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To: raybbr
I kind of want to read this but it’s by Juan Williams. Will I actually learn anything or just get my BP up?

Juan Williams is one of the few liberals who's not a total idiot on race issues. I think what he writes here is right on the money:

The Jesse Jacksons, Al Sharptons and Rev. Jeremiah Wrights remain. But their influence and power fade to a form of nostalgia in a world of larger political agendas, such as a common American vision of setting the nation on a steady economic course and dealing with terrorists. The market has irrevocably shrunk for Sharpton-style tirades against "the man" and "the system." The emphasis on racial threats and extortion-like demands -- all aimed at maximizing white guilt as leverage for getting government and corporate money -- has lost its moment. How does anyone waste time on racial fantasies like reparations for slavery when there is a black man who earned his way into the White House?

Make no mistake, there is still discrimination against people of color in America. And inside black America, there is still disproportionate poverty, school dropouts, criminal activity, incarceration and single motherhood. But with the example of Mr. Obama's achievements, from Harvard Law to the state legislature, U.S. Senate and the White House, the focus of discussion now is how the child of even the most oppressed of racial minorities can maximize his or her strengths and overcome negative stereotypes through achievement.

The onus now falls on individuals to take advantage of opportunities. That begins with keeping families together and taking responsibility for the twisted "gangsta" culture that celebrates jail time instead of schooling. With Mr. Obama as the head of government, discussion of racial problems now comes in the form of pragmatic discourse for how to best give all Americans opportunty, for example, how to improve schools.


11 posted on 11/10/2008 6:16:33 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: Yardstick

I actually agree with you. I remember Juan from his days on Crossfire. Perhaps he is lying as he moved to Fox, but I actually believe that he is being honest in what he thinks. One can only hope that he is right.

My personal feeling is that we need to find more Juan Williams. A black liberal who is willing to be honest on race issues. Conservatives do not have to be weak kneed like Jack Kemp without preferring that racial issues be discussed about opportunity and responsibility. Do you really want to avoid the fact that Blacks have opportunity now in America? They need to do like everyone else. Go to school, work and stay in a stable family environment.

I do not fear Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, etal. I would gladly live in an America that were governed by such men. I am tired of whites having to excuse the behavior of “gangsta” blacks and their women who continue to have children without concern to the welfare of them.


12 posted on 11/10/2008 6:19:53 PM PST by Bayou Dittohead (Why they hate Israel?)
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