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Roger L. Simon

End the Civil Rights Movement

August 14th, 2013 - 11:17 pm
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Martin Luther King would not be amused by the pitiful current state of the civil rights movement.

End the civil rights movement. Now. Shoot the sucker and put it (and us) out of its misery.

It’s a relic of the 1960s about as relevant as bell bottom trousers.

When we are debating Oprah Winfrey’s right to buy a thirty-five thousand dollar purse or whether Barack Obama’s dog should be flown to Martha’s Vineyard in the canine’s own private state-of-the art military transport, you know it’s finished. Or should be.

It’s also time for the NAACP and the Black Caucus to close up shop. They are dinosaurs from another era, making life miserable for the very people they are intended to help.

Black unemployment is at record levels during the administration of the first black president and that horrible situation is aided and abetted by those organizations. They are determined to preserve the image of black people as victims — an insulting self-fullfilling prophecy. What was once a solution has become the problem.

Affirmative action should also be flushed down the toilet with the civil rights movement. It contributes to the same syndrome of victimhood, simultaneously dividing our society, which is divided enough already.

The race card is a perfect example of this division and why this movement should be extinguished. Anybody who plays the race card in our country today is less than pond scum. It has become the 21st century equivalent of accusing someone of witchcraft in seventeenth century Salem.

Anyone who uses the race card should be considered a pariah automatically. It’s almost always projection.

Black and brown people above all would profit from the end of the civil rights movement. We already have strong civil rights legislation. If anyone breaks the law, prosecute them. Meanwhile, move on. Stop dwelling on discrimination. Stop scratching the scab and let it heal.

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You assume that the "Civil Rights" movement is about helping blacks, as a whole, and that it no longer serves that purpose, and should end. But the movement is really about helping certain blacks gain positions, power and wealth, while actually harming blacks as a whole. The give away is, that our current "Civil Rights" movement is supported by the same Democratic party that supported slavery and Jim Crow. Same aim, they just changed their tactics.
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This is the Roger Simon I have grown to admire and what attracted me to PJMedia. Your best I've ever read here. But one line stood out for me above all others:

"Anybody who plays the race card in our country today is less than pond scum. It has become the 21st century equivalent of accusing someone of witchcraft in eighteenth century Salem."

Perfectly put.
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The original MLK-inspired civil rights movement was necessary and noble and we all knew that to be true at the time. But I began to suspect something was amiss when every time I attended a party there would invariably be a group of self-righteous, white, upper-middle-class kids sitting on the floor singing We Shall Overcome. My roots being more working-class and knowing that the nearest black person to our affluent suburb was about 30 miles away, I found this hypocritical and absurd and indicative of an actual diminution of what the movement was about. It seemed to me that the singing kids were adopting a pose and liberalism was more about fashion and acceptance than the reality of what it was like to be black in America. I think these people grew up into positions of power but they never grew beyond their "pose" and they still don't know or care about reality.
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Roger, I absolutely agree. I am 61 years old. I was a kid when the civil rights movement was born. Like me, it has seen better days. At least I know my time has come and gone.
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MLK would be ashamed i agree, you have black millionares, and the most powerful people in america/world talking about how oppressed thay are. these same people sat they want a 'conversation' but how can you have a conversation when 1 side uses feelings and incidents that never happened to them hundreds of yrs ago, instead of facts? how can you talk when one side feels they should be absolved of all responsibility for their situation and be placed in a state of permanent victimhood?
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This is what happens when "civil rights" is turned into a business.
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It is quite obvious America has made great progress on civil rights. It is apparent the goals of the civil rights era are not relevant the way they were forty years ago. The conversation regarding the status of civil rights needs to evolve. Frankly the focus should away from civil rights to something which in my opinion more important and believe it or not affects more whites then blacks, the status of economic rights.
The American soul regardless of whether you lean right (like me) or left like many other Americans is a place of equal opportunity which is driven by the dynamism of the middle class. The middle class is smaller than forty years ago (that is a fact), the gini coefficient, the most common measure of inequality is higher than before (that is a fact) and the culture of a unified America has been torn to pieces by political manipulation and destructive partisan anger (that is my opinion).
Socially American has made great strides but economically regardless of race we are struggling. When I say these thing people tell me I sound like a liberal but I find such a comment an insult to my idea of what it means to be a conservative. American conservatism is not against the poor or inequality it is for providing for the right environment and incentives so that people can share the American dream. The American dream hinges on the American system and when the dream becomes more elusive the system needs to change. People need to pick themselves up by their owe bootstraps but for millions Americans who don’t have access to a good public school or the resources necessary to move up in a sophisticated knowledge based economy don’t even have the bootstraps to pick themselves up by.
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florence va If the roots are rotten the tree will bear poisonous fruit. The first thing we have to do is stop making a saint out of MLK Jr, Rosa Parks and other communist affiliated organizers. Parks was an activist since the 1930's when she attended Communist meetings. The Communist Party infiltrated black churches, supported financially their causes for equlity and equal justice and looked around for black charismatic 'stars' to start dividing this nation. MLK Jr's right hand finance man was a card carrying communist. Mandela was a communist too but no one seems to care. There's no way MLK Jr should have a statue or Parks or any of them. I understand allowing the CPUSA to use all their organizing tools to get them started was tempting but come on! We are now seeing the fallout from the marriage of blacks and communist- I give you Barack Hussein Obama.

I think MLK Jr could talk a great game, a great orator but that's it--he was beholden to the communists and that has made all the difference. King mainstreamed the message, people on both sides loved him not like Carmichaelk, Brown and Malcolm X. The communists knew the public would see them as radical leftists so they needed a middle-of the road man like MLK Jr but the goal was the same. To insinuate the marxist ideology into every nook an cranny of American society. And MLK Jr helped them do that. 50 million abortions, leftist education, welfare state, reditribution of wealth which started in earnest in the 1960's--it's all there and now we have a bona fide Marxist in the White House. Checkmate. Thanks Martin.
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Roger Simon the CBC and NAACP has every right to exist. Read this excerpt :
United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.
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The point is whether they have any "right to exist" - after all, they're standing organizations, with as much right to exist as any other. The point is whether their approach to their mission of racial equality, which is rooted in strategies from forty years ago or longer, is no longer effective and is increasingly counterproductive to their mission.
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Exactly. Of course those organizations have a right to exist. The question is whether they have become counter-productive. As a onetime civil rights worker, I think they have.
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I agree. One thing that became crystal clear as I watch the hysterics surrounding the Martin-Zimmerman unfortunate incident: The liberal media, the Democratic talking heads, and the black leaders had just put the American Hispanic community on notice: Blacks are the Official Oppressed Minority of the United States. Put it on a t-shirt! Oh, and hey, Hispanics, you are racists too. Growing up in the age of the real civil rights movement in our country, I was embarrassed, out-raged, and disgusted to see the Martin-Zimmerman situation play out the way it did.

Oprah experiencing racism in Sweden? That shop employee probably thought she couldn't afford the purse because she was a black American on welfare! You cannot have it both ways.

It's time for the so-called leaders to stop this divisive stuff and for the American people to get rid of the ones who don't! Just look at those faces in that photo of Sharpton and Jackson. It says it all.
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Victimology is a crutch to so many. It offers a convenient excuse to explain away all manner of bad behavior, irresponsibility, and lack of initiative. It fosters a sense of pride and arrogance, a feeling of self-importance and egotism that eventually creates a full-blown narcissist if left unchecked. It enables those who rely on it to claim an entitlement to the world's goods and services as a way to repay them for their suffering or deprivation. Self-proclaimed victims demand payment from everyone, even from those who did them no wrong and, therefore, owe them nothing. Victimology is the perfect fertilizer to grow the poisonous seeds of self-pity and self-delusion. Yes, there are real victims in this world but living with the mentality of a victim is crippling and murderous. It eventually kills all initiative to grow and prosper by the industry of one’s own hard work and tenacity.

I am troubled especially by young people who think the world owes them something because they suffered some real or perceived injustice along the way in their short existence on this earth. What does this foretell about the future of America if our young people enter into adulthood with this false sense of entitlement? Who’s going to tell them the truth? Who’s going to tell them that the world owes them nothing?

I was born out of wedlock almost 62 years ago. My mother was a prostitute and a grifter who operated on the wrong side of the law most of her life. She was married about 10 times, usually never bothering to divorce between marriages. She was a murderess and abused her children without mercy. Men, mostly ex-cons, drunks and gangsters constantly came and went from whatever hovel we called “home” at the time. Most left a violent footprint. We kids were never in less than 3 or 4 schools in any school year. I started running away from home at the age of 9 and finally made it out for good at 13 or 14, as did both of my sisters. My brother is in jail for murder, having never escaped my mother’s influence until she died. I had plenty of reason to feel like, and live like, and think like a victim, and did until the age of 35. And it damned near killed me.

Becoming a Christian and learning from Christ is what saved me from the curse of self-pity and terminal hatred, hatred for my mother and the world in general. Hatred is a raging cancer that feeds on anything in its path. Victims must hate in order to remain victims and garner sympathy from others. Christ is the answer to such nonsense. When we see the sin in our own lives, and come to the realization that our sin is first and foremost against God, everyone else’s sin vanishes from before our eyes. It’s no longer important or even relevant what another person did against us, but only what we did against God. And when He forgives a sinner all his/her sin, we cease to be victims and become victors. We then forgive those who sinned against us. Life is good and safe in the arms of Jesus. He is the answer to so many of America's problems.
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Our race enablers in the form of Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and Obama have gotten publicity confused for character. Opening one's mouth and saying something completely stupid and out of place does get people's attention, but it is in no way related to character, honesty or reality.
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Yes the civil rights movement as currently structured should end, since they are nothing but lying race hsutlers and blackmailers. But as long as there are enough people in this country that beleive the race hustlers, the MSM is still willing to spread their lies, and companies are still willing to be blackmailed by discrimination suit threats to give them money, they will continue. And the worse they make the real lives of black and hispanic people, to more those people are willing to beleive the lies. It is a vicious circle, and it will not be easy to end it.
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