He Hates the Color of My Skin and Not the Other Way Around

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

One of America’s preeminent racists needed a way to maximize his profile during the MLK ‘March on Washington’ anniversary week, Save Jerseyans, so he decided to compare the Tea Party movement to a resurrected Southern Confederacy:

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Reverend? Hardly. He’s a base racist who once admitted that “[Spitting into the food of white customers at a hotel in Greenville, South Carolina]” gave him “a psychological gratification.”

I’m tired of that jackass and his ilk. I suspect that you are, too. So let’s avoid fluffy platitudes and revisionist history today and, for a change, utilize this 5oth anniversary celebration to facilitate real change. That process starts with telling the truth…

De jure racism is America is long gone and continues to exist only in the history books; de facto racism towards the black community is “near extinct,” accepting the fact that the battle against ignorance is never completely won since humans are imperfect creatures.

As a 20-something white middle class male from suburbia, I can attest to the fact that my generation is the most color blind in modern history. If anything, many of my white contemporaries have had collectivist guilt ingrained into their consciousnesses by the media and the education system for the crimes of men who died centuries before they were born. Their guilt often results in absurdities like excessive welfare spending or affirmative action policies which have the unintended effect of reinforcing inequality or creating new inequalities respectively. 

MLKMost genuine racism in 2013 originates from race-baiting entrepreneurs like Jesse Jackson who would be out of a job if the last remaining white racist kicked it tomorrow morning. There’s no point in sugar-coating it. Identifying the real problem is a prerequisite to arriving at a real solution.

If we’re really being honest with ourselves, the true obstacles facing a black child born on August 28, 2013 come from inside the black community itself. “Perhaps the biggest disappointment for King would be the wholesale adoption of a victim mentality that makes people feel that they are entitled to being cared for by others rather than working tirelessly to create wealth and opportunities for their progeny,” observed Dr. Benjamin Carson in an exceptionally powerful op-ed in today’s Washington Times. He couldn’t be more right.

I don’t hate Jesse Jackson because of how he was born, Save Jerseyans. That’s not the problem facing our hypothetical black newborn mentioned in the preceding paragraph. Jesse Jackson hates me because of who I was at birth, and he deliberately poisons other minds with that hatred for political advantage.

The Jesse Jacksons, Al Sharptons and Eric Holders of our time remain the greatest roadblock on the path to black America’s social mobility. They personally profit by institutionalizing racial divisions which need not exist in a modern, wealthy, free market-driven society. They stand in the way of government action which could actually save the next generation of young black citizens like education choice. They demonize anyone within the community who offers an independent thought.

Someone needs to break the vicious cycle. Were it my choice to make, I would marginalize these abhorrent figures and replace them with quality individuals who would serve as constructive advocates like Dr. Ben Carson, Col. Allen West and Dr. Condoleezza Rice. But it’s not my choice, Save Jerseyans. Young black America needs to recognize the pharisees in their own midst and discard them accordingly.

Only then, and not a moment before, will we have a country where the content of one’s character always triumphs over superficial incidentals like the color of his or her skin. My skin and your skin, too. That’s my dream for all Americans on this historic occasion. I hope you share it for the sake of us all.

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