Note to conservatives:
Not long ago, Chester A. Hurdle opened a newspaper and read a commentary by a man who opposed paying reparations for slavery, partly because he believed that the victims and their immediate descendants were dead.
"I guess I'm a ghost," Hurdle said to himself, "and so is my brother and my sister."
Shut the fuck up.
Oh, I've made this request before?
Well, it bears repeating.
From WashingtonPost.com | Aging Sons of Slaves Join Reparations Battle. It's theliberalmedia, and it's about the lesser races, so I expect you'll just ignore this, as usual. Or worse:
David Horowitz, a white conservative analyst, is perhaps the most vocal opponent of reparations.
"This will isolate the black community," he said. "Look at what reparations does. It says to the rest of America, 'You're involved with slavery and discrimination. Now, racists, first apologize and give us money.' Anyone with half a political brain knows this is not the way to go about things. Beyond all the merits of the claim itself are all these political problems."
The political problems are, obviously, insoluble, and therefore the issue should not even be discussed in polite company.
No one has ever confused David Horowitz with polite company.
And, um, when exactly did the black community stop being isolated?
Blogdex currently shows one reference to this story, at sic semper tyrannis. About what you'd expect:
They ["We" for me, but y'know, write for your audience] are hardly alone or unique in this. Virtually every group in the United States has had to suffer at some point in their history, and usually at the hands of their fellow-citizens. What about the millions of children of Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants?
I'm in a foul mood today.
What about them?
No, really. What the fuck happened to "millions of children of Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants" at "the hands of their fellow-citizens" that compares to slavery?
The author, predictably, mentions "no dogs or Irish allowed" signs. Wow. Horrifying. How did people ever survive? No wonder Irish immigrants used to try leaping overboard to their deaths rather than be brought to. . . oh, that's right, they didn't.
At least, not that I'm aware. Perhaps I was asleep in class that day.
There's also that charming phrase, "now-favored minority group."
Which is right up there with theliberalmedia, wimmenandminorities and gassedhisownpeople in convincing me the speaker/writer has nothing worthwhile to contribute. So I appreciate the usage, since it saves me time otherwise wasted looking for a point.