Sunday, September 04, 2005

Words of a Wise Man

There is a 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 can 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. And there is a certain class of race problem-solvers who don't want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.

,,,Booker T. Washington, 1911.

Many of these people such as Mr. Washington spoke of are spouting their diseased words as one of the most horrible tradgedies continues to unfold. They must be so proud. Many of the citizens of New Orleans have put their hard-to-come-by funds into the pockets of the same.
I wonder how much money the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition has donated to the Hurrican Katrina victims or how many Rev. Jackson gave rides to, in his car, when he left New Orleans the other day?


Special K said...

The cycle of self-pity is hard to overcome, and you know this.

Sally said...

Booker, obviously, was a very smart man. Some things will NEVER change no matter what happens; no matter the devastation, no matter the help they get. We can only pray for ignorant people who make a living pushing their idiotic agenda stirring up more trouble.

Cindra said...

So true... how is it these fellows are always out of danger, but one of the first to get there so their faces can be seen and their negativity heard? Then back to their safe little holes.

David said...

I understand where this come from especially when you look at the armed gangs in NO. But then I also know there are a lot of good people from that class.

Brent said...

WHOA!!! I about fell over when I saw that that was written in 1911 by someone like Booker T. Washington. While reading I thought for sure someone had written it after the hurricane. Amazing, simply amazing.

wanda said...

I doubt that Jackson, or Al Sharpton have done anymore to help than some of the 'other' folks we know of. Of course none of these 'political' types are putting out their own money.
I have no more respect for Jackson, and Sharpton than I have for, well those on the other side of the fence. Frankly I'm beginning to think it's more about photo opps and press confrences than it is about providing aid and comfort.
Is race an issue? Of course it is. But not in the way some folks want to make it out to be. There are people in Mississippi who are suffering too, and they're not all people of color. If anything the devastation along the coast is much worse than it is in New Orleans. Entire towns and communities have been wiped out. People have lost their homes, propertey,cars, animals, and their lives. Many of those homes had been there for over a hundred years. Family homes that had been passed down from generation to generation. Now gone.
Yet these people seem to be an after thought in every broadcast. Is their loss any less because their not people of color?
So yes, race is an issue, and not necessarily in the way Jackson would have us believe.

Mary Lou said...

I would hope that Jesse Jackson and AL Sharpton and the rest of the shit-stirrers, are forking out just as much money and help as the rest of the world, but you know they are not. Hopefully they will soon be found out for the frauds they really are. They do more harm to their people than help! If only the MEDIA would quit giving them the air time they want.

graeme said...

Wanda - so when we see people suffering in NO they are all black. Not one single white face. Why do you think that is? Is that propoganda or is it just simply the case that all those left to fend for themselves just happen to be black? Or is it that the TV cameras only pick out the blacks? Or is it an ant-white conspiracy?

wanda said...

No, graeme, it's not propaganda. It's reality. Over 75% of New Orleans population is black and poor. But they are poor black folks living along the coast in Mississippi too. How about Waveland, MS? Totally wiped out. Many blacks lived there as well. But the media doesn't seem to notice these folks.
I don't think the lack of a coordinated relief effort is because these folks are black. I think it's because way too many people have been entrusted with jobs they know nothing about. If you read my blog you will see I am as angry and outraged as anyone at the mass clusterpluck that has been going on.
That doesn't mean I can't see Jackson and Sharpton for what they are. I see Falwell and Robertson the same way.
My concern is for ALL the people affected by this disaster. No matter what the color of their skin.

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