Perpetuating “the pain”

Rational, courageous people who have faced great physical and emotional distress conquer their fears and despair by rallying inner strength—they contract with themselves to personally overcome the bad past by concentrating on improving their lives rather than publicly blaming others for their misfortune.

Obsessively dwelling on painful memories and events can lead to negative, regressive thinking and misdirected actions. For most of American history our people have rallied to commemorate and honor those who sacrificed for a worthy cause. Today, social justice gatherings politicize grievances— opening old wounds that fester with resentment.

It seems to me that several “commemorations” this month here in Wilmington, N. C. of an historical political event (“riots”) that happened 115 years ago serve that purpose for organizers. Some of their statements differ from reality, both historically and politically; evidenced by reported conflicts and confusion from local “leaders.”

Amanda Greene, Wilmington StarNews “faith & values” reporter, wrote that organizers of the gatherings “disagree about how 1898 should be remembered.” Abdul Rahman Shareef, a Muslim cleric, joined in but objected to using the word “curse” referring to a November 9 rally dubbed “Reverse the Curse, Heal the City.” (link)

Pastor Thornton of the Global River Church and organizer of this event replied that it was not intended to offend “but to convey the need to come together” (an overused and meaningless term). He attempted to tie the 1898 conflict with current “poverty and gang violence in downtown neighborhoods.” According to Thornton, blacks “thrived” here before 1898; “after that they did not.” His goal for the Curse march was “racial reconciliation”—totally irrelevant to current violent criminal activities in Wilmington’s black public housing projects.

Imam Shareef told the truth: “…we gotta stop blaming others for our situations.”

In my opinion this comment sums up the “race” situation in America, and the 1898 conflict in Wilmington. A racial grievance business operation has preyed on generations of Americans. So-called “black leaders” and guilt-ridden white progressives have deeply invested in it.

Tragically, they support government programs that condemn large numbers of people to political plantation status—untutored in the values and skills proven to give people the means of getting out of poverty and despair.

Whatever pain has been inflicted on black people since 1898 was brought about by race-hustling reverends and white liberals. They have laid the Curse of Dependency on the people they profess to help. Now they must face the painful consequences of their destructive actions.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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