The Issue of Race
July 23, 2009
“All we want is a level playing field.”
How many times have you heard that lament? That’s what politicians always say; that’s what union leaders always say, indeed we all say it! Furthermore, we all mean it.
It seems to each and every one of us, no matter what the issue, we all contend that is all we are seeking, fairness and a level playing field!
But, there is one issue in America where there is no level field. There is one issue in America where it is existentially impossible to have such a benign landscape. That issue is RACE!
I have seen it time and time again ever since the “civil rights movement” achieved such stunning success. Right now, thanks to the boorish arrogance of a so-called “preeminent, highly regarded” college professor, we are locked in such a debate where the field is definitely tilted in favor of the black disputant.
I am writing, of course, about the actions of Henry Louis Gates, who, thanks to the civil riots and civil rights movement of the ’60s and early ’70s, is an esteemed professor at Harvard, no less. And what is his field of expertise? Why African-American history, of course.
I can understand his chagrin at the fact he was arrested for “breaking in” to his own house. But, under the circumstances, the arresting officer had a logical reason for suspecting the professor. Nevertheless, Mr. Gates became obstreperous and hostile to the point he demeaned his own “cause.”
However, it is not my intention to reveal every minute detail of the case. That, at this point, would serve no purpose. My hope here is that I can save a lot of people the angst and disappointment of trying to achieve the impossible, and that is to have a level playing field when discussing a racial issue.
Truth be told, whites are too timorous and inhibited to enter such a verbal fray and African-Americans have no such inhibitions, so forget that illusory “level playing field.”