Now I know that I get more than my share of people who comment on this Blog who have an “I am so smart” attitude but this guy calling himself “Bob Dole” who commented on my post called Australian Apology Lame At Best. I don’t have a problem with folks who feel that they are extremely intelligent but the problem I do have is that they seem to spout a bunch of racist rhetoric packaged in this whole I am superior to you garb. Not only this but they usually display a lack of most basic skills in grammar, punctuation and any other skills taught in fifth grade language arts classes.
The guy begins by telling me that I have no basic understanding of Australian history etc. etc. Telling me this is all fine and dandy but, he seems to lack the basic understanding as well even though he feels that he has immense knowledge on the subject. He says “Firstly, lets begin at the fact the apology was for the Stolen Generation. Where churches took abused and malnourished children such as child protection services do in many nations and gave them to better families.” The problem with this statement is if the children were being malnourished etc. why would you need to apologize for saving helpless children? How does that make any sense, it doesn’t that is why it is so ridiculous. The government already admitted that the reason they took the kids was to facilitate quicker assimilation of that culture. The Aborigine people had been living in Australia for centuries but “Bob” wants us to believe that without the divine intervention of the newly landed white man they were doomed to extinction.
He then wants to “You clearly don’t deserve an apology, because you have not been oppressed and please don’t play the “Slave” card. If you were semi-literate you would know some basics in history. At the time of the slave trade, slaves were not taken by white people, they were bought from black, primarily northern Africans. Do I see any nation like Morocco or Sierra Leone apologizing for stabbing their neighbors in the back? No, I don’t.” I haven’t been oppressed? Is he joking, he doesn’t even know me so how can he make that assertion? I guess Mr. Dole never heard the fact that whites make 33% more in wages than the equally qualified black. He may have never heard that there is a discrepancy between blacks and whites in the quality of employment opportunities, healthcare, credit opportunities, home purchasing and education. Yet in order to be oppressed I suppose someone has to come and steal my baby as well.
Also, he gives the same old line from the racist handbook that Africans sold Africans into slavery etc. Now my same old come back for that is DUH! Does it matter how white people came to get slaves? Does this somehow negate the fact that they were tortured, raped, subjugated and made to suffer? Would he tell the Jews that because other Jews helped in the holocaust that negates the horrific nature of the Nazi’s actions? This type of thinking is usually perpetrated by those who wish to downplay white involvement with slavery. The whole argument is lame since Africa had slavery which was akin to indentured servitude. People were able to gain their freedom through marriage, paying the debt or the debt being forgiven. These options were not available to slaves in America. It was very hard to gain freedom in America.
“And lastly “So to me if the Australians were serious about the apology they were dispensing to the aborigines they would back it up with some sort of legislation to compensate them for the atrocities committed.” I take it you are unaware of the compensation already available to the Aborigines. So I will cite some off the top of my head. *Home loan rate of 2% *Welfare rates exceeding white people by 50% *Easy job accessibility *Prepaid skills programs *Education paid for *Child care paid for *Housing/rent paid for *Furniture paid for *University fees paid for. Those are all I can name off the top of my head, but there are obviously many more. Is this not compensation? “And has that somehow ended the strife of low wages, lack of employment, high prison rates or inhumane treatment, I think not.” He contradicts himself horribly to me. Because if you tell me that people are just getting all these easy jobs it is stupid to turn around and say that they have the strife of low wages and lack of employment. This doesn’t sound like the government subsidies are working very well, now does it? They have this free healthcare he claims yet they also have chronic illness etc. Something is wrong with the compensation package he named or they aren’t receiving such a package.
“Please go and look for a job, they are in excess and readily available with labor shortages in most western nations, especially the United States. High prison rates are not anyones fault but the people who commit the crimes, same as lack of employment. I don’t see Mexican immigrants making complaints when they get work and its at the bottom scale of wages, you see you need skills to do jobs that pay better. If you spend your life attempting to make people feel sorry for you, you get no where.” These statements very simplistic indeed. It is not so easy to say that crime is just the criminals fault so there! Crime is a result of lack of employment which is a result of discrimination.
If all these labor shortages are going on then why is the unemployment rate so high, especially in the black community? And please don’t tell me it is because blacks don’t want to work, as that is a chunk of bull crap. Also, Mexican immigrants DO and ARE complaining as we speak. So people like “Bob” should stop trying to gloss over the problems with simplistic little quips. Whenever a black complains of subjugation or discrimination it is always relegated to “trying to get people to feel sorry for you.” Why can’t it be an attempt at equality, or is that beyond “Bob” and others like him?
“And finally I’ll state that African Americans are not natives of the United States, where as the Aborigines are natives to Australia. You are not in the same boat at all, metaphorically speaking.” Of course we weren’t natives of America that makes it twice as bad, since we were kidnapped and trafficked in like so much illegal property. Also, we DO have something in common with the Aborigine and the Native American and any other oppressed, subjugated and discriminated against persons. We are all being slandered, maligned and racially subjugated due to the color of our skin or better yet due to the color of the skin of the subjugators.
“Racism, I suspected you would use that word more. But then I look around and find synonyms, and find discrimination. Not a far cry from what I expected when I stated earlier you would play the hard done by card. Is it so you can get pity? Or to satisfy the self pity you hold on yourself and in anger take out on white people? I ask who really in fact is the racist one, he sure as hell refers to himself as sentinel.” So silly in fact as what white person have I taken my anger out on? What white person have I lynched, kept from a job, called names for being white, enslaved because I felt they were less than human, kept from healthcare or just plain hated for no reason except the color of their skin? I beg someone to tell me this. Also, who needs pity, is that going to get me equal pay, healthcare, access to housing and education. So if pity isn’t going to get me equality then it is not worth my time. Not to mention who ever said that I was a man, I guess that is just more assumptions.
“Now lastly the white card huh? What concessions does the white card get me? Answer is nothing. What concession does it get black people? Free welfare, land and money. Because the truth is and always will be, blacks and Aboriginals for that matter will never be content with any amount of cash, it will always require more. Just as you somehow think you are hard done by, as I assume you are black. You should consider yourself lucky your hand isn’t being cuhe Congo. You are lucky to be a citizen of any western nation.” The better question is what doesn’t the white card get you? In fact if whites weren’t playing the race card, there wouldn’t be all the discrepancies in treatment that I mentioned earlier. If the race card wasn’t played by whites they couldn’t in good conscience defend slavery, Jim Crow, Separate but unequal and all the blatant discrimination that still blankets this country today.
Also, isn’t this the way of the racist, “just be happy you are an American?” No matter what you have to put up with, no matter how you are treated, no matter what ills this person and their like do to you. Just be happy you are not somewhere else where you could be getting a whole different set of ills. “The facts are here, but I have a final statement to make. White people do not call each other honkey, whitey or any other derogatory comment. However Blacks seem to call each other Niggers, Blackey, Punjab and Mr Chocolate. I ask who the real racists are? Clearly the answer is seen not in colour but in black and white.” Answer a few questions “Bob Dole” where did these names come from? What does this say about America that oppressed people are internalizing the derogatory names that your people came out with? I have heard white people calling each other some pretty raunchy names, so what does that mean? Hopefully what it means is that “Bob Dole” won’t be coming back to feign intelligence on this site any longer.