I’m driving home yesterday, and I turned the radio on. I happened to be listening to WJR, which had the Mitch Albom Show on.
If you’ve read one of my previous posts, you know how little I think of Mitch Albom. He’s a liberal. He’s also a dolt.
Anyway, so he’s going on about how we all have to come together to support Barack (The Nazarine) Obama’s presidency (a subject that I will touch-on in another post), and how certain people – namely: Rush Limbaugh – were predictable in their partisan attitude. Basically, and I’m paraphrasing here, Mitch said that “real Americans” are coming together to support Barack Obama.
Nice, eh? Now, people like me aren’t real Americans. I guess this qualifies as a member of the media questioning my patriotism?
Putting that aside, his real interest was how black people were so enthralled with the fact that Barack Obama is going to be President of the United States; something what (as he put it) white people couldn’t really understand. Albom claimed that white people are curious over the black reaction to an Obama presidency.
As a white person, the reaction didn’t surprise me at all. And I’m happy to explain this phenomena to Mr. Albom, though I don’t think he’s going to like my analysis of this condition.
Albom was right – there is this explosive emotional reaction in the black community over the fact that a man of African descent (although he is only half-black) will, in a few months, hold the highest office in the land, if not the world. Certain elements of the nation, and even of the world (God help us), are almost drunk with adulation.
As a member of the far-right in this country – and proud of that fact – this flood of hyper-emotional entusiasm only makes me roll my eyes, but not in bewilderment. Not only is is overdone, it has roots in something far more sinister.
But, lets take a closer look at what some of the more familiar black Americans think. According to the Associated Press, the singer Beyonce spasmed into fits of sobbing:
Beyonce was supposed to be in Japan on Election Night to promote her upcoming album, “I Am … Sasha Fierce,” but decided to postpone it at the last minute.
“I said, ‘What am I doing? I’m completely making a bad decision. I have to go home, I’m gonna kill myself if I’m not home in America,'” she said. “I knew I needed to be here.”
“My nephew, who is 4, when we say, ‘You can do whatever, you can be whatever,’ it’s not cliche. You have no doubt that it’s not true,” she said.
The election even brought Beyonce to tears, though she says it was the good kind: “I fell asleep crying and smiling at the same time,” she laughed. I woke up with mascara running and a smile on my face!”
Oprah went nuts on her show, recently making the following claim:
“During this long campaign, I made a vow at the beginning I would not use my show as a platform, and I kept my mouth shut and supported Barack Obama as a private citizen,” she told her audience during a live taping of the show Wednesday morning. “Today, though, the election is over and I’m unleashed.”
This is pure, unadulterated crap. She made NUMEROUS campaign appearances for Obama all during the campaign. If that’s what she calls “keeping my mouth shut”, I’d sure hate to see it when she feels talkative.
In this country, people can support whomever they choose. Oprah endorsing, or appearing at campaign stops for Obama is perfectly acceptable. But spare the rest of us the marketing campaign.
Much of this is similar to the breathless joy expressed by Halle Berry when she won her Oscar. I expected her to hyperventilate as she went off about her being the first black woman in 75 years (Halle Berry is only half-black) to win such an award. Yes, it’s a landmark. No – you didn’t have to make yourself sound like an uber-rich, spoiled-rotten idiot because you’re the first half-black woman to receive such an award.
And then you read stuff like this:
And in Chicago’s Grant Park, Rev. Jesse Jackson stood among a crowd of tens of thousands of Obama supporters with tears rolling down his cheeks.
Jackson, who twice sought the presidency himself, witnessed King’s assassination in Memphis 40 years ago.
‘CIVIL WAR ENDED’
For anyone with a sense of America’s history of slavery and the 19th century Civil War that tore the country apart, Obama’s win was a landmark.
Slavery and its successor, a brutal system of racial segregation that prevailed in the South until the 1960s, long tarnished the country’s pride in democratic ideals.
“And so it came to pass that on November 4, 2008, shortly after 11 p.m. Eastern time, the American Civil War ended, as a black man — Barack Hussein Obama — won enough electoral votes to become president of the United States.” wrote New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.
It was not just columnists seeing a moment to savor.
“This is definitely history in the making,” said elementary school teacher Sheneka Mayes, 32, in Atlanta. “This night will be burned into my memory and into the memory of my children.”
Mind you, it wasn’t too long ago that Jesse Jackson was commenting about how he wanted to neuter Obama, in rather crude terms.
Needless to say, this type of stuff is just the tip of the iceberg. Story after story, picture after picture tell us of the weeping and unbridled euphoria associated with an Obama win. And white people – understandingly enough – are perplexed by all of this.
Like the article I cited above, people are declaring this the “official” end of the Civil War. This whole episode is considered a landmark for the cause of “social Justice”. What is “social justice”? Well, here’s another Associated Press article that explains it a bit:
A prominent black civil rights activist criticized the Christian right for focusing too much political discussion on abortion and same-sex marriage, and said black churches should turn their attention to social justice issues like equal access to education and fighting poverty.
“We have been inundated in the faith community with bedroom sexual morality issues and not dealing with the broader moral issues of poverty, of injustice and of health care,” the Rev. Al Sharpton told reporters Tuesday.
The Rev. Jeffrey Johnson, whose Eastern Star Church hosted a two-day meeting attended by Sharpton, said the issues at stake in next week’s election go beyond personal morality.
“Why are half of our Afro-American boys not graduating from high school? Why is there 1.1 million more people in poverty over the past few years while we’re talking about the better economy, and 11 percent of African-Americans are unemployed?” Johnson said.
This whole Obama election is considered to be the seminal moment in which “black folk” finally come into their own, and shed the chains by which they have been held in oppression. Now, everything will start going “their way”, and all the wrongs of the past have been set right.
Unfortunately, it’s a steaming pant-load of crap. That’s because the whole notion of social justice is a complete illusion; or, at least how it is defined by the self-appointed leaders of the black community.
How many millions does Beyonce have in the bank? How about Tyra Banks, or Oprah Winfrey? How about Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton? You want “social justice”? Well there it is: wealth creation in the US. If equality didn’t already exist for these people in this country, they wouldn’t be where they are, they wouldn’t have the unbelievable wealth that they have, nor the power, or privilege that comes with having a fat bank account. Oprah is one of the most powerful and influential women in the US. How is that even possible is black people aren’t given a fair shake in this country?
Or if equality in all forms didn’t already exist for blacks, how is it that Obama was actually able to become president?
I didn’t see such an outpouring of enthusiasm when Colin Powell, or even Condi Rice held the position of Secratary of State. Condi Rice was, in fact, vilified for associating with the Bush Administration, and daring to be a Republican. Black people hold some of the highest positions of power in this country.
Am I the only one who notices this?
Now, I cannot gauge or amend the delusions of people, but it is sobering to look at all this tearful exuberance at the election of Barack Obama. Not because he is the first black man (or man of African descendancy) to hold such a position, but because people are actually astonished such an event could happen in their lifetimes. Do blacks actually think that such a title was beyond their reach?
Well…actually…yeah. That’s obviously what they thought. You want to know why? Just take a look at the poison that characters like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Reverend Wright have been spewing for the last thirty or forty years. Take a good look at the policies that the Democrat Party has embraced for all this time: Affirmative Action, public assistance, racial quotas. You get a bunch of people telling you that you don’t have a chance in the world – regardless of whether that’s true or not – and another group telling you that you basically can’t stand should-to-shoulder with white people, and what else would you expect?
When you’re constantly lectured by people who see racism around every corner, and in every label, yet excuse some of the most horrific behaviors by people whom they consider their own, the only possible result is diminished expectations. Given what people see and hear on a daily basis, the average black youth is more likely to aspire to such intellectual heights as gansta’ rap (and they can’t even spell the term correctly), or to be a Marxist community organizer and/or political activist. Where are the black engineers? Where are black scientists? Where are the black physicists? Nope. Can’t be one of those people. That’s too reaching to far past black expectations. It’s better to deal drugs, and then you can cozy up to someone like Ice T, who has made it in life.
So when someone like Barack Obama becomes president, it is something out of left field; something to celebrate.
The constant reliance on racial identity and racial politics is a crutch, and an expensive one at that. It has atrophied the will and the ambitions of black people. The constant negativity has deflated their hopes and dreams – real hope, not the schlock offered up by a self-serving Marxist politician. Racism is like any other obstacle in one’s life. Americans overcome obstacles. Americans overcome obstacles because that what we do, and we are free to live our lives and pursue our dreams without the tyranny of government (theoretically). In a collective movement, blacks overturned one of the largest obstacles in the 50s and 60s, during the Civil Rights Movement. Somehow, even though they have made HUGE inroads into most American institutions, there has been no appreciation from then until now for just how far they’ve come. Much of that is due to the myriad number of whispering voices that tell them that, despite evidence to the contrary, they will never be equals. Devils talk in such whispers. Devils spread such hopelessness. That’s what devils do best.
I will come back to this “equality” argument later, because there is an interesting point to be made.
It would be interesting to ask most people just how much they know about someone like George Washington Carver. I’m sure you’d hear hours and hours of praise for someone like Martin Luther King (who, when you think about it, really produced nothing in his life other than words), but I’ll bet you’ll find few who could tell you much about Dr. Carver. Carver was born the son of a slave, whose life was ransomed by his very masters. They would raise him as their own son. While he was given no formal education, and could not help his white father work in the fields because he was usually so sickly, he had an intellect that would not let him rest. Even in his young years, Carver had a deep understanding of plants and botany, and was considered an expert in agriculture even as a child. He faced racism. He faced racism of a kind that I doubt many living in this day and age could even comprehend.
But, George Washington Carver, through hard work and intellect, would eventually become the savior of the South. He worked unceasingly: washing clothes to work his way through school, and doing odd jobs. If an institution closed its door to him because of race, he went to one where race was not a factor. In short, the man never gave up because someone, somewhere told him “no”. To my knowledge, he did not constantly complain about how things were unfair, or how he was being denied his rightful place in science. No, as far as I’m aware, he was too busy trying to achieve his goals. Eventually, he would get his degrees, though not without some effort. His work in the area of agriculture – specifically peanuts – would revolutionize farming in the southern states. It literally saved the economy of the south.
In short, George Washington Carver was the quintessential American. But few know his name, or understand his contribution to the history of the United States of America. It’s almost a crime. Carver knew what few these days understand. It is not hardship that defines us, but how we overcome hardship. The harder the fight, the sweeter the taste of victory.
Consequently, George Washington Carver is one of my idols.
We are not all born equal, and egalitarianism is a fraud. A person born with defective legs cannot be equal to that of an Olympian athlete in matters of physicality. Nor can a man born mentally retarded be a match for the likes of Einstein. We are equal under the law, but our opportunities are not provided to us on and equal basis. To rail against this is to vainly struggle against reality. It is what we DO with such opportunities, and to the lengths that we will go to pursue success, that defines out character. That is the beauty of this country. But, there is no implicit guarantee that your path will be free of obstacles, nor should any guarantee exist. This cheats us of out of the glory that is our success.
It is Achievement that is the fire that burns in men’s souls, not Justice. Achievement breeds Justice, and not vice versa. For years, with people like Jackson and Sharpton, they have been told that they cannot achieve without justice – social justice. So, to me, there is little wonder as to the disaffected state of the black community.
Freedom does not guarantee a life without hardship. Opportunity does not mean that obstacles won’t be placed in your path. Being white does not give you privilege in this country any more – in fact, that hasn’t been the case for at least thirty years now. No greater poison can be found for one’s soul than to take that which has not been earned, and to believe that some dreams are not possible. For DECADES, black people have been fed that poison from the very people who have claimed to be their greatest benefactors. So, it’s no wonder that Obama’s electoral victory has such an emotional reaction among blacks.
Which is why I simply roll my eyes. Barack Obama isn’t a heroic figure. Barack Obama is part of that group who has been – for all this time – killing the soul of black people in this nation. He is held aloft for his accomplishments, whereas people like Clarance Thomas are reviled. The fact is, a guy like Obama isn’t worthy to polish Clarance Thomas’ shoes.
The funny thing is, nothing is going to change once Obama is president. Not a a tick. There is too much time and money invested in the winning strategy of finding racism around every corner, packaged and sold by the likes of Julian Bond, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Rev. Wright. It is a money-making affair for these people, and lucrative too! Does anyone think now that the top office in this country has been breached by black people, that all of a sudden the whole racism issue will be dropped? If you say yes, you’re in for a rude awakening indeed. They’re just warming up for the real payoff.
But what I think will be more sobering after Obama is sworn into office is the fact that now there is no excuse for the failure of black people to merge with the rest of America. What excuse will they have then?
I know, I know: “racism”.