Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cowardice and Race

A recent political cartoon showed a dead chimpanzee, shot by police officers. The caption of the cartoon said “They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” This was clearly referring to the people in Congress as monkeys. Al Sharpton immediately came out and said that because blacks have been referred to as monkeys in the past, this must be a reference to President Obama. It is clear from President Obama's comments on the stimulus bill that he didn't even read it, let alone write it. He even said in an interview that when you have 535 people in Congress that want to get their views in, the bill can't be perfect. I'm paraphrasing his comments. We have elected a black man as president for the first time in our history. We have had people of all races in Congress and all other levels of Government for quite some time. Most will admit that there are still problems in all directions. Al Sharpton always throws up race into everything he ever talks about. I can see where some could be offended by the cartoon, but no cartoon will please everybody. It's time for Americans to get away from the dangers of political correctness. I don't think Al Sharpton speaks for all black people in this country but the mainstream media is always giving him time in front of the camera.

Similarly, our new Attorney General, Eric Holder, recently said that America is a nation of cowards because we are afraid to talk about race. It's difficult to talk about race on a national level. When ever somebody tries to have any discussion, either Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or Louis Farrakhan are there to call those people racists. If that is how we are to discuss the issue of race we will likely never have much progress. As I stated above, I don't believe these people speak for the whole of the black community and I've heard many blacks say that. However, as long as they are the only ones in front of the camera, discussions will be difficult at best.

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