According to Webster: “op·por·tu·ni·ty,” An advantageous circumstance or combination of circumstances.
According to Webster: “ad·van·tage” A beneficial factor or combination of factors.
Question: What, (if any) are the benefits of living in America?
I recently came into possession of a (letter) written by “Fred Reed.” –
Who is Fred Reed you ask?
“Fred Reed (born 1945 in Crumpler, West Virginia) is a writer and former a technology columnist for The Washington Times. He has also written for The American Conservative and LewRockwell.com.
A former Marine and Vietnam War veteran, Reed is a police writer and an occasional war correspondent. He currently writes weekly columns for the website Fred on Everything. His work is often satirical and opinionated.
Reed notes that his columns are often provocative and calls himself “an equal-opportunity irritant”. His output does not fit into conventional political classification; it includes attacks on feminism, (generally the province of the right).
George W. Bush (generally the province of the left), Israel (though not of Jews in general), and evolution (generally the province of religious fundamentalists).
Many of Reed’s articles speak of a yearning for a simpler time and urges his readers to forgo the pursuit of money and comforts in favor of a cultured life of the mind.” (Source Wikipedia).
Personal Observation: Wikipedia’s bio on Reed sounds a lot like me, with the exception that I have no problem with Jews or feminist.
The following is a copy of Mr. reads letter as received, with the (addition of graphics and kibitzing) as pleases me.
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…
(Henry Louis Gates Jr.)
..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.
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 EiffelTower . I’ll bet you’ve never done it to anyone. I want reparations. Kind of silly, isn’t it?
(Chocolate coated man).
Failing in my search for a man being thrown from the Eiffel Tower covered in chocolate, ..sorry Fred, I had to settle.
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?
(Safeway store – 1965 – Watts California).
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 L.A. because you didn’t like the verdict in the trial of those police officers.
(If the glove doesn’t fit – you must acquit).
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 , and 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, for 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?
(My two cents); When a community has to hire “security” to keep its children safe from being raped, robbed, beaten, or murdered on a school campus, – it’s not the America I grew up in.
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 love 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.
(gimme gimme gimme ).
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’s worked for over half a century. Get a few hundred people in the street, implicitly threaten to loot and burn your house, 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 an organized shakedown.
Not all that many 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 reparations 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.
Question: Why do (black), and/or, “African Americans” have a federally sanctioned month? (February).
Question: Why is black history more important than American history?
Question: Why don’t (white), and or, Caucasian Americans have a federally sanctioned month?
Mexican Americans have a federally sanctioned month, (from September 15 – October 15).
Asian-Pacific Americans have a federally sanctioned week, (the first week in May).
Question: If white Americans are unworthy of celebration, why do whites get handed the Lion’s share of the bill?
They want to eliminate the “Federal Equal Opportunity” apparatus, so blacks can 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.
It’s probably lots of fun, and you get a salary for it to boot. However, don’t you think you would do black kids more good if you taught 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 the way other ethnic groups do it, because it works. Wouldn’t it be great (not) feel left out, and blame racial bias for the problems in your community?
Wouldn’t it be great if 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?
Editorial: Although I have to agree that Fred’s “style” lives pretty close to the edge, I didn’t read anything in his letter that I would consider misleading or a lie.
Final Question: When it comes to responsibility in America in the 21st-century, – ..where does the buck stop?
(Sure as hell – not with this guy).
As a lifelong advocate for hunting and America’s Second Amendment, – I personally favor of the doctrine that if an individual can’t take care of himself or herself, “irregardless” of race, religion or political affiliation, (he or she) ..has no business creating a child…
America and the “world at large,” (at least in my considered opinion) care way too little about (quality) of life, and are way too “irresponsible” ..when it comes to quantity.
Historical Fact: “Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, – from that day forward there were (by the signature of Abraham Lincoln) no more slaves in America.
Accordingly, (at least in my humble opinion), as of today, anyone younger than 140 years old has no legitimate or legal claim to reparations for slavery.
In America, we do not inherit the sins or the debts of our fathers, – thus, (in reality) neither do we inherit his pain.
Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow