Monday, January 16, 2006

Equal Diversity

I've debated for some time about this subject & posting it, but I feel it is appropriate to do so on this day. I do wonder what Martin Luther King would think about today's situation if he had not been killed. Please have the courtesy to read the entire post and understand the viewpoints before responding in the comments to flame me. Thank you.

Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrikan, and Al Sharpton all lament that their people are being mistreated, held back, discriminated against, and otherwise separated from their proper place in society. They constantly point to the "white oppressors" in government and business who stop at nothing to hold the minority back. Of course, they then pass the plate for funds to change the attitudes of business and change the laws to favor their people.

Their speech inflames and divides people along racial lines. How can anyone accept diversity with such hateful speech from the proponents of diversity? Unless, of course, they like to stir up the masses to line their own pockets...

How many times have you seen the above three in the slums or ghettos with their "people", with or without their legions of bodyguards? When was the last time that you heard of their organizations helping the victims of Katrina get back on their feet, or contribute or organize programs to help their people to better themselves to get themselves out of the desperate situations that they are in? How many "photo-ops" have featured any of the above? Damn few, if any, from what I've seen.

Their solution is to have the government take care of their people while they live the high life. And there is something fundamentally wrong with this - these three bitch & moan about the government mistreating minorities, and expect the government to take care of the same people that they are being accused of mistreating! What am I missing here?

To rely on the government for anything long-term is insanity at best and stupidity at worst. Government changes depending on who is elected and how much public opinion pushes the elected officials to make those changes. Politicians have no allegiances except to themselves. Further, government cannot make people change their attitudes about themselves, which is a greater hindrance to progress than anything else.

Here's a better solution for these three to consider: Stop the politicking and fundraisers, and turn your attention to changing the attitudes of the people you claim to represent. Aid them in finding solutions instead of assigning blame. Support getting the able-bodied off of Welfare, and find jobs, educational opportunities, and other positions that will improve their standard of living. Recognize the rapper/drug culture for what it is, a self-destructive blight upon your people, and kill it. Instill in these same people self-respect and self-control, the understanding of tolerance, and the fruits of social change will be forthcoming. You, the self-appointed leaders of your race/community must first demonstrate leadership before any positive changes can even be expected to occur.

Government sponsored quotas & regulations will not change people's attitudes toward diversity. All these will do is promote division, dissention, and resentment. I have noticed in recent years an increase of these attitudes. This is NOT what Martin Luther King had in mind.

His vision looked for the Negro people to stand side by side with the White people as equals, and to get there by self-sufficiency, not by a government mandate. He wanted his people to rise up to their potential, to stand on their own two feet, not by some law or subsidy. Patronage of the Negro was not his vision, but to join the human race as equals to any other ethnic group, to enjoy the fruits of hard labor through equal opportunity, and not through quotas. It is truly a travesty that his own people have hindered this vision instead of completing it.

4 comments:

Concerned Patriot said...

Well said Tom. Well said ...
Dude, you hit the nail on the head here ... you know ... I would've been a little more harsh, but you did it with style. I can't understand how everything bad that happens to blacks is blamed on government, but when it's something good that happens ... it's all their fault. Go figure ... freaking bums.
-APV

Teresa said...

Very well said. I remember when eubonics was all the rage and I heard a quote on a BB program by Charles Barkley about it and he said it was crap. "There are only two ways to talk--like you want a job and like you don't want a job." Everyone needs to take responsibility for themselves and then ask for help if necessary.

Joe Hagarty said...

Well Tom, now I know how you are spending your retirement...excellent analysis - more to the point, they are so transparent - you can see through the masks that they put on everytime they are in the public eye.

Tom said...

Unfortunately, I've got around 20-some years to retirement, providing I can afford it...

It will take many people working together without individual agendas to change the social & business climates that affect all citizens of the United States. Will that happen? We can only pray that it will.