White guilt and ‘the race thing’

People with white guilt carry the banner of “racism” so others will follow their pathetic and confused state of mind. They march with shame believing that they are responsible for the irresponsibility of others. Another example of this mistaken conscience-stricken attitude appeared recently in “Tar Heel Voices” published in a Wilmington StarNews OPINION page. (Link below)

Tim White, (is he ashamed of his last name?) editorial page editor of the Fayetteville Observer, begins his remorse with quotes from two innocent political people (Republicans, of course):  One said that protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.” And, a Donald Trump operative in Ohio said, “If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault.”

To guilt-ridden liberals the truth is offensive. Surprisingly though, even Mr. White admitted, “There are elements of truth in what each of them said.” But he criticized them for not fully understanding “this country’s centuries-long inability to deal with race.” According to his understanding of this problem blacks have to jump high hurdles while whites “step over little speed bumps” to enjoy a good living and a good life in the US of A.

White believes his “fellow Caucasian” suffers from “racial cluelessness” because of what he said about the black rioters in Charlotte.

That bucket holds few tears for the hundreds of thousands of well-dressed black people with good-paying jobs that can be observed daily shopping in nice stores, driving new cars, carrying expensive electronics and dining in fine restaurants—even “poor” blacks in America live better than they could anywhere else on earth.

Like everyone else—black or white—not living a “good life” in America, personal temporary setbacks and bad decisions cause their problems—not “white privilege.” Even many black people realize that that excuse has run its course in the profitable race industry. It’s time to face facts and tell the truth.

Mr. White and many other sorry whites assume blacks as victims, unable to deal with the rigors of life everyone must eventually face without government assistance. That is racism—looking on these people as mentally inferior. And the liberal white racists support government programs that perpetuate apparatchik hand-out schemes resulting in dysfunctional urban black societies.

Thus, millions of blacks have been led to urban plantations where they now depend on bureaucratic subsidies replacing the dignity inherent in self-support with anger and resentment. Further, this authority-driven lifestyle destroys family structures leaving young men with no male guidance and support; leading to gang activities, disrespect for law and order, and lives of violent crime.

But White seems clueless about any of that; instead he washes over the dark side of racial reality with “white privilege”—somehow an embarrassment to him and a slur on the rest of us. He admonishes us to “take honest stock of the breaks you’ve gotten in life.”

The assumption that whites “should take honest stock,” but blacks need not, insults both races.

While Mr. White-Guilt laments the question, “When will we ever get the ‘race thing’ right?” I believe that his mistaken liberal attitude and resulting support for guilt-ridden “progressive” actions have contributed to getting the ‘race thing’ wrong—very wrong.




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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