dawning of indifference which will turn to intolerance which will turn to violence should we be forced to concentrate on your problems rather than taking care of our own.