As an American and a citizen of the world I think we are becoming a society of outrage. Wars and rumor of wars, but not war in the physical sense, but the emotional and psychological wars we continue to fight in our minds. The battlefield is our thoughts the weapons are attitudes and perceptions. The insurgents are a coalition of the unwilling consisting of the nation of lies, the state of delusion and the republic of misunderstanding. Collectively they are a nation of cowards.
America and in fact many other nations of the world fail to do is speak honestly, openly and sincerely about what divides us. Race, Religion and Sexuality and our misunderstanding of it is often at the heart of the problems.
Recently the U.S. Attorney General challenged us to think about what we are doing as a nation, a message I personally appreciated. It’s essentially a message I continue to try to deliver in various ways everyday, but I don’t have the prominence of an Attorney General. But many are trying to ignore the challenge by using disingenuous patriotic outrage over the statement of used by the Attorney General.
Some want to criticize Attorney General Eric Holder for the phrase “a nation of cowards” when speaking of race in efforts to deflect the meaning of his message to get you to talk honestly about race.
You’re doing exactly he is stating when you deflect the meaning of the message and reduce it to a phrase that when examine is true in ways.
It’s amazing how the same people complaining about being called “a national of cowards” had nothing or very little to say when Phil Gramm called us “a nation of whiners”. Where was your disingenuous outrage then? It’s an excuse for you to be upset. The disingenuous outrage over being called a coward proves that you are the one with problem. I don’t get mad when someone calls me a Nigger, because I know that I’m not one. What you do is not prove the person right by your reaction.
Think about the message the Attorney General is delivering. If you are a coward you would be upset by that statement and the entire message, because it’s calling you out. The spotlight is now on you.
I have repeatedly talked about race very openly and I believe many would say very honestly because of the very thing the Attorney General stated. If you do not believe me just do a search on this blog on ‘Race’ or ‘Race Relations’ and you’ll find numerous articles on the subject.
Racism is not a Black issue, nor is it a White problem. It’s not just a fact of life for minorities, but a reality for the majority. From the persistent attempts for assassination, the public words and actions of Republicans during the campaign to today, the needless words of elder Black civil rights activists in Illinois, former Klansmen outraged at their own political party, the words of so-called ministers of the gospel, the cartoons of a satirist, the hateful words of bigotry launched in California to the rising of the occasional Magic Negro, the meaning of the message is true.
I get criticized practically every week for something I’ve written and for raising a point that someone is comfortable with, even from the famed, Magic Negros themselves. I’ve been called every derogatory name associated with Blacks you can think of. I’ve been called White from Black people who assumes that I’m coming against my own race because I point out what is not right, fair or equal treatment that we do.
Awhile ago I told you about the “Magic Negro” syndrome, well here it is again.
“Here’s the first black attorney general appointed by the first black American president and he’s espousing views that appear to be almost ultra-left in their approach to race in America, that blacks are victims and whites are intolerant and accepting of quasi-racist views”.
Think about this. Now what difference does Joe Hicks race makes? Why is the fact he’s a Republican or a former director of LA Human Relations Commission matter? When you’re in trouble and it pertains to race relations; who do you call? The Magic Negro.
What the Attorney General is saying is true and the fact of those who are outraged proves its truth. Those outraged over a phrase do so because they do not want to realistically and honestly address the difficult and unsexy subject of race. When you don’t really understand who you are you are afraid of others.
The people who continue to misunderstand the irony of racism I ask you to think about it before calling someone a racist. Is there words who they are and are you what they say you are? Can it be silently proven by your actions or reactions? Eric Holder is not a racist, just as George W. Bush is not a racist. You may disagree with him, but what he says on this subject at this time is true. Listen to the entirety of his message and open your mind to considerations other than your own.
I applaud the Attorney General for making the statements, because it appears that the only way to get some to pay attention and stop the non-sense of the notion that since the President is Black, the Attorney General is Black and there has been great achievements made by Blacks that racism, bigotry and discrimination is over in this country. You’re fooling yourself. We have seen it repeatedly each week that its not.
I swear I got to go back to school and get a PhD, so I can have the credentials to teach this stuff, because it’s as transparent to understand as the souls and intentions of Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove & Bill O’Reilly. 😀
You may disagree with me on many issues, but in the end none of them are important. If there was not government or religion there will still be us; a race of people. People of many variations, shades and complexions all important all with value.
So I say it AGAIN the same reality that is undisputable. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. In order to not be considered a coward we must not conduct or react as the true definition of a coward.
Talk to me. Your silence says more than your words of contempt and outrage of any subject. What are you silent about? When are you silent? Why should I take you seriously when you fail to speak up on important issues? Your insensitivity and lack of awareness of issues of importance is the indicator of a coward or just someone who may be uninformed or afraid.
I am just like you. I may be Black, I may be a male, I may not be as rich, as educated or even maintain the same measure of social status as you, but I am just like you. We have different experiences, we may believe differently on many things, we may even approach love differently, but I am just like you and you like me. Once you can understand and accept that fact, then we can make of this old world an even better world.
References & Inspirations CBS News – 02/19/09 “Conservatives Hammer Holder for Cowards Comments” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Drum Major Instinct” Thoughts, Ideas & Suggestions – 01/01/09 “Your Friendly Neighborhood Negro”