So last night I was at a friend’s house and we wandered onto the topic of race. Typically, we avoid this topic, not so much because we’re afraid of it, but because it holds no interest to us- it is not something typically in our consciousness. We came upon the topic while discussing the latest bits of our professions. “D” is a juvenile counselor for the county and focuses on finding various types of counseling programs for disturbed youth in the criminal justice system.

“D” was commenting on the anecdotal observation that the counseling program was not very successful because, ultimately, the youth have to go back to the home. While this was a general observation, I asked the question of whether or not he saw any differences based on demographics, to which he made a couple observations.

First, he observed that entry into the programs- meaning court order entry- rested on lawyer support. Wealthier families tended to have lawyers who worked towards those programs. I asked about the public defenders and why they wouldn’t make the same play, to which he made the second observation. He commented that the public defenders could do it just as easily as anyone else, but stated that the public defender works for the client. He observed that wealthier families were by far more focused on the future- how is this going to affect the child in the long term and how can they repair the situation. In lower income families, it was far more geared towards what they could do in the now- how is this going to affect the child now. A part of this observation was that in the lower income communities, there was a sense of disapproval to those who had managed to ‘get out’ of those communities.

As I was driving home, I started thinking about that first point: issues of class are all too often confused with issues of race. Then, I started pondering the discussions I’ve had with my liberal fried Rutherford on race, and some of the comments he has made in the past.

In August of last year, R commented that, “On a political level, power is controlled by those with the most money and the highest political positions. In this country, that is still for the most part, white people.” He then continued in a follow up comment in the same post with:

Racism is the currency of the powerful. Although I will correct myself here. Since more and more blacks are coming into power (our President being a prime example) black on white racism is indeed a possibility for the first time in our history, one that probably scares the living crap out of whites (payback, as they say, is indeed a bitch).”— Rutherford

I’m willing to accept that the last bit was mostly tongue-in-cheek, but not entirely. But more importantly is the qualifier that he applies- a possibility. That then brought me back to a comment that he had made in May of this year:

For a moment, lets accept my premise that racism involves an element of systemic power that mere prejudice does not. A bloody nose is still a bloody nose.

I think it is clearer when talking about isolated exchanges between individuals, that we refer to prejudice or bigotry. When we talk about organized efforts and group-think, racism comes into play.

What I wonder about is why the distinction between the two seems to matter as much to you as it does to me. Are you jealous that blacks always get to play the victim and whites don’t?— Rutherford

There are several elements of this comment that I find troubling, but none so much as the bolded text. [B]lacks always get to play the victim and whites don’t. Now, I’m sure Rutherford would say in his defense that I’m taking this comment out of context, but I think it points to a larger question: is there a systemic conditioning of victimhood within the black community?

How many times have we seen the political rhetoric, the criminal defenses in the courts, the popular commentary cry racism repeatedly in the face of adversity or criticism. I know that time and time again I’ve heard racism blamed for the woes of the world. Look at this administration, how many times have we seen the administration and its defenders blame any criticism on racism?

A more important question might be, why does it matter?

Well, here’s why it matters: accountability.

1. subject to the obligation to report, explain, or justify something; responsible; answerable.

Accountability is not compatible with victimhood.

1. a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency.
2. a person who is deceived or cheated, as by his or her own emotions or ignorance, by the dishonesty of others, or by some impersonal agency: a victim of misplaced confidence; the victim of a swindler; a victim of an optical illusion.
3. a person or animal sacrificed or regarded as sacrificed: war victims.
4. a living creature sacrificed in religious rites.

So, why bring it up when this post will likely bring me nothing but hate and discontent? Because I read stuff like this:

Graychin: “[Gorilla:] the Republican Party has a far better record than the Democrats on race.”
Overwhelmingly, black voters disagree.
Are you saying that blacks are too ignorant to know what is good for them?”

Now, he made this comment in response to a previous comment that I had made quoting a BLACK MAN commenting on the Dem party:

The Racist History of the Democratic Party
Most people are either a Democrat by design, or a Democrat by deception. That is either they were well aware the racist history of the Democrat Party and still chose to be Democrat, or they were deceived into thinking that the Democratic Party is a party that sincerely cared about Black people.

The article that this is quoted from makes great efforts to document the opposition of the Dem party to the black community and essentially comes to this conclusion:

Wayne Perryman: After reviewing all of the evidence, many believe America would have never experienced racism to the degree that it has, had not the Democrats promoted it through:
Racist Legislation
Terrorist Organizations
Negative Media Communications
Bias Education
Relentless Intimidation
And Flawed Adjudication

The racism established and promoted by members of the Democratic Party affected and infected the entire nation from 1856 with the Dred Scott decision, to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case. But they never offered or issued an apology.

I’m saying that a political culture exists on the left that has inculcated a false reality about racism and the political parties of this nation. A party that panders to the lowest common denominator is no friend to any demographic group, especially one that does have a real history of oppression AT THE HANDS OF THE VERY GROUP PANDERING TO THEM!

Some serious discussions need to happen about race in this nation, and contrary to Holder’s twisted view of life, it is the political left that are the cowards refusing to talk about it. The black community really needs to sit back and look at all those elections where they’ve elected dems, especially the places where Dems have been in charge for many years (i.e. New Orleans, Detroit, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, etc, etc, etc) and look at how their communities have faired under the Dems.

The history is long and clear for those willing to look, and it shows that the Republican Party has a far better record than the Democrats on race.