A Black Man Has Just Left the Liberal Plantation

I don’t follow the NFL unless the Steelers are winning. At this point in time, the Steelers are on the verge of playoff elimination, so I haven’t been paying attention to much football talk. All of a sudden a story appears about Robert Griffin III who’s the quarterback for the Washington Redskins. Unlike the Steelers, the Redskins are winning. This makes Griffin a popular guy in DC, except with some blacks.

Griffin may have made the biggest mistake in his young life by saying that he did not want “to be defined by the color of [his] skin.” To add insult to injury, he went on to say, “I am an African-American in America. That will never change. But I don’t have to be defined by that.”

Griffin had the audacity to hop a fast train off the liberal plantation.  Like clockwork, some fellow African-Americans were sent out to bring him back before Mr. Griffin can tell his story of self-reliance, work ethic, and character to other blacks. If the truth gets out, black liberal solidarity might be affected.

ESPN analyst Rob Parker wants Griffin to return to the plantation, and he will humiliate him to do it. Parker is playing the role of a house slave. He speaks for his masters in the Democrat Party. Only another black man could say what he says. The white owners of the black vote can  sit back sipping their Mint Juleps as one of their bought “brothers” goes out and does the needed dirty work. This is from National Review:

On the network’s First Take show [Thursday] morning, Parker said, “my question, which is just a straight honest question, is [Griffin] a brother, or is he a cornball brother?”

Parker, a columnist at a handful of outlets over the years, has a history of stirring the pot when it comes to race issues in sports. He teeters back and forth between evaluating how “black” Griffin is – “kind of black,” “not really down with the cause” or “not one of us,” but it’s the evidence that prompted his hand wringing that’s so disturbing. “We all know he has a white fiancé. There was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about that] at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper as to why he has an issue.”

This is a common tactic today. Any time a black person leaves the liberal plantation, black house slaves are sent out to bring him or her back. If they don’t return, then they must be destroyed. Self-reliance is not something that liberals want blacks to believe is an option for them. If blacks ever stop believing they are victims, the Democrat Party will no longer have a reason to resist. Where there are no victims, there are no votes.

As difficult as blacks had it during the days of segregation, a distinctly black culture developed, even in the prevalence of racist attitudes and restrictive laws. We forget, or have never been told, that Washington, D.C., from 1920 to 1960, “was a financial, spiritual, and cultural stronghold. Because Washington was a segregated city, blacks simply created their own metropolis. . . . The first black bank, the Industrial Savings Bank, was started here.” While “the black population of New York’s Harlem inherited many of its buildings from previous white owners, . . . many of the buildings in Shaw were paid for by black businessmen and built by black hands.”1

Families were intact, the divorce and unwed mother rates were no different from that of white communities.

Take a look photographs of the 1963 March on Washington led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Notice how everyone is dressed. Most of the men are wearing suits and ties. Many of the women are wearing hats, as are the men. There is a dignity about the crowd.

This distinctive black culture has been nearly destroyed by the implementation of an entitlement culture. Many poor people break free of it and leave it behind. But government entitle programs make it difficult to leave, especially when poor people are told that they earned their entitlement, as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is claiming. If a person didn't put anything into the system but is getting something out of the system, then it wasn't earned.

Keeping black men in their place is what keeps liberalism thriving and black communities disintegrating. It’s a crime that men like Rob Parker contribute to it.

  1. Mark Cauvreau Judge, If It Ain’t Got that Swing: The Rebirth of Grown-Up Culture (Dallas, TX: Spence Publishing Company, 2000), 4. []