Raising your eye-brows are you?
Let me set the scene before I begin this...
I have experienced first hand the evils of the apartheid system in South Africa and I have a deep love for African's no matter where they live.
This morning I heard a discussion on the radio about a group in Atlanta which is trying to pass a law, banning kids from wearing their pants around their mid-thighs with their underwear sticking out.
I'll approach that issue another day, and how the government should keep their noses the hell out of that whole debate, but the part I would like to focus on is that people keep bringing up that it that this is a racial thing...
Here's how I view people of African decent living in the United States...
First a look back at their roots... Snatched from their homeland and transported across the sea in conditions somewhat like being in a tuna can, the ancestors of African Americans have shown themselves to be remarkably tough.
As they were then put to work as slaves on the cotton farms and other places, they went quietly about their work, in my mind showing exceptional dignity, despite difficult circumstances.
Their songs and culture have spawned some of the greatest music in the world.
But now we face a problem... Despite this rich heritage of excellence, the percentage of black men who end up in jail is unacceptable, as are images of gangs, violence and the other problems which this group of people now face.
I believe the problem with this group of people in America, lies not with them, but with those who claim to be trying to help.
First and formost I blame the welfare system - Nothing kills a soul quicker or more effectively that giving a person money, because "they can't help themselves".
Second, slave references and reparations. Despite being able to overcome this great atrocity with dignity, black leaders and apologists continually remind young black people of this, stirring anger within them, and instilling a feeling of entitlement that dovetails with the problem caused by the welfare system.
Third, abortion... I don't know any figures, but I would suspect that abortions have done more damage to this section of the American population than any other cultural group. While we might differ on the opinion of the freedom of women to choose for themselves, the option to abort a pregnancy leaves young black men with minimal need for responsibility, again dovetailing back into the whole welfare mentality.
Racism is wrong in any form. Slavery in any form is unforgivable.
I think though that leaders both black and white who continue to push welfare on African Americans and keep them in a state of reliance on government and expectation of hand outs are about as despicable as the original slave owners.
African American People... You have a tremendous legacy, your culture has survived trememdous hardship. It's time to regain that dignity and work ethic that has made your culture shine, inspite of those hardships. Only you can make the difference...