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Stop the Pandering

When the riots over the death of George Floyd started, yes riots, I read of a number of posts on social media from white 20 something’s saying they understood, and the following riots were somewhat OK.

They were sorry for the racial injustices that still existed. They understood how it must feel to be black, and the south was still the seat of racism.

Pandering nonsense! First of all, in your lame attempts of placating, you have no idea what it feels like to be black – because you aren’t. So to cover for your feeble attempts to show understanding, you regurgitate the history of racism.

Black Americans don’t need you to remind them about race and racism, they are all too familiar with it, and you are not helping. If you want to help, stop pandering and patronizing. Most black Americans want two things from you: they want to be treated equally, and they want the opportunity to be successful at life, the same opportunity you have. Quit trying to add to that.

Race is not one-sided. You need to get over this idea that racism is exclusive to whites. It’s not. Stop apologizing because your white. Stop apologizing for something you weren’t a part of. “oh, I’m so sorry for what white people did to you 60 years ago, I want you to know I’m not that way.”

That’s not equality, that’s pandering. This is equality: say your white and have a specific repair job you need done at home, you have solicited and received bids from a few different contractors, some white and some black. The job is awarded to the contractor with the best price, the best reputation, and does the best work, not because he is black, white, or brown. That’s equal opportunity. Awarding the job to a contractor solely because he’s white is wrong, but giving the job to the black contractor because he’s black, and according to you, needs a break is just as wrong, and is not equality.

In your efforts to help, you’ve done two things; first you’ve angered the white contractor, even though he had the best referrals and the best price, because you gave the job to a black contractor simply because he’s black, and you just want to help. But you’ve also angered the black contractor, not because he had the best price and reputation, but he was awarded the job because he was black, and in doing so you insulted him.

To make matters worse, if the black contractor’s work is sub standard you just let it go because you don’t want to accused of being a racist. With equal opportunity comes equal responsibility. Equal accountability goes hand-in-hand with equal opportunity. If a black contractor does inferior work, then he should be held accountable just like anyone else.

Your pandering has created generations of black Americans who have this idea they deserve respect because they’re black and their ancestors suffered so much. This has carried over to the miss-guided assumption they are owed something because of racial inequality of the past. What happened 50 or 100 years ago is not my fault, yet I have inherited the results of the social problems of the past. This ‘you owe me something’ mentality began by ignorant legislation, with the Johnson administration, and has culminated in talk of reparations for the slavery of the 1860’s. Nonsense. To even consider such, is to spit on the graves of 100’s of thousands of white Americans who died in the struggle to end slavery. They gave their lives, the reparations have been paid in full.

Now 60 years later, we are into the 3rd and 4th generations of welfare recipients, some thankfully have used the opportunity to get out of the welfare trap, yet far too many are doomed to remain slaves to welfare, but that is a discussion for another time.

Before moving to Alabama in the 70’s all I heard about Alabama was how racist it was. The descriptions would make you believe slave plantations till existed. But what I found was quite different. What I found were two races of people trying to sort through the remains of decades of racial problems that culminated in violence ending with the deaths of 4 little girls. That tragic act of stupidity marked a turning point in Alabama, and what I witnessed in the years following was progress to right the wrongs and heal the wounds of the past. Not perfect progress, but progress none-the-less.

In the 80’s I began working with the Southern Baptist Convention in a black outreach program, black missions work for short. Basically mine was the only white family in a black church in a black neighborhood for a couple of years. Great times, made a lot of friends, learned a lot, taught a few things too. It was the Westside Baptist Mission.

During that time a group of young people at the church wanted to test the waters on race, so they put together a plan with some of their school friends. There were 4 of them, 2 whites and 2 blacks. The plan was one week to go to each others church’s and see how the congregation reacted. At the end of the experiment one of the young girls came to me in disbelief. I asked her what happened and she said “when we went to the two white churches, people were nice, but we felt we were not welcome.” To her surprise though, when they attended the 2 black churches they were asked to leave.

Prejudice is not exclusive to white people, I know as many prejudice black Americans as white.

We moved to Tuscaloosa in 87 and been here ever since. Alabama is home, and we love the people here. Personally I am sick of outsiders stoking racial problems of the past, telling Alabamians how racist our state is when they don’t live here. I’m not blind to the fact there are racists, but I’m also quit aware if you look hard enough for problems of race, you will find them. I challenge anyone to prove the systemic racism still exists, especially in Alabama.

Too many Americans are historically ignorant, both black and white, they seem to gravitate to one or 2 historical events, ignoring the rest, yet not fully understanding the ones they gravitate too, or are just flat out wrong about. Let me site just 2 examples:

Recently on Twitter I noticed a topic trending. It was a rumor the KKK had been given a permit to have a rally at Linn Park in downtown Birmingham. Thousands of tweets from young black’s. Many of them questioned how the KKK could even get the permit, while many others called for a counter protest. The most interesting thing was how many tweets referred to the murder of the 4 little girls in the 63’ church bombings by the KKK. You see they have been raised believing the KKK was responsible, and still believe the KKK is a threat.

None of it was true. There was never going to be a KKK rally at Linn Park, it was a rumor, a lie, but it pushed the right buttons. Here is where their history was wrong; The men who murdered those 4 little girls were not KLAN members, they were members of a radical splinter group of racists that broke off from the KLAN because the KLAN wasn’t violent enough for them. Today it is estimated total KKK membership is about 3,000 idiots. Not much of a threat to anyone.

Am I defending the KKK? Certainly not, they were wrong then, and wrong now, but you see how history has been distorted. While young black Americans cling to an event that happened almost 60 years ago, and still worry about an organization that has basically faded into insignificance, when they should be worried about how the black community is being taken advantage of by black political leaders and organizations.

My second example is the one most referred to by young whites. George Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door. Again history twisted. Yes George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door, but he did so reluctantly. Being the consummate politician he was, he told his supporters he would show he apposed integration publicly by this act of defiance. He kept his promise to his supporters and left.

Somehow that single event was proof that Wallace was the biggest racist in the country, and all the racial violence of the south was his fault. Wrong. In that era, and for a decade following, George Wallace was the best friend black Americans had. Wallace, as a judge, way before the 60’, showed equal respect to both black and white attorney’s. History records black lawyer J. L. Chestnut saying that “Judge George Wallace was the most liberal judge that I had ever practiced law in front of. He was the first judge in Alabama to call me ‘Mister’ in a courtroom.”

Did Wallace hate black Americans? There is little, if any evidence of that, yet it’s the common opinion among young people today. He did hate the KKK and hippies, yet you never hear about that. Would it surprise you to know, in his first bid for Governor the NAACP supported Wallace and KKK supported his opponent. Wallace was a segregationist. Is that the same thing as racist? To us today, yes it is, but we have the advantage of hindsight.

But this is not about Wallace, or the Klan, it’s about those who pander to their own demise. There is a fact you need to remember, like it or not; those you pander to, will never respect you, they will only see you as a useful idiot they can take advantage of. And they will push the envelope as long as you let them.

I wondered where the nonsense of pandering to solve a problem came from, then it became apparent, it’s origin is our college campuses, and nurtured there as well. Its beginnings are easy to discover. You get a group of late teens or early 20 somethings, they come to the university wide-eyed, not only to get an education, but with the common dream of wanting to do something, to make a difference, to change the world.

The place to start is with the ills of society and fix those. We’ve heard a lot about the systemic race problem in the country (which no longer exists), so lets choose that one. The best thing about this one is we never have to ‘do’ anything, just talk about it and act different. Next they decide how to separate themselves from any part of any group, they perceive as racist, until it becomes a pandering competition, to see who can be the most ‘concerned,’ the most ‘understanding.’ They want to show the most compassion, and before you know it they begin to blame themselves, and even apologize for being white. To add credence to their ideology, and since they can’t find evidence of systemic racism, they label things as racist which aren’t.

They want to protect those poor black Americans and their fellow panderers, and shield themselves from the evil outside world. In their fantasy world they build safe zones so you don’t feel threatened, and anyone who try’s to hurt your feelings we will show outrage. And to be doubly sure your feelings aren’t hurt we won’t allow anyone with a different view, like those evil Conservatives, to come to this campus and share their opinions.

College has become a kindergarten for adults. And just like children, when they don’t get their way they throw temper tantrums, and sometimes resort to violence to preserve their little fantasy world.

And this is done with the blessing of academia, and therein lies the crux of the problem – young adults seeking guidance in life from those most poorly equipped to give it – their professors. Young people take for granted that their professors, are in the best position to give life lessons because they are professors. Intelligent, well educated, with the degrees and accolades behind their their names, they are experts in mathematics, history, chemistry, etc., the smartest people on the planet, so they must know the answers to real life problems, when in fact they know little of the real world, because they aren’t a part of it.

Here is the path that most professors take; after 12 years of public or private education, they go to college for 4, 6, or 10 years, and ultimately become professors, and there they remain. They’re job through tenure, income, healthcare, and retirement, all guaranteed secure so they can focus on their field of expertise. The problem is this has shielded them from the world and put them in a position whereby they cannot offer any worthwhile advice on life. Of course they interact with the world in a limited capacity, but not having any secular experience their view of real life is limited.

Being an expert in physics, chemistry, or any other specialized field does not make you an expert on life, it makes you an expert in your chosen field. Would you go to your doctor for financial advice? Why not? Because being a doctor doesn’t qualify him to render financial advice, yet young people think being a mathematics professor qualifies him, or her, to be best suited to address problems of society.

Sadly, many leave the university in debt, with a degree that fails to provide any better income opportunities that a GED would, and a view on life that teaches pandering solves problems. Previous generations of college educated panderers have created the people who are rioting, looting, and killing innocent people. They got away with it because of pandering, and your pandering will create yet another generation who destroys peoples lives by rioting.

Equal opportunity requires equal responsibility and your pandering is hurting, not helping. When you give equal opportunity expect equal responsibility. Your pandering is not solving problems of race, it’s made them worse, and it’s made you blind to the facts. Fortunately most black Americans want to make a life for themselves, and their families, and are not interested in your token ‘caring.’

These riots are not about George Floyd, they are about anarchy, George Floyd’s death was a perfect, and useful trigger. The image of a white cop with his knee on a black mans neck was all anyone saw. None of the other circumstances mattered. All those empty cries for justice for George were silenced the moment the riots started.

Professionally trained anarchist took over, they incited, even paid, ignorant welfare recipients, who had been pandered to their whole life, to riot. The catch phrases and fake organizations stepped in extending the publicity. What happened then was truly sad. Young white people, slapped in the face by reality, were not equipped to deal with the riots resorted to what they were taught – to pander.

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