Saturday, May 24, 2014

Stephen A. Smith Rips the Racialists

You gotta listen to this. The context: in a wide-ranging interview, NBA owner Mark Cuban had a few comments about appearances:

I know I'm prejudiced and I know I'm bigoted in a lot of different ways. If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I'll move to the other side of the street. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos, I'll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts; we all live in glass houses.

After all the faux outrage, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith backed Cuban up. And he was promptly slammed by the usual batch of racialists.

Smith's response is well worth watching.

"Sometimes it is how you represent yourself!"

Smith describes his personal journey to success and explains it's all about hard work.

"This is the road you gotta climb... everyone can't be Jay-Z!"

I commend Stephen A. Smith. What he speaks is truth. Plain and simple, it's truth.

Hat tip: BadBlue Fame


Francis W. Porretto said...

The problem is one that virtually no one has bothered to examine closely. Indeed, it bears on several other social problems and, if addressed properly and with determination, might well solve them all. It can be summed up in three words: refusal to assimilate.

Time was, Americans insisted that those who came here from other lands must assimilate to the American culture and American norms. That didn’t mean Irish immigrants had to give up potatoes or Italian immigrants could no longer eat pasta; it emphasized American rules of personal and public conduct, which were deemed to apply to all persons within our borders.

That insistence, and the submission of incoming groups to it, failed over the past half century owing to the rise of moral and cultural relativism. But just as immigrants have been “freed” from the requirement to Americanize, other groups already here, including American blacks, took advantage of the removal of the assimilation requirement to create and trumpet their own “cultures.” The relativists found that they could not oppose the rise of the blatantly hostile and violent “ghetto culture” – what sociologist Charles Murray has called “thug code” – while remaining consistent in their treatment of immigrant groups from Central and South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The process was encouraged by black racialist hucksters who saw a way to profit from amplified racial tensions. The process accelerated as the racialists’ following grew. Quasi-tribal notions about “racial solidarity” and the unacceptability of “acting white” took hold, dividing “black culture” ever more firmly from the far more civilized, previously dominant American culture, eventually bringing us to where we are today: a social state in which a white man who refuses to feel and act on innate suspicion of young black males is putting himself in an elevated degree of danger, far greater than he probably realizes.

We have made some terrible mistakes these past few decades, but I submit that none is worse than this one.

Anonymous said...

Liberals (er, now "progressives") prat on about speaking truth to power, but like all things liberal, it only counts when it is liberal truth and it tears down power that is not theirs. In reality, it is never about truth and it is all about gaining power.

Anyone with common sense should be alarmed by a nearby threat to their personal safety. Only fools and useful idiots allow what is politically correct to suppress their common sense and they do so to their own peril.