You’re Tired? YOU’RE TIRED?!


“I think a lot of black folks are tired of apologies and talking,” – Wes Bellamy, a councilman in Charlottesville, Virginia, who has worked for the removal of Confederate statues in the city.

Well, Wes, old bean: we are even more tired of the race-baiting. We’re tired of the whining cries for “reparations” and the generalizations that come about when someone or other is “exposed” as a racist for some long past or imagined “crime” of having done something which is politically intolerable today.

Look, I’m no fan of Northam – but not because, as a stupid 23 year old, he chose to go to a party in blackface; but because of his stance on infanticide. Oddly, this s apparently the same reason why this photo suddenly burst on the fore – someone took offense to his stance on infanticide and decided to “take him down” using that incredibly effective tool of the left: the race card. And, frankly, I hope it’s effective, though I would prefer that his stance on infanticide would have been enough – and enough to take out
Kathy Tran as well.

Quite frankly, Wes, I see someone dressing in blackface no more offensive than someone dressing as a ninja, or an Indian or a saltine cracker. What if someone white kid idolizing, say, Harriett Tubman wants to dress as her for Halloween, just as people who idolize Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Albert Einstein, or any other famous person have for, in some cases, centuries? Would that get your racial dander up, sir? Is honoring someone through imitation enough to raise the hue and cry of racism all the time? I often quote Dr. Martin Luther King. George Washington Carver is one of my heroes. I’m white. Does that somehow make me racist? If not: how is “appropriating” someone’s intellect any different from appropriating any other facet of their being, including skin tone?

And why can’t people seem to rise above the victim-hood of generations past? No-one alive today was ever a legal slave in the United States. And no-one alive today was a legal slaveholder. Further, most of those responsible for the most egregious post-civil war civil rights violations are also dead or dying. So why do you insist on keeping this alive? Why can’t we, as a culture, just look at a decades-old photo like this one, mutter “idiot” under our breath, and THEN GET ON WITH LIFE, instead of trying to exact some form of vengeance for a perceived slight against our race?

And this statue thing, Wes: how do you think removing the history of an event will work to the betterment of anyone? What an asinine waste of people’s talent, and of our money: the destruction of art. Should they tear down the pyramids in Egypt? The Egyptians were HUGE on slavery throughout their history. How about the remaining Greek and Roman ruins? Them, too. Incan or Mayan ruins? Where should we draw the line, Wes?

I realize that this whole treatise is, frankly, a waste of my time. “Racism” will continue to be at the fore as long as someone can profit from screaming it. And profit from it, they do: whether it be through POWER in pressing the issue during elections (but doing nothing, really, relative to it while in office), or just the lucre of “reparations”, discrimination lawsuit settlements, the “preferred class” aspect of affirmative action, etc. (Frankly, I’d be more offended if someone were hiring me on the basis of “quotas” and skin color than on their expectations for my abilities….)

Ah, well. I know you’re tired of apologies, Wes, but I find I must offer you yet another. I apologize for a society that foments an attitude toward racism through which you, a person elected to office at a young age; a talented man, who can stand on his own credentials and accomplishments, still somehow feels slighted by a 36 year old photograph. Or by a 150 year old statue…

-Pateratic

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