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Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in About Blackacre, Blackacre, immigration, Leadership, politics, President Obama, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, Race, social welfare, Socio Economics, Uncategorized | 8 comments

Irresponsible Speech

When growing up I was always warned to consider my words carefully. If memory serves, the precise admonition was “don’t let your mouth write a check your ass can’t cash.” Heeding this warning saved me from many a butt whipping. If only our current crop of political leaders had learned this lesson.

They will lie in a minute and will continue to do so even when they know better. And they show little regard for reasonableness, appropriateness, or the consequences of their statements. Like a broken toilet whatever comes up comes out.

For example, given our unfortunate history one would think that our national leaders would shy away from intemperate remarks about race. Said remarks only serve to open old wounds and to divide us along political and ethnic lines precisely when we need to be united. Regrettably, certain Congressmen could care less.

Take for example the remarks of Iowa Republican Congressman Steven King who warned that immigration was “a slow moving terrorist attack”. He once compared immigrants to livestock and likened DREAMERS to drug mules that cross the U. S. border with “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

But the commentary that takes the cake, at least this week belongs to Alabama Republican Representative Mo Brooks. When discussing the inability of the GOP to woo people of color Congressman Brooks said:

“This is part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true. Okay.”

The same sentiment was repeated shortly thereafter during an interview with The Huntsville Times. And before that Congressman Brooks offered the following solution to the immigration problem, “I will do anything short of shooting them.”

When we first learned of these comments our initial thought was incredulity. That a member of Congress would accuse the President of engaging in a race war is the nothing less than astounding. No one has claimed that whites hate everyone else certainly not the President and significant evil can be visited upon a person well short of a bullet.

Let us be reminded that the President is half white. His birth mother is white as is the grandmother who raised him. Presumably his aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews, at least on his mother’s side are white. For the President to declare a war on Caucasians is to wage war against himself, his family and those with birthed, fed and raised him.

If the President has declared a war on white America, those who voted for him clearly did not receive the e-mail. But for the white vote the President would not have been elected in either 2008 or 2012.

In addition, the President has appointed a wealth of whites to his Cabinet and other positions of power. His first and second Secretaries of State are white as are his Secretaries of Defense and Education, just to name a few.

Moreover, all relevant socio-economic indicators belie such a war, declared or undeclared. The positive indicators including employment, income, education, business and home ownership, two parent families, etc., reveals that whites are doing significantly better than others. The negative indicators like rates of poverty, homelessness, single family parenting, incarceration and health disparity show that minorities are doing significantly worse than whites. Where is the war of which the Congressman speaks and if there is such a war precisely where are its victims?

The Congressman’s allegation is also the height of political hypocrisy. Apparently he is unfamiliar with the Republican’s “Southern Strategy”. From approximately 1950 to 1960 the GOP traded its soul to the devil of racial politics by intentionally exploiting the racial fears of white Southerners. It was during this period that the Dixiecrats and those opposed to racial equality shifted en mass from the Democratic to the Republican Party.

Add to the “Southern Strategy” the dogged determination to disenfranchise minorities via gerrymandering, redistricting and voter suppression, coupled with racial buzz words and dog whistles like Reagan’s “welfare queens”, or the “Willie Horton” ads. Also consider statements made by Republican stalwarts like Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck (Obama hates white people), Ted Nugent (President Obama is a sub-human mongrel) and the above referenced Congressmen King and Brooks. It is therefore reasonable to conclude that it is the GOP, not the opposition which is guilty of racial politics.

We do not contend that only the right plays the race card. It does not. We do not argue that only Republicans make inappropriate remarks. No one has a monopoly on asininity. And no group is above criticism.

In past blogs including “Beyond Race, Template for a Post Racial America”, “A Hard Conversation to Have”, Where Do We Go From Here”, “Where the Hammer Meets the Nail”, “The Red Pill or the Blue Pill”, “To Merely Survive” and “Future Now”, Blackacre has unequivocally stated that regardless of what has been visited upon us, past, present and future, we are still responsible for who we are and what we do. We have been steadfast in our insistence on personal responsibility and have taken to tasks African-Americans who subscribe to the victim/entitlement/enabler syndrome.

The same level of responsibility and accountability applies to our political leaders and their constituents. While change may be unsettling, no ethnic group is made a victim merely because of America’s changing demographics any more than a minority is discriminated against simply because he or she resides in a predominately white community. The loss of majority status is not a declaration of war and to lose a presidential election is not evidence of election fraud.

Such fraud may exist, but it is not in the form of voter impersonation and will not be cured by voter identification requirements. A 2012 study by the Washington Post found that in person voter fraud virtually never occurs; about 1 in 15 million. And a 2014 study by same found strong evidence of discriminatory intent behind voter identification laws.

In conclusion, the Congressman’s statement is demonstrably false, completely unnecessary and wholly irresponsible. He is simply whining because he can’t get his way and is shamelessly playing the race card in the process. More importantly, he is playing a dangerous game.

With the browning of America stoking our racial fears, the plethora of guns, the emergence of armed extremist and the heat of our inner cities, do we really need a U. S. Congressman lighting the tinderbox of a race war? As those in social media might say shut the hell up.

Leo Barron Hicks, Founder and CEO
Blackacre Policy Forum
www.blackacrepolicyforum.org

 

8 Comments

  1. This is a great commentary on the status of how one’s true beliefs has an impact on their behavior which exposes their integrity by opening one’s mouth to state their true feelings. Is it possible after saying all this that Alabama Republican Representative Brooks will now say that he was “miss quoted”, or “ miss interpreted” or “those are not his true feelings but the feelings of his constituent’s in the State of Alabama”. The reality of this thought is that “Just because you are White does not make you right” or “Just because you are Black does not keep you back”. Somewhere along the way, the TURTH, JUSTICE and THE AMERICAN WAY” will live for all of us. Not just the loudest or boldest of us all!

    • I agree and as always thanks.

  2. Come on Leo, of course it’s a false statement…. Don’t you think he knows that?

    But history has proven that’s not the point of such statements. Politics is about telling people what they want to hear so that they can get on board with your program. Do you really believe that man’s constituents Will apply any type of research into the validity of the statements? Really? The cattle are easiest to push along with a prod.

    It’s a midterm election year, The two-party system has failed miserably for decades, The older generation is having great difficulty manipulating the youngest generation, and they’re only hope is to continue dividing the middle aged and middle-class into factions. You forget that this youngest generation really doesn’t know anything about true racism, so it’s really hard to get them motivated with those incendiary comments. This youngest generation was taught very little actual American history, and were not the beneficiaries of the instructors of the 60s and 70s that it been through it. So they are pretty much lost to this class system of politics and entitlement.

    There has been a African-American president for eight years, and even if he cured cancer he wouldn’t be good enough for Republicans. Forget anything he can do, he’s black, and white men hate to pay homage to a black man of any caliber. We are not at war and the Dow has doubled. Jobless rates are down and home sales have bounced back.

    By even getting upset about the senators comments, he has accomplished his goal. Don’t let these people jerk your chain. Communication is a two-way street-doesn’t really matter if you talk if I don’t listen? And if I do listen doesn’t mean I have to give your statements any credibility? Judge him like everybody else-by his works. If this works do not deemthat he is reelected, then so be it. If he is elected in a certain region that shares his views, then that’s the result of electoral laws that divide areas into financial brackets so it’s easy to appeal to a certain demographic.

    By now Americans should be able to predict this type of behavior and be numb to it. There’s a good book that would help people understand this behavior from white man. I strongly suggest it to all. Try reading “the Iceman inheritance” by Michael Bradley. People like him are not the enemy, ignorance is the enemy. Everyone has all the ammunition they need to defeat that enemy but very few people will load they’re gun. Ignorance of the law, due process, business, investments, history, and most importantly ignorance of yourself and your capabilities is what allows most of what goes on today to even happen.

    As for his comments, well, white white men cannot control, they seek to destroy, and even they’re own history books exemplify that.

    • I always appreciate the time and effort you put into your comments. However, I take exception to the last comment. A core purpose of Blackacre is to bring people together based upon character, conduct and values rather than divide people because of race, color, religion, politics or national origin.

      If we assign negative traits to an entire group of people we will never overcome our differences. The bottom line is that good and evil is not a question of race or skin color, someone’s history books notwithstanding.

    • I agree that the long term solution is that we all get along. However, I believe, We do need to understand the proclivities of that ethnic group to better manage our relationships with them. History has shown (in abundance) the European males propensity to destroy what he cannot control. And that HIS story…imagine what the non-tainted version would say.

      I think maybe that to better get along, we need not be as controllable. That comes with self education, caring for one another (legitimately), and bettering all those around us. The politician’s statement you referred to is not relevant to those that see through it-no action will be taken because of it because it is in entirety ridiculous. But to those who may not be as astute, it will stoke the fires of division. That same division has been used in a socio-economic plan to maintain segregated wealth, create self loathing (through environments and media), a murder millions for the last 3500 years.

      The behavior of that particular politician is absolutely in line with historical European geo-political behavior to further their own agenda. They divide relentlessly. As we educate ourselves in their behavior patterns we can begin again to individually love ourselves and each other. Hence “we can all just get along”. I am not attempting to segregate “us” versus “them”, I am simply trying to remove the ability for them to segregate. I think we may be able to do that with learning to recognize behavior patterns and acting accordingly.

    • I understand your point. However, if you study the history of Africans, Japanese, South Americans, Chinese, Native Americans, people of the Pacific, the Middle East, India or Pakastan, or any other race or group of people, you will find similiar acts of man’s inhumanity to man. What some African tribes have done to other African tribes for example is shocking. The same is true of each and every other ethnic group one could name.

      This does not mean that racism is irrelevant to the discussion. Novertheless, it ain’t about the color of one’s skin but the contents of one’s character.

    • I couldn’t agree more. Isn’t character byproduct of all your life experiences? And if so how do we change the character of individuals to be more givers then they are takers? There’s only one race, The human race, I still struggle to define what humanity is, though. I would hate to see that humanity is defined by the needs of one group over another. Almost seems like there’s no answers.

    • I always appreciate your feedback. The questions you raise is what we struggle with everyday.

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