Booker T. Washington wrote,
“There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs–partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
Washington warned of men like Barack Obama.
Ever the divider, ever the exploiter of racial tension, ever the pusher of envy and resentment, President Obama, giving the commencement speech at a graduation ceremony at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, evoked the memory of racism in the South in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Discouragement is all Obama and other race-baiters have to offer to young blacks. Without a sense of eternal struggle and hardship, blacks would drift toward the Republican platform of hard work, independence, self-sufficiency, and freedom from the bondage of the government.
Addressing the graduates of Morehouse, a majority-black college once attended by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Obama said,
“Whatever success I achieved, whatever positions of leadership I’ve held, have depended less on Ivy League degrees or SAT scores or GPAs, and have instead been due to that sense of empathy and connection, the special obligation I felt, as a black man like you, to help those who needed it most: people who didn’t have the opportunities that I had, because, but for the grace of God, I might be in their shoes.”
The man is right: whatever positions of leadership he has held have not depended at all on his Harvard Law degree (from which he was later barred from using) or on his SAT scores or GPA (especially considering he continues to fight Freedom of Information Act requests for him to release his college grades and therefore nobody knows what they are); instead, his positions of leadership, at least the one he currently holds, were given to him for the fortuitous fact of his being born black. Indeed, his blackness, the historicity of it, is one of the few good things about him. Therefore did an emotional public elect him.
Obama also said, “Every one of you has a grandma or an uncle or a parent who’s told you at some point in life, as an African American you have to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to get by,” adding, “If you think you can just get over in this economy just because you have a Morehouse degree, you’re in for a rude awakening.”
Never were more encouraging words spoken. You are black, so if you only work just as hard as everyone else, you will fail. It’s tough out there, so if you feel like giving up and just letting the government mother you, no one will blame you.
And how can anyone blame them if they take that route, when their role models preach such words of discouragement and inevitable failure?