Written on Monday, September 3, 2012 by David L. Goetsch
Some things never change. I grew up in the south at a time when blacks were exploited by the Democrat Party. To these Democrats of old, blacks were not viewed as human beings to be treated with dignity and respect. Rather, they were viewed as a commodity to be exploited for cheap labor. Thanks to the sacrifices of those who led the Civil Rights movement, many things have changed for blacks in America, but one thing has not changed: Democrats are still exploiting blacks. They are still treating them as a commodity to be exploited—no longer for cheap labor, but for cheap votes.
Whereas the Democrats of my childhood held black Americans back by refusing to allow them to vote, attend integrated schools, hold good jobs, or use “white” facilities, Democrats of today are more subtle in their exploitation of blacks. Democrats of today exploit blacks by convincing them they are victims who need to be taken care of and, of course, it is the Democrats who are the self-appointed caregivers. In the old south of my childhood, blacks were paid enough to keep them working, but not enough to allow them to work their way out of poverty. Today’s Democrats use the same nefarious tactic except that the pay now comes in the form of government entitlements.
In the south of my childhood, enterprising, entrepreneurial blacks who began to get ahead in spite of the uneven playing field enforced by Jim Crow—at the time they were called “uppity blacks”—were quickly slapped down. They might be fired from their jobs, waylaid and beaten, or even arrested on trumped up charges. In some cases blacks who refused to bow down to Jim Crow were even lynched. Blacks of today are no longer being beaten or lynched, but they are still being slapped down. And it is still Democrats who are doing the slapping. Blacks who stray from the plantation of government entitlements and object to the nanny mentality of Democrats are quickly labeled “Uncle Toms,” “Oreos,” or worse. They are attacked mercilessly and unrelentingly by Democrats who thought they had bought their loyalty by meting out government entitlements.
Democrats of today become just as indignant as their predecessors from the old south when blacks stray from the “planation,” an act that now means refusing to view oneself as a victim, refusing to toe the line of liberal orthodoxy, and “just saying no” to the addictive drug of government entitlements. Just as there was nothing worse in the eyes of the Democrats of my childhood than a self-reliant, enterprising black man who could stand on his own two feet and face the world on his own terms, there is nothing worse to today’s Democrats than a black man who refuses to be held in bondage by hypocritical liberals who fear nothing more than his independence and success.
Just as there was a day of reckoning coming for the Jim Crow Democrats of my childhood, there is a day of reckoning coming for today’s nanny Democrats. Those who view blacks not as human beings and fellow Americans with the potential for living happy, productive, independent lives, but as a reliable voting block that can be shackled to a political party by government entitlements should study the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. The heroes of the Civil Rights movement—Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, and many others—are the forerunners of today’s movement for black independence and dignity. I speak here not of deceivers such as Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton, but of courageous leaders such as Allen West, Thomas Sowell, Condoleeza Rice, Herman Cain, Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson, Alan Keyes, and Clarence Thomas, to name just a few. These black Americans are heroes who are willing to stand up to the slings and arrows of angry Democrats and boldly proclaim, “I am not a victim, and you do NOT own me.”