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“White guilt”. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!

White guilt…huh…yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Uh ha haa ha
White guilt…huh…yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutley nothing…say it again y’all
White guilt..huh…look out…
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing…listen to me ohhhhh

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Hat tip virgomonkey

White Guilt

Frontpage Interview’s guest today Shelby Steele, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of The Content of Our Character, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and A Dream Deferred. He is the author of the new book White Guilt

FP: So tell us how white guilt has set back progress in civil rights.

Steele: White guilt effects everything having to do with race in America. For example, your question uses the term “civil rights” when you probably mean the progress of black people or the state of relations between the races, or whether or not racism is still a problem for blacks. White guilt has given us a euphemistic language with which to discuss race. Civil rights, as articulated in the ’64 Civil Rights Bill, are unchanged.

That said, white guilt undermines black progress and race relations because it generates disingenuous racial policies–diversity, affirmative action, and welfare without expectations (until the late 90s). These policies enable whites to fend off the racist stigma they live with but rob blacks of the incentive to work harder for their own advancement. All these “white guilt” policies ask nothing whatsoever of blacks. They are an incentive to weakness rather strength. Black high school students did worse on the SAT in 2000 than in 1990. These students know that low performance is no bar to the racial preferences of affirmative action. So why work harder? Yet American institutions almost fanatically support “white guilt” policies because the legitimacy of these institutions now depends on their proving themselves free of racism. White guilt means that America’s racial reforms serve the innocent whites while facilitating weakness in minorities.

FP: What are some destructive things about affirmative action?

Steele: Affirmative action stigmatizes minorities as second rate. How could it do otherwise when its operating mechanism is the lowering of standards for minorities? The tragedy is that, today, no high achieving black (Clarence Thomas and Condolezza Rice come to mind) is free of this stigma. Affirmative action smears and denigrates those it claims to help by casting them as “dependents” on white goodwill: “you wouldn’t be where you are if it weren’t for affirmative action.”

As if to worsen this cruelty, it is precisely the liberal supporters of affirmative action who are the first to smear blacks with it. Unless they smear blacks by telling them they owe their positions to affirmative action, they don’t get the credit for not being racist that they are looking for. This is the torturous double bind that causes affirmative action to duplicate the racial oppression of old. Like all white guilt policies, affirmative action enables whites to once again see blacks as inferior even as they steal credit for black achievements. In these policies both white supremacy and black inferiority are once again imposed on American society.

FP: Can you illuminate some ways that white liberals are self-serving?

Steele: Today the entire civil rights leadership is devoted far more to the manipulation of white guilt than to the development of their own people. The former is so easy, the latter so hard. The tragedy is that this leadership must constantly assert the weakness of black people and the power of continuing white racism in order to win favors from guilty white America. Not very inspiring to black youth to constantly hear from their own leaders that they can’t be expected to compete with others and that racism is a relentless barrier to their advancement. Only two statements are guaranteed to make a civil rights leader truly angry: to say that racism is no longer a formidable problem for blacks in America and that blacks are now free to make of their lives what they will. White racism and black weakness are the keys to white guilt, which is the same thing as black power. Without white evil and black inferiority, today’s civil rights leaders would be as impotent as Samson without his hair.

FP: Why do white liberals reject personal responsibility?

Steele: Why do white liberals reject personal responsibility? Because the symbiosis between white guilt and black power requires that only whites be responsible for racial equality. Only by literally stealing responsibility from blacks can white liberals claim the moral authority that protects them from the racist stigma. And of course, in this moral authority is very real political power. Here is the power to stigmatize the right as racist–and thus to weaken its power by showing it to be illegitimate in a free democracy. The point is that white guilt has set the terms for political legitimacy in America. This means the left will have political power far beyond its numbers and that the right will have less power than its numbers warrant. If the left began to say that personal responsibility was the best–if not the primary–way for blacks to reach equality in America, it would lose its power, a power completely dependent on the idea that whites are responsible and that blacks are victims.

White collective responsibility is the great fount of power for contemporary liberalism. This formula for power–seizing responsibility for correcting the damage done by America’s sins–is now being applied even to the environment. Liberalism casts the environment as a victim because it then gains power by taking responsibility for it. It also gains the power to further stigmatize the right as indifferent (racist) to the environment, and to assert that the right, in its “indifference,” is an illegitimate and unworthy steward of power in America. Al Gore must assert that “we cause” global warming so that he and the political left can take responsibility for fixing it. Without this responsibility there is no moral authority, no power, and no ability to stigmatize the right. If nature caused global warming, the left has no path to power.

So personal responsibility is anathema to liberalism because it cuts off the possibility of collective responsibility. White guilt is what made collective responsibility a source of liberal power in America. And it remains a source of power regardless of who or what is cast as a victim–blacks, the environment, gays, illegal immigrants, etc.. The only thing liberals cannot abide is the idea that they are not collectively responsible. And they will scratch the earth for victims in order to avoid this prospect. […]

Hmm…

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Stereotyping it’s a racist thing…

For fucks sake. As if ‘white people’ have a damn magic wand they can wave. I’ll not admit to anything I have no control over. Denial? Kiss my ass. Because I sure  as hell am not kissing yours. I have had nothing handed to me on a silver platter! Benefiting from something and creating something are two entirely different things. One is the luck of the draw. The other is a premeditated action. And I have news for you all I did not create racism. I know! Scandalous huh? I do not promote it either. Some blacks are racist as are some whites. Some of both groups are neither.

This plays right into the all whites are racist and all blacks can be as racist as they please against whites, by virtue of their birth. Guess what! I HAD No choice on the skin color I was born with. I’ll not apologize for my skin color. Sorry it aint happening. So STFU!

Keep re-opening those old wounds. Continue pouring that bitter salt on them. Waging a war against racism with racism creates an endless circle! Blacks who do so are the polar opposite of white supremacists. There are many regular folks in between, making up the majority. Thank God! I resent being labeled as a racist on the mere fact that I am white. Get over yourselves. You know who you are. You know the ones who label certain blacks as Uncle Toms because they do not seethe with rage and venom as you wish they would. They have made something of themselves as any successful person has. It is called intelligence and strength.

Which leads me to…

Re-traumatizing blacks to serve the Left

Keeping people on the boil makes for very powerful group politics, which is why demagogues and tyrannical regimes do it all over the world. But there is an awful cost when individuals or groups remain in turmoil over wrongs that lie in the past.

Mental trauma

When psychiatrists try to help trauma victims, sometimes years after the event, they always need to tread a careful line. On the one hand, someone who can’t let go of the past may need to reconsider those old experiences. On the other hand, by constantly dwelling on the past it is all too easy to re-traumatize people, to scratch those old wounds so that they start bleeding all over again. Ethical therapists know about the danger of re-traumatizing people. They constantly try to avoid making things worse.

Look at the contrast. What the Left has done to black people in the last fifty years is a kind of emotional abuse — a constant, obsessional reliving of the traumatic past. Fifty years after the Civil Rights Acts, Democrat politicians, professors and preachers are still intent on rubbing salt into those old, painful wounds. It has now become institutionalized. Reliving the past is a major reason for Black Studies Departments all over the country, just as Women’s Studies are designed to perpetuate an everlasting cry of pain and rage about the fate of women throughout history. Those constant rehearsals of reasons for rage and resentment do not to help people; they just exploit their pain for political gain. As a result, the Left still gets the black vote more than 90% of the time, in exchange for fuzzy promises like “hope” and “change;” or worse, for welfare programs that undermine rather than strengthen black families and individuals.

It always works on at least some people when you rile up resentments That is why there was an NAACP TV commercial exploiting a dreadful hate crime in Texas to smear George W. Bush. It is why ethnic groups in the Balkans never stop hating each other. It is how the Rwanda genocide happened among Tutsis and Hutus. Around the world, demagogues exploit old grievances because they don’t want them to be solved. That is why the Palestinian mess cannot be solved; it has turned into an billion dollar boondoggle for the elites. There’s always a lot of money to be made off the poverty and resentment of large groups.

Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Rev Wright, etc. etc. ad nauseum Come instantly to mind.

Do they want racism to end? Hell no! What would they do with their selves then? Their pulpits and soap boxes would crumble into dust. They feed off of misery. They propagate racism, racism from which they reap their bounty. Get a clue! No one should rule their lives on raw emotion alone.

Are present day democratic voters even aware of the racist past of the democratic party in comparison to the republican party?

The National Black Republican Association Exposes Obama’s Blind Spots

Excerpts

…Obama, in his Philadelphia speech, loudly denounced the deplorable conditions in black communities. Yet, he said not one word about the fact that those communities have been run by Democrats for the past 40 years. The socialist policies of the Democrats have fostered a culture of dependency on government handouts and turned those communities into economic and social wastelands. Obama also rails against the failure to educate black children. However, he gives a pass to teachers’ union special interest groups that are responsible for black children not being educated. Those groups are aligned with the Democratic Party and are against school choice opportunity scholarships that would help black parents get their children out of failing schools. Liberal teachers act against the best interest of black children because they want to keep control of the buildings, and thus the money, but the money belongs to the people, not the buildings…

While hiding the racist past of the Democratic Party, Obama refuses to give credit to the Republican Party that:

(1) started in 1854 as the anti-slavery party and fought to free blacks from slavery;

(2) amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom, citizenship and the right to vote;

(3) started the NAACP to stop the Democrats from lynching blacks;

(4) passed the civil rights laws of the 1860’s that were overturned by the Democrats when they took over Congress in 1892;

(5) founded the HBCUs;

(6) started affirmative action enforcement in 1969 to help blacks get jobs and contracts based on merit; and

(7) fought the Democrats for over six decades until Republicans finally achieved passage of the civil rights laws of the 1950’s and 1960’s under the leadership of Republican Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois.

Obama, following in the footsteps of his white ancestors, is also part of the Democratic Party that:

(1) fought to keep blacks in slavery;

(2) started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize Republicans—black and white;

(3) passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws;

(4) fought every piece of civil rights legislation from the 1860’s to the 1960’s; and

(5) attacked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights protesters with skin-burning fire hoses and vicious dogs.

There is plenty more where that came from.

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