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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Why simple truths & facts on race need defending in post-Obama America

“If you don’t know it, make it up.”

Such was the reply from a public relations writing mentor years ago when I inquired how to fill in the unknown factual blanks when putting together biographies of subjects we were preparing for various publications. I was Obama cryingnever particularly good at fabricating the details of an individual’s life so that could explain why I didn’t last very long in the position.

America’s liberals (especially the younger generation) have no such ethical qualms with bending the truth as they seem to be dreaming up a lot of things these days, spurred on by an establishment media obsessed with political correctness, identity politics, virtue signaling and reinventing the facts of history without exhibiting even a shred of remorse about the destructive mission they’ve undertaken.

These snobby ruling class elites do so under the guise of fostering “unity” in the culture but they’re really just spreading contempt and hate for those who don’t agree with them. To these faux peace whisperers it all begins with what you are as opposed to who you are.

David French wrote at National Review, “Far-left progressives are constantly making sweeping, stereotypical, and hateful arguments about those outside their own tribe. They’ll speak with venom about white people. They’ll act as if ‘whiteness’ represents a malicious, cultural monolith — lumping together a senator’s child with a foster kid living in a double-wide. They’ll behave as if orthodox Christians are bigots who adopted their theology to justify their hatred…

“It’s pretty simple, really. Progressives cannot make false accusations of hate and expect support. And they most definitely cannot seek to restrict another person’s most fundamental rights to speak or practice their religion and expect compliance. Yet that is how conservatives experience identity politics. In such circumstances, can the Left expect anything other than condemnation from its targets?”

French is right on point concerning conservatives’ reactions to identity politics. Those of us who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s were immersed in the Founding Fathers’ sacrifices and contributions but were also taught about Martin Luther King and how he led the civil rights movement to convince all people to quit dwelling on skin color in favor of appreciating a person’s content of character. Today’s race dealers essentially preach just the opposite. These people claim an individual is all-but incapable of looking beyond the surface unless they’re members of the same racial classification.

And it’s not just race they’re peddling. After Obama’s complete transformation of America now the groups are further segregated by religion, gender, gender-identity, culture, sexual preference, nationality, abortion stance and at least on college campuses, party affiliation. Individuals no longer have their own unique backgrounds and stories to tell – and especially if you’re white and male and Christian you’re automatically suspect in the haters’ eyes.

Once again, if you don’t know something, make it up. It’s the left’s mantra.

Such a convoluted emotionally-driven belief system has polluted American society to the point where it creeps into all aspects of life – even sports. For example, perhaps in response to the apparent blackballing of flag protesting quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a few of his fellow NFL colleagues are now calling on the league to institute an “Activism month”. Whereas the leading American spectator sport already highlights universal social causes like breast cancer awareness, the purveyors of identity politics now want official recognition for their own leftist movement du jour.

From news services: “A group of four players sent the NFL a memo in August requesting league support and asking for a month to be dedicated to social activism, not long after commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly had talked to several players regarding their game-day activism efforts.

“According to Yahoo! Sports, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Torrey Smith, and former Arizona Cardinals wideout Anquan Boldin co-authored a 2,740-word document intended to push the NFL to honor activism in an effort ‘similarly to what the league already implements for breast cancer awareness, honoring military, etc.’”

I guess to some people “activism” is on the same level as honoring the military. Sad.

It’s safe to say Americans are already conditioned to “activism” advocates in music and the arts – where we can choose to listen or view based on our own preferences -- but now we’re being subjected to highly-paid professional competitors seeking to make race-focused political statements within the context of their sports. Skin color supposedly has nothing to do with their ability to perform their jobs yet they want everyone to acknowledge what they purport to believe in (some of them apparently think the earth is flat, too – no joke).

The players’ proposal was couched in terms of raising consciousness in the “community” – allowing NFL players to make a greater impact by providing resources to improve people’s lives. Yes, it appears to be all about the money.

These are all worthy causes on the surface. But if you’ve got people like Kaepernick (and these four players) leading the effort it will no doubt devolve into a leftist sorrow-fest that will fund groups like Black Lives Matter to protest police presence and tactics. Keep in mind the “communities” these people are talking about are some of the most crime-ridden in the country, tightly packed municipalities with liberal Democrat governments that ban firearms yet still boast the highest gun murder rates found anywhere.

The late Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry was famous for saying “Outside of the killings, D.C. has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,” and, “Just as the Jews did after the Holocaust, never again will we allow this many murders in the streets of Washington, D.C. Never again.”

Both of these Barry-isms were uttered in the 80’s – roughly thirty years ago. Unfortunately for the people who still live in these neighborhoods, the same mindset thrives today – and arguably might even be worse. These “communities” are hell-holes plagued by chronic unemployment, drugs, gangs, single-parent families and complete loss of hope. The one thing they all seem to have in common is an addiction to the welfare state and being represented by liberal career politicians whose sole purpose is to prevent any real change from occurring in the “community.”

Economist Walter E. Williams (who happens to be black) wrote this week at CNS News, “The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure. Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes and end up in prison. They are also likelier to live in poverty-stricken households...

“The most damage done to black Americans is inflicted by those politicians, civil rights leaders and academics who assert that every problem confronting blacks is a result of a legacy of slavery and discrimination. That's a vision that guarantees perpetuity for the problems.”

Ben Carson articulated a similar message during his groundbreaking presidential campaign last year. As current secretary of HUD, Carson is certainly changing the culture within at least one federal department.

As for Williams, he would not be welcome in the restrictive circle of those who push racism as the root cause of all of today’s societal tribulations. These leftists would rather blame brainless torch-bearing skinheads in Charlottesville for their problems hundreds or thousands of miles away instead of focusing on the cultural sources of decay within their own “communities.”

Sure enough, drag down another confederate statue. Will getting rid of a corroded bronze likeness of Jefferson Davis in New Orleans make someone’s life better in South Side Chicago? Or Detroit? Would it even make a difference to those in the cities with the disappearing monuments?

If a white supremacist falls in the street, does he still make a sound? The news media would have you assume it really matters when the forces of the left show up to oppose the idiotic Nazis with pee-filled bottles, black masks and clubs. In reality America would be better off by designating an out-of-harms-way arena for the two-sides to go at each other completely uninhibited by the authorities (how about an NFL stadium?). Who would care?

No cameras would be allowed to film the riot, however. The media couldn’t get its jollies out of fanning the flames of racism any longer.

All of this is contributing to a younger generation that is uninformed, unskilled and incapable of individual thought. They aren’t getting jobs either. Heather Wilhelm wrote in National Review, “[W]e have social media and internships and after-school activities and smartphones and, in some cases, college-prep courses — but for a sizeable chunk of young people, we also have almost zero immersion in the work of the real world, paired with a lack of understanding as to how that world got so slow and relatively cushy in the first place.

“In a fascinating poll last year, Harvard University found that 51 percent of respondents — all young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 — did not support capitalism. What they wished would replace it was, quite unsurprisingly, unclear.”

With the depth of ignorance displayed by the iPhone generation it’s no mystery why they’re propping up the race con artists’ causes and fueling the enigmas of today.

We wish it were as easy as making things up when we’re in need of the details, but with the left’s virtually unchallenged promotion of falsities and lies on race, our society is in bad need of the truth. We’re certainly not going to learn it on late night TV – therefore it’s up to all of us to be vigilant in defense of the real facts.

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