Are you an authentic white person? For the answer to that, we need to go to the current authentic black community. They are the ones who define who is and who is not an authentic member of their race. Be they black or white. (Since Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, etc., have not yet amassed political clout, they’re excluded from being categorised by their skin color.)
The reigning Black elite have decided that authentic ‘typical white people’ are inherently racist. As Obama so blithely stated, this prejudice is inbred and rears its ugly head every time a white encounters a black. For those whites who believe reparations to date, in the form of trillions of dollars, affirmative action, special dispensations and a color-coded justice system, have adequately addressed the shame of their ancestors’ sin of slavery, well, it hasn’t. We are informed that racial prejudice is still rampant in American society. If you don’t see it, its because it has taken the more insidious form of ‘institutional racism.’
Not to worry, Obama assures us we can change. Phew. Just elect him President, and by virtue of the moral authority inherent in his skin color, he will kindly inform and advise his fellow Americans, excuse me, his fellow white americans, on the proper obeisance and reparations due all black people. Oops, I meant, all ‘authentic’ black people. Uncle Toms like Condoleeza Rice, Clarence Thomas, and other successful black people who succeeded on their own merit are not ‘authentic,’ and most decidedly not representative of the oppressed black community.
For 45 years, America has allowed the black community to set the rules and define the race issue. Never mentioned is the inbred hatred of all things white, by those blacks who have bought into Jackson’s and Sharpton’s vision of blacks as oppressed victims. Never mentioned, until now, are the virulent, anti-American feelings harbored by those blacks that ascribe to ‘black liberation theology.’ (That’s the stuff Obama’s minister preaches.) Based on recent polls, it appears a whopping 20 to 30% of Black Americans just don’t like whitey. It appears this, also, has been inbred.
Not mentioned are the views of Americans who don’t buy into the never-ending grievance mantra of authentic blacks. We call these people, inauthentic whites and inauthentic blacks. (That’s liberal-speak for ‘conservative.’) I am one of them.
Myself, and millions of other Americans, are not allowed to discuss race in America. The threat of being branded racist carries real life consequences many of us cannot afford. Like keeping our jobs, friends, social standing and reputations. We always lower our voices when mentioning race, we go out of our way to prove how non-racist we are, and we’re forced to stand by and let racial hucksters and demagogues define what is in our hearts.
Many of us are Christians who already know it is wrong to judge someone based on the color of their skin. We wish the Reverend White’s of this world would start preaching that to their congregations. It would also be nice to have an honest conversation on race instead of this continuing, unchallenged monologue. That won’t happen anytime soon because it would be construed as damaging the self-esteem of some oversensitive blacks. And we can’t have that.
We dare not say that the decades long focus on boosting the self esteem of blacks has created destruction and mayhem, for both blacks and whites. We dare not say that self esteem, like respect, must be earned by the individual, not granted by government fiat. We dare not demand accountability, assimilation and, well, just plain good manners, from authentic blacks. And we for darn sure can’t expect a simple thank-you, in recognition of decades of special preferences and programs paid for with our tax dollars. Money we willingly spent to atone for the sins of our forebears.
Because of Obama and the 2008 elections, inauthentic whites and inauthentic blacks have a small window in time where their voices might finally be heard. But only if we speak up. Only if we demand the start of a real conversation on race. A conversation where more than one side is heard. A conversation that deals with the feelings of whites, as well as blacks. It can start with one voice. Yours.
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for RightBias.com