The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It

RAPE AND RACISM

There is no secret that the number of black Americans who identify themselves as conservatives is very small.  It’s not surprising that those who do are people who made something of themselves – despite the hurdles and barricades that they had to overcome.  And we have do have a history of making things tough for American blacks.

Now most of us will point point to organizations such as the KKK and their harassment of southern blacks – or point to the American Nazi Party and other white supremacist groups and lay the blame at their feet.  There is no question that their message of hate has resulted in violence and death among our black community members.  They are Neanderthals who need to go to night class so that they can learn how to evolve an opposable thumb.

But as evil as they have been in expressing their racism in acts of violence against individuals – they are not the real problem – at least not today.  No, the real racists are those of whatever color who believe that we should keep our blacks on the plantation.  But rather than have them work in the fields or serve as butler or servants in the main house, we reward them for indolence with our paternalistic continuation of “the white man’s burden” philosophy that was so prevalent in the European colonization of Africa and the Indian subcontinent in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

That paternalism results in one thing – dependency.  And if someone controls another person on the most fundamental levels of providing that person food, shelter and medical care, he holds power over that individual.  Psychologists tell us that the rapist is not fulfilling a sexual fantasy when he defiles a woman.  Rather, he is satisfying a need to demonstrate his superiority and the fact that he has power over that victim.  To my mind rape and racism are terms which are largely interchangeable. Both are evil.

Perhaps the difference between the two is that rape is little more than a specific event – which for the victim has long-term psychological implications.  Whereas racism is an on-going process – which also has long-term psychological implications not only for the victim but for society as well.

There is a reason that when slavery was legal in the United States, every state which allowed the practice had laws on the books which prohibited the education of slaves.  “Keep them dumb and pregnant” – that was the mantra and the business model.  And by and large it worked.

Well, in theory we now educate blacks – but that is more theory than reality.  If you look at the four year high school graduation rate in the black community it is only at a 52% level.  And that only reflects those who have actually gone on to high school.

What can you do with that level of education in today’s technological society?  Work at a fast food restaurant – at a minimum, unlivable wage.  The only hope that offers is that a person will survive for another day.  That isn’t life – and certainly is not the American dream.

When Dr. King gave his “I Have A Dream” speech he had a vision of equal opportunity for all.  Those in the black – and many in the white community – welcomed and embraced his message.  Had he lived, this country might look very different than it does.  I have no doubt that Dr. King would not have endorsed the philosophy or presidency of a Barack Obama.  Because Obama has, at every opportunity, perpetuated the philosophy of the old slave owners.  “Keep them dumb and pregnant.”

For a president who excoriated the colonialists and their paternalism, he has written a playbook of which they would have been proud.  He has increased black dependency in order to get their votes and gain personal power.  He is no different than the rapist who has molested his victim.  But in this case, the victim is the United States of America.

And frankly, most blacks in this country have bought into their own enslavement because they simply haven’t received the cognitive training and education to see through this welfare farce and recognize it for what it really is – enslavement.  If you question that, look at the percentage of blacks who voted for the Chief Enslaver.

But there may be some hope.  Some black Americans slipped through the educational abyss and are armed and dangerous.  They are equipped with a vision of a truly equal America and they are prepared to enter the fight armed with one of the strongest weapons mankind has ever known – the truth.

One of those is a State Senator from the state of Louisiana, the Hon. Elbert Guillory.  This might be the most important statement by a responsible person in the black community since Dr. King’s “Dream Speech.”

There may be those within the lowest economic echelons of the black community who might hear and reject Sen. Guillory’s message.  I understand that while they have and realize that they have little, they view that as better than taking the risk of throwing out the slave masters and having nothing.  But as the message points out, one day the food stamps won’t arrive, the Medicare card won’t work and the welfare check won’t cash.

But as long as people are willing to sell themselves into slavery, they ought not to complain about racism.  And if they continue their silence and refuse to act in their own best interests, their continuing rape is inevitable.

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Comments on: "RAPE AND RACISM" (12)

  1. He is quite wonderful.

    And so many of those so few that graduated high school learned as much as we had by eighth grade. Somebody called it the “soft racism of low (ered) expectations”. Decent teachers are I think the highest of priorities to fix this.

    And maybe this is something that private businesses need to be encouraged to take a hand in. We don’t all need to go to college, if the businesses (and unions as well) would get serious and start helping about 9th grade, i think a lot could be accomplished.

    • Indeed.

      This under-education is not a new phenomenon. When I was in high school I tutored five kids in Harlem who volunteered for a remedial reading program. They were in seventh grade and read at a third grade level. When I met with their families, only one of them had a book in their apartment – the Bible. If children do not get incentive at home to learn, the amount that teachers – even extremely gifted ones – is significantly limited.

      • That is very true. In truth the Bible is enough but it must be used and encouraged. But we’ve broken that paradigm, which wasn’t strong to start with, I suspect.

        How do we encourage the kids now? Pay (bribe?) them to start and hope some fall in love with it. I hate it but their parents are probably lost. Coercion is obviously not the answer, that will just lead to more drop-outs. I don’t know but, we need to do something different.

      • Just a thought – what if a kid skips school, we deactivate his/her cell phone for a month? In fact, we might deactivate all of them while they’re in school – or at least collect them until class is over.

      • I like that.

        Let’s take it a step farther, there is a drywall available, it was developed for security applications but Lowe’s carries it last I looked, that blocks all electronic emanations, think of it, no cell phone, iPad, even radios, except through the schools wifi which is quite easy to control.

        In theory, i don’t like it because we shouldn’t restrict freedom but, we have to get some education into these kids or they have no chance of ever having any pride in themselves. Would sure be worth a try.

      • I agree that we shouldn’t restrict adults’ freedom. But if your school was like mine – I had no expectation that I could do what I wanted without expecting repercussions.

        You can’t educate anyone if you can’t get that person’s attention. And a person who might age into adulthood without acquiring the tools necessary to function as a cognitive, reasoning person, winds up being a liability to society – and are exactly the people who commit senseless crimes like the murder in Oklahoma, the bus beating in Florida and shooting a 13 month old baby in Georgia.

      • I agree, and you know that I do.

        There is another paradigm in here as well that we need to think about, our school system was designed in the early nineteenth century to educate workers (mostly) for the rapidly industrializing society. It was wildly successful, especially here but, we are moving to what Toffler called “the third wave” a more symbolic, less concrete society, in some ways more like the first wave agricultural society. How does this change the requirements (or does it)? Obviously the “3 R’s” are still required (maybe moreso) but what are other differences? One that strikes me is that fewer and fewer of us are going to be punching timeclocks and/or doing repetitive (essentially stupid) jobs.

        I think we need a huge increase in the quality of education as well as personal responsibility far beyond what we can rationally expect of second wave schools. But how do we get there? Home and charter schools are part, maybe a large part, of it. But there a lot of uncharted territory out there.

  2. What a great man Dr King was. He is in the same class as Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

  3. Great piece!

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