Comment Of The Day: “NOW What? The Most Discouraging News Of All”

As usual with her contributions, Mrs. Q  is thought-provoking and frank in her searing Comment Of The Day on the post,,NOW What? The Most Discouraging News Of All:

Far from this information being new, black conservatives for years have discussed this very topic only to be labeled traitors and Uncle Tom’s for doing so, often by white liberals. Shelby Steele, George Schuyler, Marc Lamont Hill, and many others have been outright dismissed or smeared in their attempts to get the message out that (white) liberal social policies and the welfare state are hurting blacks for more than helping. To allude to the anti-discernment, infantilizing policies of the Great Society, subsidized housing (which are often ghettos), affirmative action, welfare, etc, as potentially making things worse for minorities is to be a heretic and worse… ungrateful for all “they” have done for us.

At our local bookstore, Burgess Owens, books were shelved in the Fascism section. Yup, a black questioning communism and public assistance is apparently a straight up fascist. Is it any wonder that blacks trying to make something of themselves and encouraging others to do the same is barely heard? Look at a recent example when sports commentator Sage Steele pointed out that a protest over immigration at an airport was actually blocking immigrants from getting home. She lost her job, had her life threatened, and was called often (again mostly by white liberals) traitor. How can blacks be a part of a good conversation about self-sufficiency and public policy if any and every thing said that doesn’t tow the leftist line is traitorous?

Living in Portland where white ladies can’t have a burrito cart and celebrating Black History month entails seeing a movie where blacks are depicted in animal costumes (including gorillas and men barking like dogs – I mean, hello!) I can attest to the liberal racism that drips with condescension here. The number of times I’ve talked with white liberals here where they have pointed out my skin color and wanted my perspective ONLY from that POV is astounding. Only when I speak with people of color or moderates or conservatives are my views not required to be race-based. Sure it seems the West Coast is less racist, but I’d take a bigot who was honest off the bat to the insidious smug liberalism that serves to keep blacks/minorities who think for themselves in line.

Yes things are worse for blacks and one too many have believed in the salvation of modern (Marxist) liberalism to their own and their communities detriment. If blacks want to truly be “woke” they will have to stop toeing democrat party lines and look to those blacks brave enough to say “do for yourself, think for yourself, and stop letting pandering be a substitute for actual justice.” Black empowerment doesn’t come from a handout based on pity and white guilt. It comes from questioning those who seek to keep us in ghettos, on welfare, and full of grievances towards so-called conservative white oppressors. We need to stop being the socialist-tinged guard dogs that certain liberals want us to be to serve their agendas. We need to get busy opening businesses, raising healthy kids, and most importantly, living our own lives.

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29 responses to “Comment Of The Day: “NOW What? The Most Discouraging News Of All”

  1. Joe Fowler

    “We need to get busy opening businesses, raising healthy kids, and most importantly, living our own lives.”
    But, but…we won’t have time to go to all the classes, seminars and protests about intersectionality and oppression! I’ve got stuff scheduled about male oppression, white oppression, capitalist oppression, imperialist oppression, cis-gender oppression, and “immigrant” oppression, and that’s just for the next couple of months! If, as you propose, we were all to get on with our lives, how would that leave us any time to complain about those who are systemically oppressing our ability to get on with our lives?

  2. Other Bill

    I can’t find the picture on line or I can’t get it to copy and paste to here, but there is a great photo of a Negro League All Star game played at Comiskey Park in the ‘twenties or ‘thirties. The stands are completely filled with very prosperous looking black men and women all decked out in their Sunday finest. No ball caps, just big Panamas.

    I’ve read that one of the unintended (bad) consequences of desegregation was it destroyed black businesses and their owners’ financial status. Once desegregation came on the scene, everyone went to white cleaners and read white newspapers and went to white undertakers. So the theory goes. I’m not sure it’s correct but there seems to be something to it.

    In any event, running your own show is ultimately the only reliable way to really secure your financial future, and there’s no government program that’s going to do that for you all by itself. (Of course, Barack Obama will gladly inform you “you didn’t build that,” even if you do build a successful business.)

    As always, thanks, Mrs. Q.

  3. JutGory

    I was not able to respond to the initial post due to general busyness. And because I had very little to add (welfare state, other disincentives, the extreme loyalty of the black vote to democrats, the destruction of the family unit, etc.)

    One thing that was (not entirely) is that black people missed out on something most immigrant groups don’t: the ability to assimilate as a sub-group. The Irish, the Italians, the Germans all came as outsiders. They lived in their closed communities, and the natives were fine with that (so long as they stayed in their little ghettos).

    However, in those communities, the groups evolved. The smarter, savvier, more entrepreneurial individuals would gain status and power in the closed community. They would become leaders of their own community and would gain credibility in the larger community. That would help begin the process of integration or assimilation of the community as a whole. (I happen to live in a community with large numbers of Hmong, Somalis, Russians and Spanish-speakers of all types. This model is very apparent in these groups. For instance, among the Russians, you have the lawyers and Russian print media people. The Hmong have business leaders and your random politician here and there. The same is true for the Somalis and Spanish-speakers, though it is harder to generalize about them because of the size of the groups.

    Black people never got this chance (or, at least, not very well). Slavery kept them all at the bottom, with no opportunity for individual advancement. There may have been power distinctions between some on a particular plantation, but that was probably more divisive than not (the North may have been a little bit different). After slavery, upward mobility became possible, and even began to occur. The Klan, Jim Crow, and Wilson’s re-segregation of the federal government set that back in unimaginable degrees. Later, wage laws were enacted to keep cheap black labor out of the market; that only encouraged discrimination against black people, encouraging the need for more laws (civil rights and affirmative action) to fix the problems caused by the old laws. Then came the welfare state….

    I don’t know how much of it is true, but I suspect the lack of opportunity for the black community to grow and assimilate in an organic fashion plays some role in the plight of that community. Their most prominent leaders are not entrepreneurs; they are race hustlers for whom assimilation and integration is counterproductive.

    -Jut

  4. Well deserved Mrs. Q! I love reading your comments, as much as any other.

    The only quibble I have, is that I dont know how many people would every confuse Marc Lamont Hill for a conservative:
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/16/fox-news-fires-marc-lamon_n_324207.html

    But, you also could’ve named Jason Riley, Thomas Sowell, Derryck Green, Larry Elder (I’m not a fan, but whatever), Walter E. Williams, and John McWhorter amongst others. I have seen/read all of the above, at some point or another, put down and dismissed as Uncle Toms or traitors.

  5. Normally I wouldn’t comment on my own comment but I’ll share this in brief…

    Two nights ago I found out my dad who is a very dark skinned half black man, has advanced dementia. He’s not very old but he’s in the hospital now under 24 hour supervision. This is a man who chose crack over his family and running from responsibilities over paying child support. He was diagnosed years ago with a lung disease that affects mostly black men and has spent the last several years living in a room by himself on public assistance.

    Black Lives Matter and whatever else groups don’t speak to the damage done to families by their own people. It wasn’t institutional racism that kept him from being good man, it was him. These so called black empowerment groups neglect to discuss responsibility and choice and it’s not white peoples fault.

    As I prepare to loose a man I hardly knew, a man who needed not a handout but a good firm dose of scruples, I also put to rest seeking a father though black grievance against whites. He wasn’t in the NAACP when I joined it. He wasn’t in complaints about whites keeping blacks from getting ahead. He simply wasn’t there & I spent too days hoping black empowerment would give him to me. It never did.

    Now I own business and have forgiven this shell of a man. Yes, he was called boy as a teen, yes his dad had little choice but to be a janitor, yes my dad’s mom died literally cleaning a white woman’s home. But he lived as he did not from the pain of racism, but of his own choices and he deserved accountability not pity.

    Lip service about oppression is not enough. Handouts are not enough. Life is what we do when standing up is overwhelming. Many in a long line of blacks (often conservative) speak to this and I’m grateful for their legacy so I can be there for him not as a victim of racism, but as a woman who decided to not let anyone hold me back from having my own life and dreams.

    • This! Based on the little bit that I’ve read of yours, I love the way you see the world. I *literally* was thinking the same thing as I read through the comments on the original “NOW What?” post. Any conservative worth listening to understands that racism exists currently, is a blight upon humanity, and still affects members of our society negatively today. BUT, what pisses me off to no end about BLM and the like, is that for them, racism is THE ONLY explanation for Black shortcomings. It’s not just that they label anyone who brings up any other possible consideration as racist, its that they refuse to ever bring up any other possible consideration either… they never consider any internal factor that might have contributed to a negative outcome, for Blacks.

      I’d love to know how racism explain the success of Asians….why would the group in power, exercising White Privilege™ in all that they do, allow Asians to best them in GPA, graduation rates, avg earnings, degree attainment, etc.? Why would they *choose* to come in second? And how does racism alone explain the success of black immigrants vs native-born Blacks? How does racism explain 75% of Black children born out of wedlock?

      But heaven forbid anyone ever talk about Black pathology, and how that’s contributed to the current state of Black America…’cause that’d be racist.

      http://www.blackenterprise.com/black-immigrants-in-u-s-earning-30-more-than-u-s-born-blacks/
      http://www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-global-african-immigrants-explainer-20180112-story.html

    • Other Bill

      Thanks Q. Why do we hear about Barack Obama’s bigamist, ne’re do well Kenyan father and his Kenyan relatives, and not his white mother and his white, mid-western grandparents who raised him, all by themselves after their alleged son in law abandoned everyone and their daughter died of some dread disease? Jesus Christ, the guy is half white. The one percent or a single drop rule has been weaponized. For what?

    • Chris

      Mrs. Q, that was a very powerful comment, even moreso than your original CoTD. Thank you for sharing that.

  6. JutGory: ”Black people never got this chance (or, at least, not very well). Slavery kept them all at the bottom, with no opportunity for individual advancement. There may have been power distinctions between some on a particular plantation, but that was probably more divisive than not (the North may have been a little bit different). After slavery, upward mobility became possible, and even began to occur. The Klan, Jim Crow, and Wilson’s re-segregation of the federal government set that back in unimaginable degrees. Later, wage laws were enacted to keep cheap black labor out of the market; that only encouraged discrimination against black people, encouraging the need for more laws (civil rights and affirmative action) to fix the problems caused by the old laws. Then came the welfare state….”

    One could also propose, with a certain reading of history and events, that black people never got the opportunity to rebel, to wage a self-identity revolution (as for example did the revolutionary Americans), to work their way to 1) their own state or 2) some sort of genuine if separated polity.

    It is not really the Klan and Jim Crow that is the bane, but rather the North’s invasion of the South and the fomentation of a destructive war which destroyed social continuity in the South and a developing process of eventual and progressive gaining/earning of political rights by Blacks. The invasion and occupation of the South — an activity that became an addictive policy for the North in subsequent decades and eventuated in overt neo-imperialism 60-70 years on — is not described as a terribly destructive eventuality for Black Africans in the American New World because of certain narrative patterns of American history. A parallel must be drawn between this disruptive, violent action, and the corresponding actions in our present: which destroy countries by destroying and social structures social networks. The South, Cuba, Phillipines, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and then on to the First and Second WW. Always pictured in chiarascuro of glory, always harmful for those invaded and occupied …

    I have read that in the South it was understood that ‘relatively soon’ the institution of slavery would have to modify itself, as it did in all other counties in the North and South hemispheres. It would likely have evolved into some form of apprentice system (though I do not know much about this), The war, the invasion and occupation — as all such events — destroyed social and cultural continuity and stultified natural social processes.

    Events then and after show all manner of different levels of cynicism and, as always in America, infernal tendencies to lie and self-deceive.

    That Blacks were kept from active and self-empowered participation in their liberation by a governmental force that gained it for them led, obviously, to a perverse form of paternalism. Better it might have been for Blacks to have waged their own wars of rebellion in the South and, somehow or other, hard-won their freedom, maybe gotten their own state. As it happened they became wards of the State, and a State that did not have much use for them and certainly did not respect them.

    The present condition of Blacks, it seems to me, has direct ties to these realities.

  7. luckyesteeyoreman

    If I could enter just one comment of the quality of Mrs. Q’s, I would retire from commenting to rest on that laurel. I wish she would comment on every one of Jack’s posts.

  8. Great post, and follow up!

    To the follow up: Personal responsibility is the single greatest loss our culture has suffered, with the resultant political apathy. Facilitating destructive behavior under the guise of ‘caring’ is a big problem today. Vilifying your opposition stops discussions and enables these tragedies.

    Normal people have to get involved again, starting at the local level of politics.

    It is a good day. Local primary elections ran to the conservatives, with the fakers being sent packing. Challengers who were backed by Austin progressives have been soundly defeated. The lies and innuendo placed on social media by fake conservatives were exposed to the light of day by courageous candidates, who told the truth, including their own mistakes.

    I spoke with one such candidate personally, at the polling place. I made sure to mention that we the people appreciate truth without spin, that we understand that mistakes will be made, and that owning the office (good and bad) are what we want. The opposition told half truths that were easy to debunk, and were soundly rebuked as a result.

    This has to be replicated by normal Americans everywhere: get involved, make yourself heard, and be ethical and responsible when you do.

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