This story was submitted to RadioFacts by one of our white readers….
It’s quite possible that some racism, on both sides, is justified. I didn’t say it was acceptable or correct! I’m a student of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. who believes we should judge men by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. When I heard President Obama talk about how he experienced racism as a kid, it made me think about my own past. I grew up in the inner city of Cleveland. My neighborhood was more black and Hispanic than white, but about equally divided among the three. Whites were moving out, so now my old neighborhood is nearly 100% black. My house is gone, as are many of the neighboring houses. That part of Cleveland looks like a country that just lost a terrible war. It makes me sick. But I digress. The President talked about women clutching their purse and car doors locking when a black guy was walking nearby. Yes, that happens. But I don’t think that happens because the guy is black. It’s not about race. It’s about protecting yourself from crime. The FACT is that way too many black men and boys are criminals. It’s not racist to say that because it’s true. More than HALF the people shot and killed in America are black men, killed by other black men. This is way out of proportion since America is only about 16 percent black. Why are blacks killing blacks? Certainly racism has nothing to do with that statistic. I think it has more to do with the fact that the majority of people who have falling into the dependency class are black. Being dependent on the government means living in poverty. Poverty leads to crime, including drugs and prostitution, which leads to even more violent crime. People want what they can’t have, and desperate people will often take what they want by force. The jails have a disproportionate number of black inmates for exactly the same reason. Black people commit more crime, so more of them end up in prison. Actually, if you really dig into the statistics, there should be even more of them in jail. Our jails are now so overcrowded that we can no longer keep all the criminals in them. There’s no room! Judges now put repeat offenders, often violent offenders, back on the street where they are free to rob or kill again. All of this makes me sick. I’d give anything to turn this around. Where I grew up, about half my friends were black kids. Too many of them ended up in jail or dead. I was lucky to escape. A lot of my white friends ended up the same way, and most of the others ended up living in eternal poverty on disability or welfare. You just can’t escape the ghetto very easily. I got lucky and somehow managed to get out. But I’m a rare case.
I want to see everyone lifted out of dependency and despair, regardless of their color. I think the black leaders, especially President Obama, should be doing a lot more to get this done. But the Liberal policies of the President just keep dumping more and more money into entitlement programs, and those programs are keeping poor people poor. They’re doing nothing to pull people out of poverty. They don’t put people to work. The old saying that if you give a man a fish he’ll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish he’ll eat for a lifetime, is accurate. We’re giving away fish when we should be teaching. But giving away those free fish is a great way to buy votes, and the entitlement money that comes from hundreds of government programs is more addictive than those street drugs. If I could be elected King, I’d shut down all the entitlement programs over time and gradually transition us from dependency to self reliance. People feel better about themselves when they accomplish something. You get there by working. For most men, their work is a really big part of their life. It defines who they are. Men who do not work can’t have self esteem. When those men bring children into the world, then abandon them with their mother who depends on welfare, those children are at a serious disadvantage. It makes it so much harder for them to escape from poverty that most of them simply can’t do it. They end up becoming the next generation of criminal men who bring fatherless children into the ghetto. This terrible cycle has to stop.
It won’t stop with one political party blaming another political party for everything that’s going wrong. We need to turn to the mirror and start pointing the finger of blame at ourselves. We created this mess, and we can clean it up. We have to start by turning away from politicians who use race and class hatred to keep themselves in power. We need to elect people who are intelligent, honest, and color blind. They need to come to office to fix problems, not to fix blame.
I think you need to reconsider racism in America, especially among white people. If white America were truly racist, Barack Obama could not have become President. There simply aren’t enough black people in America to elect him by themselves. A LOT of white people, myself included, cast their vote for him. They were all cheering on Election Day, and again on Inauguration Day. I’m disappointed that he’s using the power we gave him to continue campaigning for Democrat candidates rather than using it to solve some real problems. But I don’t really blame him. I think his lack of real world experience is showing. He’s never run a business. He’s never worked in the private sector. He’s been surrounded his whole life by people who cling to an economic philosophy that’s failed every time it’s been tried. We can’t grow our economy by expanding government. We have to grow the economy by producing and selling more stuff. That puts more people to work. It’s the key to getting jobs back here in America, and getting people of all colors out of poverty and into jobs. It grows the tax base, allowing us to improve our schools, infrastructure, and raise the standard of living for everyone.
We need to attack inequality of opportunity while we learn to accept inequality of outcome. Not all people are able to contribute in the same way. Those who work harder should be rewarded, while those who are lazy should suffer. Nobody who is truly sick or in need should be abandoned by society. We’re all living in the same village, and we need to take care of our brothers and sisters. But taking care of someone who is lazy doesn’t mean feeding them. That’s known as enabling. It means educating them and helping them find a job.
I think the Trayvon Martin incident was mainly a misunderstanding. Trayvon thought George was stalking him, and George thought Trayvon was out to cause trouble. They were both conditioned to be suspicious of strangers wandering around the neighborhood at night. That comes from the high crime rate problem we have in urban areas today. George was wrong to get out of his car though, so he had the best chance to avoid trouble. He didn’t need to play cop. Once he made that bad decision, however, I think the conflict was inevitable. If Trayvon would have been the one with the gun, George might have been killed instead. It just didn’t work out that way this time. But we blew that case way out of proportion in the media. We tried to turn that into an example of extreme racism in American, and I’m sorry to say that most of that was done on purpose, by Liberals, for political purposes. As I said, pitting black against white, rich against poor, or any group against another is a great way to charge people up with emotion and turn them into supporters of the guys who claim they’re out to prevent things like that from happening again. Of course, when the politicians say they’re out to stop this stuff, they’re lying. Since they use these incidents to derive and hold onto power, they really don’t want them to stop.