Our Black President's Black Supporters
At the recent CNBC Forum, one black speaker acquired a huge amount of personal fame. Her name is Velma Hart. What she said to Obama was; "I'm one of your middle-class Americans, and quite frankly, I'm exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. I've been told that I voted for a man who was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I'm one of those people, sir, and I'm waiting. And I don't feel it yet."
She wants more government handouts. What is bizarre is this speaker is not herself a productive member of society, but CFO of one of the numerous government grant based non profit corporations who front for government and spend our taxes on handouts. Her entire career has been in the community organizing field from which Barack Obama came. Gaining and distributing government freebies is her reason to work. To her 'middle class' means government and non profit employees who redistribute the wealth.
It is predictable that the same media and newspapers who ridiculed "Joe the Plumber" and his opposition to "redistribution of wealth" are now lionizing "Velma the CFO" and her slavish devotion to the same concept.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once talked of caring more about character than the color of skin. Yet today, most in the black community predominantly care about skin color more than any other attribute. It has to be black. Character does not matter. 40 years of affirmative action has made this worse, not better. This failure to admire character is a major part of the collapse of the family in the black community.
This less than 12% of our population has demanded affirmative action so often it has now led to the point where nearly 50% of actors on commercials are black, to satisfy their constant demands for black recognition. Blacks are a minor part of our nation yet you would never know it if you watched TV.
Our postal service has twice as many blacks as the percentage of the population would justify, approaching 23%. This double representation holds true for black women too, yet white women are under-represented in the postal service by half. This under representation comes from excessive representation of minorities overall. White men are the same percentage in the Postal Service as they are in the population as a whole. Yet with the constant haranguing about "white men" by black organizations and race promoters you would never believe they are not the problem. White women suffer as a result.
This 12% of our population represents 25% of the coaches in NFL football, yet this is not enough. Because 70% of the players are black, the goalpost has been moved to require that 70% of coaches be black too. The black dominated player's union demands it. What is there about the skin color of black that means they would make better coaches? Just curious.
This over representation by blacks is typical in government but has been demanded in business as well. In states where the percentage of blacks is small, the national percentage of blacks has still been legally ordered by Judges to be the quota goal for businesses that have never practiced discrimination ever. It does not matter. They have been found guilty of de facto segregation by their accusers misusing statistics and punished for something they never did.
Other evidence that most blacks see skin color and race as the deciding factor in almost everything they do? Until Barack Obama ran for President, 14% to 15% of blacks voted for the Republican candidates in most elections. Two thirds of these hypothetically conservative individuals voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Only 5% of blacks voted for Republicans that year. They did not care what Obama believed. Nor did they care about his character. They only cared about the color of his skin.
There is a lot of talk about reverse discrimination out of the public view. Yet there is absolutely nothing that can be done to stop it or end it even where it is proved because our government only recognizes discrimination against blacks and other "minorities." Like the minority called women, who make up 52% of our population. To call the largest segment of our population a 'minority' is the bizarre result of legislating to accomplish special privileges for some by suppressing the rights of others.
When this was done to suppress the rights of blacks it was considered abhorrent. It was. When this is done to suppress the rights of white males it is considered 'justice'. It isn't. Why is it tolerated?
Velma Hart reminds me of Peggy Joseph, the black woman who gushed on the famous YouTube Video about supporting Obama after attending a rally for him, "It was the most memorable time of my life... because... I never thought the day would ever happen, I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage... You know, if I help him he's gonna help me."
We have been warned repeatedly throughout history of the consequences of democracy turning in to a process by which the mob votes for free services and special privileges. It always destroys the wealth of the nation. It always will.
One related concern - the topic of reverse discrimination is still considered off limits by the black community. By entrenching the superior rights of blacks under the legal concept of affirmative action, public discourse on justice has been subverted as well. Free government paid services are demanded as a right under affirmative action. Oppose them and you are a racist! This is a risky argument. There is a growing backlash against getting a free ride through welfare. What was intended as a helping hand cannot become a permanent right to a free ride. There is also a growing backlash against affirmative action. Government cannot continue to entrench permanent superior rights for some because of injustices that have ended. The injustice was government ordered discrimination against blacks. That has not existed for 40 years. Two generations!
The election of Barack Obama has changed the public dialog. He is black. He is President. The consequences for the black community are only starting to be felt. If a demand for more freebies and more affirmative action is the result in the black community, they are isolating themselves from the major forces in our country. These are moving in the opposite direction.