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To: Sam the Sham

Sam, you're ignorant of history and common sense. Booker T. Washington believed, rightly so, that if black Americans made themselves indispensable in their communities, assimilation and eventual parity would come to pass. Whereas WEB Dubois advocated essentially a dictatorship of the intellectual elites, and agitation for "progress". The agitation did just that--agitated at the expense of better race relations. And many blacks who took the Dubois path ended up, as Washington pointed out, in the absurb position of knowing how to speak foreign languages while being skilless and broke. So much for "progress".


35 posted on 11/19/2005 5:51:57 AM PST by rebuildus
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To: rebuildus

Rebuildus, you are ignorant of history and common sense.

Violent racism was the foundation of the traditional way of life of an entire culture. As we saw with the Indians of East Africa, the Jews of Central Europe and Andalusia, and what will happen to the Chinese of South East Asia if the Indonesian junta falls, thinking that you can be so perfect and indispensible that violent racism (and socioeconomic envy) can be charmed away is moronic. Life is not some 60's Sidney Poitier movie. It doesn't work and it has never worked and your flattering white people approach will consign Jesse Patterson to the garbage heap alongside Alan Keyes, Roy Innis, Joe Clark, etc.

The Washington approach was doomed because it is not possible to amass wealth without the protection of the law. His approach was not a sign of hope. The Atlanta Speech was a "If we blacks give up completely on civil rights will you promise to stop killing us and just let us live in peace ?" The Irish made progress because they were able to seize the levers of political power and protect themselves. They developed power bases in the major city machines in the face of profound prejudice against "romanism". There is no substitute for the ability to use force.

The idiocy of the Jesse Patterson approach is best shown by his "Blacklist" where he tries to urge whites to boycott black celebrities who are leftist. The black community is intensely protective of its celebrities and public figures, as we saw in the OJ case. Black women defended a black man whose personal life was one blonde after the next. Do you think any measureable number of blacks will think less of a black celebrity who is not a conservative Republican or will have the barest shred of respect for yet the latest white checkbook based black "conservative leader" who spends most of his energy attacking other blacks ?

On both right and left in black politics there are hustlers and opportunists.


36 posted on 11/19/2005 6:19:11 AM PST by Sam the Sham (A conservative party tough on illegal immigration could carry California in 2008)
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