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The root problem: Ethnicity over nationality
Posted By Mychal Massie On 08/05/2013 @ 8:00 pm In Commentary,Opinion | No Comments
My column last week, “Bill O’Reilly and other clueless whites,” generated quite a lot of debate – in fact, it created a maelstrom. There were people who either missed my point or refused to understand it, as well as those who simply disagreed.
First of all, the white intellectuals I was referencing I identify as the college and university professors, program hosts and the talking heads who appear on their shows. These are the people who pontificate about topics that are easy to score points with and look bold by mentioning. It’s easy to point to the school drop-out rate, the disintegrating families, unemployment, abortion rates, crime and incarceration rates of black people because they are hot-button topics. It’s like the team captain or coach shouting “We’re going to win!” at a pep rally – of course, everyone cheers.
We all know that the problems I listed above are genuine and must be addressed. But I argue they are symptoms of the much deeper problem white liberals will deny, white conservatives will flee from and the so-called intellectuals do not have the guts to speak out about. Even those blacks who are voicing the concerns mentioned above are unwilling (save a select few) and have no interest in addressing the real core issues. So that leaves me, because I am willing to go where angels fear to tread.
The deeper core problem that only a select few are willing to address is that America (as we know it) cannot survive as a divided nation of two distinct and divergent groups of people intent on deriving oppositional benefits from the same government. These two groups are fighting for ideological control of the same government.
Those of us who embrace “nationality over individual ethnicity” understand that we are all Americans, and, as such, segregating and/or compartmentalizing concerns based on skin color is counterproductive to the whole of America.
Those who embrace “ethnicity over nationality” believe government should cater and conform to them based on the color of their skin, born out of guilt (specifically white guilt) pursuant to injustices of the past and current perceived and/or invented grievances that can be prostituted today for gain.
Many people have told me that when their families came here generations ago it was important for them to assimilate into American culture. But today Neo-Leninist anarchists would have us believe that America benefits only from ethnicity masquerading as diversity and that assimilation as we knew it was wrong.
That’s quasi true if you’re talking about ethnic restaurants, but it is a damnable heterodoxy that espouses the notion that a separate and distinct group of people, who demand to be treated as same, contributes to a united America.
Which brings me back to blacks. Black people have come to be viewed as a subset of the whole to such an extent that people are unaware they have subscribed to and adopted it as fact. As I have repeatedly pointed out, segregative language and mentality have become an accepted and defended norm.
The problems that O’Reilly and others point to are viewed as problems in “the black community”; they are viewed as “black problems.” I say they aren’t black problems – they are American problems.
I argue that when we view them as American problems it allows us to focus on them with a holistic approach, not an approach of what is best for a particular ethnicity. Viewing things through the prism of what is best for a particular ethnicity is what brought us the discrimination of race-based affirmative action whereby one form of prejudice was replaced with another form of prejudice, to cite just one example.
America can only survive as “One nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.” It cannot survive as a divided nation with color-coded liberties and justice. America cannot survive with a government that is expected to cater to specific needs of people based on ethnicity juxtaposed to what is best for the people of America as a whole.
This is not ipse dixit; evidence of what I am saying is unambiguous on any level of honest examination. America as a nation is comprised of Americans. Period. Statement of fact. But there entered in Neo-Leninist elements that saw the political and monetary value of having two Americas striving against itself based on ethnicity versus nationality. And I contend that it is these Neo-Leninist elements who have, with patience and cunning, transmogrified us into a perpetual battleground where one group is called upon to make accommodations to another based solely on color of skin. What goes unaddressed is that making those accommodations has done nothing to abate injury; rather, it has fomented a mentality of victimology and race-based immiseration.
I argue that as long as we allow, encourage and defend the disaffection of people under the guise of pride in ethnicity we will never be able to address the issues I listed in the beginning, because even though they exist amongst us as a whole they will be viewed only as a color-coded concern.
Now you tell me: How many of those I identify as white intellectuals have the guts and/or interest in saying what I just did? For that matter, how many Americans in toto have the guts or the interest?
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