Slavery and Related Sins

When I was young, I was brought up to regard Europe’s colonial powers as evil incarnate. We were taught that England, France, Holland, Germany and Spain, brutalized the people of Africa and Haiti, all for the sake of diamonds and other precious commodities.

Time passed, as it will, and the European oppressors were banished. The nations became self-governing and, in many cases, went so far as to change their names in an effort to put the past behind them. Predictably, just about everything got worse. Nearly without exception, the black leaders who filled the power vacuum were far more savage than the colonial governors had been.

While liberals everywhere celebrated the change, the fact is that the last 60 or 70 years have been an endless bloodbath for Africa. It’s been one endless cycle of genocide, rape, drought, pillage and starvation.

The United Nations, a string of American presidents, various charities and a swarm of white celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Bono and George Clooney, have raised trillions of dollars while piling up a lifetime supply of self-bestowed brownie points. Closer to home, we have the same cycle repeated in Haiti, as well as in Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia.

Nothing ever changes for the better, but only becomes more desperate and more costly. The main difference between, say, Somalia and Detroit is that the black population in Detroit gets a few more goodies because the Democrats still need their votes every couple of years.

The major distinction between Idi Amin and the members of the Black Congressional Caucus is that Idi was, literally and not just metaphorically, a cannibal.

None of this should be taken as a blanket indictment of the black race. People aren’t always responsible for their political leaders, as we American conservatives can readily testify. There are a great many black individuals whose decency, courage and accomplishments, cannot and should not be overlooked. Although when their names are Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Walter Williams, Star Parker, Tim Scott, Condoleezza Rice or Allen West, they’re exactly the ones that liberals cynically belittle as “inauthentic,” as Uncle Toms and Oreos.

Liberals prefer to hold up the likes of Jesse Jackson, Charles Rangel, Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton, Sheila Jackson Lee, Maxine Waters and Cynthia McKinney, as sterling examples of the black race.

While it’s true that no group of Americans was ever as ill-treated for as many years as blacks, it’s also true that over the past five decades, in the wake of the Civil Rights Act, no group has rioted more or pursued an education less than blacks. The only areas in which they have consistently been overachievers are crime, basketball and siring babies out of wedlock.

To those aware of human nature, it comes as no surprise that no other group, including illegal aliens, has received as much from the public trough as blacks. So it is that ingratitude can be added to their sins.

Nobody can honestly deny that the institution of slavery was an abomination because it turned human beings into beasts of burden. But in the long run, the price of bringing all those poor souls here in chains is that millions of other Americans have become slaves to their descendants.

In a way, that could be viewed as poetic justice, except that those now paying the price were never slave owners and those being rewarded never had to pick or tote a bale of cotton.


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Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • Burt Prelutsky

    Chester A. Arthur: It doesn’t surprise me that you would spring to Proe Graphique’s defense because you are the two fellows who have gone out of your way to come up with phony nom de computers. Is that specific enough?

    • Chester A. Arthur

      “Is that specific enough?”

      No; it is a logical fallacy.

      P.S.

      What’s this about clocks!?

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Sunnyinaz: Thank you for chiming in.

    It shouldn’t surprise me that “Chester A. Arthur” would spring to the defense of “Proe Graphique.” Actually, Mr. Graphique, I was responding to what you regard as “the merits of my opinion,” but you simply didn’t appreciate my response. My advice, which I’m sure, you’ll both disregard is that you stop reading my essays. You obviously dislike both content and style, so why waste your valuable time? No need to thank me.

    Burt

    • Chester A. Arthur

      “It shouldn’t surprise me that “Chester A. Arthur” would spring to the defense of “Proe Graphique.”

      Why is that? Please be specific as possible.

      “You OBVIOUSLY dislike both content and style, so why waste your valuable time?”
      (-emphasis mine)

      What’s this about clocks!?

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Proe Graphique: If I cared about your opinion, your words would probably trouble me. As it is, what I write is my opinion, and judging by the response, the opinion of others. Whereas what you write is strictly for the birds. You seem to believe that I am in the employ of the RNC. I am not. I am also not running for office. Therefore, I can afford to be totally candid, whether you agree with me or not. The truth is, even you could defeat Obama in 2012.

    As for the line you quoted, no, I was not trying to be funny. But I am not the least bit surprised that you couldn’t tell. Judging by some of your earlier comments about my work, humor is definitely not your strong suit. But give me enough time and I may be able to figure out what is.

    In the meantime, I am not surprised that you’re the only visitor who employs a pompous pseudonym. Proe Graphique, indeed.

    Burt

    • Chester A. Arthur

      “Proe Graphique: If I cared about your opinion”

      If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be writing your comment.

      “The truth is, even you could defeat Obama in 2012.”

      This is a lie.

      “As for the line you quoted, no, I was not trying to be funny. But I am not the least bit surprised that you couldn’t tell. Judging by some of your earlier comments about my work, humor is definitely not your strong suit. But give me enough time and I may be able to figure out what is.

      In the meantime, I am not surprised that you’re the only visitor who employs a pompous pseudonym. Proe Graphique, indeed.”

      You probably shouldn’t be writing comments. You make yourself look bad.

      • Proe Graphique

        Thank you, Chester.

        It would have been nice if Burt had responded to the merits of my own opinion in response to his, and not launched into a non sequitur personal attack.

        For a public writer Burt appears, IMO, pretty thin-skinned to start attacking internet pseudonyms. But that’s the same guy who also quoted radio carbon dating as a means of measuring the age of the earth. Grade for Burt: a running c- at best. He should stick to the merits instead of shooting off angry, know-it-all one-liners and continually using the fact that he is an opinion writer as a human body shield for some, IMO, pretty shoddy wordsmithery.

        • sunnyinaz

          Proe: IMO you are such a snob.

          • Chester A. Arthur

            Why is the pot calling the kettle black?

          • Proe Graphique

            Sunny,

            Let’s see, Burt says, ““The only areas in which (blacks) have consistently been overachievers are crime, basketball and siring babies out of wedlock” and I object on the basis that he’s being politically stupid to say that in en election years, and it also isn’t fair, and *I* am being a snob?! Wow. Okay. If that how you see it, fine.

  • Proe Graphique

    “In a way, that could be viewed as poetic justice, except that those now paying the price were never slave owners and those being rewarded never had to pick or tote a bale of cotton.”

    True, and many of us have been saying this over the years, it’s nothing new. However, the tone in which you have written the lead-up to this sensible conclusion, with remarks which are unnecessarily incendiary, such as, “The only areas in which they have consistently been overachievers are crime, basketball and siring babies out of wedlock” is, IMO, positively breathtaking in its political stupidity running up to a 2012 election to defeat a half-black Marxist President. If it was meant to be funny, I didn’t laugh.

    Please don’t claim to speak for conservatives, if you do. We have enough media problems already and we’d like to win in 2012. This doesn’t help.

    • Chester A. Arthur

      “…running up to a 2012 election to defeat a half-black Marxist President.”

      Actually, Obama is a communist Resident who is:

      7% African
      43% Arab
      25% Anglo Saxon
      25% Jewish

      Obama is actually a “half white guy.”

      “To those aware of human nature, it comes as no surprise that no other group, including illegal aliens, has received as much from the public trough as blacks. So it is that ingratitude can be added to their sins.”
      (-from article)

      I’m sure it doesn’t hurt them when we probably have a “black,” illegal immigrant (P)Resident.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    I appreciate the kind words. When I consider the black experience in America, I am reminded that years ago a black reporter for the NY Times wrote what I regarded as a very wise summing up of the situation. He began by stating that slavery was a vile sin, but that he, himself, could only be grateful that as a result of his ancestors being brought here in chains, he was given the wonderful opportunity to be born in America.

    Burt

  • robin in fl

    this is SO true what you wrote Burt and I am glad someone has the nerve to actually say it,thank you.
    all one has to do is look at south africa and see how it is working out for them now, as they kill white farmers and run them off their land and have such a huge rate of crime and ask them how it’s all working out for them.I know people that live their and it’s not so great .there is much talk about what will happen when Mandella dies and how the whites will be punished..time will tell.

    thanks again for an honest take on things in this post.

  • Jay Thompson

    Poignant remarks, Burt. What concerns me more than the substance of your comments is the fact that most will not see the adept parsing of a subtle set of nuances. In a word, most won’t get it – particularly not the Left, who refuse to entertain criticism due to their disdain for real ideas that challenge the status quo.

    Funny, “idea” is the same root from which we get ideology, something to which they are subservient, and to which they bow.

  • Clarence De Barrows

    I know it isn’t a politic question to pose, but what would be the condition of an Al Sharpton, a Louis Farrakhan, a Jesse Jackson and other like thinkers if their ancestors hadn’t been brought here against their will?

  • JohnInMA

    Although not my original analogy, I’ve latched onto this idea after reading the analysis from others. The liberal/autocratic black leadership exhibits all the definable traits of imposing slavery as the white culture did centuries ago. While outright indentured servitude is missing, total reliance on government is the means now (yes, you can supplant the “M” word here). The loudest voices (prime example, Cynthia McKinney) oppose the “Uncle Tom” conservative voices exactly because they speak out against the slave traits. In particular, any voice that presses for self-reliant behavior and accountability for one’s behavior is attacked, even if liberal. See Bill Cosby for the prime example – he favored Kucinich in the last Dem primary because of Dennis’ big government views. So, it’s easy to see Cosby believes that government is still critical to giving the black community the lift in COMBINATION with a change in the culture. I am only left to conclude that it is the “breaking of the chains”, if you will, that Cosby advocates that so upsets the liberal black politicians and gives them the energy they need to attack him.

    Pretty sad.