Archive for the ‘White Privilege’ Category

Last week, Joe Biden insisted that “the moment has come for our nation to deal with systemic racism.” How does Biden know that there’s systemic racism across the nation? Coming from a guy who’s spent the last 40+ years of his life inside the Washington, DC echochamber, I’ll question how much he knows about what happens outside the DC echochamber. Remember that Biden’s alleged specialty is foreign policy.

I say alleged because former Defense Secretary Robert Gates once said “I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Remember that the last time Biden got involved with major domestic policy was with the 1994 Crime Bill. That’s the bill that started mass incarceration of minorities. That’s the bill that President Trump started fixing with the First Step Act.

There is racism in this nation. There always will be because we’re a nation of sinners. There’s racism in every nation on earth because all nations are nations of sinners. South Africa’s population was majority black. There was a white minority government. That’s the definition of systemic racism. There’s nothing like that in the United States. There never will be.

The system that’s repeatedly let minorities down is unified Democrat governance in major US cities. Nancy Pelosi’s father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., was once Baltimore’s mayor. While mayor, D’Alesandro “spoke at the dedication of a monument to honor Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson.” That isn’t proof that Pelosi or her father were racists but it says that Democrats lecturing Republicans about racism better prepare for some stiff pushback.

Racism isn’t systemic as much as it’s individual. Each person individually is responsible for dealing with the issue. Saying that it’s systemic let’s the individual off the hook and invites government intervention, too.

When Democrats voted against opening debate on Sen. Tim Scott’s JUSTICE Act, they sent the message that they aren’t interested in fixing the problem. In each of the cities that had major race riots after the murder of George Floyd, Democrats could’ve fixed the problem before the murder. That’s because each of those cities have been run by Democrat mayors for decades. Most of those states have had Democrat governors for years and years.

Since they’re the ones in-charge, Democrats should’ve fixed the problems. Instead, they played politics with the issue. Since real police reform comes only at the local level, these Democrat mayors and Democrat governors should’ve fixed their problems long ago. The thing that’s important to notice is that Democrats don’t fix things. Democrats let things fester, then use them as campaign issues. Doing what’s right the first time isn’t part of the Democrats’ thinking.

That leads me to an old cliché about Democrats. It goes something like this: Democrats will always do the right thing — when it’s the only option left. I’d argue that this is only true part of the time. This is the Democrats’ solution to white privilege and systemic racism:

For the past 2 weeks, Democrats have passionately insisted that the U.S. has a problem with “systemic racism.” I don’t believe that but let’s stipulate that for the sake of this experiment. If that’s true, the logical reaction to that would be to attack that system. The target, therefore, would be the white power structure and white privilege.

While later reaction included looting of the iconic Macys in NYC and other iconic symbols of white society, the initial reaction was to burn down minority neighborhoods. Saying that that’s illogical is understatement. There’s nothing in the initial reaction that suggests activists were speaking truth to power. The rioters and looters seemed far more interested in causing mayhem and spreading fear in minority neighborhoods than they seemed interested in uprooting the white power structure. Let’s ask some important questions. Let’s start with these:

  1. How does destroying a minority neighborhood uproot the white power structure?
  2. Does destroying minority-owned pharmacies and grocery stores make things worse or better for minorities?
  3. Doesn’t demolishing the neighborhood deli or neighborhood hardware store trash the hard work of minority business owners?
  4. When these ‘neighborhood institutions’ get demolished, how many years back does that set the entire neighborhood?

These aren’t trivial questions for the survival and prosperity of neighborhoods. They’re central to the survival and prosperity of neighborhoods.

I’d argue that the rioting and looting sounded more like a turf war between rival gangs than it sounds like another painful chapter in the civil rights movement. This isn’t about reclaiming neighborhoods. It’s about looting and vandalism. Ben Carson’s story is something to be examined. He didn’t get ahead by latching onto one government program after another. Dr. Carson got ahead because his mother taught him to spend tons of time reading.

Certainly, a major portion of his education came in schools but another major part of his education came from investing time in reading. That’s the blueprint that’s needed to change minority societies and neighborhoods. It worked once. It’ll work again if it’s tried.

Let’s further stipulate that this is a political issue. Robert Davi outlines it in this interview:

This isn’t a Democrat-only or Republican-only problem. It’s a problem that country club Republicans and limousine liberals have avoided for generations. For all of the nasty things said about this president, he’s been interested in solving problems. Let’s bring people of color together from both sides of the aisle at the White House. Let’s see President Trump bring together leaders in the Cabinet Room or somewhere prestigious inside the White House. Let’s have this discussion. Let’s put solutions on the table. Then, let’s establish timetables to accomplish those goals. It’s more than possible.

This is the United States. When we put our best minds together, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish. That’s only possible if we work together in a good faith fashion. That means not inviting Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer to this meeting. It means inviting Dr. Carson, Bob Woodson, Jack Brewer, Bob Johnson and other who are willing to put their differences aside to make minority lives better.

Ronald Reagan believed that the victories he got credit for were won first by the American people. Finally, let’s stipulate that We The People will always drive the most essential societal changes. That’s how it’s always been. MLK didn’t change society by taking orders from the government. Ditto with President Reagan or President Trump. They changed societies because they won over the people. They didn’t make an impact by forcing things down people’s throats.

Former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s latest article will have you wondering if Democrats live in an alternate universe. At this point, I’m voting that Democrats live in that alternate universe unless a place further detached from reality is discovered.

The centerpiece of McCotter’s article is something titled “the 1619 Project.” The 1619 Project is about rewriting history:

The Fourth of July in 1776 is regarded by most Americans as the country’s birthday. But what if we were to tell you that the country’s true birth date, the moment that its defining contradictions first came into the world, was in late August 1619?

That was when a ship arrived at Point Comfort in the British colony of Virginia, bearing a cargo of 20 to 30 enslaved Africans. Their arrival inaugurated a barbaric system of chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years and form the basis for almost every aspect of American life. The 1619 Project is a major initiative from the New York Times memorializing that event on its 400th anniversary. The goal of the project is to deepen understanding of American history (and the American present) by proposing a new point of origin for our national story. In the days and weeks to come, we will publish essays demonstrating that nearly everything that has made America exceptional grew out of slavery.

That isn’t just rewriting history. It’s a total whitewashing of US history. This isn’t history. It’s a publication of lies intended to create division amongst the citizenry.

The argument that this nation wouldn’t have been great without the use of slaves is absurd. To the extent that we’re exceptional, we’re exceptional because we’ve pushed ourselves to solve seemingly impossible problems. We’ve utilized enlightened self-interest to create competition, which helps us push innovation, which makes us world leaders in industry after industry.

Anyone that doesn’t understand that is a socialist, which explains everything. Those things didn’t happen because of slavery. It happened because it’s in the American DNA to be innovators. It’s in our DNA to be competitive, too. That’s what made America exceptional.

FYI-That’s something that Obama, Biden and virtually all of the Democrat presidential candidates have never and will never understand. Does anyone seriously think that any of the Democrats’ presidential candidates wouldn’t fall all over themselves trying to sell the American people on paying reparations? All of the Democrats’ presidential candidates certainly think that white privilege is real. HINT: It’s fiction.

The Democrats’ cheese has slid completely off the proverbial cracker with this foolishness.

For whatever it’s worth, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis said that St. Cloud would have a zero tolerance policy against hate. Nobody seems to know what Mayor Kleis means by that but Eunice Adjei of the St. Cloud Area Regional Human Rights Commission is applauding him for that, saying “We stand with our mayor in his zero tolerance policy against hate groups.”

I did a little digging into the SCARHRC. What I found in their minutes is rather interesting. What I found in their minutes is essentially the DFL social issues agenda. I wish I could say that I’m surprised but I’m not.

For instance, one thing I found in the SCARHRC’s minutes is where it identifies “Students for Social Justice” and the DFL as “multicultural organizations,” with the implication being that the DFL is a tolerant organization. That implication is BS, as I highlighted in this post. There’s a significant portion of the DFL and DNC that are fascists who claim that they’re fighting fascism with fascist tactics.

What I’d like to know is whether the SCARHRC uses the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate map:

If the SCARHRC is the DFL front organization that I think it is, then it’s virtually certain that they take their ‘hate guidance’ from the SPLC. This paragraph especially caught my attention:

White nationalist/supremacist, anti-Semitic and other hate groups exist throughout the country, including Minnesota. Additionally, some hate groups have posted flyers at colleges and universities in our state and region.

It isn’t surprising that leftists haven’t included Antifa and BLM in their list of hate groups.

Ben Ament’s monthly column is one of the worst monthly columns they’ve ever published. Some of the assumptions made are ridiculous or far-fetched.

For instance, Ament wrote that “The erectors of the Confederate monuments were white-controlled governments in mostly southern cities. These men knew full well that the monuments would intimidate the people of color who walked by them every day.” I’d challenge that, if for no other reason than the fact that minorities would’ve been too busy worrying about racists like the KKK and the bigots, mostly Democrats, who wrote the Jim Crow laws to worry about statues of dead people. It’s also quite likely that they were worried about raising their families or grateful for being able to attend inspirational churches to worry about dead generals.

Later, Ament wrote “White privilege is also the privilege of being blind to the existence of white privilege. It gives whites the right to claim they earned every cent in their 401k and they fully deserve to be paid more than others for performing the same tasks. This is not do deny that whites as a whole work hard. But so do minorities — often twice as hard.”

Talk about the mother of all assumptions. When’s the last time your co-worker told you that whites “deserve to be paid more than others for performing the same tasks”? As bad as that assumption is, this assumption is worse:

But some of these acquaintances want me to remove my blinders and see the response from the left of the political spectrum as somehow the same as or worse than that from the right. They ignore the swastikas and Confederate flags, torches and clubs carried by the so-called alt-right meant to provoke anger.

Mr. Ament’s paranoia notwithstanding, what is he talking about? Then there’s this:

Standing behind the cross of Christianity while doing so is doubly troubling. It seems, for some, the only reason for being kind and loving to another human is to get into heaven. If this is so, then the point of Christianity has been lost. I guess it is white privilege to define your beliefs as you see fit.

Mr. Ament is a totally ill-informed. Christians know that they can’t earn their way into heaven. Being nice to people is the right thing to do but that won’t get them into Heaven.

Those who led a rebellion against the United States for the express purpose of continuing to enslave human beings for monetary gain should not be honored. None of the statues in question were erected before or during the Civil War.

These statues are inanimate objects. Why can’t we use these inanimate objects to teach about that part of our history the treachery that these men visited on minorities? We don’t need to accept scenes like this: