Roger L. Simon

End the Civil Rights Movement


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.


The bill’s long overdue on Eric Holder’s maxed-out race card.

Let’s find some productive work for Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the rest. Find them a shovel-ready project.

And forget about race.

Forget about Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and all of that.

Stop the endless discussions of race on the cable news networks, send the talking heads out to pasture or make them blather on about something else, force Geraldo to ignore the next phony story about someone who allegedly called somebody something twenty years ago when they had too much bourbon.

And absolutely no more talk of the n-word, crackers or any other racial epithet known or unknown. Just drop it.

And when we discuss Oprah, tell it like it really is — she’s a celebrity who has been extremely rich and famous for decades and has almost no idea what it’s really like to be a shopgirl in Zurich or anywhere else.

Her story is one of Marie Antoinette, not Rosa Parks.

And that’s the point. Rosa Parks was a very brave woman who made a tremendous contribution to our country — in 1955! That’s almost sixty years ago. Stop this nostalgia for racism. Stop playing the race card. Switch to Old Maid — or rummy. End the civil rights movement. We should all honor Rosa Parks’ great contribution by moving on.

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