Listen to what integrated Muslim’s think about Germans. Will they think any different about Americans?
Listen to what integrated Muslim’s think about Germans. Will they think any different about Americans?
By W. Kirk Wood
W. Kirk Wood holds a Ph.D in American History from the University of South Carolina. He taught history at Alabama State University from 1986-2010
South Carolina State Senator Katrina Frye Shealy recently declared that the state should “get past race and fix current problems.” Dr. W. Kirk Wood, Professor History Emeritus at Alabama State University, wrote this in reply.
Dear Sen. Shealy,
Your recent letter to the editor of the State newspaper of 12-7-2015 (“Let’s Get Past Race and Fix Current Problems”) was welcomed and reflected the views of many of your constituents mine included. Writing as a retired Prof. of History from Alabama State University (1986-2011), which school is a historically black university by the way, I can tell you that African-Americans and “Politically Correct” white liberals (and Democrats) do not want to get beyond race. It benefits both to keep an exaggerated legacy of racism from slavery days alive for the sake of the politics of “victimization” and blaming the larger society of color prejudice for their individual ills and shortcomings rather than looking at their own personal agency caused by poor life decisions. In turn, this fits the liberal, Democratic Party agenda of ever more government to solve all the ills of America. Nowadays, however, instead of entitlements, government has become the agent of reverse discrimination and, ironically, intolerance of any one or entity judged to be insensitive toward minorities.
The Civil Rights’ Movement, about the content of one’s character, soon became “Affirmative Action” and positive government action to assure equal outcomes. Since the 1970’s, multi-culturalism and the privileging of all peoples of color and cultures above European (white) civilization has been transferred over into the political sphere and Democratic Party politics where “Political Correctness” is now a matter of public policy to be pursued and enforced. The quote at the mast head of Frontpage Magazine (published by David Horowitz’s Freedom Center) says it all: “Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to be heard.” (There’s a lot of history involved here but please see books by William Voegeli, Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State, Michael Savage’s Liberalism is a Mental Disorder, Stephen R. C. Hicks, Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, and Richard J. Ellis, The Dark Side of the Left: Illiberal Egalitarianism in America.)
Locally, the recent disruptive student incident at Spring Valley High School is just one example of many of exaggerated racism. The student’s misconduct to some was not the problem but the action of the SRO who over-reacted because he was not sensitive to the student’s background and less than ideal home life. For that matter, the whole issue of misconduct in schools has become a means of “criminalizing” behavior on the part of some. If more minorities are suspended, it’s not because they violated the code of conduct but the code itself that reflects a racial bias. So, we hear about “the school-to-prison-pipeline” for blacks that begins early in their lives. Along similar lines, a local Democratic state legislator has pre-filed a bill to expunge the state’s Student Misconduct statute. I oppose this very much. Non-expulsive measures for unruly students along with more multi-cultural studies and sensitivity training are no substitutes for legally enforceable legislation.
Also, the new slavery is not the “Sex-Trafficking” to which you refer but the “Mass Incarceration of blacks” in our jails and prisons notwithstanding real crimes committed. In my view, if you do the crime, you do the time. While many are drug related to be sure, the liberal-PC solution is to de-criminalize all drugs. On another historical note, the original push for stiffer punishments against crack cocaine came from blacks themselves back in 1986 in the wake of the death of U. of Maryland basketball star Len Bias’s death. Drug abuse is now epidemic and the cause of other crimes for habit supporting including distribution. It is easy to forget the past and untold lives destroyed and still being destroyed by illegal drug addiction. The crime shows on Investigation Discovery channel and others provide visual proof enough of the lives negatively impacted with consequences for family and loved ones.
More recently, and locally, there are the instances of white police officers shooting and killing blacks. Instead of letting justice take its course, there is now a rush to judgment by an assumption of automatic guilt on the part of the police. Witness the shame of Ferguson, MO when the officer there was finally acquitted and absolved including forensic evidence that the black male he shot had been done so justifiably. On the other hand, when hundreds of blacks are murdered by other blacks in Chicago, there is no outcry on a large scale at all only the sadness and hurt of immediate family and friends. This double standard proves that politics and political correctness have more to do with “Black Lives Matter.” It only matters when blacks are shot by white cops because this can be used to prove racism is still alive and well and big government is needed to eliminate it even if the civil rights of others are denied.
History is now the battleground of competing views of America, past and future. On the left-liberal-statist side, multiculturalism and P.C. are the new tools of post-modern and neo-Marxist history language, culture, and philosophy informing a future America that needs an exaggerated past of slavery, racism, imperialism, conquest, exploitation, impoverishment, and injustice to provide the needed dialectical element for a new synthesis. That it is more fiction than fact makes no difference at all. History on the left is a tool of political propaganda to distort the opposition. George Orwell understood all of this a long time ago when he wrote: “Whoever controls the present controls the past, and whoever controls the past controls the future.” Even further back than Orwell, Confucius is credited with saying: “When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom.” This is especially true when “Freedom” and “Liberty” are key words involved and “Constitutionalism” and the “Rule of Law” are somehow left out (as in President Obama’s many and different Executive Orders as well as his and his administration’s refusal to enforce the law at all that by default means rule by P. C. for left-liberal ends).
History is about what happened and why, for both good and bad.
We need to understand the past and neither forget it nor distort it for left-liberal ideological and political purposes. For the conservative opposition, traditional history continues to be sufficient enough to study and inspire and to know when it is being misused. In the substantial copied material to follow by slow mail, points above are reinforced by the views of other scholars. You know there’s more to the CSA flag controversy when the same P. C. is used against the California Bear Flag.
At the same, time CSA flag opponents somehow overlook the American flag as a symbol of slavery and race before the Civil War and for a longer period.
We have heard about the latest stand-off and of previous ones. If you never lived out west, like me, we just don’t understand. In our states the land is owned by citizens, companies and organizations. Out west that is far from true. As the western states were granted statehood the federal government discriminated against them. Unlike Eastern states, Congress reserved vast amounts of federally-owned land in the “Enabling Acts” for statehood of the western states. Just wondering if the “Federal Government” owning 30% to 85% of a state is a contradiction to the idea of a Free Independent State?
I do not condone what is happening out west with the stand-offs. I am beginning to understand the problems facing the citizens out there. Being crushed under a government bureaucracy in love with over-regulation.
In the 2:00AM dump of Hillary’s emails there might be the one that sees her behind bars. Just kidding she will never be charged. Anyone else however, would need to get their affairs in order before their ass is behind bars. In that dump there is an email where Hillary is ORDERING her aides to strip the classification markings from confidential material and re-transmit it using unsecured methods.
How about we stop a second and check the legal code…What say ya.
18 USC § 1924:- UNAUTHORIZED REMOVAL AND RETENTION OF CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS OR MATERIAL
(a) Whoever, being an officer, employee, contractor, or consultant of the United States, and, by virtue of his office, employment, position, or contract, becomes possessed of documents or materials containing classified information of the United States, knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.
(b) For purposes of this section, the provision of documents and materials to the Congress shall not constitute an offense under subsection (a)
(c) In this section, the term “classified information of the United States” means information originated, owned, or possessed by the United States Government concerning the national defense or foreign relations of the United States that has been determined pursuant to law or Executive order to require protection against unauthorized disclosure in the interests of national security.
Good thing laws do not apply to lady Hillary or her ass might be in trouble. Any bets the worst Hillary will receive is a warning. That is how the American Justice System now works. Our elite masters may ignore laws and get a free pass. Us on the other hand would have our ass behind bars. Isn’t legal grand you can no longer use the word justice it simply does not apply anymore.
In one email exchange between Clinton and staffer Jake Sullivan from June 17, 2011, the then-secretary advised her aide on sending a set of talking points by email when he had trouble sending them through secure means.
Part of the exchange is redacted, so the context of the emails is unknown. However, at one point. Sullivan tells Clinton that aides, “Say they’ve had issues sending secure fax. They’re working on it.”
Clinton responds, “If they can’t (send them secure), turn into non-paper w/no identifying heading and send non-secure.”
Damn good thing the laws do not apply to Hillary. Current total of classified documents Hillary sent using open unsecured email presently number over 1340. Every one a felony to a normal citizen or employee. Again, thank Marx and Lenin, Hillary is not subject or our laws.
Why is it that Progressives can never admit they were wrong? Progressives refuse to look at the past and see their mistakes. The Progressive can only see fantasies of the future. When proved wrong the Progressive will change the subject and want to “Move Forward” ignoring the destruction in their wake.
Now police in Sweden are accused of keeping quiet about sexual assaults by immigrant Muslim men. It appears the authorities keep secret the sexual assaults at a music festival in Stockholm. How many women could have been saved the trauma of sexual assault if the authorities had only been honest. Still trying to hide what unrestricted Muslim immigration is doing the authorities still refuse to identify the ethnicity or background of any of the alleged perpetrators.
In just Cologne the number of sexual attacks on women by immigrant Muslims is now over 500. They are still trying to determine if the attacks across Germany were coordinated. Read that to mean “Yes They Were Coordinated.” Now we are trying to hide that information.
Police in Cologne say the number of criminal cases relating to violent attacks in the city on New Year’s Eve has risen above 500. The German justice minister, Heiko Maas, said the authorities needed to work quickly to establish whether Cologne’s violence was linked to incidents reported in other cities. The chief of police in Cologne has been sacked in the wake of the scandal, after up to 1,000 men were allowed to mug, accost and sexually abuse women in “coordinated” attacks in a city square.
The media seems to portray Rose Hamid as an innocent bystander without a political agenda. Simply a mere citizen who wanted to share her voice.
Surprise that is not the truth.
In reality, Rose Hamid is an ardent supporter of Jihadist activities, having gone so far as to refer to jihadi terrorism as “resistance against occupation.” Moreover, she personally promoted an event held by one of the terrorists responsible for the bombing of the World Trade Centers in 1993 and by doing so directly supported his calls for the creation of an Islamic state under Sharia law in the United States of America.
Only TRUTH can set us free. The media today is a cesspool of lies, innuendo, misdirection and concealing the truth.
The government and military have long studied the phenomenon called group think. Group think is best described as a decision-making process whereby the group members go along with what they believe is the consensus. Stop now and think…How many times have those trying to influence opinion on a topic used that exact word. Look at how the global warming promoters have used the word “consensus” as the reason to believe, “It is a consensus, 97% of scientists agree.” The same with gun control how many times have you heard, “We must find a consensus to solve this problem.” Group think will often cause groups to make hasty, irrational decisions. Because with group think individual doubts are set aside, for fear of upsetting the balance and those in authority. Once started most people are incapable of change even in the face of contrary evidence.
How far will people go to please authority figures and subsequently do what they know to be wrong if not totally immoral? The first known laboratory test for group think occurred in 1963 by Yale professor, Stanley Milgram. I’m sure we have all heard the story how students gave subjects increasing higher voltage shocks up to deadly voltage. Milgram wanted to determine what percentage of people would willingly administer enough progressive electric shocks which would result in death simply based on the orders of a perceived authority figure.
There were three participants in the experiment. First, the Teacher was the only real subject in the experiment. Their role was to administer shocks for each wrong answer provided by the learner. How far would they go, was the true subject of the experiment. Next was the Learner, they were a plant in the experiment. The Learner would sit in an adjacent room and pretend to be shocked for each wrong answer that they would purposely give. As the voltage increased they would cry out for help and beg the Teacher to stop administering the electric shocks. Lastly, the Experimenter was a stern looking fellow who carried a clipboard, wore a lab coat, and would urge the Teacher to continue regardless of the make believe pleas of the Learner. Only the Teacher did not know the shocks were not real.
There were no shocks. The Learner was separated from the subject, a tape recorder integrated with the electro-shock generator, which played pre-recorded sounds of pain and distress for each successive level of shock. After a number of voltage level increases, the Learner would bang on the wall which divided him from the subject teacher. After several instances of banging on the wall and complaining about his heart condition, the learner provided no further responses to questions and no further complaints. The fate of the Learner was left to the imagination of the teacher.
The silence was met with the command to continue with the experiment. If at any time the subject hesitated or expressed a desire to discontinue the experiment, the subject was given a planned and verbatim succession of verbal prompts by the experimenter.
1. “Please continue.”
2. “The experiment requires that you continue.”
3. “It is absolutely essential that you continue.”
4. “You have no other choice; you must go on.”
If the Teacher still wished to stop after having listened to four successive verbal prompts, the experiment was discontinued. Otherwise, the experiment was terminated after the subject had administered the lethal 450-volt shock three times in succession.
Milgram expected that less than one percent would actually administer a fatal electric shock. The actual results were so stunning that he decided to film the results on the final day, fearing that nobody would believe his results. And what were the results? Despite expressing some measure of discomfort and the minimal use pressure, in Milgram’s first set of experiments, 65% (26 out of 40) of the subjects administered the experiment’s final and hypothetically fatal 450-volt shock. Amazingly, no participant steadfastly refused to give further shocks before the 300-volt level!
Milgram’s results were later confirmed when Dr. Thomas Blass performed a meta-analysis on the results of repeated performances of the experiment. Blass found that the percentage of participants who were willing to administer fatal voltages remains remarkably constant, between 61% and 66%.
Every authoritarian regime requires a high level of voluntary cooperation or group think from its citizenry. Cooperation can be coerced as in dictatorial regimes the cooperation is obtained as a result of extreme intimidation by carrying out a relatively small number of exceptionally harsh punishments in order to serve as a warning to the masses. However, there are not enough police, inspectors, guards, etc. to control a populace in which the majority would fail to comply with the status quo. Then why do we continue to follow leaders who have abandoned the Constitution and the welfare of our people long ago? Is America a prisoner to the group think phenomena?
No, the US is not the leader in mass public shootings, we do not even make the top 10.
On January 7, 2016, President Obama said, “But we are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency. It doesn’t happen in other advanced countries. It’s not even close. And as I’ve said before, somehow we’ve become numb to it and we start thinking that this is normal.”
Truth is he lied that is not true. Between January 2009 and December 2015, there are 11 European countries with a higher frequency of these mass public shootings than the US, and 10 European countries with a higher rate of deaths from these attacks.
Over that same period of time, the European Union (EU) suffered 303 deaths from mass public shootings, while the US had 199. In terms of injuries from these attacks the gap was even much greater, with EU countries facing 680 versus just 197 for the US.
So we have Europe having more mass shootings and deaths than America. Yet, in most countries it is virtually impossible for a citizen to buy a gun. Something tells me banning guns is a false narrative and there is a real agenda hidden.