Jackson, Sharpton and Holder Want a National Conversation About Race


Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Eric Holder are all talking about having a “national conversation” about race. Luckily, I know that they do not represent all blacks in America, because my impression is that their idea of a “conversation” is them telling whites how terrible and racist we are.

Then we are supposed to bow our heads in shame and say, “Yes, you’re right, we’re all awful, evil people and even if we personally never did anything to anyone, we are still responsible for all whites and all whites’ behavior.” What they are really looking for is conFRONTation, not conVERsation.

So a true conversation will likely never happen. Oh, sure, liberal folks like Chris Matthews will play their assigned roles and apologize for all of us and actually think that‘s helping start a conversation. But just as Al and friends don’t speak for all blacks, Chris Matthews does NOT speak for all white people any more than I do. How absolutely arrogant of him to even think he can say that.

So I have a few things to tell Jesse, Al, Eric and Chris. They hate the history of racism and the treatment of blacks, as well they should. And I would never say that racism doesn’t exist. But they act like they are different than those that they hate – and they are not. They are the exact same people. For many years, white people had the “power” to “be” racist, to act without impunity, even without punishment or accountability.

Now that pendulum has swung the other way. Blacks are the ones with the “power” to be racist, to act without impunity or accountability. So now that they have this same power they hated in whites, are they proving that they are superior to the white racists? No. Are they thinking that even though they have the power, they are not using or abusing it? No, they are taking full advantage of it. Everyone always has their excuses for their bad behavior. Slave owners truly believed they were superior to blacks.

Today’s black racists truly believe they have the “right” to oppress because they (or their ancestors) were oppressed. But they are both wrong and two wrongs can never make the past right.

I place some blame on President Obama. He ran on uniting the country. The very first time an incident happened where blacks beat up a white and said, “Now it’s our turn,” I thought he would come out and say, “I won’t tolerate that. I said we will be one America. My Justice Department will go after ALL hate crimes not just white on black.” But no, he didn’t say a peep. When the Black Panthers stood outside the polling place, he should have immediately stepped in and said it was unacceptable. But he didn’t. He missed critical moments in his presidency where he could have truly made a difference in race relations in this country.

Mainly, I blame the black racists for their own behavior the same as I blame white racists for their own behavior. I am not responsible for how white racists behave and I will not apologize for behavior that is not mine, the same as I will not blame all blacks for the behavior of black racists like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Eric Holder. Those three need to realize that there will never be a national conversation where all whites say, “You’re right, we’re sorry and you can do whatever you want to us and take whatever you want from us and we deserve it.”

But until they realize that what they are modeling is as disgusting and despicable as the Ku Klux Klan, nothing will ever change. As whites we have been told that it is up to us to confront other whites when they are being racist and tell them we won’t tolerate it and don’t approve of it. And I’ll probably get called racist for even pointing out all of this but as a white person I’m used to that. However, until all races can confront the racism within their own race without being attacked for it by their own, there will be no national conversation. Sadly, I don’t anticipate that happening any time soon.

About the author: Nancy Keaton

Nancy Keaton lives in Chehalis, Washington with her family. She is mother of three and grandmother of three and has recently acquired the healthy love of guns, self-defense, hunting, and the Second Amendment. Nancy and her family are also a travel writing team and you can learn about fun in the Pacific Northwest by checking out their blog at NorthwestRevealed.com. Questions and comments can be emailed to Nancy at nnkeaton@gmail.com.

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