George M. Haddad
October 5, 2003
Oratory did not end with the demise of Demosthenes nor did black slavery begin in the United States of America. However, one would think so by listening to what has become a profitable race hustling orgy in this country.
In a sense this article was encouraged by an essay written by Fred Reed, a police reporter with a leading Washington newspaper who responded to the rantings of Henry Louis Gates Jr., the chairman of Afro-American studies at Harvard. It appeared that Professor Gates had as yet to stop his demands that whites pay reparations to blacks for the suffering of these same people having been enslaved and brought to this terrible land against their will.
We have been and continue to be bombarded with racial reconstruction, contrition, apology, resolution, exploitation, preference, extortion, reparation and whatever else you wish to name it. It's like a virus which will not stop feeding upon itself. Someone, somewhere must present the facts of life to those who wish to continue slurping at the Jackson-Farakhan whining trough. A useless exercise which is tantamount to pitching one's tent on quicksand.
The great tragedy of our time is that a majority of the black population has latched on to a political party which ensures and encourages their complete dependence on government. The second portion of this tragedy is that they don't know it. Here are a people who at one time had ancestors become slaves by the accident of conquering tribes and birth and yet today are responsible and accountable for the self imposed corral into which they have enslaved themselves.
The practice of slavery dates to prehistoric times. It has been practiced by mankind since the advent of human history. It has been a cultural phenomenon of humans, the kindest and gentlest animals on this earth, and yet, the most cruel. The ancient Mesopotamian, Indian and Chinese civilizations utilized slaves. The Egyptians and Hebrews of ancient cultures were not without slaves. In pre-Columbian America, slaves were a part of the Aztec, Inca and Maya societies. In the Homeric Epics, slavery was the destiny of prisoners of war. By the 19th century you could add all of Europe to the practice of slavery and slave labor. Conquerors have been enslaving the conquered since time immemorial. Slavery and slaughter exists all over the world today and no less in the bowels of Asia and at the cores of North, Central and South Africa.
Contrary to the outcries and the revised historical documentations of the moaners, the slave traders who purchased the slaves in Africa did not conquer tribes and villages and make them slaves. They were already slaves on the market and being shuttled to the countries with the most purchasing power. They were slaves enslaved by their own conquerors and sold. For those who were transported here the question could be asked of their descendants if they would have preferred that their ancestors would have been sold and sent somewhere else in the world or to this country? If they had been sent somewhere else what would their plight be and where would they be today?
There is no perfect world out there. There is no country on this earth without prejudice. But they are living in the greatest and most generous country this globe has ever spawned and yet too many reek of despair. They have been blessed to live in a nation where millions of people throughout this world would give everything they own to live and not without good reason.
It is truly sad to read and note the historical ignorance of those who accuse America of being the cruelest slave nation on this earth. As one writer stated, "Of introducing the cruelest form of chattel slavery ever recorded and maintained for centuries." These are the people who have been so thoroughly brainwashed as to be completely bemired in a venom which will not allow the back foot to pull out of the past nor the front foot to lead them from the swamp.
These are our present day losers since the need for this type of rationale excuses their inability to cope and to make it in a nation which has more opportunities than any other on this earth. These are the same individuals who would look at black successes and call them Uncle Toms. These are the same moaners who frown on the value of education since it would be tantamount to following "Whitey's" plans. These are the same activists who need follow the advice of the Tom Sowells of this world who would say to them, "Fervor in defense of failure is no answer for any race."
On the other side of the coin it was a welcome relief to find a writer who summed up the success of his people in so many words. "It has been only 50 years since the holocaust, and Jewish people have not let that deter us one bit. We have been very successful because we focus on three main issues: family, education and work." What a refreshing statement after listening to and reading the diatribe.
For those ungrateful wretches who think that living in this country is an ordeal all they have to do is look around them. There are more black millionaires, more black upper class, more black middle class and more successful black entrepreneurs in this country than in any nation on earth. If you can't make it here, you can't make it anywhere.
Between 1792 with Denmark to 1888 in Brazil, slavery was almost officially abolished in most of the civilized world. And yet, this was the only country which dared to fight a civil war in order to rid itself of this dastardly institution.
So to the activists it can only be said, "The statute of limitations on the race question ran out. Get with it, get a life, get off the wailing wagon, direct your energy to a productive pursuit and you will be amazed at how much happier your life will become."
|George M. Haddad has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and a Masters Degree in Social Administration with extensive work experience with the mentally ill. The former Executive Director - National Institute for Burn Medicine - affiliated with the University of Michigan. He is retired from the National Staff of the YMCA as a troubleshooter in financial management and administration and has worked as a management consultant to non-profit corporations. He has written frequently on medical, social and political issues and has many published articles to his credit. He currently writes from Franklin, Michigan and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
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7 oct 2003