Black people in America aren’t the only people in the history of the world whose ancestors were enslaved and oppressed. However, I am not familiar with many other nations that have gone to the lengths that the US has to right its past wrongs. This country has even gone to such lengths that have damaged not only those they intended to offer redress but the country at large.
My children have opportunities that my parents could only dream of. Despite the rhetoric being spouted by the professional race baiters, the American dream (yeah, I know, but allow me some leeway here), is alive and well for everyone of any race who chooses to pursue happiness rather than sit back and wait for someone to legislate it into reality. America has put forth a valiant effort to grant all men access to the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Whether these things are “rights” in reality is a subject for another time and place.
As for this time, 2017, and this place, the United States of America, most of us are equally screwed. If equality is the goal, we’re screwed from birth. If equity is the goal, we’re screwed by both birth, human nature, and political reality. The quest to agitate for something which has never been, and can never be, serves to reveal how much common sense we shed even as our intellect expanded over the past few generations. To the extent that any of it is attainable however, with whom does the blame lie when it isn’t attained?
We have media pundits, political hucksters and professional “civil rights” activists constantly confronting us with a barrage of statistics about how much worse black people are faring compared to our white counterparts. Every election is peppered with wall to wall coverage of which candidate is poised to win “the black vote.”
We know what percentage of little black fourth graders can read in relation to their white counterparts, incarceration stats, and even what percentage of professional sports teams have black head coaches. And all these examples of “injustice” are held up to us as evidence that the dream is still afar off and that we need the government to pass more laws and spend more money to create opportunities for advancements in the black community. Wasn’t the point of the dream to get to a point where we don’t need to do this type of thing? And if we haven’t arrived there even now, will we ever?
I argue, and I highly doubt that my position on this will ever change, that equality of results is not something that can or should be used as a measure of progress. To the extent that any group of people embraces dysfunction and or lawlessness, there will be hindrances to forward advancements. There are millions of minorities (of the non-Asian variety for those who demand the distinction) who are not criminals, who work hard, and try to do right by their fellow man, but it doesn’t help those people to ignore the disproportionate percentage of criminality and dysfunctional families in black communities. And it doesn’t help those people to tell them that there is nothing to be done to improve their lot apart from massive amounts of government intervention.
Now, to bring this back around to where we started, with the hoteps. They get a few things right, and I think I outlined them here. There are some major problems regarding what is considered acceptable behavior for a significant portion of black America. Socially conservative black Americans, including devout Christians, complain with their mouths about the hucksters and criminals who are promoted by the media as their “leaders” (what other minority group has nationally recognized leaders by the way?), then faithfully march into voting booths and vote in line with the interests of these shysters to the tune of 90+ percent. When people watch what they do rather than what they say, those people are branded “racists”.
What the hoteps get wrong is their assertion that anywhere other than America is our home, and that utopia awaits black Americans on the other side of the Atlantic. Since we are here as a people who have been in this country even prior to day one, we should enjoy all of the rights and privileges of any other citizens. As for the Richard Spencers of the world, I have a new mantra, and it’s this: Unless everyone but the Native Americans is going back to their ancestral land, all talk of anyone but illegal immigrants going “home” (wherever that is) is hypocritical and pointless.
The only thing I have left to add are a few links from people who have thought about these issues more deeply than I, have expressed their thoughts more articulately than I, and are men whose opinions I agree with. I shall let their thoughts be my final say on the matter.
Black and White, Left and Right, by Dr. Thomas Sowell
A Tangled Web, by Dr. Thomas Sowell
Dependency, not Poverty, By Walter E. Williams. A caveat to this article: Near the end of his mostly well-expressed piece, he makes the assertion that if a person stays poor, it’s his fault. While I understand the thought process behind the assertion, it is also revelatory of a generational blind spot not uncommon to men his age.
Last quotes are from Booker T. Washington. The first is on the race hucksters, which are sadly nothing new:
There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
On the dangers of intellectual fetishism, so prominent in our world today:
No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
On the possibilities available, even during his time, to the man who proves himself worthy:
No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.
There really isn’t much more to be said on this topic that hasn’t already been said, so have a great day. To those of you facing the blizzard, be well. Happy Monday!