Monday, August 2, 2010

"She's black, and she feels this way?" And WHY NOT?

I am proud to post this: You can skip all her credentials and start reading at FELLOW AMERICANS ........
The amazing and timely piece down below was written upon the election of Barack Hussein Obama, by a woman named Dr ANNE WORTHAM. Here are her credentials: She is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Philosophical Association. She has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow, and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.
In fall 1988 she was one of a select group of intellectuals who were featured in Bill Moyer's
television series, "A World of Ideas." (Z: wait, MOYERS had someone like THIS on?!) The transcript of her conversation with Moyers has been published in his book, A World of Ideas. (Z: Oh$)
Dr. Wortham is the author of
"The Other Side of Racism: A Philosophical Study of Black Race Consciousness" which analyzes how race consciousness is transformed into
political strategies and policy issues.
She has published numerous articles on the implications of individual rights for civil rights
policy, and is currently writing a book on theories of social and cultural marginality.
Recently, she has published articles on the significance of multiculturalism and Afrocentricism in education, the politics of victimization and the social and political impact of political correctness.
Shortly after an interview in 2004, she was awarded tenure. (Z: All that to say
"this woman is NO DUMMY!") Wait till you read this:

Fellow Americans,
Please know: I am Black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul's name as my choice for president. Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a Black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a Black president to love the ideal of America (Z: I do) .
I cannot join you in your celebration. I feel no elation. There is no smile on my face. I am not jumping with joy. There are no tears of triumph in my eyes. For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human flourishing and survival - all that I know about the history of the United States of America, all that I know about American race relations, and all that I know about Barack Obama as a politician. I would have to deny the nature of the "change" that Obama asserts has come to America .

Most importantly, I would have to abnegate (Z: "renounce"..who knew?!) my certain understanding that
you have chosen to sprint down the road to serfdom that we have been on for over a century. I would have to pretend that individual liberty has no value for the success of a human life. I would have to evade your rejection of the slender reed of capitalism on which your success and mine depend. I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million Blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them (that Blacks are permitted to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared "progressive" whites who voted for him because he doesn't look like them. (Z: oh, gad, she's good)

I would have to wipe my mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill posts in his administration - political intellectuals like my former colleagues at the Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

I would have to believe that "fairness" is equivalent of justice. I would have to believe that a man who asks me to "go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice" is speaking in my interest. I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the "bottom up," and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force. I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.

Finally, Americans, I would have to erase from my consciousness the scene of 125,000 screaming, crying, cheering people in Grant Park, Chicago irrationally chanting "Yes we can!"
Finally, I would have to wipe all memory of all the times I have heard politicians, pundits, journalists, editorialists, bloggers and intellectuals declare that capitalism is dead - and
no one, including especially Alan Greenspan, objected to their assumption that the particular version of the anti-capitalistic mentality that they want to replace with their own version of anti-capitalism is anything remotely equivalent to capitalism.

So you have made history, Americans. You and your children have elected a Black man to the office of the president of the United States , the wounded giant of the world.
The battle between John Wayne and Jane Fonda is over - and Fonda won. Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern must be very happy men. Jimmy Carter, too. And the Kennedys have at last gotten their Kennedy look-a-like. The self-righteous welfare statists in the suburbs can feel warm moments of satisfaction for having elected a Black person.

So, toast yourselves: 60s countercultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois
bohemians. Toast yourselves, Black America . Shout your glee Harvard, Princeton , Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley. You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a Black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to - Do Something! You now have someone who has picked up the baton of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. But you have also foolishly traded your freedom and mine - what little there is left - for the chance to feel good.
There is nothing in me that can share your happy obliviousness. God Help us all.

Z: And, of course, nothing that's happened since she wrote this has done anything to change her opinion, I'm sure; if anything, it's been cemented. Isn't she good? And doesn't she represent more Black Americans than you might think? I believe so. I sure hope so.
z

29 comments:

Leticia said...

Wow!! Now that's one smart lady! Is she running for president in the next election?

I love her eloquence.

Z said...

Hi, Leticia..I'd vote for her THIS MINUTE!!

~Leslie said...

We respect and admire Dr. Wortham, Dr. Alveda King, Star Parker ... and who does the left respect? The racist, communist, thief Maxine Waters.

Anonymous said...

Great piece, wonderful sentiments. However it's all trumped by the reality of the swine in the cbc, naacp and every other racist organization spouting just the opposite. As well as the examples of the Rangels, Waters and Jeffersons.

Major

namaste said...

white, black, red or blue. in the world of humans i've learned we're out-numbered by idiots. therefore, it's always refreshing to come across another American who is unafraid to stand up for our country's founding principles. i do believe ms. wortham's views are shared by many more Americans. the coming november elections will show just how many more like her there are.

Opus #6 said...

Z, she certainly represents the Tea Party Americans I have met, of all colors.

Hayden said...

And how long do we wait until the left begin referring to this brilliant and well spoken woman as an "Aunt Jemima"? Oh how the left does hate when true Americans speak their mind.

Anonymous said...

Important announcement from the "First Lady" of ignorant slut pop stars speaking...errr...."american". How far we've descended into a Clockwork Orange world when a spawn of Madonna can draw a crowd.

I'm waithing for a joint announcement from Gore and Lindsay Lohan.


Lady Gag Gag...PG 17

Major

Ducky's here said...

Duck, it's the attack of the Randoids (she's a disciple of Ayn).

Ducky's here said...

Maxine Waters is a commie?

I swear, z, it tears the fabric or reason.

Tom's Place said...

Incredible post! Why don't more people understand what this lady is saying?

Too bad she wouldn't run for office.

Anonymous said...

If Maxine isn't a commie in the sense of "redistributing the wealth" agenda...so long as she and hubby get a major slice of the pie...then explain this Quak.

"A House ethics subcommittee investigating Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has found “substantial reason” to believe Waters violated ethics rules when she intervened on behalf of a bank in which her husband owned stock and was a former board member.

She took more than 40 acres it seems. Along with charlie.

Major

Anonymous said...

But it was a "minority bank"...so...no crime, eh?


Major

Z said...

A friend emailed me highlighting this sentence from the article "I do not require a Black president to love the ideal of America (Z: I do)"

She took it probably more correctly, that Dr Wortham doesn't need a black president for her to love the ideal of America. SHE loves the ideal of America, anyway!!
I took it that she meant she didn't need a black president to love the ideal of America!

Interesting, huh? :-)

Tom, good to see you! Yes, wouldn't we RACISTS love to vote for her :-) !!!??

Leslie...Stephen Broden, and So many others, right?
Maxine Waters is dreadful for California and dreadful for America..."rob from the rich to pay the poor"...charming American sentiment, huh?

I know, MAJOR...but there are MANY people who think like Dr. Wortham does!

BY THE WAY, FOLKS...some of you point out, in essence.." Who the heck CARES what color she is ...she's saying the right thing" and, of course, I infer that in my title, BUT...it IS more powerful that she is a proud black American because our darned generalizations suggest "HER? A black woman thinking THIS WAY?" WHY THE HELL NOT?? (pardon me, but...sometimes I get a little passionate and this is one of my passions)

Opus..well said. And you've been to enough TPs to know.thank you for doing the WALKING for others of us who haven't done enough (me, included, I've only been to one)

My dear Mr. Z comes to mind...when he'd tire so easily and insisted we go to the TP that blogger/friend Heidianne was coming to, very near us...I couldn't believe he wanted to go! I told him he might tire from all the walking and, oh brother, did he.. I remember he told me to go ahead and he'd catch up (my erstwhile 6'4" handsome VERY vital and STRONG German husband ..I cry as I write this, I have to admit.. but it's worth it, I think)...

I would NOT go without him and waited as he'd catch his breath....

We got to the large group on Wilshire Boulevard and he came to LIFE. The man was walking around taking photos, telling me "Look at all the really YOUNG people here, look at the amount of minorities!..this is fabulous!" he was grinning, walking straight, "Look at the amount of flags, it makes me feel so happy!"

Yes, my German husband loved America THAT MUCH.

Hello, Hayden..(I love your name, is it really your first name? I got to stand in Hayden's house in Vienna and had goose pimples most of the time)...Anyway, Aunt Jemima...good point, just wait for them to start. After all, Thomas Sowell is an "Uncle Tom" because HE won't think victim.

Z said...

Major..I couldn't get past her introduction of herself. What a #@($@*(#&#@
what a disaster.

As for her sentiment.....one of the commenters said it best "this is about 12million illegals becoming Democrats..don't confuse yourself with hate and morality"

bravo

Anonymous said...

Great piece Z, this woman speaks for all of us who love freedom and America.


"So, toast yourselves: 60s countercultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois
bohemians."

Yes, they just couldn't grow up. Are you listening Ducky? I think she said this just for you.

Pris

The Born Again American said...

Ted Nugent and this woman, now there's a platform I could get behind...

FrogBurger said...

Brilliant! I love her.

beamish said...

"the road to serfdom" is a Hayek reference.

Anonymous said...

Besides Walter Williams, Clarence Thomas and this wonderful lady...out of a population of 12,000,000 voting blacks...98% of whom vote always for the party that totally rips them off...and who voted for Obama for skin color only ( surely they cared nothing about his history, credentials and past or present ) how many blacks are there like this?

Oooops....2% I guess. 2%? Simple math...240,000 blacks hiding because they know they'll be ridiculed or attacked mercilessly by the other thugs and racists among them. There's no hope that with numbers like that..."R's" will ever capture the message or imagination any portion of blacks other than that 2% who see a different approach.

)O( said...

I do not see any evidence that the racial grievance racket is coming to an end. The American people have been aware of it for 40 years but have never actively opposed it. I hope the author is correct but I'm not holding my breath. Unless the networks and the newspapers report stuff like the farmer handout scam - and they absolutely won't - no one gets excited about it.

soapster said...

That she not only recognized the facade of Obama's change but also ignored the voices proclaiming a write-in was a wasted vote and instead voted her conscience and for the cause of Liberty by writing in RP is thumbs up by me.

Z said...

Pris, isn't she terrific? Love your line about bohemians...so true.

)0( ..I think there are a LOT of black Americans who are tired of being regarded as victims and as holding grievances and want to be OVER with it.......
Anonymous, I disagree with you wholeheartedly.......I think you'd be surprised. Okay, I'm not suggesting even 50% of American black citizens feel like Dr Wortham, but more than we think.

soapster..RP. Well, okay.

Karen Howes said...

Good for Dr. Wortham... she will no doubt be crucified for this. After all, she is, by the standards of the Left, a traitor.

Deborah on the Bayside said...

Hooray for Anne Wortham! She has informed my thinking for about 30 years, and I'm glad to read she's lost none of her touch -- or incisive mind. She's a more true inheritor of Dr. King's mantel than many of these yahoos that lay claim to it.

FrogBurger said...

She's very insightful.

video 2

FrogBurger said...

She's very insightful.

Video 1

video 2

Z said...

Moyers: "What would black America DO if they broke their reliance on government?"

God forbid, huh, Moyers? what a jerk

MK said...

On the plus side liberal a-holes can't smear her as a racist.

Good on her for standing against the tide of lemmings.