I don’t intend to be a know-it-all; however, I’ll tell you why you should access this website! It’s simple, you’re seeking the complete truth regarding race relations: well, you’ve come to the right place, because I’m going lay it out for you. I think you’ll agree, what I have to say is more than just worthy of your concern, it’s also worthy of sharing with other caring and concerned individuals.
Before we continue, please allow me to state this: the issues you and I will share are serious issues: I think you’ll agree, serious issues generally require serious thought. On the other hand, there is absolutely no reason in the world why, on occasion, we shouldn’t enjoy a little levity during our sharing. In fact, sharing a little levity might allow us to quickly regroup and “attack” a continuing message. With that in mind, be prepared to smile as we share our serious concerns regarding race relations.
Also, this matter of “liberty and justice for all” can be a difficult issue, and some of us often treat difficult issues with the same reaction as the ostrich. In other words, by not talking about them, or otherwise ignoring them; “burying our heads in the sand”1, bothersome issues will simply disappear!
Others respond to complex or undesirable issues, by just smiling and being agreeable.
Still others seek to uncover the reality of truth, and respond consistent with actions they believe are right and proper.
Regardless of which group you relate, if your desire is framed in complexity and you get turned on by complicated issues — that’s just about everything nowadays — then sit back and open your creative and objective mind because, with your help, I’m going to reveal, and cultivate, attitudes about the complicated issue of “liberty and justice” in the context of race relations.
By the way, during this journey along our race relations highway, we will also share, what I call, “Thinking errors.”
Let’s start with an event with which throughout the country, everyone was abuzz: August 28, 2013 was the fiftieth anniversary of the famed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s, “I have a dream” speech. Admittedly, the speech was extraordinary; however, a concern that was not stated is, on that date in 1963, the backdrop of the speech was “a march on Washington.” The reason: Jobs! In 1963, the unemployment rate was 5.7%. Fifty years later, it was…some say double digits: if we add… Never mind.
When people “march on Washington,” it’s because they truly believe, Washington (the feds) can do something to improve a specific area in our society. You may disagree; however, many knowing and knowledgeable individuals believe, as did the Founding Fathers, thinking the government is the panacea of all our problems is a “thinking error.” They say, government provides jobs only to run the government; however, primarily, the major thing the feds can do to improve anything economically, including providing jobs is, get out of the way of business so that businesses can expand: so that entrepreneurs are encouraged to venture forth and advance their ideas: so that the… You get the idea: the phrase is “limited government.”
Dr. King stated, “I have a dream;” it so happens, his dream is the same as the real Founding Fathers’ dream. Were we to transcribe their dream, it would have read something like, “We have a dream, that one day, our land will be transformed into a nation where all individuals would be judged, not by the birthright of their ancestors, not by their conquests against other nations, not by the color of their skin, and not by their gender, but by the content of their character, supported by their effort; plus, the degree to which they timely answer the call of supply and demand.”
I know, you might be saying, “Preposterous, no way!” Give it some thought, then get back to me, meanwhile…
No, no, hold on: before we continue, let me just say, I am American: my heritage is African. I am aware that some African-Americans, maybe even many, will say, “That uncle tom has been brainwashed!” My response? That might be true… But, let me say this, I’ve been on this earth since nineteen thirty-eight: that’s before the most horrendous attack men have ever perpetrated on each other, they call it WW II. In addition, I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the heart of the South, which means I have experienced, first hand, the degrading acts of segregation, discrimination, and everything that emanated from that legal entanglement. I’ve been through the civil rights marches, the sit-ins, the school desegregation change in the South as well as the North.
During the years between then and now, I’ve seen incredible changes. In fact, I’ve been an integral part of those changes first hand, because it happened on my watch. One of the things I regret is, my grandpa Noah passed away before I was born: because of him and my grandma Bertha (we all called her “Big Mama”), I am a devout patriot of the land we call U.S.A. Furthermore, I believe in the words and intent of the Declaration of Independence, codified by the U.S. Constitution.
I understand there is a reason those words did not materialize in fact, and a whole lot of people have suffered (and died) because the words of the Declaration did not match the acts of the citizenry or the leaders who represent us as the government.
The reason I put together this work is to identify the essence of why we should come together as “one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Now, let’s get back to Dr. King’s dream.
Some individuals assert, when they thought of citizens in their new nation, the real Founders only considered themselves and people like them. Actually, that’s the primary difference between the real Founders’ dream and that of Dr. King’s: their thinking was colored white, his was colored black.
Think about it! Does that make sense? Based on the record of achievement, I think it does.
But, you say, “You said, ‘the real Founders,’ what do you mean by that?”
Stop for a moment and consider the idea that the founding of our great nation was introduced by two groups of people with conflicting ideologies.
The pseudo-founders simply wanted to set up the same old shop in a new land. Their objective was framed in a race for power; in other words, they sought to continue the same old way of life, but with new leaders — them. Plausible? Read on.
One might wish to compare them to the real Founders (I’ll talk more about the two groups in chapter six). The real founders’ thinking was designed to enhance the human race: their goal was to provide a safe haven for any person from anyplace in the world, so that he could worship or not worship, work or not work, lead or follow, according to the dictates of his mind and soul. They believed that in such a place liberty would be the byword.
Regardless of their thinking, the most astonishing thing about the real Founders might be, when they introduced the United States of America to the world with the words transcribed above, yet continued to enslave black Americans and women, the result was obviously inconsistent with liberty and justice. Problem: many of us have placed all those founders into one bag: that’s unfortunate. One of the primary solutions to the apparent contradiction: identify “The Enemy.” Also, keep in mind: contradictions do not exist! If a contradiction appears to exist, all one need do is verify the basic premise: an error will surely be found.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident…we (human beings) are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights…” Those simple yet memorable words “brought forth a new nation, dedicated to the principle that all men are created equal…” They are etched in history; separated for nearly a century, by two remarkable men: Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.
President Lincoln decided to do something about it. He was the advanced leader of a new congressional party, dedicated to the notion of equality (all men are not equal, but every one of us was created equal). Please don’t be misled by that phrase: every individual is uniquely different from every other individual: regardless of how hard we try, we cannot equalize results.
Think about those words!
Also, remember, we agreed (didn’t we?) “There is absolutely no reason in the world why, on occasion, we shouldn’t enjoy a little levity during our sharing. In fact, sharing a little levity might allow us to quickly regroup and ‘attack’ a continuing message. With that in mind, be prepared to smile as we share our serious concerns regarding race relations.”
Also, think about this Question: do you really believe a cow can see her ass? A farmer responded to that question by saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way!” The farmer’s son responded to that one by saying, “Where there’s a will, I want to be in it!”
Okay, pull yourself together. Let’s see if we can gain loss ground relating to race relations
Back to, “The dream.”
In addition to liberty and justice, maybe the Founders only thought of a person who would desire to exist in a society, where the basic structure was a limit on the power of the government and an emphasis on individual rights. They knew, a society such as that would produce a place where each person could prosper, or fail to prosper, based upon production.
On the other hand, maybe Dr. King thought of a person who would desire to exist in a society where the structure was a strong central government, and an emphasis on laws passed by the lawmakers in Congress. In his book, “Why We Can’t Wait,” he undressed his desire to exercise some type of affirmative action for blacks to give them a head start in recovering from the days of slavery. He compared it to a type of Bill of Rights for black America. He suggested trying it for ten years.
I would think, had our nation immediately forged ahead with a plan such as the one he proposed, placed a time limit on it (say ten years), market it as XX-year-plan with a definite beginning and end; our black youth would buy into it, and the entire nation would prosper because of it. However, that’s too straight forward, plus “the enemy” would never, ever buy into it because such a plan might answer the call of liberty and justice for all. The key would be to provide a definite begin/end date.
Speaking of liberty, let me ask you a different question: Do you really believe white Americans, black Americans, homosexual Americans, disabled Americans and others were created equal?
Hold that thought!
Let’s get back to “The dream.” I know, I know! You’re still kind of mulling that over in your mind, so before we leave it, let’s close it out…
Dr. King’s speech spanned about seventeen minutes, he highlighted “The magnificent words of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence,” “the tranquilizing drug of gradualism,” “meeting physical force with soul force,” “the destiny of America is tied up with the destiny of black America,” and ended with the phrase “Thank God almighty we are free at last.” However, the phrase that languishes in the minds of most Americans is, “I have a dream that one day (my children) will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
That said a mouthful, and everybody got the message.
The Founders could have uttered an equivalent statement, they could have stated, “We have a dream that one day our offspring will live in a nation where individuals will be successful, not by their aristocratic heritage, but by their answer to the call of supply and demand of the consumers of the world.”
Or, “We have a dream that one day the people of this nation will be led, not by a person because of his birthright, but by a person selected by the people, who’s ideas he has pledged to support, under the gauge of liberty and justice for all.”
Or something like that: you get the idea!
At any rate, because of his oratory skills, Dr. King was selected as the last speaker on the program. That was an excellent choice, the nation couldn’t have asked for a more extraordinary speaker.
Incidentally, after that speech, a civil rights bill was passed in 1964, and so was a voting rights act (1965). However, in 2013, the Supreme Court, in a five to four decision struck down key portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Chief Justice Roberts wrote for the majority, “Our country has changed, while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must insure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.”
From a different perspective, Justice Ginsburg summarized her dissent from the majority. In an unusual move, and a sign of deep disagreement, she wrote, “The words of Rev. Dr. King and his legacy, in addition to the nation’s commitment to justice, had been disserved by the decision.” She also mentioned the problem of racial gerrymandering.
Little ‘ol me happens to disagree with both of them.
On the one side: that’s what makes the U.S. Constitution so great, for more than 230 years it has covered “current conditions.” On the other side: legacy, shmegacy, the Constitution was not designed to honor memorials, and if the result of redistricting can be proven to be designed to skirt the intent of the law, then the legislators responsible should be fined and jailed for treason (I know that is awfully strong, but that would put an end to that kind of activity).
I happen to think Dr. King nailed it back in 1963, when he differentiated just/unjust law in his ”Letter from a Birmingham jail.” He cited a concrete example of a just law: a code that a majority group forces a minority to follow and is willing to follow itself. He said, “that’s called sameness made legal.” He compared that to an unjust law: a code that a numerical or power majority group forces a minority group to obey, but does not make applicable to itself. “That’s called difference made legal.”
In other words, a law shouldn’t be changed or abridged simply because of current conditions, or because anyone’s legacy might be offended. Nor should it be changed because of underhanded activity by any group, including a political party (gerrymandering is an example). On the other hand, a law should be amended only if it can be proven, it codifies inclinations of nature. You might ask, “What does ‘codifies inclinations of nature’ mean?”
The answer: when nature states, the only way production of a new individual can be accomplished (a child is born), is by the union of a man and a woman: that fact can be translated to mean, “A legal marriage is only between a man and a woman.” That’s not to say that a man and man or woman and woman should not be legally allowed to cohabitate; in a free society, each of them has a choice. As I see it, if they so choose, the comingling should not be legally restricted; however, it should be called something different than marriage.
I steered us off course, sorry about that. Let’s make a course correction.
When it comes to race relations, just as there is no “average” individual, there is no moderate politician. In addition, whoever you are, “white,” “black,” or any place between, each of us is either part of the problem or part of the solution. In other words, regardless of what you do, whom you see, or how you relate, you will be and are being directly affected in your home, in your schools, in your job and in your total community, by the success or failure of racial harmony.
The question was aptly phrased, “Why can’t we all get along?” That was the lament of a societal victim by another King named Rodney. That’s a good question, we’ll unravel the answer as we continue our trek in our “Race to Excellence.”
Understanding why America is losing the Race is essential if we are to correct this errant missile of America the beautiful. More importantly, understanding our role in this area, and how it affects all of us is an essential ingredient. It’s not that difficult; primarily, all we need to do is be open and honest with each other: you’ll find that openness and honesty within these pages.
The minute we come to understand the essence of the problem, and the concurrent answer, is the moment we’ll understand how we can “hold these truths to be self-evident.” So tag along and relax, as you and I unearth the glories and pitfalls (I call them Roadblocks) on the road during our Race to Excellence.
Oops, before we miss this one, let’s get back to where we were…
Before you read one more word, ask yourself this question relating to equality of creation: “Are some Americans victims of a racist society in this country?” If you believe it’s true, you might be correct; in fact there is written evidence on a daily basis that will prove it. Those who know this to be true can prove it.
Many of us will respond to that answer by saying, “Here we go again, another one of those idiots trying to prove the need for more handouts: I know what he’s going to say, I don’t need to read any further.”
In many instances you might be correct; however, in this instance, please continue, I think you’ll find cause to reflect.
Next question: “Are Americans victims of a racist society in this country?” If you believe it is not true, you might be correct, and there is written evidence on a daily basis that will prove it. Those who know this to be true can prove it.
Many will respond to that answer by saying, “Here we go again, another one of those idiots trying to suck up to me (the intellect): I know what he’s going to say, I don’t need to read any further.”
Many so-called African-Americans who read this work will swear that the author is an “Uncle Tom.” The fact is, I do not identify myself as anyone other than who I am, and certainly I am not a “traitor to Americans of color “ (Uncle Tom); nevertheless, for those who close off their minds, again I say, in many instances you might be correct; however, in this instance, please continue, I think you’ll find cause to reflect.
On second thought, as you reflect, you may be asking, “How can the answer to the above question be both positive and negative?” The answer is somewhat complicated, that’s why it takes more than two hundred pages to ferret it out.
Ask most “Americans of color” who believe the racism question is true, and they’ll tell you they have either heard of, or “been the victim of police abuse in the form of racial profiling, vicious physical attacks, unwarranted verbal attacks, or in some other manner. Not only that, when a crime has been committed, if the perpetrator is a person of color, his or her picture will be plastered throughout the news media; on the other hand, if the perpetrator is white no pictures would accompany the story.” They will add, “…this further supports the idea that African-Americans are inferior beings and are to be feared and avoided like the plague. That’s why so many African-Americans are in our prisons.”
On the other hand, ask most “white” Americans who believe the racism question is not true, they will tell you they have no problem when it comes to living next door to an African-American: they believe in equal job opportunities for blacks and whites: they believe in the inherent intellectual capacity of the two races: they have no problem with interracial dating and marriage: they would have no problem voting for a black politician, and on and on.
Stay with me and you’ll find, as many readers have, your presence within the following pages will be well worth your effort, and many answers relating to race relations questions will be forthcoming (and no, I won’t waste your time talking about such irrelevant topics as the cow, or the intestinal fortitude of the “will”).
The fact is, as you tear through these pages, your mind might encounter variables that will obviate question such as, “What is this book about, and what will I gain by reading it?”
You’ll know beyond a shadow of doubt, it’s about the relationship between black and non-black Americans, and how we compare to the Founding Father’s measure of liberty and justice for all. In the broadest sense, you’ll be emerged in the details of how it defines and captures three major items: 1) where we stand and how we stack up in our Race to/from Excellence, 2) Roadblocks to Progress, and 3) Self-evident Truths as stated in America’s defining document, the Declaration of Independence.
I think you will fully agree that this book was written to and for all people who seek truth and understanding of the many problems related to race relations. It won’t take you long before you will also agree that this work truly uncovers reasons and rewards to include all Americans (well-to-do and poor, black and non-black, immigrant and natural born), in our heritage of “liberty and justice for all.”
I mentioned earlier, I am American, my heritage is African. I also mentioned my grandparents: what I did not say is they produced eleven children, and they were entrepreneurs. In addition to the business they owned, they also owned an automobile capable of transporting the entire family, and they were homeowners. All that, in the heart of the South: before WW II. Maybe that’s the reason I’m such a strong patriot.
All that aside, black or non-black, most of us are aware that the subject can provide racial tension and propel itself into an agonizing object of debate very easily. With that point in mind, though this work is unquestionably for all Americans, on occasion, without being condescending, I will address my comments primarily to my non-white American “brothers.”
You might well ask, “Why should I be concerned about race relations: (and again) what’s in it for me?”
The answer: the United States of America began a Race to Excellence to produce in mankind, a realism that previous societies had not even begun to reach. The Founding Fathers’ goal of “The Race” was to produce a nation that provided liberty and justice for all. In such a place, each individual could pursue and achieve happiness in a manner that best exemplifies freedom as he/she visions it.
Today, we are on track to fall flat on our faces, and spoil the marvelous beginning that started with the words, “When in the course of human events… Then the explosive, “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” and most Americans have no idea why things just don’t seem to be working the way they should. Every day we observe bits and pieces of our society being dismantled, and the awful truth: the destruction is happening from within our borders.
More importantly, understanding our role in this area and how it affects all of us is an essential ingredient. It’s not that difficult, but we need to be open and honest with each other: I said it before and I’ll say it again, you’ll find that openness and honesty within these pages. The minute we come to understand the essence of the problem and the concurrent answer, is the moment we’ll understand how we can “hold these truths to be self-evident.” So tag along and relax, as you and I unearth the glories, thinking errors, and pitfalls (again, I call them Roadblocks) on the road during our Race To Excellence.
On second thought, so that you will better understand why “Race to Excellence: Revisited” is significant, you might note during the past twelve years, not only have race relations harmony not improved, it has regressed.
In addition, so you will gain greater understanding as to why, during the past twelve years, our nation has regressed in the area of racial harmony, we need to identify the source of the problem. I call that source “The Enemy.” So, before we do anything else, let’s take a look at “him.”