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09-06-2009 09:13 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Dennis (RIP)

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Politically incorrect food for thought.

As you will recall, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Harvard professor who got arrested by Cambridge Police recently.

Fred Reed was a police reporter for one of the large Washington newspapers. He now writes a column which can be googled ~ "Fred on Everything"

Fred published a weekly online column in which he got to say the things his editors would never, ever have let him write in the paper. His stuff is iconoclastic and various articles have probably offended everyone... regardless of political orientation. So, with the warning that "This is definitely not politically correct," here comes Fred...

The following is an essay regarding the failings of a system and a culture. Please note that he elegantly describes the mood of many Americans and he does so without prejudice.

Slavery Reparations... by Fred Reed!

On the Web I find that Henry Louis Gates Jr., the chairman of Afro-American Studies at Harvard, is demanding that whites pay reparations to blacks. It's because of slavery, see. He is joined in this endeavor by a gaggle of other professional blacks. I guess he'll send me a bill, huh?

I feel like saying, "Let me get this straight, Hank. I'm slow. Be patient.You want free money because of slavery, right? I don't blame you." I'd like free money too. Tell you what. I believe in justice. I'll give you a million dollars for every slave I own, and another million for every year you were a slave. Fair enough? But tell me, how many slaves do you suppose I have? In round numbers, I mean...say to the nearest dozen. And how long were you a slave?

Oh. In other words, I owe you reparations for something that I didn't do and didn't happen to you. That makes sense. Like lug nuts on a birthday cake. Personally, I think you owe me reparations for things you didn't do and never happened to me. I've never been coated in Dutch chocolate and thrown from the Eiffel Tower. I'll bet you've never done it to anyone. I want reparations. Kind of silly, isn't it?

But if we're going to talk about reparations, that's a street that runs in two directions. You want money from me for what some other whites did to some other blacks in another century?

How about you guys paying whites reparations for current expenses caused by blacks? Not long ago blacks burned down half of Los Angeles, a city in my country. Cities are expensive, Hank. Build one sometime and you'll see what I mean. Whites had to pay taxes to repair Los Angeles for you. You can send me a check.

Now, yes, I know you burned LA because you didn't like the verdict in the trial of those police officers. Well, I didn't like the verdict in the Simpson trial. But I didn't burn my house and loot Korean grocers, or burn down a city.
Over the years blacks have burned a lot of American cities: Newark, Detroit, Watts, on and on. Now add in the fantastic cost over the years of welfare in all its forms, the cost of all of those police calls people had to make, cells and jails and security systems in department stores. I can't live in the capital city of my own country because of crime committed by blacks. Toss in the cultural cost of lowering standards in everything for the benefit of blacks. See what I mean?

Now, I'd view things differently if you said to me, "Fred, blacks can't get anywhere in a modern country without education. We know that. We need better schools, smarter teachers, harder courses, books with smaller pictures and bigger words. Can you help us?"

I'd say, "Hallelujah! Hoo-ahh! Not just yes, but hell yes. Let's sell an aircraft carrier and get these folks some real schools and get them into the economic main-stream.' I'd say It partly because it would be the right thing to do, and partly because I'd like to add you guys to the tax base.

The current custodial state is expensive. I'd just love for blacks to study and learn to compete and stop burning places. But is it going to happen? You may not believe it, but I, and most whites, don't like seeing blacks as miserable and screwed up as they are.

I spend a fair amount of time in the projects. Those places are ugly. It's no fun watching perfectly good kids turn into semi-literate dope dealers who barely speak English. It just plain ain't right. But, Hank, what am I supposed to do about it? I can't do your children's homework. At some point, people have to do things for themselves, or they don't get done. Maybe it's time.

I'll tell you what I see out in the world, Hank... I think blacks are too accustomed to getting anything they want by just demanding it. True, it has worked for over half a century. Get a few hundred people in the street, implicitly threaten to loot and burn, holler about slavery, and sadly the Great White Cash Spigot turns on.

Thing is, whites don't much buy it any longer. Most recognize that what once was a civil-rights movement has become a shakedown game. Few people still feel responsible for the failings and inadequacies of blacks. Political

correctness keeps the lid on -- but everyone knows the score. Which scares me, Hank.

On one hand, blacks hate whites and incline toward looting and burning. (The whites you hate are the ones who marched in the civil-rights movement. Ever think about that?)

On the other hand, whites quietly grow wearier and wearier of it. Not good, Hank.

On the third hand (allow me three hands, for rhetorical convenience), blacks keep demanding things. As I write, you demand reparation for slavery. Blacks in Oklahoma (I think it was) want money for some ancient race riot. Other blacks reject the Declaration of Independence. Blacks in New York hint broadly at burning and looting over a trial, yet more demand the elimination of the Confederate flag, and the federal equal opportunity apparatus, which means blacks want to sue Silicon Valley for not hiring nonexistent black engineers. That's a lot of demanding for one month, Hank. What happens if whites ever say, "No"?

Now, how about you? You've got a cushy job up there at Harvard, and you can hoot and holler about what swine and bandits whites are. I guess it's lots of fun, and you get a salary for it to boot. But don't you think you might do blacks more good if you told them to complain less and study more?

For example, if you want blacks to work in Silicon Gulch, the best approach might be to find some really smart black guys, and get them to study digital design ~ not Black Studies (as you teach). That's how everybody else does it.

It works. Then blacks wouldn't feel left out, and racial tensions would decline. Sound like a plan?

Just out of curiosity, how many hours a week do professors of Afro-American Studies spend in the projects, encouraging poor black kids to study real-life sho-nuf subjects?

Pass this one across America !!!

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09-06-2009 10:15 PM  8 years agoPost 2
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+1

why is it THAT HARD to understand??

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09-06-2009 10:42 PM  8 years agoPost 3
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why is it THAT HARD to understand??
Depends on how much you want for nothing in return.

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09-06-2009 11:16 PM  8 years agoPost 4
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the whining just gets so overwhelming on this subject. Neither side of my family was even here before the 1920's.

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09-06-2009 11:56 PM  8 years agoPost 5
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Wow, I'm mildly insulted. But then again I'm probably just an overly emotional example of the stereotype depicted in the cited article.

There are white people that dislike black people, there are black people that dislike white people, there are white people that like black people, there are black people that like white people. That's life. All ("insert ethnicity here" people don't think alike so why make (or agree with) blanket stereoypes that are created off of micro-samplings. Promoting half-truths is not the truth. There are people that participate with the Klan. So do all people of that ethnicity believe in the Klan's mission? Not at all.

Loren

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09-07-2009 12:02 AM  8 years agoPost 6
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missing the point

of course I am not lumping everybody in one sack. Anybody that does is an idiot. But let us remember that stereotypes exist because there is an element of truth to them, NOT IN EVERY CASE, I understand. If that were true it would be a FACT or a TRUTH, not a stereotype.
I'll be the first to admit that my jumping ability is not what I'd like it to be. My dancing leaves something to be desired (though better than a lot I've seen).

PS - And thanks for using "insulted" rather than "offended". The MOST overused word in the English language today.

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09-07-2009 12:24 AM  8 years agoPost 7
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A lot of nonsense!

what does the posting of this message do but inflame people opinion. I tend to think people should be more like Christ and learn to be more tolerant of each other, no matter who they are.

It does absolutely no good to post inflammatory messages just to stir up the pot.

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09-07-2009 12:28 AM  8 years agoPost 8
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It does absolutely no good to post inflammatory messages just to stir up the pot.
Well, you just did the same.

Maybe some would prefer to discuss a difficult subject. You very obviously can't handle it. You should have left it alone.

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09-07-2009 12:31 AM  8 years agoPost 9
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I'm surprised he didn't tell me he was offended.

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09-07-2009 12:50 AM  8 years agoPost 10
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Well, you just did the same.
How were my comments inflammatory compared to the ones that you posted???????? Since you have no idea who I am or anything about me, you do not know what I can handle and what I can't. I do know a little bit about who you are. I have actually bought things from you.

However, I have noticed that on a daily basis you sow seeds of controversy time after time. Does this stirring up of the pot change anyone's opinion about things, probably not. I know it doesn't change my opinion nor anyone else's that I have talk to about some of the different postings I see on this forum.

I look at a lot of these daily ranting simply to be entertain by them, nothing more!

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09-07-2009 01:12 AM  8 years agoPost 11
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However, I have noticed that on a daily basis you sow seeds of controversy time after time. Does this stirring up of the pot change anyone's opinion about things, probably not. I know it doesn't change my opinion nor anyone else's that I have talk to about some of the different postings I see on this forum.
I bring up many things to discuss. If you think its stirring up the pot, then thats fine. You don't have to participate. I have seen you stir up controversy over your beliefs here. Thats up to you. Free speech, and all that. Speaking for myself, I like it here. I like to stir controversy with the left. You may have noticed. Thats just me.
How were my comments inflammatory compared to the ones that you posted????????
Your comments were not inflammatory. But, you obviously got inflamed. Up to you how you react.

Back to the subject.

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09-07-2009 01:59 AM  8 years agoPost 12
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Dennis, I doubt you have seen me stir up very much controversy over my beliefs, certainly nothing compared to the constant stream of controversy you seem to always be stirring up. It is not even close. Furthermore, if I was so sensitive that I couldn't take it, I would't prevent people from sending me PM messages like you do. So who is it that can't take it now? However, I am neither of the Liberal persuasion or the Conservative persuasion. Because I have a lot problems with both of them

I neither supported Obama nor did I support McCain, because in my opinion neither one of them will get the job done. If McCain had gotten elected, he would not have gotten anything done either. He would not have had enough support from anyone in Congress, so he would have been stuck! Obama does have a majority and he is still mostly stuck!

Do you know why it will always be that way,? I will tell you why, it is because everyone is looking out for Numero Uno, themselves. Selflessness abounds. And as long as this happens, there will always be dissatisfaction. But you're right, I don't have to participate, but I do on certain occasion. I simply wanted to know why you enjoy bringing up HUGE controversial issues, and now you have told me. I guess you are like the local bully in the school yard, you're always wanting to pick on somebody or something. You find delight in it, and that is your right. But since you are businessman, maybe you should take the same approach that Michael Jordan once expressed. It might help your business.

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09-07-2009 03:24 AM  8 years agoPost 13
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Regarding the professor, he is definitely part of the problem and he has a vested interest in continued suffering of the black community.

I see both sides here in Los Angeles. The good folks get out of the ghetto areas as fast as they can to save themselves and their families. They do it by hard work and it pays handsomely and they are regarded no differently than whites, asians or hispanics in the professional workplace and the nice neighborhoods.

Whine and biatch all you want, it will not make a difference, and for myself, I am not interested in the excuses. I have my own problems and nobody cares about my excuses either.

If I see some jagoff with his pants down standing on the corner, do not expect me to have anything for him other than suspicion and disdain. Too many like the professor have beat into his head that he is somehow disadvantaged and discriminated against, and have filled him with hate and pointless bravado. They have denied him the truth that education and/or work pay off, regardless of your race. And that nobody wants to hear his excuses when he lives in this free country where so many of my black friends have out-performed me by orders of magnitude.

keepin' it real

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09-07-2009 04:04 AM  8 years agoPost 14
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Furthermore, if I was so sensitive that I couldn't take it, I would't prevent people from sending me PM messages like you do.
My PM mere is closed. I shut that down a long time ago when I discovered it was best to do my debating here in public rather than privately through PM. Thats the way it is. My right to do that. Yours also if you like.
I guess you are like the local bully in the school yard, you're always wanting to pick on somebody or something. You find delight in it, and that is your right.
Thanks, I appreciate that. Sorry, I gotta be me
But since you are businessman, maybe you should take the same approach that Michael Jordan once expressed. It might help your business.
What approach would that be?

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09-07-2009 04:10 AM  8 years agoPost 15
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Regarding the professor, he is definitely part of the problem and he has a vested interest in continued suffering of the black community.
Yes he is definitely part of the problem. Right along with Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton. These guys are specialists in hunting for victims. Thats what they do. They are simply con artists. Unfortunately, they get paid well to do the best they can to suck up to the downtrodden and claim to build them up when exactly the opposite results. Very much like the Democratic party.

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09-07-2009 04:18 AM  8 years agoPost 16
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I find it mildly amusing that anyone could be offended by a satirical piece like this. It's clear the author was seeking to jibe an individual who seeks to inflame the passions of a disassociated portion of our country. And they are disassociate by choice and propaganda just like Gates. The author made obviously ridiculous comments that countered the issue at hand. The point is that just as ridiculous as the author's comments are, so are the demands of a angry (racist?) Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Let's leave it at that. Satire that makes a very clear point.

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09-07-2009 05:10 AM  8 years agoPost 17
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Always will be. So, not sure where you got that one. ?????
I got it because someone ask you once why you don't receive PM messages and your response was something like, there was to many loons out there for you to recieve PM messages.

Therefore in my opinion you are the on that can't take it because you don't accept PM messages, but I couldn't care less one way or other.
You can continue to be what you want. I just wanted to know why you continue to stir up contraversal post.

Here is what I meant by Michael Jordan. Someone ask him once why he did not speak out more on social issues, perhaps wondering why he did not support the Liberal side of things.

His response was that Republican's buy tennis shoes also. He knew that if he spoke out too much if would alienate some of his clientale, so he never did.

However if you think the democratic party is that much worse off then the Repbulican party, you are definitely fooled. As for as I am concern, most of them in both parties are a bunch of pathetic liars.

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09-07-2009 05:31 AM  8 years agoPost 18
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I got it because someone ask you once why you don't receive PM messages and your response was something like there was to many loons out there for you to recieve PM messages.
Thats true. Thats why I said, its best for me to do my debating, or bullying, here in public rather than private through PM here. That helps to keep things as civil as possible. Even in light of my sarcasm from time to time. Other ways to get hold of me are to obvious to mention here.
Therefore in my opinion you are the on that can't take it because you don't accept PM messages, but I couldn't care less one way or other.
Fine. I have explained myself to my satisfaction.
Here is what I meant by Michael Jordan. Someone ask him once why he did not speak out more on social issues, perhaps wondering why he did not support the Liberal side of things.

His response was that Republican's buy tennis shoes also. He knew that if he spoke out too much if would alienate some of his clientale, so he never did.
Michael has his methods. I have mine. The reason, I will not discuss here. My choice. I do not consider myself in Michael's class at all. Not even close.
However if you think the democratic party is that much worse off then the Repbulican party, you are definitely fooled. As for as I am concern, most of them in both parties are a bunch of pathetic liars.
Speaking for myself, I am really not to thrilled with the Republican party either. But, the far left we have at this time is far, far worse than anything I have seen in my entire lifetime. Thats what I base my opinions on. Will never stop either. I am a conservative (right leaning Independent) and very proud of that. I don't feel fooled at all. Just convinced.

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09-07-2009 05:48 AM  8 years agoPost 19
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He showed the opposite side of the argument which is generally not allowed due to PC. When folks can take it as easily as they can give it out, things will be better for all.

keepin' it real

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09-07-2009 06:54 AM  8 years agoPost 20
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I am sure you are convinced Dennis, I have always said people are allowed to believe whatever they want to believe. But just because someone believes something doesn't make it true or not true. It just means you believe it.

Now I believe that almost all politicians are liars.
I am old enough to remember the lying
Republican, Richard Nixon and "I am not a crook" and his tax evading lying Vice president.
The lying Republican "read my lips, no new taxes" George Bush
The lying Democrat "I did not have sex with that woman" Bill Clinton

The holier then thy Republicans that are caught cheating on their wives while reaching under bathroom stalls or hiking on the Appalachian trail and the tax fraud lying and cheating Democrats, who sell senate seats for politicial favors and money.

Please give me a break Man, for every cheating Republicans there is a cheating Democrat, for every lying Democrat there is lying Republican.

Unlike you Dennis, I don't like any of the liars and cheats.

You are just fooling yourself if you think one is that much better then the other.

Good Night

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