It's very hard to find a single Black American who will say that the Civil War was not
fought over slavery. If that's true then why do the
half million whites who died fighting never get any praise (it;s always Lincoln - as if he had the power to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation on
anyone). It was through the suffering and death of countless White Union soldiers they were able to leave the plantations in the first place.
What about those hundreds of thousands of White Union soldiers who died to end slavery?
Blacks will list MLK, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks as heroes but no mention of the soldiers.
Colored troops get credit (see the movie "Glory"with Denzel Washington)
So why the glaring omission?
I submit a major reason for so much discontent among African Americans ( I reject the term altogether, either we're Americans or we're immigrants who
rightfully deserve such a title) is their skewed and selective knowledge of history. By thinking they were the sole recipients of subjugation, slavery
and abuse they set themselves apart as a race. They truly believe that everyone else is the beneficiary of their ancestors labor and as such are owed
restitution. Never mind that Irish people were sold cheaper as slaves than Blacks and Chinese were regularly worked to death in railroad camps, no -
to them it was all built on slave power.
With that kind of historical view it's little wonder bad attitudes prevail. So-called "leaders" of the Black community exploit it for their own
personal gain and power while keeping their own people down. If anyone deserves their disdain it should be men like Al Sharpton, Jesse jackson and the
New Black Panther Party who would use their own people in such disingenuous ways,
The ghetto is another issue altogether. As an environment it is not a fit place to raise children, crime is rampant as is abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Drug prohibition has created fertile ground for gangs to prosper so much so that young people see that as a viable alternative. Schools within these
areas are often failures and spend too much time on discipline instead of educating. I wish I had the answers for how to fix it. It should surprise
nobody that it would next to impossible to dream a better future while living under such conditions. I think the last 50 years have proven that money
is not the answer nor are dictates from the government going to change it. This is a change that must begin with them, coming from within to be
authentic and real enough to make a difference.
Meantime the best we can do is point out the obvious race-baiting by both sides and the incorrect history as it comes up in movies and entertainment.
I think you're right about love making a difference OP but it will always be wasted if it isn't wanted in the first place. That much is true
regardless of color or creed.
edit on 25-7-2013 by Asktheanimals because: corrections