Tuesday August 14, 2012

Race-Baiting And The Resultant Subculture

There are so many magnificent examples of minorities from all races who beat the odds of adversity and achieved the American Dream but those are not the ones promoted or glorified in the media because these individuals made it on their own.

By Alicia Colon

Many years ago when the TV Guide was the size of a thin paperback, I recall seeing an ad promoting an upcoming documentary. The full page ad showed a picture of a black man and the ad asked "What do you see - a man or a black man?" I never watched the program but the ad reminded me that I must always do what my faith teaches - that all humans are creatures of God and should not be judged merely by the color of their skin. The network coverage of the London Olympics suggest that liberal commentators see only the color of a person's skin and their Pavlovian response is inevitably to interject race into their commentary.

Gabby Douglas may have been the first African-American to win a gold medal in the all around gymnastics but in his closing remarks of her bio segment Bob Costas had to suggest that she would be an inspiration to African Americans girls. Why not all girls, Mr. Costas?

Then, of course, there was the flap about tennis ace Serena Williams doing a "Crip dance" after winning the gold medal in singles. It was described as such by a media anchor and before you knew it, Drudge Report had it as a headline. My first impression when I heard the report was that it must have been really an elaborate dance but when I finally saw the clip it was nothing more to me than an exuberant hop, skip and a jump.

Some pundits called it a nod to her Compton, California roots but the dance is so mainstream now that it has essentially lost all its gangster ties. I doubt seriously that Serena did it to celebrate the killing, stealing and violence associated with the Crip life.

Nevertheless, the comments on both the left and the right sites castigated her for being an angry black woman. What a laugh. I don't recall McEnroe or Connors being called angry white men after one of their post match tirades. The fact that the media connected her with gangstas because she is black is more racist than anything the tea party was accused of. Why?

The mainstream media uses every opportunity to interject race into nearly every report involving minorities. On CNN's Starting Point with Zoraida Sambolin, the host set the tone of racism in a segment about how voter ID laws will suppress minority voting in spite of the fact that polls show over 70% of Americans approve of this type of legislation.

In her report she says: "With America's first black president up for re-election this November, the conversation about voting rights has been reignited. Thirty states are currently enforcing some form of voter ID law which many civil rights advocates say is an effort to suppress the minority vote."

Later she asked the panel, "Do you think that having an African American president is actually reigniting some of these old prejudices?"

Every time I hear this issue raised in the media I fail to hear the mention of the party most responsible for restraining the civil rights of blacks and minorities in the South. They fail to mention that the KKK was started by the Democrats or that Bull Connor, George Wallace, Lester Maddox et al were all Democrats and there is a good reason for that. The Democrat Party now espouses the socialist leftwing agenda of the majority of mainstream journalists. The Republican Party platform is pro-life and pro-traditional marriage and is as much anathema to Progressives as the church was to the USSR therefore Republicans must be demonized at every single opportunity.

Another priestess of the left, Rachel Maddow, recently insisted that the welfare reform issue had a history of being used by Republicans to stoke "racial resentment" from white voters. She was joined by her colleague Melissa Harris Perry who said: "I want to be clear about how African-American single mothers who are in circumstances of poverty and trying to raise their children in difficult circumstances, that's what we're talking about when we use this kind of welfare queen boogeyman."

When I was growing up in East Harlem in a rat-infested tenement, trying to sleep to the sounds of bongo drums and gunshots, the few blacks on East 110 Street were church-going, well educated and well bred. I watched the decline of that community when the War on Poverty politicians set up their Democrat clubs to "help."

Essentially their message was: "We will help you get the money you deserve for those years of enslavement that the Man has put you through. We will get you welfare checks, housing, healthcare. You no longer need a husband. You will no longer have to work for the white man. We will support you and all your children forever. All you have to do is vote for us and keep us in power." Voila, the welfare queen who begat her progeny who begot her progeny, etc. and the subculture was born.

There are so many magnificent examples of minorities from all races who beat the odds of adversity and achieved the American Dream but those are not the ones promoted or glorified in the media because these individuals made it on their own.

They built their businesses and success without the help of Big Government therefore these individuals do not fit the preferred template for the Progressive movement.

Ben Carson, who's that? Thomas Sowell, Condoleezza Rice, Alan West, J.C. Watts and other pillars of the black community are not the biographical stories being told in the inner city schools. What we see representing minorities routinely appear on the Jerry Springer show or in YouTube viral videos of flash mob violence. In every single major city devastated by violence and mayhem, (e.g. Chicago, Detroit) the political party in power has kept the subculture addicted to government checks; and the resultant anarchy is exactly what was preordained by the Lenin/Marx ideology to destroy capitalism.

I read an interesting interview in FrontPage magazine of Dr. John Drew, a political scientist who tried to warn the McCain campaign that the young Occidental sophomore he knew, Barack Obama, had been a Marxist socialist looking forward to an inevitable Communist revolution. He said: "I remember that Obama reacted negatively to my suggestion that it was wrong to ever expect a Communist revolution in the U.S. given the experience of Western Europe. I definitely remember him talking about the need to prepare ourselves and the people for the coming Communist revolution." Many of the journalists in the media today are byproducts of a Marxist academia and share, some unknowingly, the same goals as the young Obama.

How much better the black community would be if the Fourth Estate had instead heeded the goals of Martin Luther King who dreamt of a color-blind society which moved beyond color to the content of one's character. Then they would be able to see beyond the skin color of the President to the man he really is.

Alicia Colon resides in New York City and can be reached at and at

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