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Racial Profiling

A letter to Congress to address the House’s passing of legislation that will make profiling illegal:

According to the Congressional Research Service, profiling is defined “as
the practice of targeting individuals for police or security interdiction,
detention or other disparate treatment based primarily on their race or
ethnicity [or religion], in the belief that certain minority groups are more
likely to engage in unlawful behavior.”

Well, the fact is that certain minority groups ARE more likely to engage in
unlawful behavior.  Look at statistics.  It is simply common sense to
acknowledge this fact.  It is foolishness to deny it.  When certain minority
groups stop doing the majority of the crimes, then it will be appropriate to
stop profiling. 

While profiling based on race, religion or ethnicity is not guaranteed to be
100% effective law enforcement (Timothy McVeigh and John Walker Lindh, both white males, would not be identified), the majority of people committing
crimes WOULD fall into one of the profiled catagories.  How can you deny
this to be true?  Your first instinct might be to call me racist, but is
anything I’m saying not factually true?  And is it racist to call something
what it is?  Let’s get a grip on our thought processes here and use facts
instead of feelings to make policy decisions.  Look at the way the world is
today, the problems we have now that we didn’t used to have, and deal with
them in an intelligent way.  Maybe there are things we don’t want to do that
are just necessary now.  This is important stuff, lives depend on it.  The
right choice might be a tough one, it might be an unpopular one, but that
doesn’t make it less right. 

The Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees the right to be safe from unreasonable search and seizure without probable cause. Perhaps what needs to be addressed is the definition of what is “unreasonable”
today under the current circumstances. 

It’s a fact that the majority of terrorist activity in the world today is done by Arab-looking males between the ages of 18 and 40.  It is nothing less than incompetence to ignore this fact.  Another thing to consider; what are gangsters and gang members known for?  Charity work?  I don’t think so.
That is another very specific look, and to not suspect people who insist on
adopting that look is just plain stupid.  When a guy who looks like he might
put a gun in your face actually puts a gun in your face because you ignored
common sense and didn’t keep a distance between you and him, will you still say profiling is wrong?   Will you not learn from that lesson, assuming you’re still alive, and do some intelligent profiling next time you’re in that situation?

Profiling works.  To outlaw it so we don’t hurt anyone’s feelings shows a
complete lack of common sense and an inability to act intelligently.

Imus

Heard a rap song lately?

The “we can say it but you can’t” crap needs to stop.  Either it’s wrong to say or it’s not wrong to say.  You can’t have it both ways.  Pick one. 

Gee, We Sure Are Sorry….

An apology by someone who wasn’t involved in what is being apologized for is worthless.  “We need closure!”  If I tell you I’m sorry my great great grandfather did something bad to your great great grandfather, what the hell good is that?  How is that closure? 

We regret that certain things happened, and if it was possible to go back in time and undo it many of us would.  That’s pretty much as good as you’re gonna get without a flux capacitor.  If an “official apology” by completely uninvolved people makes you happy, you’re as shallow as you are unrealistic. 

The problem is not that your ancestors were abused.  That WAS the problem.  Some incredible people fought for the freedom that they regretably didn’t have, and they won.  They won.  Everyone in America today gets the same tools for success that white people get.  That is your victory, and it’s huge.  So why is the success still so unbalanced?  THAT, my non-white friend, is the problem today.  And I think I have the answer.  I’ve pondered and debated it with people a lot lately, and the conclusion I’ve come to is this.  The Black community in America, in general, sees success as a white thing.  And there is so much resentment and even hatred towards Whites that Black America doesn’t want to appear to be “acting white”.  But what Black America is missing is that the opportunity to be successful here is what was fought so hard for during the Civil Rights Movement.  You won the race but you’ve rejected the prize.  By not taking advantage of school and earning a high school diploma, by not waiting to make babies until you’re financially stable, by not staying out of trouble with the law, you are slapping Dr. King in the face.  You are making pointless everything he and many others went through.  If you aren’t willing to be responsible and do what is necessary to live a decent life, that’s on you.  You can’t blame my ancestors for your current situation, because your ancestors have already fixed it.  All you have to do is take advantage of what they couldn’t.

And apologizing for history is just stupid.

The Civil War

Hey, here’s an interesting bit of info:  the Civil War wasn’t about slavery!  It was about states’ rights!

Let me give you a quote.  (I love good quote)  This is from Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy, during his inaugural address on February 18, 1861.

“Our present political position has been achieved in a manner unprecedented in the history of nations.  It illustrates the American idea that goverments rest on the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish them at will whenever they become destructive of the ends for which they were established.”

Did you know they had that right?  They did.  Know what else?  We still do. 

An Analogy

Suppose you and I drive the same kind of car.  Let’s say it’s a ’72 Mustang.  And let’s suppose you and I race and you win.  So I go home and I tinker with my car a bit, then the next week we race again, and you win again.  After the race I ask you what you did to your car to make it faster than mine.  You say, “I put this new defribulator on and adjusted the johnson rod and the intake cuppler.”  And then you show me how you did it.  It would be pretty stupid of me to not do what you did, since it clearly works better than what I’ve been doing.  If I take the attitude that I don’t want to look like I’m trying to be like you, I’ll continue to lose and you’ll continue to win and I’ll have nobody to blame but myself.

 I’m just sayin.

The Racist Value System

Have you heard about the Black Value System?  This is something that was started in 1981 and is being touted as the foundation on which the church that Barack Obama is a member of, Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, is based.  Here is the the system that this church demands be taught to all blacks (with my comments added) :

Commitment of God – God will give us the strength to give up prayerful passivism and become Black Christian Activist, soldiers for Black freedom and the dignity of all humankind.  [I’m pretty sure “all humankind” includes white people.  Also, why is it commitment “of” God instead of commitment “to” God?]

Commitment to the Black Community – The highest level of achievement for any Black person must be a contribution of substance to the strength and continuity of the Black Community.  [In other words, if you don’t live to help other Blacks, you’re bad.  Don’t achieve for yourself.  Ya see, Reverend Wright won’t stay rich if you stop helping his cause.]

Commitment to the Black Family – The Black family circle must generate strength, stability, and love despite the uncertainty of externals, because these characteristics are required if the developing person is to withstand warping by our racist competitive society.  [The racist competitive society, that would be the white folks.  If they fit into society, it’s because we “warped” them.  What they’re promoting here is known as Marxism.]

Those Blacks who are blessed with membership in a strong family unit must reach out and expand that blessing to the less fortunate, especially to children.  [Yeah, let’s don’t encourage all families to be strong, let’s consider those who are strong to be blessed.]

Dedication to the Pursuit of Education – We must forswear anti-intellectualism.  Continued survival demands that each Black Person be developed to the utmost of his/her mental potential despite the inadequacies of the formal education process.  “Real education” fosters understanding of ourselves as well as every aspect of our environment.  Also it develops within us the ability to fashion concepts and tools for better utilization of our resources, and more effective solutions to our problems.  Since the majority of Blacks have been denied such learning [excuse me, but every learning opportunity I’ve had has been one that every black kid in my area also had, and that was 30 years ago], Black Education must include elements that provide high school graduates with marketable skills, a trade or qualifications for apprenticeships, or proper preparation for college.  Basic education for all Blacks should include Mathematics, Science, Logic, General Semantics, Participative Politics, Economics and Finance [it does, and has for as long as I’ve been alive], and the Care and Nurture of Black minds [basic education already includes the care and nurturing of all minds, not just black ones] .  To the extent that we individually reach for, even strain for excellence, we increase, geometrically, the value and resourcefulness of the Black Community.  We must recognize the relativity of one’s best: this year’s best can be bettered next year. Such is the language of growth and development. We must seek to excel in every endeavor.

Adherence to the Black Work Ethic – ”It is becoming harder to find qualified people to work in Chicago.”  Whether this is true or not, it represents one of the many reasons given by businesses and industries for deserting the Chicago area.  We must realize that a location with good facilities, adequate transportation and reputation for producing skilled workers will attract industry.  We are in competition with other cities, states, and nations for jobs.  High productivity must be a goal of the Black workforce. [Good advice, but it’s advice that applies to everyone, as it’s simply common sense.  You shouldn’t need a written system to tell you this, and if I were black I would be insulted by the insinuation.]  

Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect – To accomplish anything worthwhile requires self-discipline.  We must be a community of self-disciplined persons, if we are to actualize and utilize our own human resources instead of perpetually submitting to exploitation by others.  Self discipline coupled with a respect for self, will enable each of us to be an instrument of Black Progress, and a model for Black Youth. [Again good advice, but a bit off base.  Self-discipline is not letting yourself do things that are unhealthy to you or others.  If you allowe yourself to become involved in drugs or crime or even something as simple as being unemployed when you’re able to work, how are you being exploited by anyone other than the “black leaders” who are encouraging you to stay as you are, not helping you to improve yourselves, convincing you that you’re good and society is evil?]

Disavowal of the Pursuit of “Middleclassness” – Classic methodology on control of captives teaches that captors must keep the captive ignorant educationally, but trained sufficiently well to serve the system.  Also, the captors must be able to identify the “talented tenth” of those subjugated, especially those who show promise of providing the kind of leadership that might threaten the captor’s control. [Correct me if I’m wrong, but have any black people in America been captives in the past century?  Here we’re to believe that White folks find the smart Black folks and kill them so they don’t get uppity.  Again, if I was black I would be offended by this.  Hell, I’m white and I’m offended by this.]

 

Those so identified as separated from the rest of the people by:
Killing them off directly, and/or fostering a social system that encourages them to kill off one another.  Placing them in concentration camps
[Huh??], and/or structuring an economic environment that induces captive youth to fill the jails and prisons [Yes, we round up black youths and stick them in our prisons.  They never deserve to be there.  Who comes up with this crap??].  Seducing them into a socioeconomic class system which while training them to earn more dollars, hypnotizes them into believing they are better than others and teaches them to think in terms of “we”
and “they” instead of “us”. [If a black man applies himself, gets a degree, becomes a success, he IS better than a man (of any color) who does not apply himself, refuses to work, lets the government support him.]  So, while it is permissible to chase “middle-incomeness” with all our might, we must avoid the third separation method-the psychological entrapment of Black “middleclassness”
: If we avoid the snare, we will also diminish our “voluntary” contributions to methods A and B.  And more importantly, Black people no longer will be deprived of their birthright, the leadership, resourcefulness, and example of their own talented persons. [In other words, if you act white you’re a sellout.] 

–Pledge to Make the Fruits of All Developing and Acquired Skills Available to the Black community. [Nothing wrong with that.  Giving back to your community is something we should all do.]

–Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions.  [Again, nothing wrong with financially supporting institutions of your choice.]  

–Pledge Allegiance to all Black Leadership Who Espouse and Embrace The Black Value System.  [Here we go!  No matter how successful you are, always support the people who tried to keep you in poverty.  Brilliant. Way to play the race guilt card.] –Personal Commitment to Embracement of the Black Value System – to Measure the Worth and Validity of All Activity in Terms of Positive Contributions to the General Welfare of the Black Community and the Advancement of Black People towards Freedom.  [Here’s where you guys are messing up.  You ARE free.  You’re as free to learn and be self sufficient as I ever was.  All you have to do is pay attention in school, don’t make babies before you’re 20 and stay out of trouble.  Life will treat you good if you take the steps necessary to care for yourself instead of expecting to be taken care of by a “system”.  If you don’t make yourself succeed, you won’t.  It’s that simple.] This whole thing strikes me as extremely racist, and it will only fuel the seperation between the races.  The Black Value System will keep you in a mindset that will make it nearly impossible for you to succeed in life. 

Racism

According to dictionary.com, racism is (1) a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others, or (2) a policy, system of government, etc. based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination, or (3) hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

“I’m better than you because I’m from here and you’re from there.”  That kinda sums it up.  Sounds like a pretty stupid opinion to me.  There are good people everywhere, there are bad people everywhere.  You can’t tell if someone is better or worse than you from where they came from or what they look like.  You can only tell that by their actions.  Individual merit.

The American Heritage New Dictionary defines a stereotype as a generalization, usually exaggerated or oversimplified and often offensive, that is used to describe or distinguish a group.

Usually exaggerated or oversimplified.  What about if it’s not?  It’s still a stereotype, right?

There are a lot of things we’re not supposed to say, and a lot of things we’re not supposed to think.  But who decides what’s racist and what’s not?  Is it decided by the offended group?  If so, it seems like there’s room for some misuse of the word.  Is there some official organization that determines whether something is racist or not?  And if there is, does it represent a specific group?  That wouldn’t be fair to all the other groups.  If a person can be accurately described by an ethnic stereotype, is it still racist to think of them that way or to call them that?

I think sometimes people will label a thing as “racist” when what it really is is “accurate but offensive”.  Should we really use the term “racism” to describe everything that offends us?  I’ve seen people call other people of their own race racists because they disagree on a topic.  Can a person be racist against his/her own race?  You’d have to really be hating life to be against your own race.  You can’t get away from yourself.  You can try, but you’ll follow you everywhere you go.

Maybe the word “racist” needs to be looked at.  It’s definition is fine, but it’s use is what I question.