For some reason, President Obama’s use of the “n” word during a radio interview has caused a brand new conversation about race, racism and the inevitable segue into “white privilege” in America. Why anyone pays attention to what the Klutz in Charge has to say is beyond me. God knows the Iranians could care less and the Israelis cringe every time El Jefe speaks. Well, perhaps America’s new found friend, Fidel Castro cares since that was a title that used to be reserved for him.
Perhaps I can lay my attitudes at the feet of my parents. They taught me to judge people not by their race, nationality, religion, gender or anything else other than who they were as people. And that judgment was not made until you saw how they treated other people. If they were kind, considerate, generous – then they were good people and were the kind of folks that we would have over for dinner. If not, then we would pray for them and try to encourage them to adopt the characteristics that I described earlier. Well, it was a simpler time when we learned values from family and religious leaders rather than the internet.
During the course of many years in business I hired many people. Furthermore, being in the business of executive search my staff and I referred many thousands of people as candidates for positions. We did so irrespective of that person’s race, age, gender or anything other than their qualifications and ability to do the job for which they interviewed. In the sweet bye and bye, the Federal government came along and told us that we should be doing just what we had been doing all along. And caused us to fill out additional paperwork to prove that what we were doing was moral, ethical and legal. I often wondered why they were the supreme arbiters of the first two of those items.
Now if everyone had my upbringing, this whole conversation about racism would be moot – that is if we all had parents like mine and we all had listened to them. But obviously that is not the case. And while I have heard arguments that racism exists worldwide, which is probably a true statement, that hardly mitigates its existence here.
If we want to look at one of the most obvious examples of racism we have to turn the clock back to February 19, 1942 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 (he had a pen,too), which resulted in the internment of more than 110,000 Japanese resident aliens and U. S. Citizens as well as approximately 300 Italian-Americans and about 5,000 German-Americans who also were citizens. Those of us who marvel that we were foolish enough not only to elect BHO in 2008 but to repeat the error in 2012 should take some solace in the fact that the country elected one of the most prominent racists in American history, FDR no fewer than four times. (For those of you who are younger or got your American history via the public school system, Roosevelt was a Democrat).
It seems reasonable before we solve the world’s problem with racism we should first clean our own house. After all, how can we, with moral impunity, critique the Chinese for hating the Japanese or the Indians for hating the Pakistanis, to cite only two of numerous examples, unless we set an example ourselves? And I am pleased to say that I have a solution which I will be forwarding to my Representative in Congress and one of my senators. (I’m not going to send a copy to Harry Reid out of respect for his eye condition and otherwise generally deteriorating health, physical and mental).
I am proposing that we establish a national program and create a new Cabinet level position which will be called the Department of RAH. In this case, RAH stands for Rent A Human. (Those of you who know how much I would like to reduce the size of the Federal government may be surprised at this proposal, creating as it were yet another bureaucracy. But I have that covered. We abolish the Department of Education thus making this a zero sum swap out.)
This is how it would work. Any person would be able to rent any other person in the United States to be their “friend.” But instead of this being a merely symbolic friendship as on Facebook and the rest of the social media, the person who wanted to befriend (or rent) another person, would pay a fee for that privilege, the price depending on the specific characteristics of the person to be rented. Needless to say, the more characteristics which are currently in vogue, the greater the fee. But the good thing is that the fee for renting people would go directly to the person so rented. For some of the more popular categories, this might result in people being truly lifted out of poverty and the welfare rolls.
I haven’t worked out all the details (give me time), but as an example, if a white person wanted to rent a black person (your ordinary vanilla type individual), the fee would be, let’s say, $20 a month. But if you wanted to add someone to your friendship list such as a transgendered black male who thought he was a lesbian and who happened to have an Hispanic surname and several felony convictions, well that might cost you a couple of thousand a month. True, only good liberals like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Hollywood celebrities might be able to afford such a “friend” but hey, what the heck, they have the money to spare.
So, other than the obvious of doing good, what’s in it for the people of the United States and the country itself? Quite a lot. First, if we get enough of our citizens involved, and I’m banking on the fact that there is still a great deal of generosity in America, we might totally wipe out the need for anyone to be on welfare – which would be a tremendous savings to each of us. And for the person who collects the most points for the greatest number of “RAH” members (weight adjusted based on characteristics) in any given year, I would propose that we put their likeness on our ten cent pieces, retiring Roosevelt from that coin along with the Confederate Flag to a museum and a place in racist history.