Professional Victim-hood and White Privilege.

White guilt and black victim-hood are damaging to the black people. Also it is undeniable that racism exists in America. But for black community right should come with responsibilities.

Below is a quote from today’s article in Chicago tribune by a successful black person: One man remembered feeling not just protected in his home, but also in his community, where neighbor women and men looked out for him. Many of us nodded because we shared a similar experience.

He talked about core values that his parents instilled about personal responsibility and hard work and respect for others that were reinforced by his community. About being required to say “Good morning,” and “please and thank you.”

“If someone saw you doing or saying something wrong, they called you on it or they grabbed you up in your collar,” he said. “And your parents didn’t argue or fight with them. Imagine trying to chastise somebody’s child, nowadays.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-dinner-tyjuan-poindexter-dawn-turner-20150921-column.html

White guilt.

It is a huge disservice black leaders and liberals do to black people by constantly telling them about their rights but not too much about their responsibilities. The fact everyone knows is that you cannot end racism by just outlawing it. Many people are just racists and will be racists as long as they live. And for many it is a stereotype of blacks as violent, lazy and not very bright. And as we all know a stereotype is hard to change.

Rights and responsibilities. “An overlooked feature of the declaration is that it ends with duties and obligations upon an individual to their community. Sadly, we have become obsessed with rights, without any corresponding sense of duty, obligation or responsibility. I truly believe that with rights come responsibilities. There needs to be a balance, for our privileges can be no greater than our obligations.” http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/rights-must-be-balanced-with-responsibilities-20101209-18qq6.html#ixzz3ll5eDSmU

My wife told me about a conversation she had with a colleague, a black guy (I didn’t call him “African-American” because I am not sure if his ancestors are from Africa). She told him that her parents taught her since childhood that Jews in order to succeed have to be better than the next person. And he totally objected to this notion. He has the same rights as anyone else, he stated. And that is true…in theory.

Many racial and religious groups were stigmatized, discriminated against…Irish, Jews, Italians, Orientals. “Native-born Americans criticized Irish immigrants for their poverty and manners, their supposed laziness and lack of discipline, their public drinking style, their catholic religion, and their capacity for criminality and collective violence. In both words and pictures, critics of the Irish measured character by their perceived physical appearance”. http://picturinghistory.gc.cuny.edu/item.php?item_id=211%00

Just like the Irish, be it Orientals or Mexicans, etc, they knew what they had to overcome. They were treated unfairly. It was harder for them to find jobs but they persevered and began to do just fine.

Yes, we have to fight for equal rights. But we all have to prove something. Prove with our lives, with our actions, with our hard work. Prove that we are a hard-working, successful group.

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it. Benjamin Franklin

Who is more successful: a Mexican-American whose parents immigrated to the U.S. with less than an elementary school education, and who now works as a dental hygienist? Or a Chinese-American whose parents immigrated to the U.S. and earned Ph.D. degrees, and who now practices as a doctor?

Amy Chua (AKA “Tiger Mom”) and her husband Jed Rubenfeld, author of the new book The Triple Package, claim it’s the latter. They argue that certain American groups (including Chinese, Jews, Cubans, and Nigerians) are more successful and have risen further than others because they share certain cultural traits. Chua and Rubenfeld bolster their argument by comparing these groups’ median household income, test scores, educational attainment, and occupational status to those of the rest of the country. http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2014/02/24/are-mexicans-the-most-successful-immigrant-group-in-the-u-s/ideas/nexus/

More about “white privilege” and work ethics.

A new paper from a University of Chicago PhD candidate, Alison Rauh, finds that black immigrants tend to be more successful than black Americans. They out-earn black natives (after accounting for age) and are more likely to be employed. This is not surprising; white immigrant groups outperform their native cohort too. But what’s most intriguing is how their children fare. The children of black immigrants are more likely to go to and complete college than native blacks (and whites) and are less likely to drop out of high school. http://qz.com/198512/america-still-is-the-land-of-opportunities-for-black-immigrants-but-not-their-kids/

Below is a quote by a “white privileged” guy:

Years ago, some feminist on the internet told me I was “Privileged.”

“THE FUCK!?!?” I said. I came from the kind of Poor that people don’t want to believe still exists in this country. Have you ever spent a frigid northern Illinois winter without heat or running water? I have. At twelve years old, were you making ramen noodles in a coffee maker with water you fetched from a public bathroom? I was. Have you ever lived in a camper year round and used a random relative’s apartment as your mailing address? We did. Did you attend so many different elementary schools that you can only remember a quarter of their names? Welcome to my childhood.

So when that feminist told me I had “white privilege,” I told her that my white skin didn’t do shit to prevent me from experiencing poverty. http://occupywallstreet.net/story/explaining-white-privilege-broke-white-person

Now about my own experience.

I did not experience “white skin privilege”…not in my old country, the Soviet Union, where I was a Jew first and a citizen second. I mean second-rate citizen. We the Jews knew that we had to be better than non Jews in order to get into college or to find a job. Many colleges and jobs were off limits to Jews no matter how good you were.

I didn’t know anything about the “privilege” when we came to America with a one year old child and $400. With my broken English and no US experience I did not feel “privileged”.

My wife and I knew that we would have to work hard and study the language in order to make a decent living for ourselves and our children. At that time we were helped by a Jewish organization and were expected to find a job within 3 months. And then we were expected to pay back the money given to us. And we did.

We did not know anything about any social programs so it never crossed our minds to apply for any kind of help from the Government.

Is there “white privilege”? Yes. Racism is one of the reasons. High crime rate among blacks is another reason. Is that fair? No it is not. A good friend of ours adopted two black kids. These kids are adults now. I know them. Great human beings. Decent and hard working. And they get stopped by local police for just walking in the neighborhood. Racial profiling? Yes. But let’s get real. It will continue as long as the high crime rate remains among the black population.

The main problem of our country is the erosion of the middle class. Not just white or black. The backbone of our society is crumbling. So where is this so-called “white privilege” for most Americans?

There is privilege. For those born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Regardless of race or nationality.

In my opinion well-meaning people, by evoking “white privilege”, provide many blacks with an excuse to blame all their problems on discrimination. Some are practicing “professional victim-hood” and are spending most of their efforts blaming everyone else for their problems.

“Vester Flanagan, the gunman who killed a reporter and a cameraman on TV Wednesday, was a “professional victim” during his time at the station before being fired in 2013. Flanagan interpreted efforts by the station to improve his performance and persuade him to work more cooperatively with colleagues as discrimination” http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/trending/tt-BBmbJuG?q=TV%20shootings&form=PTTWFD

What can we as a society do to help people (of any race) to break the cycle of poverty?

One thing that absolutely needs to be done is to provide a good quality education for those who want it.

The lottery. There are many families who realize that the only way to break the cycle of poverty is a good education for their kids. But there are no good schools in poor neighborhoods. But in order to get enrolled, one has to play the lottery. http://www.hulu.com/watch/215007

It is a shame that the richest country in the world cannot provide good schools for its children who want to learn and to get a good education. This is the only way to eventually get rid of ghettos.

We as a country have to help those who want help.

And as a country of laws we cannot use excuses nor condone breaking the law, regardless of class, race or nationality.

Caveman Mentality

The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely.

Military over science.
Wrong Priorities

“I tell you there’s a monster, like all that is darkening and heavy and obstructive in life.  It is matter and darkness, it is the anti-soul, it is the ruling power of this land: stupidity.”
H.G.Wells, writer, 1866-1946.

Back to the caves and the advance of arrogant stupidity in America

Symptoms:

Cuts in science

Cuts in space programs

Cuts in education

Deteriorating infrastructure

Politicians bragging  of  their ignorance

Unsustainable military spending

Military invasions

Rising hate, bigotry and ignorance

Wealth redistribution to the top 1% and the disappearance of the middle class

Rising anti-immigrant sentiment and legislation

Unsupported claims of exceptionalism

Examples of our priorities:

James Webb telescope
Space telescope

NASA’s James Webb telescope, the successor to the Hubble, is on the chopping block. The U.S. Congress is  arguing over fiscal matters, and one of the project that may get cut is NASA’s budget, potentionally resulting in the expensive James Webb telescope getting the ax.  A major budget reduction for NASA would almost certainly be the death knoll for the Webb telescope. To date, NASA has invested  $3 billion in this project  but whose final price is expected to hit the $6.8 billion mark. If that happens, a generation of scientific discoveries about the nature of the universe may be put on hold.  .

The Webb is expected to have the ability to peer into the universe’s earliest moments, even before stars existed;  providing human civilization with clues and  insight on  how the cosmos came to be . The Webb’s capabilties would far supercede its predecessor, the  Hubble, the first scientific instrument allowing humans to observe a planet orbiting another star.  Prior to the Hubble , no one had even thought dark energy existed. The Webb could likely open a window to similiar phenomena we cannot now even imagine.

“It is entirely possible that behind the perception of our senses, worlds are hidden of which we are unaware.”
Albert Einstein.

Wrong priorities

We do not hesitate to spend massive amount of  time and money on wars that harm our country and the World.   Each  B-2 stealth bomber costs our taxpayers $2.4 billion ; our government spent $50 billion building  21 of these planes.

Defense Spending:

Total defense spending requested for  2012 is $881 billion.

Another example of wrong prioritizing and stunning short sightedness:

The Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) is rarely discussed anymore, but its ghost has haunted high energy physics for the last 16 years.  Slated to begin operations in 1999 in Waxahachie, Texas, the SSC would have been nearly three times as powerful as CERN’s  Large Hadron Collider in Europe.  Had it been completed, science would likely not now be waiting with baited breath for the hints of the Higgs Boson. Instead, questions would be answered,  the world’s knowledge would be greater and experimental physicists would be celebrating  successes from Waxahachie.

A little history of the SSC:

Unevolution of the GOP
GOP no more

During its intial design and  construction stages, a heated debate insued regarding the high cost of the project (the last estimate was $8.25 billion- still less than four  B-2 bombers).  Oft-repeated was the argument that  NASA’s contribution to the International Space Station was of similar amount and that the  US could simply not afford both projects.  (Over a trillion dollars spent on the Iraq war was fine!)

In 1993 The project was canceled by Congress after 22.5km (14 mi) of tunnel were already dug and 2 billion dollars already spent, yielding a useless tunnel and no scientific knowledge.

U.S. SPENDING IN IRAQ Over $1 Trillion and Counting

U.S. Spending in Afghanistan over $500 Billion and Counting

Bob Herbert’s farewell column for the New York Times:

Tea Party approach
Exceptional!

“The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities.  When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely.”http://peterdaou.com/2011/08/on-american-exceptionalism/

 The way we are going, there will not be much to defend but our caves.

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