Differing Views on Racism: (Reagan & MLK) vs. Obama

President Ronald Reagan:

Now, obviously, much of this new political and social consensus I’ve talked about is based on a positive view of American history, one that takes pride in our country’s accomplishments and record. But we must never forget that no government schemes are going to perfect man. We know that living in this world means dealing with what philosophers would call the phenomenology of evil or, as theologians would put it, the doctrine of sin.

There is sin and evil in the world, and we’re enjoined by Scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose it with all our might. Our nation, too, has a legacy of evil with which it must deal. The glory of this land has been its capacity for transcending the moral evils of our past. For example, the long struggle of minority citizens for equal rights, once a source of disunity and civil war is now a point of pride for all Americans. We must never go back. There is no room for racism, anti-Semitism, or other forms of ethnic and racial hatred in this country

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3 Responses to Differing Views on Racism: (Reagan & MLK) vs. Obama

  1. ShockedBlackMan says:

    I am just shocked…..very shocked at how skewed peoples views can be….not only that, but how someone can twist MLKs words to try and fit a Regan-esque view of the world. You are sick, quite sick sir.

    100 years after slavery, MLK made his speech…do you know why he made his speech? because racism still existed, and could not be ignored…nor should it have been ignored. Ignoring racism, but not just any racism, SYSTEMIC racism, is the worst thing a society can do. You can never make people like each other, but you can level the playing field…whether that be via quotas, grants, scholarships, training programs, low interest loans,etc. Those things give the ability to soften the blow of racism when its systemic (Systemic = Unfair hiring practices, unfair credit practices, unfair law enforcement treatment, etc….things that have nothing to do with like or dislike)

    Anyhow, i am rambling, i wanted to check MLKs racial scorecard, based on your, rather simplistic word game on if someone is being “less” racists by not mentioning race. (Thats classic denial mentality…elephant in the room stuff..):

    negro 13 (equivalent to saying African-American today)
    white 7
    jews 1
    Gentile 1 (Gentile…Reference to jewish holy book)
    black 4
    racist/racial 3
    Freedom 19
    injustice 2

    The ONLY thing you can take from these silly word games, is that some 45 years later, the black freedom movement has discarded most of its unique black/white (and sometimes jew) rhetoric and instead has expanded into the sphere of any who would consider themselves “oppressed” or disadvantaged. Obama is just a product of those changes in rhetoric. (I personally thing those changes are a mistake…black Americans should not shoulder the responsibility of emancipating/assisting any other groups…). This is 45 years ago, not some 142! Jim crow lasted in some places well into the early 1970s (things just didnt end because a law was passed in 1965)! Please take the blinders off and go read a book.

    Just remember, here is a good summary of MLK’s stance:
    “One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.”
    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

    This is contrary to Reaganomics and the wondrous fantasy that was “trickle down economics”. You cant trickle down anything if the group who needs it, has no means to receive the benefits (ie Jobs, Property, Businesses, etc)

    I am not an Obamabot nor a Mccain supporter. Those two choices means the political landscape in America is pretty much dead.

    Bottom line, “color blind” was a sick liberal stance that really means nothing. Its the same line of thought that now has us in these “Diversity” games in our workplaces. Recognizing that folks come from different backgrounds needs no blindness nor any condescending Diversity days.

  2. ShockedBlackMan,

    Thank you for your comment.

    I did not twist MLKs words. I quoted them verbatim. To me, the meaning of the words “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” are self-explanatory. We should not be judging people by their skin color. And when we do, that’s racist.

    I do not ignore racism, I condemn it. I believe that all racism is wrong and evil. I believe that we are all one race.

    I believe in a level playing field. To me, that means that everyone plays by the same rules, and that no one is given an advantage. Fairness is equal opportunity for all. I agree with you that we should fight against unfair hiring practices, unfair credit practices, unfair law enforcement treatment, etc.

    When you speak of “the black freedom movement”, please elaborate on how dark-skinned Americans are any less free than light-skinned Americans. Who is “oppressing” you? What groups do you think need “emancipating”?

    Please take the blinders off and go read a book.

    Since you have recommended that I read a book, may I recommend that you read this book?

    Just remember, here is a good summary of MLK’s stance:
    “One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.”
    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

    While that may have been true When MLK said those words, how is that true today? How is Barack Obama “on a lonely island of poverty”? How is Barack Obama “an exile in his own land”?

    This is contrary to Reaganomics and the wondrous fantasy that was “trickle down economics”. You cant trickle down anything if the group who needs it, has no means to receive the benefits (ie Jobs, Property, Businesses, etc)

    You are close to the mark in suggesting that a job is an example of “trickle down economics”. The owner of the business must make a profit, becuase if they don’t the business goes out of business and the person who was previously receiving a salary no longer gets that benefit. What I don’t understand is how you can believe that a dark-skinned American “has no means to receive the benefits (ie Jobs, Property, Businesses, etc)”. It’s a free country. Everyone has the means to get a job, own property, and start a business. Everyone. Immigrants come here from every corner of the world because of the opportunities that are abundant in this country. Why do you choose an attitude of defeatism? That attitude, more than what anyone else does, is what keeps people down.

    Bottom line, “color blind” was a sick liberal stance that really means nothing.

    I’m unaware of “color blind” being “a sick liberal stance”. I thought I was being original (if that’s even possible), and I am clearly not a liberal.

    Its the same line of thought that now has us in these “Diversity” games in our workplaces. Recognizing that folks come from different backgrounds needs no blindness nor any condescending Diversity days.

    At last, we agree on something! I don’t like the “Diversity” games being played in corporate America either! I agree that we don’t need to be “blind” to recognize that folks come from different backgrounds…that wasn’t the point of “color-blind”…the point was that color shouldn’t matter in how any two people relate to each other. The real objective of the “Diversity” games games, though, is really different from what they claim. The real objective is to silence anyone who takes a Biblical stand against homosexuality. But that’s another topic…

    Thanks again for your comment.

    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,
    Red Pill

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