Here is a “comment” especially for you. People have addressed it over and over, a lot of people, infinitely smarter than myself. But YOU believe we need to have a conversation about race in America?
But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to. This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:
First, America has been the best country on earth for black people. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.
This so-called Reverend Wright that was in the mainstream awhile back, ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.
Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the black American community into the mainstream.
Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants. Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.
We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude??
The black community talks about new ‘ladders of opportunity’ for blacks. Go to Altoona and Johnstown, and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for ‘deserving’ white kids.
After Katrina almost daily we were pounded with “how the government didn’t do a thing for Chocolate America” (New Orleans Mayor) but what did you hear out of Iowa and the heartland when floods took their homes, farms jobs and factories?
Nothing, they reached down and grabbed their bootstraps and got back to business.
Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for Black Americans are seven times those of white America? Is it really white America’s fault that illegitimacy in the Black American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?
Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?
As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Are you aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?
Are you aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?
We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al Sharpton about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing. We won’t even try and address Jesse Jackson, like the rest of the country, your community seems to be suffering a leadership problem too.
Sorry, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago. Racism in this country will never cease, until there is a change of heart AND mind. Equality for the masses is never going to be accomplished by spewing the same old tired rhetoric over and over. Next time you want to come here and try and spread your particular brand of trash, it might behoove you to check your “sorry attitude” at the door.
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