One reader took issue with my post. Unfortunately, they weren’t open to “reasonable” dialog and earned a block. But the following points needed to be reiterated.
No. As headline states and I clearly lay out in the first paragraph, I take issue with the need of some in our society who feel the need to —
- Dilute the accomplishments of Black Americans by stressing that “they didn’t do it alone.” Lest there be any misunderstanding, that is code for “Let’s not get carried away and give them too much credit, lest anyone think they could have accomplished more than we have ascribed them capable of doing. We all know there’s no way they could have done that on their own. Of course, there had to be help from others. This needling would serve only to dilute or diminish those accomplishments.
- Attribute disparaging or negative incidents almost exclusively (or with unfounded and high frequency) to Black Americans. For instance, the notion that poverty, laziness, high drug use, high crime, ad infinitum are hallmarks of and rampant mostly in the Black community and not America. Another example, take the Black Lives Matter movement. How many people have collectively referred to those who participant in that movement as cop killers and motivated by violence?
No. I don’t know what O’Reilly intended, but I do know how I interpreted his “Tip of the Day.”
At 0:10 seconds into the clip — O’Reilly demonstratively mentions the First Lady’s speech reference to slave building the White House in “a positive way.” Why, or how for that matter, would anyone interpret Mrs. Obama’s statement regarding slaves building the White House any other way within the context of her speech.
During the majority of the clip, O’Reilly explains the particulars of the building of the White House. Great.
At 1:20 seconds into the clip, O’Reilly says, “Michelle Obama is “essentially correct” which corroborates your own allegation that “Bill set the record straight.” I stated that he “informed” his audience. The mere fact that O’Reilly says “essentially correct” implies that either a) Mrs. Obama intentionally or unintentionally misled viewers OR b) viewers might misinterpret Mrs. Obama. Correct is an absolute; either a statement is true (free from error/faleshood) or it is not.
Did slaves build the White House? Yes.
Did others build the White House? Yes.
Are both statements free from error. Yes.
Are they mutually exclusive? No.
Again, I take issue with a worldview that says there can only be one exclusive truth. And you know it.
As a descendent of slaves, my mention of slavery was the first of two closing thoughts: that slavery was as wrong then as it is now, despite free room and board. The second, the practice of undermining the accomplishments of others to elevate one’s own standing. Both of which you fail to address.
Pity that you see me as someone who “sees racist motives everywhere” based on one article. I encourage to read the following article for more insight as to who I am and how I see the world and racism.
How I Talk to White People About Racism
It’s not so much that I, as a black man, am chomping at the bit to talk about racism with white people, but if asked…
I look not to censor speech, but raise people’s awareness that attitudes color words, and words inherently carry power. For example, here are but a few examples of the inherent power in words.
“I have a dream.”
“…we find the defendant guilty.”
“I’m the king of the world!”
“It’s a boy/girl!”
“Four score and seven years ago…”
“I love you.”
People are free to say whatever they like, but given the nature of free speech, there are responsibilities and consequences that accompany said speech we all must keep in mind.