In 1865, during a Anti-Slavery Society meeting, people in the crowd asked Frederick Douglass, “What should we do with the Negro?” Douglass responded, “I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us.”
In today’s media blitzed political climate how does a white American talk about racism in America while also maintaining some semblance of relevancy among the ever-propagandized social opinion that white America, as a whole, has lost the privilege of participating in a meaningful debate on race? Should white Americans simply take a “back of the bus” position within the public forum when it comes to race relations? We contest that even within the current climate of political “correctness”, even as many defend against an onslaught of “wokeness” from what Orwell so perfectly described as the “Thought Police”, we assert, emphatically, that the answer is no!
Broad generalizations are the epitome of ignorance.
A tough hurdle to maneuver during political discussions is the tendency to spew broad and assumptive accusations that fit subjective narratives when detailed nuance is lacking within the context of the argument. For example: all Conservatives are simply “like this” thus; all Liberals are simply “like this” thus; all whites are simply “like this” thus; all blacks are simply “like this” thus; etc.
Now, most people are not so crass in their phraseology, but to some extent when intellectual fortitude has yet to present itself within the argument, these unfortunate occurrences happen quite regularly in what was at first a casual conversation, but now has escalated into an emotionally heated debate which has very little chance of returning to the homeostatic range of Reason and Logic. Therefore, we must steadfastly resist these emotional tendencies that lead to division, not progress. As the fact is that most (we dare to say) truly fall somewhere in the political middle– a little of “this”, and a little of “that”. Thus, conveniently lumping people into rough political groups based on crude stereotypes is a dehumanizing lack of intellectual fortitude.
“Racism does not have a good track record. It’s been tried out for a long time and you’d think by now we’d want to put an end to it instead of putting it under new management.” – Dr. Thomas Sowell
There are a great number of “white” (e.g., Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English, Jewish, Swedish, German, Nordic, etc.) Americans who not only participated in the Civil Rights Era, but are well researched and realistically empathetic when it comes to Antebellum, and Postbellum-Jim Crow-Red Lining American history; many who have a visceral hatred for chattel slavery; many who unfortunately understand that individual prejudice will likely never be totally abolished within the hearts of Men if we allow it to freely propagate unchecked; many who truly know that there is no political solution to the spiritual problem at hand; many who in essence, and in fact, don’t support the politically divisive rhetorics of Social-Provocateurs who incite illogical frenzy over such memes as “white privilege”, “black victimhood”, “systemic racism”, etc.
Where does white America find its moral footing to talk about such topics? As according to the political narrative– that which is continually perpetuated by race-bating hustlers and ethnic-opportunists of every color– all whites are descendants of slave traders and thus guilty for simply inheriting two attributes: white skin, and a Sinful Nature (i.e., Original Sin).
Even though the mass majority of “white” Americans are not direct descendants of slave traders is beyond the racially motivated political point. It’s the symbolic fact that unfortunately now in this current cultural paradigm “white skin” is enough to judicially convict quasi-descendants and pseudo-beneficiaries of a now long abolished System of Legal oppression. Therefore, One’s racial, cultural, and “ancestral guilt” can deem such as unqualified to speak about an issue (i.e., slavery) that has not only plagued the black populace, but almost every ethnic group, of every “color”, including white Europeans, throughout the known span of human civilization.
We again ask the question: Where is white America’s moral footing found, that which allows such to speak on issues that the current overlords of political and racial “correctness” fight to silence?
One may argue that we find our moral footing at the feet of leading black intellectuals who’ve been relentlessly attempting to have honest, empirically rooted conversations about issues that have been misconstrued by many actors in the social spectrum. Just a tiny fraction of these great contemporary men and women include, Dr. Thomas Sowell, Dr. Walter Williams, Dr. Glenn Loury, Dr. John McWhorter, Dr. Carol Swain, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Jason Riley, Shelby Steele, et al.
These magnificent men and women, for years, have been attempting to dismantle the fallacious systems of social divisiveness by bringing into the conversation not only raw data, but personal life experience that counters the often misconstrued plight of what it is to be black in white America. And on a much tougher front these Pinnacles of Intellect regularly react to their own self-serving community “leaders” who politically exploit their constituents by urging movements of social animosity which are often psychologically victim-centric, militant in nature, non-cohesive in message, and non-healing in result. Further, as they traverse the field under a barrage of politically correct retorts these Mountains of Reason face their toughest challenge: the political and social notion that all blacks absolutely must adhere to this sad identity (i.e., victimization) or, just as our former Vice President has so eloquently stated, “you ain’t (truly) black” unless you think in this context.
Generally speaking we find it ironic that in the context of racism it’s actually guilt that solidifies the black and white communities of today. For example: whites are assaulted with notions of guilt because in a far gone era white people of almost zero relation owned other peoples of color thus, white moral servitude must now be offered at the descending feet of a once legitimately and Systemically oppressed people; and blacks, who, one: are empirically minded; and two: refuse to swallow the race-baiting notions of perpetual victimization done by the ever-oppressing white man will, in essence, be seen as traders to their own race. Thus, these now half-chinless souls are easily guilted (for fear of being socially ostracized) into a state of social compliance. We often wonder which is more effective in manipulating the masses, Fear or Guilt?
We again ask our first question: How does the “white man” morally pontificate in the public spectrum over the issue of racism in America– and be taken seriously based on the context of his argument– without looking like an insensitive jackass?
In the current arch of our now politically correct hell-scape of social media information ghettos the only real option is to support, elevate, and recite the very words of those, past and present, who have persevered and succeeded; those who still continually compete in every known field of intellect and prevail; those who truly deserve to hold the title: Leader; those who’ve empirically proven, without a shadow of a doubt, that there is another side to the political narrative when it comes to not only black success in America, but American success as a whole.
“Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.” – Dr. Thomas Sowell
“How does something immoral, when done privately, become moral when it is done collectively? Furthermore, does legality establish morality? Slavery was legal; apartheid is legal; Stalinist, Nazi, and Maoist purges were legal. Clearly, the fact of legality does not justify these crimes. Legality, alone, cannot be the talisman of moral people.” – Dr. Walter Williams
“There also comes a time when he must stop thinking of himself as a victim by acknowledging that—existentially—his fate is always in his own hands.” – Shelby Steele
“The sober truth is that the most important civil rights battles were fought and won four decades before the Obama presidency. The black underclass continues to face many challenges, but they have to do with values and habits, not oppression from a manifestly unjust society. Blacks have become their own worst enemy, and liberal leaders do not help matters by blaming self-inflicted wounds on whites or “society.” The notion that racism is holding back blacks as a group, or that better black outcomes cannot be expected until racism has been vanquished, is a dodge. And encouraging blacks to look to politicians to solve their problems does them a disservice …. one lesson of the Obama presidency—maybe the most important one for blacks—is that having a black man in the Oval Office is less important than having one in the home.” – Jason Riley
“I would like to be judged on the validity of my arguments, not as a victim.” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” – Frederick Douglass