Would Benjamin Netanyahu have been so bold to come to America in defiance of all protocol if Barak Obama were white? Is there some undercurrent of thought that because of his color it is all right to embarrass him. I’m at a loss to explain why he felt free to take this action.
His speech offered nothing new. He’s been telling us the same thing for ten years: “in one year Iran will have a nuclear weapon” He made the same argument before the United Nations in his speech last October. He’s lost much credibility among most world leaders because of his Chicken Little imitation; or is he now in the position of Aesop’s “the boy who cried wolf.”
He wants to undermine any chance of a negotiated deal. He hopes that he can force America to bomb Iran and kill countless thousands of Iranians. He wants us to be able to see photographs of Iranians like these from the Ukrainian conflict. He has the ultimate gall to come to America to humiliate our president.
Doing some reading of the state of blacks in America at the turn into the 20th Century made me wonder about that? The freedom they gained from slavery during the Civil War was made mockery off by the Jim Crow laws that came into existence. They greatly suffered through the days of “separate but equal.” They went off to war in both of our World Wars and came back to an ungrateful country. But they never lost their love for America and persisted on hoping for the day when they would have a similar life style as the whites and others .
The Civil Rights laws did much to eliminate official segregation but the underlying idea of black inferiority continues up to today. They do not share in the blessings of America like others. I know many will suggest it is their own fault; in many ways it is.
Take this little example. Stuyvesant High School in New York City is one of its best high schools. It draws from a population eighth grade students of whom 32% are black. It admitted 954 students in 2014. Seven were black. Not 7%. Seven, 0.0073%.
Stuyvesant is an exam based school. The students are admitted by score. The blacks are clearly not among the brightest. Asians who make up 13.7% of the school’s population comprise 72.5% of the student body at the school.
True, it is a black problem; but it is also true is that a black problem is an American problem. We cannot have 13.2% or 44 millions of our fellow Americans walking to the beat of a different drummer. I know it is a free country and people can do what they want with few restrictions; I also know that we’ve been up against this problem of under achievement by blacks no matter what government programs have been enacted. Perhaps it is time to do a team back and see if we can figure something else out to help our fellow Americans who need a little hand.
A friend told me of being in Naples, Florida. He remarked at how surprised he was at the extent of wealth there. He also noted that almost all of the people lived in gated communities and were white. He also observed that the people who did the menial work for them were black or Hispanic. They lived on the other side of Highway 75 and would be allowed on the rich side during the day light hours. As the sun went down they had to go back to their ghettos.
It occurred to me that history teaches such disparity in wealth and living conditions usually results in uprisings. I assume Naples is not unique to America; but then there have been no serious consequences to this obvious distortion of the American ideals that all are equal. Then it occurred to me that perhaps the blacks and Hispanics are being pacified by various Government programs that give them enough money to keep them under control. Which may me think that all those people who complain about Government handouts fail to understand their sinister purpose.
Being black in America is still tough. The HUD money spent over 50 years to integrated America has failed. The Ferguson, Missouri, police have been found to violate the rights of blacks. The black leadership that came after Dr. Martin Luther King have proven itself to be a woeful lot that has done nothing to improve the lot of their people.
When Netanyahu spoke, a significant number of black congressmen boycotted his speech. Did they do it because of their belief he wouldn’t have come here if the president was white? One talk-show host said the blacks who planned to boycott should be lynched.
I have no answers. Just black thoughts. I know that when we began our nation we knew that a nation divided against itself could not survive. Or, as Benjamin Franklin wrote and as Paul Revere put on the masthead of the Massachusetts Spy (shown above), we Americans of all colors and races must “join or die.”