By Alan Caruba
New Jersey –-(Ammoland.com)- I don’t know when it occurred to me that I had gone from having shaken hands with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to being called a white racist, but apparently I was not paying attention.
Neither were a lot of others of my generation who had welcomed and supported the Civil Rights movement only to discover we were not going to hear a word of thanks. Younger generations have suffered the same indignity.
On Saturday, August 24 2013, the NAACP is sponsoring a march in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. King’s famed “I have a dream” speech given on August 28, 1963.
One wonders if the first black President of the United States will put in an appearance, but the White House did not have anything scheduled on its website.
The whole nation went through the trial of George Zimmerman, the “white” Hispanic who shot Trayvon Martin, apparently the epitome of the virtues of black youth despite having been suspended from school several times and guilty of infractions that often put others his age in jail. Had Zimmerman not shot him, Trayvon would surely have gone to jail for assaulting him.
Although the rate of juvenile incarceration has dropped 41% from its peak in 1995 and is down among all racial groups, black youth are nearly five times more likely to be incarcerated as their white peers. Latino and American Indian youth are two to three times more likely to find themselves behind bars as white boys and girls.
I have heard all the sociological explanations about blacks and the criminal justice system. I am concerned that too many within the nation’s “African-American” population simply do not grow up with or absorb so called “white” attitudes about staying in school, getting a job, and raising a family; [paying taxes] not all, but not enough.
To all the blacks who stayed in school, went to college, married and are raising a family in the suburbs, my apologies for seeming to lump you in with those who did not and thank you for not adopting victimhood as your mantra.
There is good news about blacks in America. U.S. Census statistics as of 2010 counted 2.4 million black military veterans that year. In 2010, 82% of blacks 25 and older had a high school diploma or higher degree. Indeed, 18% of that cohort had a bachelor’s degree or higher, and 1.5 million had an advanced degree. In 2010, there were 2.9 million blacks enrolled in college, an increase of 1.7 million since 1990.
And then there is the bad news. Blacks represent 13% of the population, but according to a fact sheet of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, blacks “now constitute nearly one million of the total 2.3 million” Americans behind bars. [that is 43%!!!]
In New York City, the successful “stop and frisk” police procedure has been deemed prejudicial by a judge who ordered that it be stopped. It is prejudicial if you parse the word and find it means to “pre-judge” an individual or situation that you may deem a potential danger.
Everyone profiles everyone else all the time.
The NAACP’s super sensitivity about the one HALF of the President’s racial identity that is black was recently demonstrated when a rodeo clown donned an Obama mask as part of entertaining the crowd. This device, using presidential masks, has been commonplace for decades, but the particular incident had the Missouri NAACP demanding that the Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies investigate it as a “hate crime.” The President hasn’t spoken a word about this absurd charge.
Indeed, in 2008 when Obama was first elected, we were all assured that the nation was entering a “post racial” period in which whites and blacks would join hands and put the past behind them. Despite the growth of the black middle class and other examples of the benefits that flowed from the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other protections, the ugly truth is that too many blacks seem trapped in a 1960’s time warp with the same accusations and resentments still being expressed.
How much progress has been made?
Since the Zimmerman trial it is now common knowledge that 97% of the murders of blacks are by other blacks. Less known are the many black-on-white attacks that occur routinely throughout the nation. Colin Flaherty has been making news ever since he published “White Girl Bleed a Lot.” He continues to document this vastly under-reported problem. Thomas Sowell, writing in the National Review, said ;
”Reading Colin Flaherty’s book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is greater than I had discovered from my own research. He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities.”
Speaking solely for myself I am extremely disappointed by the failure of too many black Americans to simply admit that there is something terribly wrong in a community that has too many abortions, too many fatherless children, too much exploitation of welfare systems, too much drug use and trafficking, and too much blame on white racism for these and other ills.
Instead of seeing evidence that the black community in America is mounting an effort to address its problems what I and others see and hear are the same tired race hustlers, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and others, spewing the same “blame whitey” rhetoric.
It needs to be said that racism cuts both ways, but too much black racism gets a pass. Whites are not to blame at this point. One hopes the Saturday march in D.C. will reflect Dr. King’s generous and hopeful speech of fifty years ago. But somehow I doubt that will happen.
c Alan Caruba
Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.
Mr. Caruba is demonstrating what many whites are beginning to realize. That they are a hated and despised population in the country their fathers settled for them.
When a black person calls me a RACIST, I agree with them 100%. Course I also inform them that my definition of RACIST is quite different from theirs.
Then I ask them, do you have any question while they appear dumb-founded.
It’s really become amusing that when people call me a racist I just smile and laugh ! They seem to think that it’s something really horrible and insulting to me,…NOT ! ‘TEXAS,LIKE A WHOLE OTHER COUNTRY’ !
Tyrone,,…”say what” ?… “what it is” ? …
BLM racist? I thought it was ‘shorthand’ for Big Lurch’s Menu? Isn’t he some kind of ‘rapper’?
I am Caucasion, with very dark skin due to my ancestry. I grew up in a 99% Hispanic town. I was called names, so were other Caucasions, was discriminated against, could not get a job because I did not speak Spanish so I learned to speak Soanish and still could not get a job. Native Americans were treated as badly as Blacks in this country and they are not behaving like idiots the way the Blacks are. Slavery eas a long time ago and it is past time for Blacks to stop playing the victim. The majority of people in… Read more »
To the author. You are perpetuating a fraudulent idealism. If you concern yourself with who you shook hands with instead of truly admitting the truth about this nation, you make yourself the problem. Poor you so misunderstood? Go shake hands with someone in those negro produced ghettos who doesn’t have the reputation as Martin Luther King. No one has a problem with your plight but you. Quit whining. Your racism bleeds through by the sheer advent that you wrote this article.
Your comment just proved this articles worth. People like you will find racism in a walnut
It always amazes me how a person not affected by racism always addresses racism. Look the whole advent of Africans in America occurred because of economics of white America free labor misuse of a people who never wanted to come here treated worse than cattle horribly disenfranchised from true prosperity On all levels. Regardless blacks are the most stolen from and last but not least blamed for urban blight when in fact those places you speak of were torn up before they got them. Oh yes this has been a wonderful place for you. You think it better then than… Read more »
I’m so tired of everyone thinking back to a time that’s completely tore our country apart. Nothing good came from the civil rights laws and nothing ever will,except minorities wanting more for free. Places that used to be white areas of a city are now ghettos,drug infested, and forgotten. The history of the greatest country in the world has been tarnished for ever with this holocaust of whites. I will not ever let the media fool my kids into thinking this was the best law past in the last 100 years. It was the worst for both sides. Now my… Read more »
It’s still not occurred to me why civil rights mean just anything but whites in this country. The cities where it was once white and prosperous is now ghettos, non-prosperous, and people totally supported by the government. I know my country was extremely in better shape when white men ran this country. It’s not like this helped our country move forward since the 50-60’s generations. The nation has spiraled out of control since that era’. Now people look back only to wish for someone to put the brakes on this civil rights laws that only benefit minorities.
A PS: I watched hours of the march on Sat. I was shocked that it sank so lw I can not imagine what Dr. king would have said. I do not think it was anywhere near his standards.
So the time I spent in the sixties fighting for civil rights means nothing and even if I do not look at a persons color it still means I am a racist for not atoning for the past mistakes made by someone I never knew. What Obama has failed in is the opportunity to move his race out of prejudice and fix their own issues. When a community has so many problems the hard thing is to work to fix them over yrs and yrs or the easy thing is to hide behind an imagined evil blaming it for all… Read more »
I live in a very rural area, only two black families I know of. No racial problems on either side, Black or White. Know both families and have broken bread with them. Hispanics, yeah we got a LOT OF THEM. Problem? No. The last ten years there has been an influx of Hmong. These people are the most hate baiting, self righteous turds I have ever seen. Our fed government set them up here, housing etc. Thanks! Beatings, shootings, stabbings. Is it black, white, or dark culture? No! It is what the government has conspired to do for generations. Separate,… Read more »
My only answer to being called a white racist would be, “Thank You!!!”
All i can say is you boys must live in In the crap part of up north , I live about 30 miles north of Houston ,And have no problem with The black people around here , It’s the dam wets that well slit your throt , over nothing however they know a lot of people carry guns in there cars so that keeps things in check
Racist drivel from Buck…go wear a hood.
I had never been a racist , but I am white , and I have started to become a white racist ever since the black communist was elected president , no communist of ANY skin shade should have ever been elected president , but we now have a communist in the white house just because he is black , and with the him in the White House and Holder as the Attorney General black on white crime is spreading faster and more damaging than all the forest fires in the west . Three blacks killed an Australian in Oklahoma just… Read more »
Simple solution; cut back all welfare to poverty level only. Do not allow welfare moms to have babies. This is one group that should be on mandatory birth control. Mandatory drug testing, any use and benefits are cut off. If children aren’t model citizens benefits cut off. Mandatory work programs like cleaning roadsides, parks and parking lots. Limit welfare to two years only. Make sure that they stay within their own communities as not to infect suburbs ,rural areas and school systems. Liberals have caused this problem with their social programs that reward all welfare moms for having as many… Read more »
Alan! I agreed with just about 99% of your commentary … in my humble opinion, the biggest problem is that most of white America is to blame for listening to the tripe of the hustler Rev. Jackson, the fraud Sharpton et al and not pushing back. Complacency and the assumption of so-called “white guilt” has only encouraged the opportunists in the black community (and there are many)to “roll all over” people who they view as weak. I think we are going to see more black on white violence occur because the thugs feel they can get away with it …… Read more »
I feel it is quite possible that many blacks in America misunderstood what the civil rights movement would mean to them. Since they felt that white people were afforded a life without effort, they would have the same. Once they found out that “equality” only meant the oppprtunity to work for what they wanted, they again felt slighted. Many wanted payback for past injustices, not the chance for an education and a decent job. And so, the mentality of victimhood persists. Years ago, a black friend told me that a black man’s worst enemy was another black man because they… Read more »
WOW, QUITE AN STORY.