NAACP Habits Die Hard
Commentary by Steve Scroggins
For centuries after Rome was sacked by Alaric the Goth (410A.D.) and after Romulus Augustus resigned as the last Roman Emperor (476 A.D.) in the western empire, there were peoples all over the eastern Mediterranean using Roman coins and calling themselves Romans and despite the fact that they spoke Greek and worshipped in the Greek Orthodox Church rather than the Roman Catholic Church, they pledged allegiance to a man who called himself a Roman Emperor. Historians call them Byzantines in an effort to reduce confusion. Their “Roman” empire based in Constantinople continued until the 13th century.
As the saying goes, old habits die hard.
Despite all the advances of civil rights and equality before the law in America in the 1960s, seventies and eighties, the NAACP has continued to beat their drum about ongoing racism. As membership and interest fell in the late eighties and early nineties, they declared jihad on Confederate flags and symbols as a convenient bogie man with which to loosen the purse strings of extorted contributors and to keep the historically ignorant aggrieved and agitated about alleged oppressions.
They embarked on a campaign that has been called the Ethnic Cleansing of Dixie which includes changing the names of schools, streets and buildings named for Southern heroes in addition to removing flags, monuments and visible reminders of our shared heritage.
Along the way, the NAACP and their mouthpieces began issuing contradictory demands. On the one hand, they wanted to hide and remove from public sight all “painful reminders of slavery.” On the other hand, they pressed for more and more funding and holidays to commemorate the civil rights movement and more and more funding to convert historic battlefield sites controlled by the National Park Service into slavery museums. All of this leads us to ask the question, “Which is it? Do you or do you not want to remember?” The rather obvious double standard seems altogether "right" to the politically correct.
And so it comes as no complete surprise that the “painful reminder” argument was trotted out again last week. The headline reads, “State NAACP chief raises objections to Mobile’s Azalea Trail Maids’ role at inauguration.”
Essentially, Alabama NAACP President Edward Vaughn says that the pastel colored hoop dresses, bonnets and parasols worn by the Azalea Trail Maids reminds him of slavery (which of course is painful). I’m not making this up.
Please, nobody tell him that they call the presidential residence the "White House"…and please don’t mention that part of it was built with slave labor. Unless…would that mean we could cancel the whole inauguration?
Back to painful reminders…I wonder what other fashion or attire will come under attack in the Ethnic Cleansing jihad for reminding the NAACP of something painful? Just looking at the fashions and hair styles of my old high school year books brings me pain, too, but I smile my way through it.
Back to the Trail Maids…Vaughn also says that their inclusion in the Inaugural parade will make Alabama “a laughing-stock.” That’s the pot calling the kettle—-well, you know what I mean.
The young women in the Trail Maids group include 39 whites, eight who are black, one of Asian descent and two native Americans. They represent the best and brightest of Mobile. Their traditional attire is another tradition to be casually sacrificed on the PC jihad alter?
The NAACP should hire the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) to, for the right price, prove how racist the Azalea Trail Maids really are. Skilled character assassins that the SPLC are, I’m sure they can dig up some dirt —or just make it up— on the Maids and tell us all about it in one of their “Intelligence Reports.”
The Maids may have been infiltrated by members of "hate groups" like the Girl Scouts, the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) or the scariest hate group of all, the UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy). Despite the obvious track record of clueless incompetence and deception, certain media outlets continue to quote the SPLC as an authoritative voice.
It’s especially ironic that this “controversy” arises for the inauguration of Barry Soetoro —sorry, Barack Hussein Obama, the first half black president. Just a few days after the election, Tom Adkins, publisher of CommonConservative.com told us that the “Era of White Guilt is Over.”
Adkins concludes his commentary this way…
No more quotas. No more handouts. No more complaining that "the man" is keeping you down. "The man" is now black.
It’s time to toss that massive, obsolete race-hustle machine upon the heap of the other stupid ’60s ideas. Drag it over there, right between free love and cop-killing. Careful, don’t trip on streaking. Just dump it. And then wash your hands. It’s filthy.
Obama’s ascension also creates another gargantuan irony. How can liberals sell American racism, class envy and unfairness when our new black president and his wife went to Ivy League schools, got high-paying jobs, became millionaires, bought a mansion, and are now moving to the White House? How unfair is that? Now, like a delicious O. Henry tale, Obama’s spread-the-wealth campaign rendered itself moot by its own victory! America is officially a meritocracy. Obama’s election has validated American conservatism.
So … Wham!!!
That’s the sound of my foot kicking the door shut on the era of white guilt. The rites have been muttered, the carcass lowered, dirt shoveled, and tombstone erected. Dead and buried.
Sorry, Mr. Adkins, you didn’t pack the dirt enough. White Guilt is clawing himself out of the grave with help from Edward Vaughn and the NAACP.
Guilt is not really the emotion that Americans of any color should be feeling. Humiliation or shame would be more appropriate. And for those a little less ignorant, anger and mourning. The election illustrated the collective idiocy of a "Majority of Fools."
Recent 20th century history underscores what our Constitution’s Framers knew two centuries ago. Government is the antithesis of Liberty and if not limited and controlled becomes tyranny.
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." –Thomas Jefferson
"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." –James Madison
"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine." –Thomas Jefferson
Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. —James Madison, Federalist #10
“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” –John Adams
"The constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." –Patrick Henry
"I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple. Were we directed from Washington when to sow, when to reap, we should soon want bread." –Thomas Jefferson
In just seventy years, the last fifty being in a Cold War and the arms race, the Soviet Union’s central planning model finally unraveled and imploded. Technology had sprung leaks in the Iron Curtain and the people behind it knew their government was lying to them, trying to put a happy face on total failure.
We outside that curtain already knew of the atrocities taking place in the Soviet Union. Millions were murdered and millions more suffered totalitarian oppression, famine and starvation in pursuit of Utopia. The human cost was staggering. And that’s not to mention all the guns purchased by the West (mainly the U.S.) in an insane arms race when we’d rather have spent that money on butter — or better yet, to not have mortgaged the future and put our descendants in debt for generations to come.
Despite all that the Soviet Union taught us about failed central planning and how more government simply means less liberty — despite all that, we elected a man who promised a government solution for everything and who promised schemes to "spread the wealth" —meaning to redistribute it.
As columnist Mark Alexander points out, the hypocrisy is thick. The Obama’s who earn over a half million per year donate only a measley two percent of their income to charity. Obama’s not proposing to share his sandwich. He’s planning to take YOUR sandwich and give it to others he deems worthy.
In the totalitarian tradition, Obama is alarmed that so many of us Americans “bitterly cling to our religion and guns.” But not to worry, he’s going to give us “change.” Lenin and Stalin brought change to Russia and her neighbors, too.
Sure, many blacks voted for Obama for his skin color and nothing more. Others, black and white, simply liked the idea of “gimme more!!!” Still there were some who, as Adkins suggested, voted for the black man simply to salve their guilt — guilt pounded into them by demagogues and race hustlers.
Like Freddie Krueger, I’m afraid that white guilt is going to keep coming back for several more sequels. After all, we know that the NAACP is not going to stop banging their racism drum. With them, it’s always Another Day, Another Lie.
So…long after the American empire implodes and Washington, D.C. is sacked by the Chinese, the NAACP will still be wailing about Confederate flags and hoop skirts and racism. Of course, the Chinese will practice real slavery again on Americans of all colors, but the Chinese won’t suffer from white guilt.
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