Andrew Klavan does what so few of us have the guts to do where issues of race are concerned. He speaks clearly, and make some of the very same points I have been trying to make for years.
American black people are being lied to and the lies destroy them. They are being lied to by corrupt people like Attorney General Eric Holder and Al Sharpton Jr. and Jesse Jackson and the leftists in our news media. They are being told that their poverty is due to prejudice and that the police are targeting them out of bigotry. They are being told that the dreadful existence of slum life grew out of slavery and is being perpetuated by hatred.
The Left has used race AGAINST Black people, and against other minorities as long as, well, their was a Left. They do this as part of the larger strategy of creating divisions based on race, gender, sexual orientation, age, income, you name it. The left uses this to get people obsessed with their “identity”. They seek to make all of these “minority groups” into victims, who blame every negative experience on discrimination against their identity. They wish them to think a certain, way, and yes vote a certain way based on that “identity”. The idea is to create not individual thinkers, but group thinkers who are so consumed with their gender/race/religion, etc. that they lose any sense of individuality. This strategy has been effective to varying degrees, but it is has been used most destructively against Blacks in America.
But the poison of lies does not discriminate. It taints the lives of white people too. White people see blacks rioting when a thug like Michael Brown gets shot by a cop. They see network news people trying to portray this thug as “a gentle giant,”a “little kid in a big body,” an “unarmed teen,” as if a six-foot 250 pound 18-year-old man at the very height of his strength couldn’t rip a cop’s head off with his bare hands! White people see the Attorney General, the chief law officer of all the people, identifying himself as a “black man,” and calling blacks “my people.” They see looters from out-of-town robbing stores and saying, “We deserve this.” They see lowlifes like Sharpton and Jackson being treated like statesmen. They see a cop being set up as a scapegoat in the name of the narrative. They are told it is politically incorrect to describe what’s right in front of them.
And they get angry. Well, of course they do. It’s not right. It’s not fair. White people get angry and they fall into the trap of their anger. They start to think the problem is black people. “Black people are natural thugs; black people are given to violence; black people would rather wallow in their state-funded poverty than pull themselves up by their bootstraps.”
Which is also nonsense. The behavior of poor black people is much the same as the behavior of poor people everywhere: the poor Irish the British used to hate, for instance, or the poor ashkenazi Jews who were once the despised Russian criminal class. or anyone trapped in the hellish slums of post-industrial cities. Even the shenanigans of cheapjack political sharpies like Holder had their analogues in the political histories of other races on the rise. When it comes to sin and corruption, we are none of us exempt.
The narrative of racism is just as much a lie on one side as on the other. The path out of poverty lies through free market capitalism, family, education and hard work. It’s the same path for every race and every race can take it. Black people are special only in that they are being kept off the path — kept from even seeing the path — by the Holders and Sharptons and network news teams who benefit from their poverty in all kinds of ways.
How true. We are all tricked, or most of us into looking at only race when events like the ongoing fiasco in Ferguson happen. Whatever racial aspects there are to that shooting, and right now NO ONE knows if race had a damn thing to do with Michael Brown being shot, we are focused on nothing but race, race, race. This is because of that division game the Left has mastered. The media talks of nothing but race, and usually push not facts, but the version of the facts they wish to push. They have their minds made up. If a Black youth is shot by a police officer it is race driven. Likewise Blacks who have been taught their whole life that EVERYTHING negative they ever experience is due to racism, and that the only meaningful thing about them is to be found in their skin color, and that America, and law enforcement are inherently racist, will likely see race as THE issue. The tragic fact is Black Americans are taught that their color is WHO THEY ARE, and that they must hold certain ideological opinions or else they are a traitor to that color. Again, throw in that so many Black educational and political leaders are Leftists who profit from the racial divisions, and you see how such things occur.
We must stop this cycle and reject the train wreck that is Leftism. All people, regardless of gender of color or religion or orientation are individuals. Just as we should not judge others because of those factors, we should never think as anything but an individual. We were all created as such, as individuals. We were blessed with brains not to conform, but to think. Not for our race, not because of our race, but for ourselves. We are Individuals with many differences, many cultures. But, there is one thing all of us do share as Americans. We have individual liberties that cannot be taken away. Those liberties matter so much more than pigmentation, and if we cease to think, and act as individuals, those liberties will soon be meaningless.