Uppity Niggers

Posted in Politics on July 15th, 2014

AFSCMEOK, as all students of real and accurate American history know, Big Labor, i.e., labor unions, have always had a complex and often antagonistic relationship with Blacks. This has changed little over the last century. The only change has been the unions choosing to catch wayward Blacks and keep them on the unions’ plantations rather than clubbing them down in streets as they used to do.

But oh how the unions hate it when the Blacks leave the plantation. How dare those “uppity niggers” accept monies from individuals that the unions and their paid-for politicians fear and loath such as the Koch brothers.

A powerful government workers’ union will end its support for the United Negro College Fund after the group accepted $25 million from the conservative powerhouse Koch brothers and the college fund’s president appeared at a Koch event.

In a letter made public Thursday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said it will no longer partner with or raise funds for the fund, known for its iconic motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

Naturally, the AFSCME’s President, Lee Saunders wasn’t satisfied with merely refusing to further support the United Negro College Fund. He also had to take UNCF’s President and CEO, Dr. Michael Lomax to task for his uppitiness.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders said the actions of the college fund’s president “are not only deeply hostile to the rights and dignity of public employees, but also a profound betrayal of the ideals of the civil rights movement.”

Saunders’ may be too politically correct and savvy to speak frankly, but there’s no real doubt that his personal attack upon Lomax was anything but a dog-whistle for “Oreo,” “Uncle Tom,” “Sell-Out,” and/or “Race Traitor.” It’s pretty obvious that Saunders and the AFSCME can’t abide by Blacks who aren’t beholden to them.

Of course, the funny side of this is that Saunders and the AFSCME don’t have much of a whip to crack over the backs of the UNCF. They’ve donated between $50,000 and $60,000 annually to the UNCF for its AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholar Program over the last 11 years and the Koch Brothers just gave the UNCF $25,000,000 – 38 times that total amount.

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Lauding What Is Normal

Posted in Society on July 11th, 2014

The flag flies at half staff over land in mourning for the passing of AmericaAmerica, as a society, has fallen into the trap of drastically lowered expectations. We make heroes out those who merely do what should be expected of them and go to great lengths lauding what is normal or, at least, what should be considered the normal, baseline behavior for ourselves and our fellow citizens.

We praise and reward young minorities who come from the ghettos and barrios for simply doing what other kids do every day without praise. Americans literally treat them as heroes if they go to school, don’t join gangs, stay away from drugs, and/or refrain from siring or bearing bastard children of their own.

We certainly don’t similarly praise or reward the vast, normal majority of our youths for such behavior. Instead a large segment of society claims that they unworthy of praise, or even the fruits of the labor, because they are somehow privileged.

Personally, I can think of few greater injustices than lowering the expectations of a culture to the point where we glorify those members of that culture that behave in a manner that we demand from our own.

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Checked Privilege 8

Posted in Society on June 13th, 2014

The eighth of 46 point-by-point analyses of the “founder” of the concept of White Privilege, Peggy McIntosh’s claims of Whites having specific and special advantages solely because they’re White.

I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.

– Peggy McIntosh
White Privilege and Male Privilege (1988)

There’s no real basis for Ms. McIntosh’s claim of privilege, even if one were to ascribe to the idea that being able to be sure that one’s children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race is a privilege or even pertinent.

Children of all races are, and have been, given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race whenever race was at all germane to the course of study at hand and there were members of their race involved in that course of study.

Now it is true that until very recently schools didn’t attempt to interject race into curricula where it was tangential at best to the course, so such testimonies to the existence of any particular race couldn’t be found in all curricula. It’s also true that the content of such testimonies might not be positive or uplifting in all cases either. Still, any parent can be assured that their children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race regularly in the course of their schooling.

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