Thursday, August 1, 2013

Booker T. Washington must have been a prophet

This passage below is attributed to Booker T. Washington, way back in 1911. Its almost as if he predicted the emergence of race mongers Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Michael Eric Dyson.  As long as keeping racial tensions at a fever pitch keep these jackals in the limelight and with a feeling of relevance and power, race will always be a "problem" in this country.

‘There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. … There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.’

While Sharpton and Jackson are high profile figures, perhaps fewer know the ilk that is Professor Dyson.  Yes, he is a Georgetown University...teaching impressionable minds.  Recently on MSNBC (where else?) he had a rebuttal to Bill O'Reilly's talking points about starting a real conversation about race relations in the U.S.:

MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, GEORGETOWN UNIV. PROFESSOR: Why is it that when we say we want to have a conversation on race, you want a conversation on blackness? You don't want to have a conversation on race. You don't want to have a conversation on white privilege, unconscious bias. You don't want to talk about the collective world we made as black, brown, red, yellow and white people. You want to lecture black people.

So, Mr. O'Reilly, I'd love to have that conversation about protecting yourself behind white fences and FOX News and having digital courage. Come in the streets where you went to Sylvia, and you were surprised that black people don't throw bananas at each other or swing from trees.
And, on THE FIVE show, Juan Williams, a Democrat and a black man had this commentary on Dyson's diatribe above...

WILLIAMS: Can you believe that?
This is unbelievable on so many levels. But let me just start by saying this: he is making the charge basically that O'Reilly is portraying black people as animals, animals. And, of course, this never happened. This is not true.

O'Reilly, in fact, in the whole episode at Sylvia's, which O'Reilly and I talked about on the radio, was going on about defeating racial stereotypes in this society. But that's not what Michael Eric Dyson wants to do. He wants to hold up somehow that Bill O'Reilly is a racist and target of the conversation and therefore we should be about somehow going after Bill O'Reilly.

Well, who does that help? Let's think about that for a second. If this is a real conversation about helping people, if you truly love people, and want to help those in need, how does it help to go after conservatives, O'Reilly, white people, rich people? Let's go to the people who need help and give them help.
But that's not what Michael Eric Dyson is doing. Oh, no. When you start talking about -- well, are you doing anything to help the schools in the inner-city? No. What about the carnage on black streets with kids shooting each other? No.

What about, you know, any of the issues attached to family breakdown, 70 percent of children born out of wedlock? What about that? No.

So what we're doing here is a huge distraction. Yes, there's legitimate rage in the black community over the Zimmerman verdict, but the idea that we have to use the power that exists in this country to help people who are in need in the black community, that is an ongoing and longer story and you can't pull away from that by making Bill O'Reilly into your target and somehow beating him up. That's craziness.

Dana, when you see this kind of politicization of something -- you know, I apologize if I get emotional about it -- but it is so important we reach out to people in need, and not simply play this game, the political game.
So, I'm talking to you here, someone who knows politics, who knows communication. What is going on? Why does Dyson do that?

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