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Monday, January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King day and revisiting the "White People Problem"

So a couple of days ago I took to task the idea from Margaret Wright that white people need to change. I posited that white people have and did change given the fact that white people exhibit very little racism these days as compared to 50-100 years ago. My point was that blacks had very little political power. Then I got this tweet:
Which was not my point in the slightest. So now I have to explain the difference between social and cultural influence and political power. Those of you with common sense understand these differences. But I gotta explain it to those who hear racial dog whistles constantly.

So let's take the Civil Rights act of 1964. In Congress there were 4 black members of the House and none in the Senate. They were Adam Clayton Powell Jr, Charlie Diggs, Robert N.C. Nix, Sr., and Augustus Hawkins. None in the Senate. There are 535 members of Congress, even then. 4 is not enough to pass the bill, for those of you who can do math.

Now, Martin Luther King did exert a tremendous amount of social pressure and influence. It is this changing of hearts and minds that he and others like him created the allowed for the passage of the civil rights act. But make no mistake, blacks as part of the population were a minority who were being suppressed by whites, especially in the south. King's accomplishments cannot be overstated.

The left likes to act as if whites, especially conservative whites, are pretty much the same as they were in 1950 and that's not only false, it is complete insulting to the radical sea change that MLK created. It is pissing on the man's legacy and I am sorry I have to explain this to people. White people have changed and the racism today is not even a tiny percentage of a fraction that was prevalent back in the day.

If George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin is the symbol of some sort of racial struggle today, if people want to compare that to the lynchings and segregation of yesteryear, they are not only misguided, they are dismissing all the accomplishments of a great man.

My daughter and son are of mixed race. I adopted them. When I'm out in public with my children, I don't get so much as a raised eyebrow or even a first glance. No one cares. Thirty years ago, people would have thought it was something special. Sixty years ago it would have gotten me ostracized and hundred years ago, it might have gotten me killed. Let's remember what he created and let not minimize all those who bought into the movement, white and black, that lets me adopt my children without any thought anymore to race.

Except by leftists who can't get past skin color no matter how hard they try.

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