When it comes to race relations and discussions about race, Eric Holder, Obama’s controversial pick for Attorney General thinks “Americans are cowards”.
Let’s see, the country has just elected its first multi-racial president and Mr. Holder is of African American descent and Americas are cowards. Well, isn’t that fine statement . . . one that motivates people to what exactly? Anger? Resentment? What a pompous jackass!
We’re all Cowards? I guess that’s just us white folks eh? Hmmm, we don’t talk enough about those things that are racial. Well, let me make a couple of observations, including the fact that we talk about race in this country ad naseum. You can’t escape it, its everywhere. Listened to Imus lately? Enough said.
Holder wants honesty, OK, let’s be honest.
One, it’s damn difficult to talk about race when constantly being called a racist. In the last year and a half, the race card has been used so often that it no longer shocks people, it just pisses them off. The race card is almost always played by someone of color (see how PC I am?) and hurled against an Anglo, a person of little color, a white person. Using the race card is a tactic used by black people to throw white people off and put them on the defensive. Its use is supposed to play on “white peoples” guilt about slavery.
Two, the person (or persons) using this tactic, trying to bludgeon their object of hatred or derision, should consider that the very act of using the race card makes them racist. The constant use of the race card has become tiresome, tedious, and predictable. IMHO, using the race card is a racist tactic used by racists to gain a tactical advantage. Period.
Three, might I suggest that we retire the “R” word the same way we are trying to retire the “N” word. Both are hateful and negative and shouldn’t be used unless there is a legitimate reason. Nazis were racist, the Klu Klux Klan was racist, people who oppose Obama’s politics and policies for legitimate reasons are not automatically racists. If you don’t know the difference, don’t use the word.
Four, if one thinks about it, a person who resorts to using the race card is really demonstrating how weak and unpersuasive their point or position really is. Using the race card is childish, and immature . . . little more than junior high school name calling.
Five, the past 40 or 50 years has seen this country move forward at warp speed in its attempts to right the wrongs of the past. The black community in the United States has gone from riding in the back of bus to driving the bus. I defy anyone to name another country that has moved as quickly as we have. Are we perfect? No! Are we moving in the right direction? Yes! We’ve gone from Rosa Parks to Eric Holder and BHO in less than a generation.
Six, ascribing 21st century behavior and attitudes about race and slavery to people from past centuries is non-productive and asinine. Expecting people who were convinced the world was flat, or couldn’t grasp the connection of washing hands & germs, or who ripped beating hearts out of their enemies as an offering to the Gods makes no sense and is a waste of time. This is akin to asking people in Alexander’s world, or Leonardo’s world, or Lincoln’s world to understand concepts with which they have no connection like computers or cell phones. Slavery was part of their world. 21st century value judgments that slavery was wrong are meaningless. America didn’t invent slavery. Slavery in the U.S. was a continuum on the time line of advancing civilizations and our understanding of humanity.
The fact is, slavery has existed almost from the beginning of time. Slavery was a natural outcome of war. It was practiced by the ancients, the Romans, the Babylonians, etc. and continued for thousands of years, ending in this country with the Emancipation Proclamation. The MSM continues with stories that it is practiced in parts of the world today.
Might I suggest it is time to stop dragging slavery’s past with us. Yes, slavery existed and remains part of our history . . . yes, it was wrong, . . . yes, yes, yes, all of it true. That having been acknowledged, the country needs to leave the past in the past and work together for a more perfect Union. That cannot be done in an atmosphere that pays more homage to the wrongs of the past than to building a better and stronger future sans the wrongs.
Seven, might I suggest, that anyone who wants to hurl the racist epithets against another person simply because their skin is of a light hue or assumes that their relatives contributed to slavery or were part of the slave trade, is akin to feeding into same types of prejudices, stereotypes, and assumptions that include all blacks have ryhthm, all Jews are rich, all Mexicans are lazy, the Polish are dumb, all Asians are bright, etc. I don’t really need to continue do I?
Mr. Holder might I suggest that if you want people to work together to solve problems the best way is to deep-six the name calling and look for ways to find common ground. Put the flame thrower away.
This country has real problems and is in need of real solutions. You sir, are either part of the solution or you can remain to be part of the problem!