I guess I just can’t get away from commenting further on the Professor Gates arrest for disorderly conduct, and President Obama’s “acting stupidly” comment. Perhaps this incident offends my sense of fair play, the idea of “innocent before proven guilty,” or the thought that a highly educated professor at one of the nations most respected institutions feels the need to accuse a police officer investigating a possible break in at his residence of racism. One does wonder if alcohol was involved, but I digress…
Always on Watch has an excellent post of the incident (here), and a video from a Pastor Manning (below). Viewing the video is probably better than any comment that I could make other than people of color should listen to the Pastor and understand how foolish they are when accusing others of racism:
Let’s consider this statement from an earlier post:
His [Dr. Martin Luther King] vision looked for the Negro people to stand side by side with the White people as equals, and to get there by self-sufficiency, not by a government mandate. He wanted his people to rise up to their potential, to stand on their own two feet, not by some law or subsidy. Patronage of the Negro was not his vision, but to join the human race as equals to any other ethnic group, to enjoy the fruits of hard labor through equal opportunity, and not through quotas. It is truly a travesty that his own people have hindered this vision instead of completing it.
Do the constant complaints of racism where there is none really achieve this goal? No, they do not. What the baseless accusations do is deepen the chasm between all people, and hinder any civility that our society is trying to accomplish.
This is what our wonderful, politically-correct, non-confrontational society has borne – the apparent elevation of one group over another. All by one word that both offends and puts everyone on the defense. And this is why I believe hate crimes such as an accusation of racism is not beneficial to anyone. It gets in the way by presuming beliefs are more important than the facts of the potential crime or dispute. So now it is an emotional or thought crime, not an actual one.
Starting to sound like 1984 or Minority Report all over again…
Morgan Freeman has a solution to the racism problem:
Is it really that simple? That only depends on if the hate-mongers among us, of all colors, decide to decease & desist from the useless rhetoric that divides instead of uniting. From the same past post – try this instead:
Stop the politicking and fundraisers, and turn your attention to changing the attitudes of the people you claim to represent. Aid them in finding solutions instead of assigning blame. Support getting the able-bodied off of Welfare, and find jobs, educational opportunities, and other positions that will improve their standard of living. Recognize the rapper/drug culture for what it is, a self-destructive blight upon your people, and kill it. Instill in these same people self-respect and self-control, the understanding of tolerance, and the fruits of social change will be forthcoming. You, the self-appointed leaders of your race/community must first demonstrate leadership before any positive changes can even be expected to occur.
Unfortunately, highlighting perceived inequalities, slights, and making inflammatory speeches is where these “leaders” garner attention, power, and yes, money.
Are there idiots out there that are racists and cause harm on the basis of skin color? Yes, there are. That cannot be denied. But calling every incident between people of different ethnicities racially motivated detracts from any problems and becomes a problem in of itself. Thus, the actual problem gets lost in the shuffle. Which kind of begs the question:
Why can’t we all get along?