A Response To A Gray Headed Brother

>> Monday, March 23, 2009

Every time I read some Lib say something like "We haven't learned" or "America is still racist", it makes my blood boil. A few years ago, an article appeared in our local paper, entitled "America Should Honor King's Teachings".

The article was written by a Mr. David Love, who I later found out was a Philadelphia lawyer who had written the article to commemorate Martin Luther King day, and it had somehow been syndicated in many papers across the country.

I say "somehow" because his astounding lack of knowledge about our history didn't deserve publication, in my opinion. Following are some highlights from my response:

To the Editor:

According to your guest columnist, David A. Love, in the article entitled, "America Should Honor King's Teachings", (Herald Mail, Monday Jan. 16) "Americans have learned few lessons" since the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Is that so, Mr. Love?

Today, a black man can enter any restaurant or lunch counter anywhere in America, including the deep south, and sit down next to a white man without fear of being lynched. Or even frowned upon.

And we haven't learned?

No more are there two sets of bathrooms or drinking fountains, one labeled white and one labeled colored. Today a black man can drink from any water source he wants to without fear of angering any white people. In fact, it is doubtful that any white people would give him a second glance.

And we haven't learned?

There are no more lynchings, no more black church bombings, no more middle of the night abductions of black people followed by brutal beatings.

And we haven't learned?

No one forces black girls to sit in the back of the bus, or stands in the doorway of schools to block their entrance.

And we haven't learned?

Today Black writers can write editorials that make outrageously racially biased statements without fear of retribution. You couldn't have written your piece in a mainstream newspaper in 1960, Mr. Love.

What haven't we learned?

Yes, Mr. Love, there are isolated incidents where some backward, ignorant racist, white people burn crosses in front yards and scrawl racist graffiti on black people's houses, etc. But those instances are few and far between. And there are more, much more incidents of black racists committing racially motivated crimes nowadays.

Mr. Love also writes, "The devastation in New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast brought to light the lingering problems of race and class."

Recently some interesting information was reported in newspapers and on television and radio news outlets across the country: More white people were effected adversely by the hurricanes than blacks.

What lingering problems, Mr. Love?

Next, Mr. Love makes this claim:

"And the nation squanders away it's resources on the failed war in Iraq."

Oh really? What exactly, is Mr. Love's criteria for what constitutes a "failed war"?

For the first time since Saddam Hussein gained power in Iraq, free and independent elections have been held. Not just one. Three of them in the last year.

A murderous, vicious, sadistic dictator, who had hundreds of thousands of his own people slaughtered has been deposed.

Torture and rape rooms all over Iraq have been shut down. Women, who up until now, have been treated as second class citizens at best and pack animals at worst, have attained personhood in Iraq.

And all this at the cost of many less American lives than have died in any of America's previous wars.

And we haven't learned?

His last point:

"On March 31, 1968 King preached his final sermon...four days before his assassination. In the sermon, he noted that, 'one of the great liabilities of life is that all too many people find themselves living amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses, and the new situation demands. They end up sleeping through a revolution.'"

Mr. Love (and let me now add, Mr. Gray Headed Brother), it's time to wake up from your 35 year nap, and see what Americans have learned.

Now, allow me to expound further.

Thanks to affirmative action, (a particular piece of legislation that was specifically intended to force whites to elevate blacks to superiority over whites regardless of qualifications) blacks have even more opportunity in every facet of American life than ever before, from jobs where they get first choice regardless of level of competence, to first choice in University admissions, regardless of aptitude.

It is blacks themselves who keep the black people down. Our American government has bent over backwards to appease our black brothers, but still they scream racism every time they see an opportunity to play the victim and extract some further special favors. We have created an entitlement mentality in the black community.

And, for the love of God, can someone explain for me, please, why it is only called "racism" if it is whites discriminating against blacks?

Because, the way I see it, blacks discriminate against whites much more often than the other way around, and few people are labeling that attitude racism.

Indeed, out of respect for the black race in this country, white America no longer uses a dictionary of racial words to describe blacks. On the other hand, have blacks stopped calling whites honky, cracker, whitey, or peckerwoods? Even the word, "white" is often spat as if it were a racial epithet itself. Have any whites screamed "racism" at that?

Brother, stop playing the victim and join the majority of Americans in the fight against injustice of every color.


Eric March 23, 2009 at 4:25 PM  

"[O]ut of respect for the black race in this country..."

Excuse me, Mark, but let's put that canard in the ground where it belongs. As I stated in the previous post there IS NO "black" race. We are ONE race of people on this Earth. Perhaps our White Headed Brother doesn't see that we've learning that particular lesson.

Steven Biko said it best before a judge in South Africa...

"Why do you call yourselves "white?" You look more pink to me." [paraphrasing, and in response to the judges question: 'why do you call yourselves 'black?' you look more brown to me.']

Seriously. I'm not saying America has arrived at the shores of perfect acceptance. We haven't. Look at the younger kids today... the MTV culture. These kids do not see a 'color' when they look at each other, and that's exactly where we need to be. We need to be able to look at one another and not see a "black man" or a "white man." We need to learn to only see "a man."

I agree with your post. But we still some ways to go. Having said that, America is not a racist country, but there are things we can do to improve relations. The first thing we can do is stop seeing the color of each other's skin. As Dr. King said, let's see the content [and fruit] of each other's character.

And having said THAT, don't confuse my dislike of Barack Obama with the color of his skin, 'cause when I criticize him, that's so not where I'm coming from.

Mark March 23, 2009 at 5:36 PM  

Nor do I, Eric. I don't even consider Obama's color when I consider him. It is irrelevant. What's relevant is his Marxist policies and ideology.

I never said we didn't have any further to go. As long as racists (of any color) continue to spew their ignorant filth, we will continue to need to grow further.

Al Sharpton, Jesee Jackson, et al are prime examples.

Anonymous,  March 24, 2009 at 7:59 AM  

I think your blog is great..Thank you for being here to say what NEEDS to be said! I'm with you all the way.

Mark March 24, 2009 at 11:30 PM  

Maybe I should just delete my blog and just post entries on this one. I get no comments there anymore.

Not that it matters much. I keep telling myself, "The number of comments isn't important. It's only a forum to present my opinion anyway"

But why can't I believe myself?

Mark March 24, 2009 at 11:31 PM  

Oh, and thanks, Right is right.

BenT - the unbeliever,  March 25, 2009 at 1:29 PM  

Because you desire to present your ideas in an arena of intellectual conflict and emerge victorious. And that's great if the arena is neutral, impartial or fair, but when you go and handicap your idealogical opponents, it gets hard to draw opponents.

Anonymous,  March 25, 2009 at 6:06 PM  

Blacks remain twice as likely to be unemployed, three times more likely to live in poverty and more than six times as likely to be imprisoned compared with whites, according to the Urban League's annual State of Black America.

The Urban League's equality index shows the status of blacks at 71 percent that of whites. It said that economics "remains the area with the greatest degree of inequality," with social justice, health and education following.


Feodor March 25, 2009 at 6:09 PM  
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Mark March 25, 2009 at 9:43 PM  

Those statistics may be true, Feo, although since they come from a very questionable source, they probably aren't, but in either case, it doesn't contradict the facts. The facts are, as I said, Many black people have acquired an entitlement mentality due to the number of social programs they have demanded over the years, ostensibly to "level the playing field" as it were.

Then, they got their programs, but instead of using the programs to lift themselves up, they sat back and waited for more handouts. Because they consider themselves entitled to special treatment, because years before they were even born, some of their ancestors were slaves.

They are authors of their own life stories. And, as the saying goes, "The author is responsible for problems he creates".

Blacks don't have to be twice as likely to be unemployed, three times more likely to live in poverty and more than six times as likely to be imprisoned compared with whites. If they are, they have only themselves to blame. No one group of people in the history of America has had more opportunities handed to them.

Or do we have to explain affirmative action to you?

Dan Trabue March 26, 2009 at 9:53 AM  
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Mark March 26, 2009 at 11:02 AM  

Plenty Dan hasn't learned, isn't there?

Dan Trabue March 26, 2009 at 3:05 PM  
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Eric March 26, 2009 at 3:09 PM  

Okay, you can call any of us a "racist" but that other word has no place in this discussion.

Dan Trabue March 26, 2009 at 3:42 PM  

? But Perv IS a pervert. He has demonstrated this by his own nasty, disgusting, filthy words about a beautiful lady whom he knows nothing about and his apparent inability to understand why what he has done was so filthy and perverse.

But perhaps you're right. Perhaps the Perv is a psychopath - having an inability to distinguish right from wrong. That might explain much about his wholly inappropriate behavior demonstrated in his words. But that would be for his therapist to work out with him.

All I know is that he has demonstrated perversion and racism by his words and actions. And cowardice by deleting comments that confront him on it, to boot.

Still, delete away. That's why I've pretty much quit coming to comment here. He's a filthy, disgusting man.

Eric March 26, 2009 at 3:54 PM  

What's perverse, Dan, is your seeming inability to be as charitable as you demand we be. How long ago was this apparent slight? Has no apology been given? Wouldn't our time be better spent debating the post rather than calling each other names?

It's time to grow up. All of you. America is swirling the crapper and you two want to call each other names?

Marshall Art March 27, 2009 at 1:31 AM  

Dan knows Mark has back off on the comment he made (albeit the sincerity of the apology could possibly be debated). Dan knows that the remark was made to force Dan to acknowledge the real point Mark was making. Dan knows that rather than deal with that point, that it was far easier taking advantage of Mark's graphic description of something Mark couldn't possibly know and using it to frame Mark as something Dan knows is untrue about Mark, thereby bearing false witness against Mark, exposing himself to be less than the forgiving and tolerant man of Christian piety Dan pretends to be, as well as casting doubt about his position on homosexual issues not being tainted by personal feelings for a HLBT person. Where he gets the Mark-as-racist tag is beyond me.

Marshall Art March 27, 2009 at 1:36 AM  

Regarding Feodor's statistics, whether accurate or tainted by the biases of the source, what's important is the reason for them. I find it doubtful that they are a result of "institutional racism" or racism of any kind. More likely is that they are indeed corrupted by the nonsense spouted by the left and race-baiting psuedo-leaders like Jackson and Sharpton. But having the racism card to play does make passing the buck a lot easier.

Dan Trabue March 27, 2009 at 6:19 AM  

Marshall lied:

Dan knows Mark has back off on the comment he made (albeit the sincerity of the apology could possibly be debated).

What Dan knows is that Mark and apparently Marshall do not understand what was perverted about Mark's disgusting comments. He has not apologized because he apparently does not understand the disgusting nature of his filthy sin.

Sorry for derailing this thread. I'm out of here.

Eric March 27, 2009 at 7:00 AM  

"Sorry for derailing this thread."

No you're not, Dan.

Mark March 27, 2009 at 9:34 AM  

Dan Satanically intones:

"Mark and apparently Marshall do not understand what was perverted about Mark's disgusting comments. He has not apologized because he apparently does not understand the disgusting nature of his filthy sin."

I did apologize for making a statement that was admittedly over the top.

It was graphic, and objectionable, and possibly obscene, and yes, disgusting, and for any readers who were offended by that(and there were some) I apologize.

But my comment itself was not what is perverted.

What is perverted is the act of which I was describing, and as I have said, a homosexual is not a homosexual unless the person engages in the act of homosexuality. In other words, the act defines the person. If she doesn't engage in homosexual acts, she isn't a lesbian (unless she lives on the isle of Lesbos). She's only a woman in comfortable shoes.

But Dan, you sanctimoniously suggest that my description of a perverse act is perverted but not the act itself.

And that, to use your favorite line, is bearing false witness against me.

I cannot be labeled a pervert unless I engage in perverse acts, and sir, the only sex I have is with my wife who is a woman, therefore it is normal and natural and not perverted. Therefore, I cannot be perverted, and thus cannot be labeled a pervert unless the labeler is lying. Lying, Dan, is a concise word which means "to bear false witness".

I humbly apologize for offending any who might have read my comments, but I will not apologize for having strongly held, and biblically correct convictions.

Dan, you are so fond of claiming you are Christian, and declaring that you are following Jesus. But then you sanctimoniously proclaim that you will not forgive me (for some imagined offense, of which you really aren't offended at all)unless I apologize.

Well now, I don't recall Jesus ever asserting that forgiveness is contingent upon an apology. I seem to remember he forgives anyone whether they apologize or not.

But all that said, I am not asking your forgiveness.

You are nothing to me but an insignificant little pest who continues to sully this fine blog with your inane, stupid, ridiculous, and intentionally confrontational attitude.

So go ahead and insult me. The way I see it, you are only making yourself look silly and insignificant. And, by your incessant accusations, you only make me appear more credible while you continually show yourself to be silly and petty every time you bring the subject up, especially when it's off-topic.

Your insults mean nothing to me, as they issue from a nothing.

Now go back to your little sandbox, and play nicely with the other little boys and girls.

Mark March 27, 2009 at 10:43 PM  

“No segment of the population has lost more by the agendas of liberal constituencies of the Democratic Party than the black population. The teacher’s unions, environmental fanatics and the ACLU are just some of the groups whose interests blacks have been sacrificed wholesale. Lousy education and high crime rates in the ghettos, and unaffordable housing elsewhere with building restrictions, are devastating prices to pay for liberalism.” – Thomas Sowell

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