In the midst of the Florida tragedy, there was a book published with the unwieldy title, No Matter What . . . They’ll Call This Book Racist. Obviously it was written well before the shooting in Florida, but its message — that there is rampant hypocrisy and irrationality in public discussions of race — could not have been better timed.In my humble opinion,one of the best ways to heal the racial divide in this country is for whites to stop feeling guilty about slavery and past racial crimes that we have had nothing to do with.I have never owned a slave!I have never lynched anyone!I have never been or ever will be a member of the Klan!Because of this,I refuse to be made to feel guilty for any act of racism committed by anyone at anytime!
Author Harry Stein, a self-described “reformed white liberal,” raised by parents who were even further to the left, exposes the illogic and outright fraudulence that lies behind so much of what is said about race in the media, in politics, and in our educational institutions. He asks a very fundamental question: “Why, even after the Duke University rape fiasco, does the media continue to give credence to every charge of racism?”
Harry Stein credits Shelby Steele’s book White Guilt with opening his eyes to one of the sources of many counterproductive things said and done about race today — namely, guilt about what was done to blacks and other minorities in the past.
Let us talk sense, like adults. Nothing that is done to George Zimmerman — justly or unjustly — will unlynch a single black man who was tortured and killed in the Jim Crow South for a crime he didn’t commit.
Letting hoodlums get away with hoodlumism today does not undo a single injustice of the past. It is not even a favor to the hoodlums, for many of whom this is just the first step on a path that leads to the penitentiary, and maybe to the execution chamber.
Winston Churchill said, “If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost.” He wasn’t talking about racial issues, but what he said applies especially where race is involved.
Until white America has an epiphany,that they have done nothing wrong and have nothing to be ashamed of,they will continue to be held hostage by the race pimps,who profit from their guilty conscience.The day we let the past go and no longer seek forgiveness from blacks for the sins of our fathers,then we will look upon one another as equals and move forward to a more racially unified country.