Monday, June 29, 2015

President Obama's Eulogy

Some comments on parts of President Obama's Eulogy for the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney.

Comments in no particular order

Amazing grace.  Amazing grace. 
(Begins to sing) -- Amazing grace -- (applause) -- how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind but now I see.  (Applause.)

The main theme of Obama's speech was the hymn "Amazing Grace" written by white, English slave trader John Newton in 1779 in celebration of God saving his slave ship from a wreck in 1748. Despite this ,it has long been appropriated by America's black community as part of their culture. It is ironic.

Perhaps it causes us to examine what we’re doing to cause some of our children to hate.  (Applause.)  Perhaps it softens hearts towards those lost young men, tens and tens of thousands caught up in the criminal justice system -- (applause

They are in jail because they broke laws - why would a President imply otherwise. Loretta E. Lynch who appears to be Black, but you never know now days, is attorney general of the United States, maybe if he feels Black people are being unfairly treated he should look there.

In 2008, the most recent year for which such data seems to have been collected, FBI surveys show that, out of 520,161 interracial violent crimes, blacks committed 429,444 of them against whites, while whites committed 90,717 of them against blacks.
In other words, blacks commit more than 80 percent of all interracial violent crime.
In order to cover up this percentage they have changed the way a "Hate" crime is viewed, needless to say it biased toward few crimes by Blacks against white as ever showing up in the records.

Maybe we now realize the way racial bias can infect us even when we don't realize it, so that we're guarding against not just racial slurs, but we're also guarding against the subtle impulse to call Johnny back for a job interview but not Jamal.

Who is killing blacks males in our urban areas?

Who is committing violent crimes at 10x their percentage of the general population?

Who is impregnating black and white women and then abandoning these women to raise feral children on the strength of a welfare check?

Who is shrugging when these children fail to do their homework, skip school, start doing drugs, start running with gangs, start having their own babies as schoolgirls?

Is it Johnny?

Or Jamal?

Why would you call Jamal back for a job interview and bring with him his culture of drugs, murder, hate and lack of responsibly?

For too long, we were blind to the pain that the Confederate flag stirred in too many of our citizens.  (Applause.)  It’s true, a flag did not cause these murders.  But as people from all walks of life, Republicans and Democrats, now acknowledge -- including Governor Haley, whose recent eloquence on the subject is worthy of praise -- (applause) -- as we all have to acknowledge, the flag has always represented more than just ancestral pride.  (Applause.)  For many, black and white, that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation.  We see that now.  
Removing the flag from this state’s capitol would not be an act of political correctness; it would not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers.  It would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought -- the cause of slavery -- was wrong -- (applause) -- the imposition of Jim Crow after the Civil War, the resistance to civil rights for all people was wrong.  (Applause.) It would be one step in an honest accounting of America’s history; a modest but meaningful balm for so many unhealed wounds.  It would be an expression of the amazing changes that have transformed this state and this country for the better, because of the work of so many people of goodwill, people of all races striving to form a more perfect union.  By taking down that flag, we express God’s grace.

 As some of you may have noticed there is a confederate flag now in the left hand corner of this blog.  Now I have ancestors that were in the confederate army and ancestors who were in the union army.  I have no great feelings for the confederate flag other than as a historical note.  However when there is a rush to be politically correct and remove the flag due to comments of a highly racist President of the United States than the flag along with guns become an item I will support. 

The one tragic and shameful difference between Roof and Obama, is, that at least Roof was honest about his racist beliefs

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