Forward: The information used in this article comes from a position paper I wrote in response to an essay called“White Male, White Privilege.” The essay is available for review at The Radical Conservative. The position I took concerning racism and social justice prompted my professors to claim I wasn’t fit for the field of social work because the whole educational curriculum revolved around the idea of White America oppressing blacks and other minorities, which you know is something I write about quite often. We simply must be ready at a moment’s notice to rebut these claims of racism with facts, and we mustn’t be afraid to educate others about them as well. Its overwhelmingly obvious that the agenda is to cause racial strife while claiming that blacks and other minorities are systematically oppressed. We all know this isn’t true.
Earlier this week, Attorney General Eric Holder once again claimed that the United States of America is a nation of cowards when it comes to the issue of race.http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/24/eric-holder-us-still-a-nation-of-cowards-on-race/ Holder originally made this comment in 2009, and in a recent interview, after being asked if he would take it back, refused to do so. He continues to maintain the position that minorities are oppressed by the white male, and Americas society and cultural norms have nothing but negative impacts on minorities and women. This is just another lame example of how the left projects their failures onto the rest of us and uses race as an excuse for everything. This week we also heard the president accuse America as a whole for not liking him because he is black. This was based on his rapidly diminishing popularity; we also heard him blame Rush Limbaugh for people not liking him. As if we are all like little democratic voters, running around looking for someone to tell us what to think. President Obama and Eric Holder would have you believe that capitalism and our constitution are why we have a divided society when in truth; it is their racial identity politics that leaves this nation more polarized than it has been in decades.
This writer has often tried to turn this argument against the left by trying to show the true racist nature of their policies. We live in a day where believing black people are equal with whites is the new racism. Equality today means equal results instead of equal opportunity, and it can be safely argued that this policy of “socially engineering” equality has been destructive on the very people it was supposed to be helping. A recent example is Eric Holder coming down on public schools if he feels there is racial disparity in how children are punished. He believes that school systems are punishing black children disproportionately and this should be alleviated. The truth is; failure to hold children accountable for their actions only produces irresponsible adults. Affirmative Action is another example, while there may have been a time when the democrats Jim Crow laws demanded that action such as this be taken; we are well beyond that now as most white people view blacks as being equal. Most people except for guilt ridden liberal democrats anyway. Their belief that black people need affirmative action has created an entitlement mentality where there is no need for people benefitting from it to live to their fullest potential. It is the victimization and entitlement mentality that leaves generations of blacks trapped in so called “generational poverty.” It is the reinforced belief of being owed, propagated by the likes of Obama, Holder and other liberals that leaves blacks “disproportionately” impoverished.
America is not a racist nation. Most people look back at our history and are appalled at the fact that there was slavery in a nation founded on freedom. This collective guilt was used very effectively by those pushing racial identity politics. In fact, programs like affirmative action are viewed by several black people as being in need of change and no longer needed in a world that has moved past the issue of skin color. In an article published by American Scholar, Ralph Eubanks writes about his grandson being admitted into college because of affirmative action laws. His grandson readily admitted that he did not experience any situation which made him feel as if he needed to depend upon such laws for admission. He didn’t feel as if being “black” was a disadvantage. Perhaps he would be better off staying out of college, because in today’s world of Critical Race Theory, he would be taught otherwise.
Another example of affirmative action in the academic environment is The University of Michigan’s policy of enrolling a “critical mass” of unrepresented minorities. Minorities are admitted into academic programs not based on merit but based on a quota system. How is this fair? Certainly, this policy would leave a person of color who has worked hard to accomplish something in the cold as the quota system would prevent them from even reviewing their records. This policy also dictates that minorities receive twenty extra bonus points. Again, how does this encourage minority students to pursue academic excellence? It reinforces the mentality that they are owed and leaves those that can excel out in the cold. As far as white privilege goes, because of affirmative action a woman named Barbara Gruter was denied admission to the UofM law school even though she had a GPA of 3.8 and scored a 161 on the Law School admissions teat. With facts like these it is hard to say that whites are oppressing minorities. (Wen, 2002) While a Supreme Court decision forced this school to change their policy based on the above incident, many schools across the nation still use a quota based system.
Eric Holder and Barrack Obama, along with the rest of the racial grievance industry would be better off if they would acknowledge the support that white America has showed for such programs. Through the 1970’s and the 1980’s white America has overwhelmingly supported programs that helped people who were historically discriminated against, to the tune of 65%. Ironically, throughout the same period, roughly half of the black population opposed programs that automatically granted them privilege over white Americans. This shows that blacks wanted equality of opportunity as opposed to outcome. (Lynch, Fredrick R, William R & Beer, 1990) It should also be noted that racism played a huge role in the election of first black president, and not in the way you may think. Barrack Obama received a huge amount of support from white America. No doubt this reflected a foolish belief that simply voting for a black man would prove they weren’t racist. Cameron Duodo writes in the New African that there were many blacks who were opposed to Obama because he was half white. In fact he references a black priest who condemned Obama because his mother was Caucasian.
Perhaps Eric Holder and Barrack Obama would do themselves well by realizing we are not programmable automatons as they seem to believe. We are capable of making our own decisions based on our own research. Just because there is a small portion of the population who can readily be relied upon to fall in line with these racial identity politics, doesn’t mean the rest of us are just going to sit here and take it. Mr. Obama, Mr. Holder, we the people of the United States are sick and tired of being called racist, when it is overwhelmingly obvious you use the word as a vehicle to transform the nation.
Lee, Wen H. (2002) General Statistics Reverse Discrimination.
Lynch, F & Beer, W. (1990) “You Aint The Right Color Pal” Policy Review, (51), 64
Eubanks, W. (2009) Affirmative Action and After: Now is the Time To Consider Policy That Must Change, But Simply Replacing Race With Class Is Not The Soluition. American Scholar, 78(1), 41-48
Duodo, C. (2008) Do Some Blacks Have A Problem With Obama? New African, 46-47.