Sunday, October 18, 2020

The False Narrative of Systemic Racism

 The false narrative of America  being essentially a hierarchy of privilege based on race comes out of writings by the Urban Institute.  A left leaning think tank funded largely by government grants and more recently corporate foundations, the  Institute is a leftover from the Johnson Administration. At the time of its founding  in the mid -1960s, the country was emerging from an era  when segregation and other injustices existed and the legal framework that provides African Americans the power to more fully participate in the advantages of a free society was created.  Today although remnants of past racial injustice remain, the social, economic and legal constructs have long been in place to insure that all Americans have the ability to fix any unfairness on the basis of race.  

 

But the institute among many other organizations and individuals who benefit from the racial injustice industry continue to invent convoluted narratives to support their existence.  Worse yet other groups have emerged to create over exaggerated and dangerous responses to episodes of injustice that could have been handled fairly by existing law.  


According to Urban Institute centuries  of bondage, Jim Crow, and their enduring legacies constitute a period of 400 years during which policy, practice, and violence blocked and stripped Black people of wealth accumulation.  They claim whites were able to accumulate wealth through inheritance and blacks until 1965 were prevented from doing so.   That is to say that white children today are more privileged because their parents and grandparents accumulated wealth and passed it on to them.  This is a distorted narrative designed to justify a socialistic agenda of wealth redistribution. 


In truth a large percentage of white people, asians and blacks who are economically comfortable today and whose children have prospered inherited nothing from their parents other than a value system that taught them that hard work and a decent, if not great education, would  lead to a better life.  One only has to look at Cubans whose children have prospered here who came here with nothing to escape a failing socialist state. 


Slavery and segregation were wrong and should be acknowledged as such.  As were the wrongs against native Americans and many groups of new immigrants.  But the cult of bitterness towards America should not be encouraged.  It is wrong to instead of encouraging  a love and respect for a country that has provided freedom and the ability to achieve the fullness of potential, to condemn its very foundation and the symbols of the freedom we all enjoy.  What is true is that most American children today did not inherit wealth, they inherited the freedom to pursue their dreams and advance as far as their hard work and determination could take them.  


Sadly the theory of racial injustice perpetuates any inequalities that may exist by discouraging blacks from trying to achieve by implanting the idea of hopelessness. Their narrative is that blacks can’t succeed because “systemic racism” works against them no matter how hard they work - an untruth that destroys possibilities. Instead of inspiring with the uplifting  message of freedom and hope and what that offers, the self-serving racial industry continues to discourage black Americans as victims who are in a hopeless situation. 


 Tmurtha

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Charlotte County Republican Registration Has Spiraled -- Now We Just Need to Get Out the Vote

Back in the early days of Charlotte County, practically everyone registered to vote was a Democrat.  In the first recorded numbers we have in 1930, there were 1589 Democrats to 79 Republicans.  The Democratic Party, of course, was a different party back then.  The Southern Democrats of the 1930s would not recognize their party today.  Through to the 1960s the Democratic Party continued to dominate the County, two Democrats to every one Republican.  In 1967, there were 8292 Democrats to 4315 Republicans, for example.  But times they were a changing.  By 1980 Republicans slightly outnumbered Democrats and the trend continued through today, as the gap between the parties increased in  Republican favor. (Also increasing though were the number of  Independents and others with a dramatic rise in the 1990s that has continued - another story).   

Today, compared to 2016, the increase in the number of Republicans  over the increase in Democrats is almost 10,000 voters.  Republicans increased in number of registrations in that period by nearly 25% with 70,216 registered voters while Democrats only increased by about 11% now with 40,080 voters.

It's not surprising that we see more Biden signs dotting our community, there are a lot of Democrats despite the overwhelmingly more Republicans.  And of more concern is voter turnout.  Due to a very aggressive Vote-by-Mail campaign, the Democrats who we outnumber almost 3 to 1 are outvoting us.  To date - 11,569 Democratic voters have returned their ballots, while only 10,258 have returned theirs.  Granted the percentage of Democrats getting vote by mail ballots has been much larger, but in real numbers Republicans still requested 2000 more ballots.

We need to get our ballots in and vote.  If you have a ballot, mail it or bring it to the Supervisor of Elections office in Punta Gorda now, or return it to one of the polling places during early voting.  And if you don't choose to use vote by mail, please early vote.  Don't wait.  Anything can happen.  Your vote is needed to win this important election.  And if you can volunteer to help with the Get Out the Vote program at charlottegop.com