I don’t believe it is possible to transcend race in this country … The legacy of Jim Crow and slavery has not gone away.  It is no accident that African American experiences high crime rates, are poor, and have less wealth.  It is a direct result of racial history.

Barack Obama

It is time for blacks to begin the shift from wartime to a peacetime identity, from fighting for opportunity to seizing of it.  (Emphasis added.)

Shelby Steele

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In many ways Barack Obama and the modern liberals never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

We elect the first Black President of the United States and he retains the office for eight years and racial relations are worse for it.  It is interesting to ask: “Why?”

The answer is offered by Shelby Steele, an outstanding English Professor.  His answer applied to the question: the President and other African Americans, from the well-educated to the lesser-educated, have not seized the opportunity presented.

This tendency is a present-day pathology, it seems.

Says Steele, commenting on his Black students: ” … they choose to believe in their own inferiority …  for the comforts and rationalizations their racial ‘inferiority’ affords them. They hold their race to evade individual responsibility.”

Barack Obama meet Shelby Steele.  Or should I say: Barack Obama meet Barack Obama.

Freedom creates individual responsibility.  This means – you are out front, on stage – put to the test.  Many (especially the coddled elite-educated) dodge this – too much of a risk, maybe demand too much work, still.  Better the comfort of an excuse – the old: “don’t blame you, don’t blame me – blame that man behind the tree.”

When leadership was within grasp, the soft cushion of racial history was chosen. This, in essence, explains why despite historic steps taken – race is now more institutionalized than ever.  Truth is: laws may present opportunity – individuals must grasp it.

Too long we have muddled reality.  Too long the Left has dodged individual responsibility and made it more the case that excuse enslaves.  Time to end this. But how so?

For one thing – speak honestly.  For a second, stop making excuses and creating programs to ignore the hard truth that individuals must perform, make efforts to excel, make good choices, overcome all manner of obstacles, etc.

I guess, too, it would help to seek leadership that is faith-driven – that understands we are one in Christ.  (Eph 2: 11-22.)

You see – nothing changes without faith, without God – nothing. All short of that, no matter the intent, is false and breeds weakness, excuse, resentment.

This is the deadly and divisive spot we now occupy.  Time to “get off the dime.”

Individual responsibility, Friends.  Individual responsibility.  No more excuses. No more resentment.  No more blame yesterday.

Big-Boy pants people – Big Boy pants.

“Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemies.”

Nelson Mandela

Shalom.

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