If America Is So Bad, Why Stay? (From My Vault)
The following is a piece that I wrote December 17, 2013. I share it again as suggestion to the malcontents in the wake of recent comments made by so-called crayon color celebrities and their handlers. It has been updated to include the rabid dissidents in the news today.
A fact in retail is that there ultimately comes a time when you are unable to satisfy a customer who insists on being irrational and/or unwilling to accept what is being done for them or what is being offered to them. When you have exhausted all efforts to accommodate said customer, you apologize and politely offer that it is apparent that despite your best efforts you are unable to satisfy them. And you suggest that perhaps their interests would be best served elsewhere.
Two articles I wrote about this past week caused me to consider the aforementioned. The first piece was titled, “Black Athletes Not Taught To Put Education First.” The second piece I wrote was titled, “Why Is Santa White? Who Cares? They were written in response to an article by Ann Killion and Nanette Asimov who opined the poor graduation rates of black athletes at Cal Berkeley. (Cal Graduation Rates Divided Along Racial Lines; 11/26/13) The other was in response to Curtis Sails III, a teacher from Milwaukee (whom I would call a raconteur lacking in both wit and skill). Sails wrote one of the most specious pieces of betise I have read since “Christianity, Islam, and the Negro Race” written by Edward Wilmont Blydon in 1887. In that epic piece of flawed supposition Blydon argued Islam was better for Africans than Christianity.
Which brings me to the question; what else can be done to satisfy angry black militants and those who claim continued dissatisfaction and contempt for the America you and I love?
Many blacks felt they were owed special dispensation because of slavery and Jim Crow, and whites on both sides of the aisle agreed with them. Even though Democrats fought against it, Lyndon Johnson, owing to the indefatigable efforts of Republican Everett Dirksen and his fellow Senate Republicans, signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And it was President Nixon who ushered in race-based affirmative action. Blacks were given special entrance to universities and colleges based on skin color and quotas. This was later concealed under the cloak of diversity, but, in reality, it was still skin color and quotas. Employers were forced under penalty of law to have the correct color-coded balance in the work place. And that extended to management positions. Standards were lowered to ensure those blacks who were not qualified would be employed and promoted.
Penitence has made been made for slavery and Jim Crow. But, not unlike the retail customer who refuses to be satisfied, I believe there comes a time when we must give those who refuse to be satisfied the option of going elsewhere. Yes, I’m saying what you think I am saying. If, despite, America’s best efforts, blacks argue they are not treated fairly, that they are not given the same opportunity to succeed that whites are, if bad decisions that result in bad outcomes are the fault of white society, why stay here?
If blacks are so mistreated; If the realities of life that beset people of every description are more onerous because of white people here in America, why stay?
According to Sails, it is an act of contemptuous disdain for blacks that leads to a white Santa Claus and a white Jesus. According to people like Sails, white people are happy that blacks aren’t living long enough to “grow old.” Jeremiah Wright uses God’s name in vain as he condemns America. Louis Farrakhan, Wright, and even Obama have stated that America brought terrorism on herself because of her mistreatment of peoples of color. There’s Black Lives Matter, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, the New Black Panther Party, LeBron James, Lew Alcindor (AKA Kareem Abdul Jabbar), the NFL kneelers and the media who are the preeminent expositors of the unfair treatment of blacks. There’s no way to get around it. Literally not a day goes by that blacks in America do not complain that they are mistreated and denied because of the color of their skin.
If that is truly the case, why do they stay here? Why not leave and go where they will be happy? Why not leave and go to a country where “true” opportunity exists? A place where they are taken care of and provided for better than they are in America?
It’s a conundrum to me as to why a group of people — who supposedly, are daily as mistreated and persecuted as blacks are in America — would want to stay here. Let them leave, and let them take liberals, socialists, and the Obamas with them. Because it’s obvious that America cannot satisfy any of them.
Let them go to Liberia. Maybe they can do more with it than Marcus Garvey was able to. But by all means, let them leave here, so that We the People who love America and what she represents can live in harmony enjoying the traditions that made her the envy of the world.
But alas they won’t do that. They’ll stay here and spread immiseration and complaint because, in truth, they understand there is no other nation that will work as hard as America has to accommodate their malcontent.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here