By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
This is an election featuring a Black Man and a White Woman – but mentioning that fact might get you accused of racism, bigotry, fanaticism, zealotry and other forms of treachery.
Take Geraldine Ferraro, for example. She was quoted recently is a California newspaper saying, “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman [of any color] he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”
Obama surrogates unloaded on her; inferring if not saying outright that she was a racist.
Hillary, instead of running to her friend’s assistance, said, “I didn’t say it.”
Many in the Black American community acted appalled.
Give me a break.
This came closely on the heels of another firestorm caused when an Obama advisor called Senator Clinton a “Monster.”
Even Bill Clinton, once referred to as “The First Black President,” has taken the heat and been tarred and feathered as a bigot from Black Church pulpits.
Sum up all the criticism from Black toward white and you find one word in the undercurrent: division.
The only guy that hasn’t taken too much heat for his over the top language is long-time Obama pastor Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. He said “God Bless America” should be changed to “God Damn America,” he implied that America deserved the carnage of September 11, 2001, and he more than hinted that the KKK was running things in America.
Not divisive, right?
If you think it is, I dare you to criticize him. The Black Leader Union will attack you for sure.
When a recent study reported that one quarter of America’s teenage girls has a sexually transmitted disease, you just about had to read the fine print before you saw that the study also concluded that fully fifty percent of the teenage Black girls had an STD. To use this fact in a headline, one newspaper editor told me, would be “Journalistic suicide.”
You cannot fix problems until you face them. And it is difficult to face issues unless and until you can discuss them.
So the Black Leadership Union of America has created and fosters an atmosphere of ignoring facts and not facing the truth. This allows them to perpetuate the idea that White people are holding the Black population back. And it allows these so-called Black Leaders to sustain their “positions,” “reputations” and don’t forget donations.
Bill Cosby is among just a handful of Black Leaders that has been critical of his own Black people. For his efforts he has been roundly criticized by other members of the Black American Leadership Union and called an “Uncle Tom” in many churches.
I spend a significant amount of time in the Asian-American community. Last Sunday we taught English as a Second Language to Vietnamese-American immigrants and just yesterday I worked with Korean-Americans on their language skills.
When I asked them about race being used in this election and all the reflections and facets of that use, I was simply told by Asian-Americans, “It’s not polite.”
Last night during a public appearance, while refusing to talk about her controversial comment about Obama, Geraldine Ferraro made the audience pause when she took a shot at how Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — a Republican and the second black judge to sit on the court — gained admittance to Yale University’s law school.
“Take a look and think about Justice Thurgood Marshall,” said Ferraro, referring to the first black judge to sit on the high court, “who drew on his life experiences as an African-American and as a civil-rights activist to write some of the greatest civil-rights decisions of the sixties and of the entire century.” Then she said that she did not think Thomas showed the same “sensitivity” as Marshall. Thomas, Ferraro said, acts as a rubber stamp for conservative Justice Antonin Scalia and “votes against affirmative action, which got him into Yale.”
Geraldine, you apparently just don’t get it. Despite laws protecting your freedom to speak out, the Black Leader Union is watching you now and they’re ready to pounce.
Is this good for America, do you think?
I am not a racist. But I expect I’ll be accused of that because of this essay.