|America has come a long way to change race relations since the mid 20th century.
|Rev. Al Sharpton sometimes uses incendiary language that seems to smack a little bit of racism, such as, "White folks was in the caves while we was building empires. .... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it."
Or "So if some cracker come and tell you, ‘Well, my mother and father blood go back to the Mayflower,’ you better hold your pocket. That ain’t nothing to be proud of. That means their forefathers was crooks."
But Sharpton also speaks in virile language about the value of hard work. He said, "I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values."
(Ed. Note: J. Gary DiLaura is a retired FBI Special Agent and his lengthy experiences in law enforcement obviously shape his perspectives. His opinions are his own. If you disagree with him, after pausing a moment to consider that the First Amendment permits him to write things you do not agree with, you might consider, rather than attacking him, attempting to rebut him. In this way you add to the discourse and seek a solution. Email DiLaura at email@example.com)
I am going to ask you, the reader, to think about what I am about to write.
First I want to make this statement: I do not consider myself a bigot or a racist.
I spent the better part of my life enforcing the laws of the United States, which includes the Civil Rights Laws.
I investigated police brutality allegations by black citizens against white police officers in the late 1960s, while I was in Charleston, S. C., a difficult task in a city that was very racially charged!
I served there when restaurants still displayed "reserved" signs on tables to keep out black citizens and gas stations still had "three" rest rooms!
I was a young, white, FBI agent who before that never witnessed discrimination and who enjoyed devoted friendships with many black, school friends, like Clarence Ward, fellow athletes, like Ron Nabors and Frank Carter, and too many to count fellow musicians (I play the saxophone professionally and I favor the blues) .
And I was given the task of investigating white lawmen, with whom I had to work.
When there was brutality I was color blind.
I worked hard to enforce the law that every American regardless of race deserves equal access to every opportunity America has to offer.
Equal opportunity, not necessarily equal results.
I agree with a quote of writer William Saroyan, “In a democratic state every man is the equal of every other man up to the point of exertion, and after that every man is free to exert himself to do good or not, to grow nobly or foolishly, as he wishes.”
However, there is a limit to what people can accept about what has become in America the actual opposite of the quote above: Equal results without equal efforts through entitlement.
Today, we are expected to believe that in a democratic state the only proof of every person being equal to every other person is that, regardless of exertion, everyone must be guaranteed equal results.
I believe people in general have reached the limit and are ready to reject this foolish idea.
And that includes hard working black Americans who are as fed up as the rest!
This country was founded primarily by white, Christian, Europeans, mostly of English, Welsh and Scottish descent.
The foreign born-population of the United States however really started to increase around 1850 when Irish Catholics, Germans, Czechs, Hungarians, Swiss, Scandinavians, Chinese and Mexicans came by the millions.
They became Americans, most settled in the north, and about 160 years ago, many of them fought in a war, a Civil War, costing hundreds of thousands of lives, fought in large part to free black people who were grievously brought here from Africa over the course of centuries in chains as slaves.
Those who fought for their freedom won the war, and blacks became part of a largely white European society that for the most part and for many decades considered them inferior.
Since the end of the Civil War, and particularly during the latter half of the 20th Century, the American government has struggled to right a wrong that was perpetrated before any living American today was born and to bring black people forward and on par with the rest of society.
All the while, millions of poor white immigrants, who could barely speak English, have managed to prosper without government help.
Following the Civil War there came millions more of immigrants and added to the list above came Italians, Poles, Greeks, Spaniards and on and on.
Meantime America passed Civil Rights Laws and outlawed segregation. The American government ordered federal troops to enforce integration.
The government took white children and bused them, against their will, to black schools and black children, against their will, to white schools.
They created “Affirmative Action” giving racial preferences to black people in many critical aspects of life, in a society where all people are supposed to be created equal.
They created job training, built housing projects, provided free food, free busing, free books, free cell phones, and every possible incentive to put family first and foremost.
No amount of government handouts, no midnight basketball, big brother program or free housing seemed to be able to solve the demise of the two-parent black family.
Today 71% of all black children are born into a one parent family.
Yet, in much less time, and with virtually no public assistance, people from so-called 3rd world countries, like India and Asia, have prospered.
These are also “non-white” people.
They came here oftentimes not speaking our language and have become business people with children who learned respect and responsibility at home, winning national spelling bees and scoring high numbers on SAT tests regularly.
The India emigrants are today the wealthiest ethnicity in America – including the entire batch of Europeans.
Meantime, the black youth – young men primarily - are responsible for 50% of the nation’s violent crime, oftentimes targeting white people for the fun of it, using every and any excuse they can find to riot, perhaps inspired by the likes of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
They riot for the fun of it, not for any reason that makes any sense and in cities that are run by black elected politicians and contain a black majority.
The nation has elected a black president.
Yet, it’s not enough!
Whites are holding them back.
The entire program has FAILED!
Free everything… affirmative action, everything that has been tried has failed and the liberal elite say, “Let’s just try one more thing, like free health care and free this and free that, and free, free, free.…!
It has failed because of the complete refusal of so many blacks to look at America as their home, their country, their opportunity to become something special!
Perhaps I am too sheltered but in 29 years of law enforcement and two decades in private business - to this date - I have never heard any German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Greek, Armenian, English or any other immigrant citizen say he or she hated America or “God damn” America, but, I have heard (and continue to hear) black Reverends, black politicians, black leaders and black citizens say they hate America!
They refuse to name their children traditional American names that would ease their children’s acceptance into mainstream society, but instead make up names that sound “African”, but aren’t.
They encourage their children to stand out, but not by their accomplishments, but by wearing their hats crooked, their pants on the ground and to develop an attitude that defies reason with a language of violence, hate and even rape that most respectable blacks despises.
They listen to and unfortunately believe people like Michelle Obama, flying around with 200 friends and relatives, on our dime, in 747s, bashing America and its rich white people, while staying at $1500 per night motel rooms.
She and her entire family draw paychecks of hundreds of thousands of dollars, but we are the elite.
I sincerely believe that respectable whites are not out to get black people, but I also believes that whites are fed up with the danger and violence, the “or else” threats of the likes of Sharpton and Jackson, and the increasing taxes required to pay the way for those who are capable of working but will not.
Couple all this with a president who uses race to enrage black people to enhance what I believe is his Islamic Muslim agenda and you have an explosive situation waiting to detonate.
Your response is welcome.