American Apartheid

Remember apartheid in South Africa – a majority nation ruled by a minority population?

America, thanks to its pop culture,  slavish devotion to political correctness and “diversity” are headed down the same path – rule by minority.

In the wake of Obama’s historic electoral victory in 2008, the meme was that “it was about damn time we had a ‘national conversation about race’.” Conservative pundit and author, Jonah Goldberg wrote about it March of 2008 in the Los Angeles Times:

Thank God for Barack Obama. For until his “More Perfect Union” speech last Tuesday, it seems it never occurred to anyone that America needed to talk about race. “Maybe this’ll be the beginning of a conversation,” Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan proclaimed on “Meet the Press.” According to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, just the fact of Obama’s address proves that a “national dialogue on race” is “essential.” The Chicago Tribune reported that “many voters, black and white, say they were moved by Obama’s speech … which they see as a long-awaited invitation to begin an honest, calm national dialogue about race.” Newspaper editorial boards agree. In the words of the San Diego Union-Tribune: “Prodding Americans to confront their racial differences is, by itself, an accomplishment of historical proportions.”

There have been those in the social sciences, the media and politics who have lamented Zimmerman trial and its outcome is prima facie evidence that we have not had the “conversation on race”. The media today is lamenting that Obama we are going to have it but Obama is not going to lead it. A Politico story quotes Cornell Belcher, an African-American and a pollster who worked on both of Obama’s presidential campaigns:

“This is an opportunity for us not to kick the can down the road again, and I think it’s a chance for the president to get larger than the regular politics and the racial riffs would dictate. It’s an opportunity to create an understanding. A lot of white America doesn’t seem to understand the hurt that’s in the African-American community today. Whether the president will take that opportunity, Belcher said — “that’s a different question.”

I would submit that we are having the “conversation” and that Obama and the members of his administration are leading it…there are just those who refuse to hear what they are saying.

In refusing to prosecute a clear case of voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers while decrying the Supreme Court’s decision to scuttle the idiotic judicial supervision of elections in the American South, Eric Holder was saying that black votes are more important than white votes.

In stating that the police “acted stupidly” when an arrest was executed on a black professor, Henry Louis Gates, after a 911 call about a break-in, Obama fostered the idea that it was about race. When Gates was questioned about the situation, he displayed a belligerent attitude and the response to being asked to exit the house for questions was “Why, because I’m a black man in America?

In saying that if he had a son, he would “look like Trayvon“, Obama clearly signaled what side he was on before any of the facts of the case were heard.

In paying for anti-Zimmerman protests, the Department of Justice clearly took sides favoring a black citizen in contradiction to their role as an impartial arbiter.

In saying that the DOJ will investigate the Zimmerman case for evidence of civil rights violations, the DOJ is clearly stating that they disagree with the verdict and that there is, in fact, a “black justice” and a “white justice”.

In rioting and repeating “facts” that do not exist (like Zimmerman racially profiled Martin), the black racist grievance mongers are perpetuating racism.

When black celebrities/musicians like Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé and Akon (who has made millions in America after being born poor in St. Louis, Missouri) say things like

Every African American in the United States need to move their money, family, knowledge back to Africa were u will be treated like the royalty you are. You don’t deserve this treatment. This is not your country!!

…they are promoting Black Nationalism.

When Eric Holder speaks to the NAACP and uses the Zimmerman case to insinuate that he can erase State Laws like Florida’s “stand your ground” laws (which he has no power to do) as if they played a part in the Zimmerman case – when they did not, he is fomenting racial unrest by creating a false equivalency when there is a black woman in Florida who has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for firing a warning shot.

When the radicals at MSNBC are anti-anything white, even the white commentators, and claim that more white kids need to die for America to understand racism, or when the media completely covers-up the troubled history of Trayvon Martin to create an appearance of racism, they are eroding the true evil of racism.

When a black church in Chicago, a place where 54 people, including 4 children, were gunned down during the two week Zimmerman trial, can put up a sign that reads:

It is safe to kill black people in Amerikkka!

…in complete contradiction to the actual facts and while murders are committed in their own back yard, that church is promoting racism and black victimhood.

When people like Barack Obama and Eric Holder are trusted with the reins of national government sworn to equal protection under the law, yet refuse actually administer equal protection, they are saying that it is the responsibility of a black government to look after black people, not “We, the People”…

No, the Obama administration and the leaders of the black community are telling us exactly what they are all about.

In reality, a conversation requires two parties actively engaged in communication. I guess what we have here is not a national conversation, it is a national lecture but if you are listening, here is what they are saying:

They are telling us that racism will never end because once a minority is aggrieved, they are aggrieved in perpetuity. There is never enough that can be done to satisfy them. They are telling us that for there to be justice for blacks, there must be injustice for whites enforced by government.

If this post sounds racist to you, it should…but not if you think it is white racism. What blacks are telling us is that they want apartheid.

17 thoughts on “American Apartheid

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  2. While I was a graduate student at Princeton Theological Seminary in the late 1970’s, the developing pattern of Federally-mandated “Affirmative Action” programs became obvious to me. While African Americans had historically suffered under slavery and the post-Civil War activities of Democrat Party-related groups like the Ku Klux Klan and government sponsored legal codes like the Jim Crow Laws and the Black Codes, by 1980 no African American young person had ever experienced the pre-60’s south or even the blatant racial hatred of Blacks in cities like Boston and Philadelphia. Having grown-up in a White (mostly Irish) working class ghetto in Philly and volunteered in civil rights efforts in Georgia and Tennessee in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I had felt the fear that arose when a local sheriff’s patrol car pulled over a van with Black and White volunteers inside. The racism that was endemic in 1960’s America was an evil that was poisoning our nation.

    What was obvious to me in 1978 was that Affirmative Action programs enforced by the power of the US government bureaucracy were not the answer to the historic evil of racism. At their core, Affirmative Action programs are “New-Speak” for using the force of government sanctioned economic violence to discriminate against today’s Whites in favor of today’s Blacks. Today’s White Americans, presumably now including “Light-skinned Hispanics”, had nothing to do with slavery or even the government sanctioned anti-Black discrimination of the first 70-years of the 20th century. In many cases America’s White citizens or their ancestors immigrated (legally) from their home countries long after Black slavery had been outlawed in America. My mother’s parents escaped religious persecution and limited economic opportunities in Ireland, and found most doors closed to the “Shanty Irish” in my hometown of Philly, in much the same manner in which African Americans options in the same town were limited. There was no “White Privilege” for the Irish in the eastern US for several generations, but we looked to our families, our friends and our Church, and built better lives over the course of several generations. My father’s family had arrived at Plymouth in 1620 and Philadelphia in 1690, and fought against slavery over the course of multiple generations, as many Quakers did. That fight continued after the Civil War, as my Great Grandfather Alfred Rhoads was the first business owner in Philadelphia to employ African Americans in his construction business, in what is now Northeast Philly. Later my parents allowed my brother and I to bring our Black teammates home for dinner and then my father drove them home so the local Welcome Wagon didn’t attack them on their way to catch the trolley home to North Philly. That was America through the 1960’s, but it is not America today.

    The article I have contemplated for over 40-years is called, “Affirmative Action & Original Sin: Why Two Wrongs Can Never Make a Right.” For those who are a bit rusty on their St. Paul and St. Augustine, among others, “original sin” is a Christian doctrine particularly held by Roman Catholics and Reformed and Evangelical Protestants. Liberal/Progressives have long denied the efficacy of Original Sin, preferring to believe in the perfectibility of human beings and human society in the material world we currently reside in. Collectivism in all its forms, Marxism, Socialism, Fascism, Nazism, Maoism, and its primary American form, Liberal Progressivism, share the vision of human perfectibility as one of their core values. The means to achieve human perfection is also shared by the various flavors of Collectivism…all-encompassing, centralized government is the tool the Collectivists universally look to employ to master the “False Consciousness” of the masses and shift control of the lives of the governed from individual freedom and liberty to government bureaucrats and their enforcers (Police, FBI, CIA, IRS, DOJ, EPA, etc.). So “Obama-ism” is not a new idea, nor are the tools it is employing to achieve its goals in America anything that has not been seen before. Obama-ism is most like Nazism in Hitler’s Third Reich, in that it targets the raising up of a racial group (African Americans in Obama’s case, “pure Germans” in Hitler’s) to a position of power over other ethnic and racial groups (American Whites for BHO; Jews, Slavs, and basically every non-German race for Hitler), and works to achieve its goals by the use of the coercive power of the state. Since our Libertarian Founders understood the universality of Original Sin quite well, they blessed us with founding documents (our Constitution, Declaration and Bill of Rights) that reflected a fear of ever allowing power to concentrate in a single human being or group. As Mr. Obama has frequently voiced, the Constitution frustrates him because it has slowed his ability to bring the complete “Change” to America that he views as his personal mission. For those who harbor personal religious beliefs, can I get a “Thank you, God” and an “Amen”?

    So why was Affirmative Action such a bad solution to a difficult issue back in the 1970’s, up to the present, and how does it relate to the racial chickens that are rapidly coming home to roost in Obama’s America? As Jonathan Edwards and Cotton Mather (and Rabbi Hillel, who had the most complete understanding of human nature that I have ever studied) would understand, no race, including the White race, can ever be trusted to give up its government sanctioned privilege once it has come to experience the fruit of that poisoned tree. Even in the pre-Civil War American South, the Federal government sanction of Black slavery was couched as “property law,” not as racially predestined policy. Yes, there were plenty of efforts to defend slavery theologically and on anthropological grounds, but those defenses were transparently flimsy and required the employing of “eisegesis” (reading meaning into a document, rather than exegesis, which involves reflecting the original understanding) in selecting Biblical texts to defend the South’s “Peculiar Institution”. Most of the defense of chattel slavery happened at the cultural level, rather than the Federal government level, until the slave-based economy of the South was in its early stage of decline, when the “Fugitive Slave Law” and the “Dred Scott Case” strengthened the anti-slavery forces’ commitment to eliminating slavery. The Democrats of the post- Civil War South passed and enforced the Jim Crow Laws and the Black Codes, in order to strengthen the position of Southern Whites, since slavery was illegal and the cultural taboos had begun to fray.

    Federal Affirmative Action laws therefore, represented the first US Federal laws to explicitly require favoritism of one race (Blacks) over another (Whites), with the coercive power of the Federal government employed to enforce racial discrimination. Predictably, the unintended consequences have further inflamed racial tensions that would have otherwise long since receded. Lower income and Middle Class Whites have been hardest hit, since the very wealthy have never competed for university seats or jobs or union cards in America or anywhere else. Coveted seats in Ivy League and other top national universities, graduate and professional schools have often been reserved for less qualified Blacks over more qualified Whites from the Working and Middle classes. Dr. Thomas Sowell has documented the negative impacts of these programs (in AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WORLDWIDE, and multiple other publications) as reasonably qualified Blacks have often predictably proven unable to compete with highly qualified White and Asian American students, while the Black Affirmative Action students would likely have excelled in slightly less competitive environments. In a sadly ironic twist, African American students who actually meet the admission requirements for highly competitive universities often suffer from silent doubts on the part of their White and Asian classmates, as their admission is viewed to have been on an Affirmative Action basis.

    What I am arguing for in this over-long post is for recognition that Affirmative Action, originally conceived as a bad, but temporary attempt to address past inequities, cannot be allowed to continue into even the immediate future. Human nature (Original Sin) has caused ideologues like Barack Obama and Eric Holder (along with many other Lib/Progs of all races) to attempt to institutionalize discrimination against American Whites as a permanent feature of our society and Federal government. Our American ancestors, even with their many foibles, knew that racial (or religious, or economic class-based) discrimination was not just wrong, but evil. Today’s, and tomorrow’s White children had no more to do with the long destroyed system of chattel slavery than their Black classmates. African Americans like Barack Obama’s family never suffered from either slavery or the discrimination that followed and families like my own actually played a much larger role in the abolition of slavery and the fight against racial discrimination than Mr. Obama’s ancestors. The majority of Americans today descend from post-slavery era immigrants or families who fought against slavery and shed their blood for the Union cause in our Civil War. In fact, there was never a justification for anti-White Affirmative Action after the 1970’s that withstood ethical scrutiny or passed muster under our Constitution’s 9th, 10th, 14th and 15th Amendments. The Supreme Court is in the process of correcting bad decisions of past courts in this area, and the Executive Branch under BHO and his henchmen cannot be permitted to fail to enforce the laws of our land that have been designed to treat and protect all American equally since they were first put to paper.

    • She’s talking about Utah turning it into a post which I am happy to do for you Charles. Title you have in mind? “Affirmative Action & Original Sin: Why Two Wrongs Can Never Make a Right.”?

      And at Utah … you should hire this guy. 🙂

      • Hi Augger…I would appreciate your help in turning my comment into a post. I would like the title to be “Affirmative Action & Original Sin.” Thanks so much for your help. Warm regards, CDE

        • It is done. If you have any illustrations you would like to add, just point me to the URL and I will get them in to the body of the post for you.

            • No sir. With exceptional commentary such as you offered, it is I/us who should be thanking you. Giving that commentary it’s own post was definitely my pleasure.

              Cubans and Scotch for you. 🙂

            • CDE:

              If you are interested in posting on the site, let me know. This was very thoughtful and you would be a good addition to the mix of slightly insane people we have here…’

              Utah

              • Utah – I will be delighted to post on RNL on a regular basis and I am quite pleased to have received your invitation. As I’ve mentioned before, I find the quality of the interactions on your blog to be among the most consistently insightful and interesting of the several that I follow on a regular basis. I’ll need to learn how one actually “posts” on the site and any other technical details required. In terms of your reference to the collective mental health of regular posters on RNL, it is also encouraging that I will also fit in perfectly in that regard. Having been tagged for years by my Liberal/Progressive friends as suffering from a classic case of Marxian “False Consciousness,'” it delights me to be part of a group of people who generally share my short-comings and still manage to get up in the morning. Cheers, CDE

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