Friday, July 24, 2009


This is what I read today, thought it was interesting.

Fellow Americans,
Please know: I am Black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul's name as my choice for president. Most importantly, I am not race-conscious. I do not require a Black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living.
I do not require a Black president to love the ideal of America .I cannot join you in your celebration.
I feel no elation. There is no smile on my face. I am not jumping with joy. There are no tears of triumph in my eyes.
For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human flourishing and survival - all that I know about the history of the United States of America , all that I know about American race relations, and all that I know about Barack Obama as a politician.
I would have to deny the nature of the "change" that Obama asserts has come to America .Most importantly, I would have to abnegate my certain understanding that you have chosen to sprint down the road to serfdom that we have been on for over a century.
I would have to pretend that individual liberty has no value for the success of a human life.
I would have to evade your rejection of the slender reed of capitalism on which your success and mine depend.
I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million Blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them (that Blacks are permitted to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared "progressive" whites who voted for him because he doesn't look like them.
I would have to wipe my mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill posts in his administration - political intellectuals like my former colleagues at the Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
I would have to believe that "fairness" is the equivalent of justice.
I would have to believe that a man who asks me to "go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice," is speaking in my interest.
I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the "bottom up," and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force.
I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.
Finally, Americans, I would have to erase from my consciousness the scene of 125,000 screaming, crying, cheering people in Grant Park, Chicago , irrationally chanting "Yes We Can!" Finally, I would have to wipe all memory of all the times I have heard politicians, pundits, journalists, editorialists, bloggers and intellectuals declare that capitalism is dead - and no one, including especially Alan Greenspan, objected to their assumption that the particular version of the anti-capitalistic mentality that they want to replace with their own version of anti-capitalism is anything remotely equivalent to capitalism.
So you have made history, Americans. You and your children have elected a Black man to the office of the president of the United States , the wounded giant of the world.
The battle between John Wayne and Jane Fonda is over - and that Fonda won.
Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern must be very happy men. Jimmie Carter, too. And the Kennedys have at last gotten their Kennedy look-a-like.
The self-righteous welfare statists in the suburbs can feel warm moments of satisfaction for having elected a Black person.
So, toast yourselves: 60s countercultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois bohemians.
Toast yourselves, Black America .
Shout your glee Harvard, Princeton , Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley.
You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a Black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to - Do Something!
You now have someone who has picked up the baton of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society.
But you have also foolishly traded your freedom and mine - what little there is left - for the chance to feel good.
There is nothing in me that can share your happy obliviousness.

I thought to myself, Who wrote this ?

ANNE WORTHAM – American Educator
Anne Wortham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University and continuing Visiting Scholar at Stanford University 's Hoover Institution.
She is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Philosophical Association.
She has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow, and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.
In fall 1988 she was one of a select group of intellectuals who were featured in Bill Moyer's television series, "A World of Ideas." The transcript of her conversation with Moyers has been published in his book, “A World of Ideas”.
Dr. Wortham is author of "The Other Side of Racism: A Philosophical Study of Black Race Consciousness" which analyzes how race consciousness is transformed into political strategies and policy issues.
She has published numerous articles on the implications of individual rights for civil rights policy, and is currently writing a book on theories of social and cultural marginality.
Recently, she has published articles on the significance of multiculturalism and Afrocentricism in education, the politics of victimization and the social and political impact of political correctness.
Shortly after an interview in 2004, she was awarded tenure.

Sounds like a really smart woman.
Too bad many people will not get the chance to hear what she has to say, thats why I posted a piece of her article here.
Makes you think, that is, makes those of us that still can think for themselves


Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

I found this to be very interesting--thanks for posting it!

Lauren said...

What a great find. I'm going to add the link to this post on my site. Thanks for letting me know about her!!

Don said...

Wow! What more can one say, but I agree wholeheartedly. It's goes without saying that what she wrote will apply to everyone...

Sandee said...

Excellent. All I can say is excellent. She gets it. She really gets it.

Have a terrific day. :)

the Liberty Pen said...

An excellent post. Now if we can only get the other people who voted for hope and change to read this post, we would be better off.

Mike's Blog Marketing Tips said...

And now,

A message from the "other side":

Eloquent words.

But nothing much I haven't heard before from those on the right.

Fancy words, a great deal of complaining, a bit of "blacks are stupid" with no substance and no alternative.

If she had, educated woman that she is, offered up some sort of alternative, I'd be more than willing to listen and give it a great deal of consideration.

I can't speak for other Democrats, but this Democrat understands that this country isn't Burger King and I can't have it my own way.

I'm more than willing to take my medication whether I like it or not for the good of us all. Which is more than I can say for many on both sides of the aisle.

The time for bitching is over. Let us all, Dem, Repub,, white, hispanic, asian...Americans all, get together and agreeably find a way out of this mess.

That's the message I'm putting out from my side.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

Matt said...

That's as brilliant and insightful post as I have ever read. I will add a link to this post as well.

Sandy said...

WOW...that sure is one angry women. I read whom she wrote in, my nothing of substance as to why. What did he stand for that she, angry women felt a kindship for? Did she prefer the GW years of the world hating Americans because they refused to change?

And...for the record, he is not a Black Man, he is no more Black then he is White. I proudly voted for him because he's a man of vision, a man who knows something needs to be done if we're to continue to viewed as the most civilized nation in the world

I am not a Demorcrat, nor a Republican. I actually don't believe in the 2 part system. I think this country has long ago grown past where 2 mere parties can represent us completely. However, Like President Obama, I believe more draws us together than separates us. And yes, I do believe together we can. Or, we can sit angry on the sidelines and wait for another 4 years.

The Fearless Blog said...

Excellent article by Ms. Wortham...superbly written...moving and raw. Ms. Wortham, in addition to being a powerful writer is a very very brave woman. We have already seen what happens to "conservative" black men and women when they oppose the views of the left. Recent clashes between African-Americans and the white-left have proved rather interesting.

(Barbara Boxer and Harry C. Alford, the president & CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce) After listening to Alford on The Factor, I realized he TOO is a brave man, especially after saying something like ---Boxer likes black people just as long as they are poor.

Are we seeing a new movement here? Or are only a few people "really" paying attention?

Thank you for sharing this with us.

Always a pleasure to stop by here...


This LADY should have been the REAL Supreme Court Justice choice, not that other err, flee bag, err what's her name again?

Nice post, as always...

Rob said...

That was a very impressive post.

BetteJo said...

Unfortunately - if a white person said the same things they would be called a racist. But I agree with her whole heartedly, thanks for posting this!