"The problem here is a totalitarian uniformity, a cult-like mentality such that even allies are enemies if they fail to follow the Exact Party Line. " - Phyllis Chesler

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I Follow Ideas Not People

I wish more people felt the way I do. Heck who doesn't? That's kind of cliche...sorta.

I hate that the current climate has been able to get to the point where we have to purposely spotlight people because of their "color" but the reality is that because our world is so unbalenced in truth telling or lack there of, I feel it necessary to show that there are indeed those of the black color, ugh, color...African decent, that share my values and yours too. As well as showing liberals that they are so very wrong about their ideolgue-ist views that Republicans and more conservative minded people are racist and black haters.

We are multi cultural! Those of us who share these similar values, not same values, similar.

I found out about another women, who shares my values about race relations in our country. Her name is Anne Wortham. I learned about her from Rob's blog. If you click through that link you can see her speech about Obama.

Here's what the Booker T. Washington Symposium said about her:

Anne Wortham Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, has taught at Illinois State University since 1991. Her scholarship interests are the sociology of culture, the history of ideas, and American political culture. She holds a B.S. degree from Tuskegee University and Ph.D. from Boston College. Prior to entering graduate school in 1977, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in 1963-1965, and for the next 12 years worked as an editorial researcher for such media organizations as Esquire magazine, NBC News’ “Huntley-Brinkley Report,” ABC Radio News, and King Features Syndicate.

Dr. Wortham has taught at Wellesley College; Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow; and Washington and Lee University. She also has been a visiting scholar at Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

She is author of The Other Side of Racism: A Philosophical Study of Black Race Consciousness (1981). Sociologist Jack D. Douglas at San Diego State called the book “a powerful scholarly, moral, and political analysis and indictment of all forms of black racism, quotaism, reversism--and all other attempts to reduce black individuals to racial categories. Anne shows the many different ways in which these attempts violate the basic constitutional rights of all Americans and threaten to rob blacks of the right to gain real self-esteem. ... And she does this with all the forcefulness, truthfulness, and beauty that spring from her own experience.”

Since 1966 Dr. Wortham has written numerous articles on civil rights policy, multiculturalism and Afrocentrism in education, the politics of victimhood, the melting pot ideal, and American culture. Her work has appeared in The Freeman, Reason, and The World & I. Her two-hour conversation with Bill Moyers for his PBS documentary series, “A World of Ideas,” is widely distributed as a video recording and the transcript was published in his book, A World of Ideas.

Dr. Wortham is currently developing an anthology of her essays on individualism and conducting research on the critique of Max Weber’s theory of capitalism by Austrian economists.

And here's another man who shares my views: Kevin Jackson ...Oh and he happens to be of the color BLACK. He wrote a book called The Big Black Lie and from what I can surmise he is the answer to Al Sharpton, that piece of shit reble rouser, victimizer, race baiter divider of Americans.

He wrote this probably conversation regarding the last situation with the professor from Harvard and the Presidents remarks to deflect from his healthcare press conference disaster:

As for the confrontation, it likely went something like this:

Cop: Sir, I’m going to need you to put your hands up. I’m responding to a possible break-in at this residence.
Elitist: This is MY house, Cracker!
Cop: Sir, I will need to see some ID.
Elitist: I’m a PROFESSOR at HARVARD and a friend of the PRESIDENT. What, you don’t think a BLACK man can own a NICE home? Did I mention HARVARD?! Why are you YELLING at me,white boy?!!
Cop: Sir, we can get this resolved quickly, if I can just see some ID, and…
Elitist: I don’t have to show you anything in my own home, whitey! I teach at Harvard. You’re trespassing. I could make one phone call, and you will be on the streets, homeless! Do you know who you are f*%king with? A Harvard professor and last remaining friend of Obama!! did i mention that i teach at harvard?!!!


Aleta said...

I'm disgusted with the professor and President's comment.

Teachers.... come across.... MANY.... ehhhh.... STUPID! kids. But do you think TEACHERS can call a kid stupid? NOT. They are professional. They are responsible.

If a teacher is held to such a standard and the president isn't, what in the world are we coming to?

BetteJo said...

Went to both of the links - some amazing posts there! I agree with you, I wish more people felt the same way before they voted.

Lauren said...

@Aleta, I don't know. It's so confusing to me to see so many mentally deranged people who don't realize how their supposed thoughts and actions just don't match. It's so orwellian.

@BetteJo - So glad you were able to find value in those two people. Keep spreading the information around!!

Perplexio said...

From a historical perspective to see how we got to where we are today (vis a vis race relations) read up on W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington. In the early 20th century the 2 big names speaking out on behalf of the African-American community were Washington and DuBois... And unlike their modern day counterparts (Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton) they could not have been more different in their approaches.

Booker T. Washington believed respect had to be earned-- it wasn't something that was given freely.

W.E.B. DuBois believed that respect should have been freely given-- a form of moral reparations for slavery if you will.

At some point the African American community decided to embrace the ideas and teachings of one of those leaders over the other... Given the political climate today it shouldn't be too hard to guess which leader the African-American community decided to follow.

That being said-- there are also many African-Americans who are of the Booker T. Washington school of thought... That respect must be earned. I'd argue, based on his comments in recent years challenging black men to take responsibility for their families and children, that Bill Cosby is likely more of the Washington school of thought than the DuBois school of thought.