The Hole in the Melting Pot
Vol: 142 Issue: 16 Tuesday, July 16, 2013
I grew up during one of the most racially troubled periods in modern history. I recall watching the marches. I remember seeing police officers setting dogs on the peaceful marchers.
I was a teenager when the whole country, it seemed, was set afire by the race riots.
The Watts riots set off similar riots in Chicago and Detroit. Growing up in and around Buffalo, I recall signs in shop windows proclaiming the shopowner to be a “Soul Brother” –in hopes of warding off rioters.
I never personally experienced racism until I was in Marine Corps boot camp in 1969.
My drill instructor was a guy named S/Sgt. J. R. James. When he found out I was Canadian, he nicknamed me ‘Wacky Jack’ — whenever another DI stopped by, Sgt. James would invite him to inspect ‘his pet Canadian’ whereupon I would race to the center of the squadbay to be ‘inspected.’
They’d look me over and say helpful things like, “No wonder the Canadians sent him down here.” and, “they don’t grow ’em too sturdy up there, do they?” and other kind words of encouragement.
(I kept part of the nickname — I dropped the ‘Wacky’ part and only had to put up with it when I ran into somebody from my old platoon)
One of the guys in our platoon was a great, big loudmouthed lout by the name of Brunson who decided he just didn’t like Canadians. And given that Pvt. Brunson towered a foot over me and outweighed me by 100 lbs, it was a problem.
One day that problem came to a head in the squadbay when Brunson pushed me to the point where I had to either respond or make myself a target for every other bully in the platoon.
Of course, a fist fight in the squadbay meant serious trouble for everybody so we were quickly pulled apart, still hurling insults at one another. Red with fury, my brain searched for a good one:
“Hmmm, the Marine Corps builds men – he’s not a man, he’s a bully,” I thought. So I hit him with what I thought was the ultimate insult to him as a Marine and said, “You’re not a man. You’re nothing but a boy.”
(Did I mention Pvt Brunson was black? Honestly, until that moment, I hadn’t really noticed.)
And until that moment, most of the friends I had among the platoon were black guys, and none of them liked Brunson anymore than I did. The racial connotation of the word ‘boy’ never even occurred to me.
But it did to all of them. Who was the racist? Me, because I was white? Or Brunson, who bullied me solely because I was an immigrant? Like all things, this too is a matter of perspective.
If you were me, then I was the victim of anti-immigrant prejudice. If you were Brunson (or the rest of the black guys in my platoon), then although it was Brunson threw the first punch, I was the closet racist that threw the first epithet.
The Brunson Incident was a watershed moment in my life. Until that time, I didn’t really have much of a grasp on ‘racism’ as a concept. When I realized how my comment had been received, I was devastated – I don’t think I ever felt worse in my life.
But that was 1969. It was a different time. We’ve come a long, long way from the days of “Soul Brother” signs and race riots.
We’ve finally integrated. Haven’t we?
The American black population is set by the CIA World Fact Book at 12.85% of Americans. The American Hispanic population is estimated at between 14% and 15% of the 79.96% of Americans classified as ‘white’
(For contrast, about 15% of Americans are die-hard members of the Tea Party.)
The President is black. The chairman of the GOP is black. So are the Attorney General, a member of the Supreme Court, and dozens of other top federal officials.
The most recent Supreme Court appointment went to an Hispanic, Sonia Sotomeyer. The US Surgeon General is Antonia Novello.
Dozens of US representatives in both Houses of the Congress are Hispanic. Hispanics are represented in government, sports, entertainment, movies, science, engineering, technology, etc.
Univision and Telemundo are television networks totally dedicated to Hispanic interests, whereas “Black Entertainment Television” (BET) is totally dedicated to the “American Black Experience.”
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen America more race-conscious for less reason than it is today.
In every instance where one hears the word ‘racist’ it is being hurled by a minority at the white majority, who for the most part are as confused by it all as I was in 1969.
But in the 21s century, calling someone a ‘racist’ has become a meaningless insult.
You can’t turn on a news program without hearing that the Arizona immigration law is ‘racist’ and aimed at Hispanics – which comes as a great surprise to those Americans that, like the CIA and the Census Bureau, didn’t even know by being Spanish they weren’t ‘white.’
It is the Hispanic population that segregated itself into an identifiable racial group – although I STILL can’t tell you why Charlie Sheen, Lynda Carter or Bill Richardson aren’t ‘white’ – and I don’t think that they can, either.
I watched the May Day (originated by Karl Marx) marches during which thousands of Hispanics marched carrying signs equating immigration law in general and anyone who supports existing federal immigration law with ‘racism.’
Those that weren’t decrying anti-Hispanic ‘racism’ were carrying signs identifying them as members of the Hispanic separatist group, “La Raza” – Spanish for, “the race.” It isn’t just that the American Melting Pot has a hole it it — the heat has been turned up so high that it is dissolving before our eyes.
Noted US Representative Charlie Norwood in a column published by Human Events:
“It is past time for all Americans to know what is at the root of this outrageous behavior, and the extent to which the nation is at risk because of “La Raza” — The Race.
There are many immigrant groups joined in the overall “La Raza” movement. The most prominent and mainstream organization is the National Council de La Raza — the Council of “The Race”.
To most of the mainstream media, most members of Congress, and even many of their own members, the National Council of La Raza is no more than a Hispanic Rotary Club.
But the National Council of La Raza succeeded in raking in over $15.2 million in federal grants last year alone, of which $7.9 million was in U.S. Department of Education grants for Charter Schools, and undisclosed amounts were for get-out-the-vote efforts supporting La Raza political positions.
The Council of La Raza succeeded in having itself added to congressional hearings by Republican House and Senate leaders.
And an anonymous senator even gave the Council of La Raza an extra $4 million in earmarked taxpayer money, supposedly for “housing reform,” while La Raza continues to lobby the Senate for virtual open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens.”
I am not a racist and I am getting a little tired of the real racists out there tarring me with their racist brush.
I am tired of Barack Obama’s supporters telling me that I don’t support his policies because of either his race or my race.
Statistically, Obama is as white as I am and I am probably as black as he is, genetically speaking. We’re all mixed race if you go back far enough.
My family is ‘Black Irish’ – meaning we came from a part of eastern Ireland that had been occupied by Spaniards in the days of the Spanish Armada.
Does that mean I am Hispanic? Or that I am black? Or that Obama and Charlie Sheen are both white? Ummm, yes. Maybe. And yes.
Immigration is not a racial issue. It is a legal issue. One is either a legal immigrant, or one is an illegal alien. Legal immigrants come from black countries, Hispanic countries, white countries, and countries that don’t care what color somebody’s skin is.
Illegal aliens ALSO come from black countries, Hispanic countries, white countries. . . . race is nothing more than a convenient camouflage aimed at circumventing the law.
La Raza is about nothing else except race – it means “The Race” but what is its agenda?
In the words of their own charter, their agenda is the reconquest of the American southwest from the whites for “their” “race”.
Their motto: “Fuera La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada.” (“For the Race, everything. Outside the race, nothing.”)
One of our members recently emailed me about a new book called “Breaking the Code of History” written by a secular futurist. He was particularly impressed because the writer, David Murrin, who assessed the impending demise of the Western Christian Empire, was a total secularist.
Murrin’s assessment of the demise of Western Christendom is that it is an American Empire, which he says is the last – this collapse, he says, will be the end of Christendom. And that its collapse will come very rapidly.
“At the same time the system that rises challenges far quicker as it moves into the vacuum created by the old system, and that’s the East. The surprise will be the rate of that change. And we view the new administration in America as new hope. Unfortunately, if you look at historical precedents of underclass and the mechanisms of an underclass actually coming to the fore demographically, it is not new hope, it’s the beginning of the end. And we’re seeing that very quickly take place.”
We’ve already discussed a similar scenario advanced by Russian futurist Igor Panarin. Panarin envisioned the economic collapse of America and its division into six regions, with the southern region, from California to Florida going to La Raza.
Secular futurist Gerald Celente’s forecast is equally dismal.
Each of these forecasts were derived by analyzing trends and projecting where these trends will lead.
All three project the demise of the world’s most Christian country and the collapse of Western Christian civilization – and all three see it coming within a matter of years, not decades.
All three tie it to the aging of the Baby Boom generation, which is defined as those persons born between 1948 and 1964, and Western support for Israel since its refounding in 1948.
When that generation passes, say these secular futurists, then what will follow is wars, famines, the economic collapse of the West and probable global dictatorship.
It sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Revelation 6:1-8 outlines the first four judgments of the Tribulation, embodied by Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse:
1) the rider on the white horse – the antichrist;
2) the rider on the red horse – war;
3) the rider on the black horse – economic collapse/famine
4) the rider on the pale horse – Death.
That is pretty much the same forecast (dictatorship, war, economic collapse and national death) that secular futurists examining current trends say is the most probably outcome – and that once begun, it will proceed very rapidly.
The futurists tie it to 1948 and the Baby Boom generation.
They say that by the time the Baby Boomer generation has passed away, their forecasted catastrophes will have come to pass.
Jesus Christ tied His return to the restoration of Israel, “the fig tree”, saying that when its branch is yet tender and puts forth leaves, it is a sign that summer is near.
He used the symbol of the fig tree to put parentheses around one generation, somewhere in time, so that specific generation would be able to recognize itself and distinguish itself from all the generations that would come and go in the interim.
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:”
The ‘fig tree’ blossomed on 14 May, 1948 bearing fruit for the first time in 2000 years.
“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.”
That is exactly how the futurists see it, too. Not because they read their Bibles – because they are reading the signs of the times. They are reading the same signs that we are and coming up with the same conclusions and the same time frame from the same evidence.
“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:32-34)
That’s ALSO what the futurist guys are saying. Except that the Bible beat them to the punch by some twenty centuries.
Note: This Letter was written by Jack in 2010, before the Zimmerman/Martin media sensation.
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