**UPDATE** Since posting this, I received a reply from Dr. Williams. He wrote: "Thanks for the compliments and the link. I need all the moral support I can get in my battle against America's Huns and Vandals.Cheers."
So lately I feel an almost constant knot in my stomach. I know it has to do with all that is happening in my family life, but it can also be attributed to something bigger. My country. I feel as though I'm taking a terrible ride on a pendulum. I love this country, and I'm grateful for the countless blessings it brings. You know that. But, I just have to say..... I am sick and damn tired of the assault on my family!
We are a family of white, Christian, conservative, law-abiding, legal U.S. citizens. We believe in the right to bear arms, the sanctity of human life, and personal accountability in all things. We believe capitalism is NOT the problem, but materialism most definitely IS. We want the freedom to choose for ourselves who will be the recipients of our charitable donations. We hold firmly to the belief that those who receive our tax dollars, through social programs, should be actively participating in bettering themselves and their communities. We are less interested in giving a hand-out, and far more concerned with lending a hand-up, far more concerned with teaching marketable skills and trades. We believe in defending the defenseless. We do not believe in people being accepted to law, med, or any other kind of school because of their skin color, ethnicity, or gender. We believe our nation should unite in efforts to better our public schools and make certain opportunities abound for all Americans...yes, that includes my white boys! I resent the fact that many believe my sons and/or husband should be punished for the sins of idiotic, evil slaveowners and other men who almost completely destroyed this nation due to their greed and perversions. We believe in treating the American flag with respect as well as knowing the words to our national anthem. We feel that if you believe socialism works so beautifully, you should probably move to Venezuela. I'm sure Chavez would welcome you with open arms.
Based on the above, most of the media, Hollywood, and entirely too many of our political "leaders" would have you believe the following about my family:
We are intolerant, insensitive, and narrow-minded. We are warmongers. We are ignorant racists. We are elitists, hell-bent on leaving poor people to starve and rot in the streets, because surely they did something to bring their situation on themselves (or they're probably just lazy, so we'll teach 'em a lesson). We are a family with hearts of stone, greedy pigs who want everything for ourselves, and we will trample all over you if that's what it takes to get what we want. We want more, more, more of everything! We are overindulgent, egocentric Americans. We are afraid of immigrants because somehow they will lessen who we are as white people. We believe abortion is strictly a black and white issue, there is no gray area, and women who choose this are going straight to hell. Gay people are scourges of humanity. We are incapable of compromise. We are not capable of deep thought, you know the really intellectual things that make you go "Hmmmm". We are greatly lacking compassion.
It's all so ridiculous. But I'll tell you, quite frankly, what I am...pissed. Enough already. Leave us alone. You don't have to agree with me. In fact, I could not care less if you agree with me or not. Just stop attacking my family, and families like mine, based on your jacked-up assumptions of who we are. The very people who judge families like mine are those who shout about tolerance and treating others with respect. Guess that philosophy only applies to those they deem worthy. Interesting.
So, what about the answered prayer? I want to keep this fire I have for politics. I want to remain active and undeterred in speaking up, but I don't want the knot in my stomach over all of it. My answer came this morning as I just happened upon the website of Dr. Walter Williams. (Many of you already know exactly who he is.) I spent quite a bit of time reading his articles, and learning about him. End result: I think I'm in love. (No worries Captain, not the romantic kind, just the admiration kind of love.) I even called Dr. Williams' office. Then, I sent him an email. Does this qualify me for stalker status? Uh-oh. No, I think I prefer the term super fan.
Anyway, his words relieved me. I felt a sense of letting go. Just knowing that he is out there, writing words of wisdom for so many to read, it made me feel better about things. I think I'm just overly emotional lately, but this man's words actually made me cry...that is how thankful I am to have found his site. After you read the article below, check out his gift to people of European descent. Also, you can go here to read more of his syndicated columns. So worth your time!
A Nation of Cowards? By Walter Williams (February 25, 2009)
Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States is "a nation of cowards" when it comes to race relations. In one sense, he is absolutely right. Many whites, from university administrators and professors, schoolteachers to employers and public officials accept behavior from black people that they wouldn't begin to accept from whites. For example, some of the nation's most elite universities, such as Vanderbilt, Stanford University and the University of California, have yielded to black student demands for separate graduation ceremonies and separate "celebratory events." Universities such as Stanford, Cornell, MIT, and Cal Berkeley have, or have had, segregated dorms. If white students demanded whites-only graduation ceremonies or whites-only dorms, administrators would have labeled their demands as intolerable racism. When black students demand the same thing, these administrators cowardly capitulate. Calling these university administrators cowards is the most flattering characterization of their behavior. They might actually be stupid enough to believe nonsense taught by their some of sociology and psychology professors that blacks can't be racists because they don't have power.
What about Holder's statement that America is "voluntarily segregated"? I say, so what. According to the census, in 2007, 4.6 percent of married blacks were married to a white; less than 1 percent of married whites were married to a black. While blacks are 13 percent of the population, they are 80 percent of professional basketball players and 65 percent of professional football players. Mere casual observance of audiences at ice hockey games or opera performances would reveal gross voluntary segregation. What would Holder propose the U.S. Justice Department do about these and other instances of voluntary segregation?
Attorney General Holder's flawed thinking is widespread whereby people think that an activity that is not racially integrated is therefore segregated. Blacks are about 60 percent of the Washington, D.C. population. At the Reagan National Airport, which serves D.C., nowhere near 60 percent of the airport's water fountain users are black; I'd guess blacks are never more than 5 percent of users. The population statistics of states such as South Dakota, Iowa, Maine, Montana and Vermont show that not even 1 percent of their populations are black. Does that mean Reagan National Airport water fountains and South Dakota, Iowa, Maine, Montana and Vermont are racially segregated? If Holder does anything about "voluntary segregation" at the state level I hope it's not court-ordered busing; I'm not wild about their winters. Just because some activity is not racially integrated does not mean that it is racially segregated.
The bottom line is that the civil rights struggle is over and it is won. At one time black Americans didn't share the constitutional guarantees shared by whites; today we do. That does not mean that there are not major problems that confront a large segment of the black community, but they are not civil rights problems nor can they be solved through a "conversation on race." Black illegitimacy stands at 70 percent; nearly 50 percent of black students drop out of high school; and only 30 percent of black youngsters reside in two-parent families. In 2005, while 13 percent of the population, blacks committed over 52 percent of the nation's homicides and were 46 percent of the homicide victims. Ninety-four percent of black homicide victims had a black person as their murderer. Such pathology, I think much of it precipitated by family breakdown, is entirely new among blacks. In 1940, black illegitimacy was 19 percent; in 1950, only 18 percent of black households were female-headed compared with today's 70 percent. Both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present was rare among blacks.
If black people continue to accept the corrupt blame game agenda of liberal whites, black politicians and assorted hustlers, as opposed to accepting personal responsibility, the future for many black Americans will remain bleak.
Born in Philadelphia in 1936, Walter E. Williams holds a bachelor's degree in economics from California State University (1965) and a master's degree (1967) and doctorate (1972) in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.