So Doug Jones has defeated Roy Moore for Senate in the state of Alabama, thanks to high black voter turnout. But is this a good thing? My position is that blacks should not have voted for either Moore or Jones, as neither represented the best interests of blacks. Moore is one of those good ole’ boy fire and brimstone types who uses way too many Bible verses for my tastes, forty-year-old sexual allegations aside (his penchant for underage girls doesn’t appear to have continued into his older years, thankfully, but the damage is done). Jones is one of those people who sees blacks as nothing more than sure votes without him having to actually produce any results, and the only thing he would stand for is more government involvement and interference in their lives because he thinks that’s what black people want. And he would be largely correct that blacks, more than fifty years after the civil rights legislation, have a largely parental relationship with government and depend far too much on government to fix the ills of yesteryear, which it simply can’t do without massive socialist programs that would fundamentally undermine our economy and system of government.

What blacks need to start demanding of the Democrats who have been doing nothing for them the past five or six decades is to first solve the problem of schools. The number one priority should be that Democrats become champions of, instead of opponents against, school vouchers, school choice, and homeschooling. They send their kids to private schools while black children in urban areas continue to languish, and they offer no apologies. Obama did it too by sending his girls to Sidwell, and it took Republicans to restore the school vouchers that the Obama administration tried to shut down. So it is Republicans that are for school choice and ending the situation where disadvantaged students can’t get the same quality education as other students whose parents live in wealthy districts. So you have to ask yourself why blacks continue to vote for the very people who don’t want their children to have a quality education.

As to other government benefits, we all know Democrats only promise to maintain or increase government benefits as a means to keep blacks voting Democratic. That is ridiculous. What Democrats should be doing is looking for ways to bring greater economic opportunity to blacks so they don’t need government assistance. But then that would mean blacks would need government less, and Democrats won’t have any of that. They want blacks dependent and beholden to a paternal government and they love it that they can lock up the black vote by saying either 1) the Republican is racist, or 2) the Republican will take away your government benefits. In both cases the charge rarely, if ever, has any solid evidence backing it up, but blacks swallow this tired old charge up hook, line, and sinker without even asking for the evidence. That is why we are stuck and going around and around in circles messing around with Democrats, instead of coming up with an agenda with specific, measurable results that if not met means the politician of any political persuasion will lose his or her support from the black community.

The bottom line is that we as a people, in the aggregate, are politically stupid. We are our own worst enemy, and that is a fact. The results speak for themselves and if we don’t change, we will be in this same leaky boat another fifty years from now with the same old complaints as the past fifty years.

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This is a follow-up with further reflections based on feedback from my previous post. I decided to not use the term in the title of this post because it was made clear to me from a number of wonderful white friends that it is patently offensive to them, and it has become patently offensive to me as well. I have to ask why anyone who seeks social or racial justice would come up with a pejorative, derogatory term such as this, which says more about them than the very people they criticize. Not once do I recall Martin Luther King, Jr. making up epithets out of whole cloth to describe people who were still brutalizing and actively denying blacks basic civil rights (which thankfully we don’t have today despite those who spin this false narrative). Those who come up with terms such as “white privilege” would be wise to do the same if they wish to have a social justice movement worthy of his ideals.

I think the best place to start is the current state of black America. There is a lot of success, but far too many still who are not participating in the American dream. A number of whites in the dialogue pointed out rightfully how America affords blacks today the greatest opportunities in the world to achieve great success.  America has provided a wealth of grants, loans, scholarships and other educational programs designed to make up for the inequities of past slavery and segregation. The problem is not enough blacks are taking advantage of these wonderful opportunities that we will not find in abundance anywhere else in the world. It must be noted that unfortunately, Democrats in virtually every major urban area have trapped large numbers of blacks in failing schools, poverty, and lack of upward mobility in what seems like a never-ending cycle. Yet it is blacks who continue to vote for the very people who oppress them, and you can’t blame that on “white privilege.”

A number of whites noted how they come from poor families that struggled greatly to make ends meet.  One person’s father was a ditch digger, just like Sydney Poitier who went on to acting fame. Another had an alcoholic father on skid row. So even though during those times in the past their parents, or their grandparents, did not necessarily have to compete against blacks who were lower in the social hierarchy, they were still not what one would call people of any sort of privilege. They were basically people struggling to make a life for themselves and their families without any thought as to whether they were better than or more entitled than blacks. I will quote one person as stating the following: “When anyone says white privilege to a poor disadvantaged white person it breeds contempt for the known misery and poverty they experienced. It’s like saying to someone who is in prison in America how lucky they are because Mexico’s prisons are ten times worse. They are not feeling it even though it may be true.”

Now it is true there were indeed the privileged few, including those in government, who shaped attitudes and policies towards blacks. And prejudice against blacks ran across all social classes, so it is not necessarily the case that because someone was poor and struggling that they didn’t harbor prejudicial views against blacks. The whole idea of the “powers that be” during pre-civil rights was to cast blacks in the worst light possible so they would not be accepted as equal human beings. We were presented as only a little better than animals, which permeated all of culture. Still, there were a good number of whites who could see this was nothing more than propaganda to continue the status quo, and thankfully there were a good number of whites that sought to end racial injustice and inequality. Had it not been for these people, the status quo as it existed in 1950 might still exist.

So the notion of “white privilege”, I am convinced, is nothing more than a product of academia and other far-left progressive warriors, both black and white, to divide the races through false narratives and sow distrust in our society so they can inculcate secular Socialist/Communist/Marxist thought and ideals into the psyche of the American people, particularly targeted towards unsuspecting and poorly educated minorities. Advancing “white privilege” in our society is nothing more than an insidious, cancerous meme not from those who wish to uplift and help to advance the human condition of blacks and other minorities, but whose sole purpose is to make blacks ever more dependent on government through wealth redistribution instead of economic empowerment, and to cause blacks to think with a socialist herd mentality instead of thinking independently for themselves.

I believe the way forward for blacks and other minorities in America is to not only reject the counterproductive cry of “white privilege” advocates in America, but to also reject the belief that only government can lift us out of the cycle of poverty and despair in major urban areas. “White privilege” is nothing more than a distraction asking that blacks look backward instead of forward. Looking backward has never helped anyone but those who are profiting from the suggestion that others do likewise. Black communities have the power to demand better education for their children, to substantially reduce out-of-wedlock births that lead to high poverty, and to reject drugs that lead to high crime into their neighborhoods. And the awesome power to vote for change. Any time spent considering the words of “white privilege” advocates is time not spent being productive and moving forward in life. Racism continues to exist and will continue to exist as part of the human condition in toto, but it is now powerless to stop our forward progress.

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Thoughts on “White Privilege”

September 28, 2017

Yesterday, in a discussion about racism with some Facebook friends, the subject came up regarding “white privilege.” The term has been bandied about the past year or so by radical far-left progressives as a pejorative to shut down any discussion about race by white people. The sense in which the term is used is that […]

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Protests in St. Louis Over White Police Officer Acquittal of Killing Black Man

September 16, 2017

Here we go again. Violence and destruction of property over a white police officer acquitted of killing a black man. There are certainly those cases where a white officer murdered a black man, such as with Philando Castile, where the murdering officer was acquitted but was fired by the police force as he should have […]

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Words from the Wise, and Happy July 4th!

July 4, 2017

From Calvin Coolidge, an answer to everyone who wants a different nation than what we have. The liberal progressives of today simply do not understand that the America they wish for is regressive, not progressive. Their views will not usher in progress, but destruction. As the Bible says, there is nothing new under the sun. […]

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Biblical Interpretation on Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage: Should Biblical Interpretation Change as Culture Changes?

July 2, 2017

The other day I was on Facebook discussing a recent poll showing Republicans becoming more approving of same-sex marriage, and how this related to religious liberty. I was in general agreement with the author, who is a stalwart conservative representing the LGBT community, that there is a balance to be had where homosexuals can live out […]

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Congressman Steve Scalise: Must His Security Detail Share His Political Views?

June 19, 2017

Crystal Griner, described unfortunately as a black, lesbian law enforcement officer in a same-sex marriage, was one of two Capitol Police officers last week that bravely saved the lives of Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise and a number of other Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game against congressional Democrats. And now liberal progressives are making […]

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The Illogic of Moral Relativism

June 17, 2017

Moral relativism, I think, is one of the most illogical and dishonest positions a person could have. Indeed, moral relativists do moralize, but the question is why do they? If morality is relative, there isn’t much of a basis for moralizing at all. What any given moral relativist may have is a particular opinion on […]

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Liberals Suddenly Discover Federalism

June 1, 2017

I was listening to Senator Mike Lee on the Andrew Wilkow show this morning (SiriusXM), which prompted me to write a little note to my liberal friends about the simplicity of federalism. Note that suddenly, since Donald Trump has come into power as president of the United States, you have now become fans of federalism, […]

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Morgan Freeman’s “Through the Wormhole” and Gun Control

May 27, 2017

I have watched every season of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, of which this is the last. As much as I admire Freeman, I sincerely disdain his politics and the manner in which he uses his celebrity to advocate for far left-wing causes under the guise of “science” to influence an unsuspecting public. In a recent episode, titled “Is Gun […]

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