Open letter to Blair Jordon Moses and Susana Pelayo-Woodward:
I read with trepidation the little campaign against white people, as if white people have been somehow ‘privileged’ throughout history. Putting aside the pompously pseudo-intellectual tone, to say nothing of it’s mean-spirited, racist generalizations: I find such a path to be self-serving and ignorant of even the most basic of history.
For the record, my father raised four children on whatever an auto mechanic earned back in the day, and I am of Irish, Swiss, and Hungarian descent. So, tell me again about the ‘privilege’ of these ethnic groups?
Irish privilege? Many Irish came to this country as a result of the potato famine of the late 1840’s. They arrived basically without a pot to piss in, and faced segregation and discrimination because they were poor and uneducated. Many lived in almshouses and could only live with other Irish. Their shacks were so close to one another that it spread of diseases. Most people would not hire the Irish. They were denied access to most business and jobs. Businesses would post signs that would say “No Irish Need Apply” or “No Irish allowed.”
Hungarian privilege? Some of my relatives *tried* to enter the United States in the mid 1950’s to escape opression typical of Eastern Bloc countries. (As an aside, that little hammer and sickle that seems so chic in leftist circles has intentionally killed incalculable numbers of people – in reality though it was hundreds of millions) Some were stowaways, others rode steerage class but were turned away at the Port of New Jersey and returned to Hungary, where they were crushed by Russian tanks in 1957.
Swiss privilege? Well, in Zurich I suppose people can walk the streets after dark and we can’t. So I’ll give you that one.
I was at first amused and then offended by Mr. Moses. First he claims to assert his second amendment rights, then he says the constitution is invalid. Ok, you are claiming a right based on a non-existent document, right? But upon closer review, you claim membership in the Black Panthers, a ridiculously racist, ragtag bunch with absolutely nothing substantive to offer to the black community at large and has recently advocated murder, i.e “Killing Crackers” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p50qHzC01E0 and “Killing White Babies” – and would most likely qualify as a Gang under Minnesota State Statute 624.714 (were the law to be equally applied, of course)
Then again Mr Moses, I recognize youthful dalliances for what they often are, young people looking for a little identity. In the end you will go as far (or as short) your talents and ambition take you. The father of one of my childhood friends put it to me this way (in his best Scouser accent of course) “nothing from nothing leaves nothing.” I think what he was saying was you get precisely what you put in. Most black people really do make it in this country, some make it really, really big. I’d love to see you and other young people (including of course, blacks) study, earn degrees on your own merits, and prosper. Oh, and while I’m on that subject, here are a few courses of study which are in demand and likely will *always* be in demand: Business, Engineering, Chemistry, Medical/Dental and technical skills. I’d be getting one of those. But if you are one of these majors: Music, Art, Fashion Design, Ethnic (i.e. Black, Indian, Gay, Gender, Urban, etc) studies or Dance- in the real world these are called “Hobbies.” If you are looking to parlay these into gainful employment you may be a little disappointed. And whenever you are ready we can have a frank discussion of the destructive nature of the ‘hip hop’ culture and it’s resultant thuggish behavior.
For you, Susana Pelayo-Woodward: The Constitution is “racist?” Really! You are the Dean of a University in Minnesota? What gives you the “right” to say that? I’ll help you a bit, it was the First Amendment (which is often misquoted)
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Have “Institutions of Higher Learning” really fallen this far?
Finally, I would also offer this: slavery did not end because black people thought it was a bad idea, it ended in large part because of the efforts of white people. Slavery existed in Africa for several thousand years preceding the creation of the United States of America. I’ll confess to not ever visiting Africa, but the pictures I’ve seen of the place, people live in stick things that look as if a Cub Scout had built a campfire and forgotten to light it. However, slavery STILL exists there.