CHICAGO » Sen. Barack Obama, speaking to a gathering of minority journalists yesterday, stopped short of endorsing an official U.S. apology to American Indians but said the country should acknowledge its history of poor treatment of certain ethnic groups.
“There’s no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we’ve got some very sad and difficult things to account for,” Obama told hundreds of attendees of UNITY ’08, a convention of four minority journalism associations.
Wrong. The people who committed horrible deeds in the past needed to be held accountable for those deeds – not people today, who have nothing whatsoever to do with them. This Howard Zinn ‘white guilt’ horse crap is patently absurd and Obama has no business trying to collectively blame people today for things they didn’t do.
“I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said.
“I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.”
Who’s saying that they haven’t been acknowledged? I don’t know a single person who believes everything in the past was done was always right. Do you?
Furthermore, the idea of reparations is ridiculous. Maybe we should demand more from the British who oppressed the first settlers here…
Not to mention – the idea of reparations has led to affirmative action (also known as white racism) which gives more money and opportunities to minorities simply because of their race. Does that sound like something that promotes equality? And Native American’s are given totally free college. What else do you really need to get going in America? I’m where I am in life today because I had a good family and I work my freakin rear off – not because I had some ‘white advantage’, or because my ancestors had it somehow easier.
The victim mindset of people groups is, in my opinion, the most destructive force in America today. Nothing squelches freedom more than the belief that you are a victim of cruel forces outside your control. And yet, here we have the Democratic party nominee for the president of America, the ‘Yes we can’ candidate, basically saying that the government owes you because your ancestors were victims. If that doesn’t reenforce a mindset of victimization, than I don’t know what does.
Here’s one final question: If Barack Obama thinks we have such a tragic history, than what is it about America that he likes? Also – doesn’t this ‘blame rich whites’ viewpoint remind you of someone who Obama apparently doesn’t know so well?