I’m a fifty-year-old white male who has served my country. Am I supposed to feel guilty? I’ve never considered myself a racist. I have many Black, Asian, and Hispanic friends. I’ve served alongside these people in the military and consider them colleagues and patriots. However, I can’t help but think Am I one of the people Oprah wants to die before racism no longer exists in America? How much money does Oprah have again? The generation that built the Jim Crow South has mostly passed away. The generation laced with white guilt is thriving.
The constant stream of race baiting, and the use of race as a weapon in the leftist media, is getting old. I’m not stupid; I realize there are always going to be a small contingent of white supremacists in America, just as there are with any racial group in this country. However, it is the extreme left as a group that is racist and is fomenting racial division every day in the media, and in our schools and universities. The white racists are safely ensconced in their trailer parks; they are not in positions of power. White people today as a group are not trying to hold blacks and other minorities back. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: they would like nothing more than to see other races working and living beside them united in success and building a better America. Speaking as a white male, it seems that blacks and minorities want to bring down whites, not build the country up together. Racism can work both ways.
Here is the simple truth of America. You don’t get ahead and build up the country by blaming others for your problems and trying to bring them down. You build yourself up, and your neighbor, by keeping your head down and working hard. I heard Al Sharpton the other day complain that Rand Paul was talking about civil rights. One race does not have a monopoly on that term or the concept. All you have to do is turn on MSNBC to hear how everything is the white man’s fault. When are we going to see the left and minority communities face up to the fact that most of their current predicament is of their own creation? Their refusal to embrace self reliance and responsibility is the root cause of the success gap between blacks and whites in America. There it is; I said it. And it needs to be repeated over and over again.
I hear the left talk about reparations for slavery. Guess what? There have been trillions of dollars transferred to minorities in America over the last several decades of the war on poverty and the Great Society. Reparations have already been paid. This liberal cause and experiment has been a devastating failure and caused the breakdown of minority families and destroyed communities. There are more people in so-called “poverty” than when the programs were started, food stamps and Obama phones notwithstanding. And what about the almost seven-hundred thousand mostly white men who died during the Civil War to end slavery? We have a black president for God’s sake! The problem is he has never missed a chance to foment racial division in America (nor has his attorney general.) Obama has not been the uniter that he campaigned on and promised he would become. On the contrary, he has been a divider; and his administration’s policies continue to be.
The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.