MSNBC host, Toure, has gotten into a lot of hot water with the Jewish community. Apparently, Toure was discussing reparations, and a Jewish person responded that his family survived the Holocaust, came to America with nothing, and made it. Rather than make some sort of intelligent response about this, Toure decided to write it off as “the power of whiteness.” Which is basically Toure claiming that only white people can succeed in America, that their path is paved and all other races are barred (except for Asians…those crafty white people made sure that at least one race would surpass them so that they can hide behind this fact).
First of all, not even Toure is stupid enough to say that Holocaust survivors are privileged. All he was commenting on was that he believes that white people can make it if they try and blacks (and other races) cannot. This is because the deck is stacked. So if a poor white person makes it, it is nothing to be really proud of. The way was paved for them. If a black person somehow makes it, they cannot be held up as an example. They are merely an exception. They were one of the few that somehow slipped through the cracks of the institutional racism that whites put in place to maintain the white power structure. This really is how they view the world.
First of all, let me dispel a few myths here. People like Toure claim that hard work will not let the other races get ahead. I say that this thought DAMNS the other races to NEVER get ahead. If you do not believe hard work is what it takes to succeed, you never will succeed. This applies to school, at work, at your family life, at everything. Nothing worth anything in this life is easy. It all takes effort, and the more effort you put into something, the more God rewards you. There was a story my dad once told me about a famous piano player. After a concert, a woman told him “I’d give anything to play like you.” He responded, “I did.” We all start out with different advantages and disadvantages. However, no advantage from birth can triumph over human will. The talented musician who never practices will always pale against the musician that practices eight hours a day, every day. Just ask Chet Atkins. As far as reparations go, I’ve always said I would be in favor of it…as long as it comes with the following conditions: they forever renounce their US citizenship and they are banned from living in America. If these terms are not accepted, then they are just after free money. That’s it.
Reparations are based on the assumption that slaves should have been paid for their labor. As such, their offspring should be paid (we’ll ignore the statute of limitations, naturally). News flash: if they had been paid, they likely would have done what every other person does with their money: spent it. As such, there would have been no inheritance. Even if you think they would have saved it, then the majority of the savings would have been wiped out during the Great Depression.
Of course, what their side will say is that white Americans were only able to build their wealth due to slavery and that all whites have inherited that privilege. As such, modern day white Americans owe modern day black Americans because modern whites are CURRENTLY benefiting from slavery. Yeah, well…so are modern blacks. Would any modern black American opt to move to Africa right now instead of America? If they did, they are fools. Their lives are infinitely better and full of infinite possibilities because of what their ancestors suffered. Sorry, but that is true. In fact, that person wouldn’t even exist if not for slavery. Hell, they should get on their knees and thank God that slavery existed, for without it, they would not exist as their ancestors would not have met and born children which eventually lead to the existence of Toure himself.
And that brings me to my final point. Black Americans invented peanut butter (Honey Roasted Peter Pan…yum), the cell phone, traffic lights, and other things. They invented jazz and rock and roll. They came up with Southern BBQ. Anytime you want to get a chip on your shoulder about the past…be it the Holocaust or slavery, know this: you exist right now due to the fact that those evil things happened. A million sperm vying for a chance to fertilize an egg. We are each one in a million…more so given generations and generations it took for God to create us. For whatever reason, he sent plagues and Holocausts and wars and slavery and disease and everything else imaginable because he wanted YOU to exist. After He went to so much trouble, I just got to ask… what are you doing with your life?
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