Well, I checked in late to a recent symposium hosted on Facebook regarding the history and evolution of race relations in America 1960-2014. I was too late to offer much, but I was taken by the reasoning and rhetoric of one brilliant visiting scholar who wished to illuminate the thinking of younger colleagues. This elder academic wanted the younger participants to be aware that their thinking about the history and contemporary state of American race relations had been hopelessly distorted by “liberal apologist” rhetoric dominating the discourse of the last several decades.
Since his argument was so terribly novel and fresh, I’d like to share it here, verbatim (except for some lengthy segments that were beyond my untrained mind to interpret:
I personally saw [acts of kindness and cooperation among] diverse groups here in Fredericksburg 5 (almost 6) decades ago. Do not believe all of the liberal gibberish you see and hear today. Some folks of different races actually “managed” to co-exist “way back then”…
I [am] not claiming there were no wrongs. I grew up through that period and saw the good and at least some of the bad. My point [is] the “standard” approach today, promoted to a great deal by the liberal apologists, that ALL interracial activities from that period were harsh, wrong, discriminatory, are often misleading. My point is that then, as now, there were good people and bad; there were good interactions and bad. We need to…spend more time focusing on the good and positive and building on that rather than re-chewing all that should have been better…
I think anyone who deliberately wrongs someone else should apologize.
In fact, I think we should start vilifying Abraham Lincoln, and condemnatory letters should immediately be sent to all of his descendants because of his failures. You do realize, I hope, that Mr. Lincoln only emancipated slaves south of the Mason Dixon Line, and, in fact at one point proposed that all persons of African descent should be returned to Africa. Now, while you are leaping to your ivory tower demanding apologies, do you also condemn Africans (I’m not talking white, South Africans here) for their part in slavery?
You see, it was not usually a while man that went into the jungles to capture blacks to be brought here as slaves. Usually, it was other tribesmen; these were the spoils of tribal war. The losers were often sold to black slavers who in turn sold them to ship captains for transport to the colonies/states… most of my relatives came over on a “potato boat”, and I can assure you neither I nor any of my known ancestors were slave owners, so I guess I am absolved as you rant.
Statistics are wonderful. Could it be that some small part of that disproportionate incarceration number is due to a disproportionate percentage of crimes committed? How about your indignation (let me hear you now) about the roving gangs of blacks attacking persons with lighter skin (whites, Asians, Hispanics) all over our nation? How about Knockout or Polar Bear Hunting?* Can you name a single instance in the last 10 years where a group of whites singled out an elderly black person and beat them to death for no apparent reason? Is it really true that over 90% of crimes against blacks are committed by blacks? Oh, and where is your righteous indignation about slavery occurring TODAY (sex-related right here in America and openly enslaving others in Muslim cultures in the world)?
…I grew up in segregated Fredericksburg, but had traveled with family through deep South…My first year at James Monroe High was first year of Freedom of Choice in F’burg schools,. I was at Woolworth (now antique store downtown for the sit-ins at the segregated lunch counter. The two in-town walk-in theatres were segregated; blacks in balcony. My granddaddy ran a store on William St that served primarily a black clientele and I played in the black pool hall next door with my black playmates. Two of my favorite adult mentors as a child were black men. Damn…that proves it…I MUST be a damn, racist redneck.
[Followed here by a long litany of long since debunked misappropriated and amateurishly malinterpreted ‘statistics’ drawn from”research” funded by the odious Pioneer Fund and spread all over the place through internet hatesites]
Yes… many things done in our past were wrong. Slavery is right up there at the top. How about what was done to the South during reconstruction? Can I demand reparations from residents of today’s northern states for what their ancestors did to my ancestors then? Oh, and while you are on this, please tell me a SINGLE nation in this world that has done more throughout history overall to promote, improve, lift, enhance current and future opportunities for blacks.
[Followed here by a long incoherent, largely unhinged defense for using mislabeled sources along with a laughably misfiring defense of his major source, Jared Taylor…yes THAT Jared Taylor]
I stand by my premise that much of the so-called racial inequality today is trumped up by the media, by certain liberals with an agenda, by individuals trying to increase their personal situation, and by racial profiteers such as Jackson and Sharpton who prey on their own people and generate CAUSES for personal gain. I also believe that much of what is laid on blacks (explanations, excuses, reasons why blacks have not, can not, (will not???) succeed in our culture) by liberals, whether sincerely trying to help them or merely trying to use them… I believe much of this is incorrect, limiting in itself, demeaning and insulting. Very complicated subject, but the blame for much of the failings within black culture, families, neighborhoods, MUST be shared by whites AND blacks, especially successful black leaders and business people. That too is a long discussion for “tomorrow”.
Is there racial division still? Of course, and it will exist so long as humans walk this earth. Is it as bad today as it was pre-1960? Yes and no, but that is far too much to get into tonight. Am I a racist? …I do not think I am, nor do my friends of color. Suppose I’ll just have to settle for that in this forum.
And there the case was put to rest…
I was able to offer only the following small objection to this spectacularly lucid account and argument from an obvious scholar seeking to stake out a moderate position on matters of race:
Thanks..for your post [of this]long litany of the recounted views of a bevy (klan?) of well-known racially and socially toxic “conservatives” –all spewed by a guy who started out trying to diminish the significance of [recent improvements in the state of race relations] by asserting that during his youth in Fredericksburg, VA he witnessed diversity and routine acts of interracial cooperation. (Except of course for the segregated lunch counters, theater, and other public accommodations he himself claims to have witnessed!] PRICELESS. Most comical is the list of authorities he cites in defense of a man who in HIS OWN defense this goof quotes as asserting: “‘I think Asians are objectively superior to Whites by just about any measure that you can come up with in terms of what are the ingredients for a successful society.” Then this boob quotes his source verbatim characterizing Taylor’s self-assessment: “Taylor himself rejects any accusation of racism”; that should settle that question.
Somehow, I find reason to doubt the gentleman’s recollection (which, because he remembers it. he tells us is “not an anecdote”, tee hee). He reveals himself as an unreliable reporter on matters of race–despite having grown up with black playmates. I’m sure the coloreds and negroes of mid 1960s Fredericksburg deeply appreciated his benevolent efforts to befriend people who his chosen authority, Jared Taylor, would remind us are objectively inferior and given to criminal misbehavior. I’m curious why Mr. ______ senior would have allowed his son to cavort with a population given to higher propensities for criminal behavior–though, now that I think about it, I know for certain that towns like Fredericksburg did not put up with a lot of liberal softhead ideas about how to deal with the darker criminal element…
* For those of you who don’t follow the rightwig hate and paranoia media, the so-called “Knockout Game” has been labelled a myth by no less a radical left news organization than USA Today. Our FB scholar apparently does his research on filthmongering WorldNetDaily where this sort of white paranoia shit is reported.