Forget Slavery: Even Too Uncle Tom for Conservatives?

Forget Slavery: Even Too Uncle Tom for Conservatives?

A'Lelia_WalkerEven a few white conservative radio hosts became uncomfortable and pushed back against my saying that slavery happened a ga-zillion years ago and it is time for black America to get over it. Apparently, they considered such a statement coming from a black person too Uncle Tom-ish for even them. Their retort is “Surely, you must admit that being African American in America is challenging.” When my reply is, “No, it is not.” their reply is, “Thanks for coming on the show Lloyd. And we’ll be right back.”

I am in my sixties and America has come a very long way since my youth. Mary, my beautiful awesome white wife of 38 years and I began dating over 40 years ago. We caught heck from both sides; severe push back from our families. We were chased in our car by a car load of angry white boys. On another occasion, we were waiting at a traffic light when a white man got out of his car, cursed at us and spat on our car. A white landlord revealed to me that her black maid advised her not to rent to us because any black man who dates a white woman is no good.

Then, there was the time at a family restaurant, a white man approached our table and smashed a beer bottle on my forehead and fled the restaurant. I was not severely injured and he was later apprehended. Back in those days, being black in America had its challenges.

Today, in terms of living a happy and fulfilled life; achieving one’s American dream, racism is not serious enough to block anyone. As a matter of fact, America is the greatest land of opportunity on the planet. I am extremely grateful to God for blessing me to be born an American. Cut the victim crap and go for your dreams.

Is racism alive and well in America? Absolutely, on both sides. People have a variety of prejudices. Is racial prejudice in America prevalent enough to stop anyone from achieving? No.

The Bible says “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Wow, what a powerful truth, able to empower or destroy you. If you see yourself as a victim, you are. But, if you see yourself powerful and free, you are.

Can someone please explain to me how viewing themselves as victims of slavery empowers black Americans today? It does not, quite the opposite. Liberals love to lay the serious economic and moral problems devastating the black community at the feet of white America and America’s sin of slavery. This mindset weakens black America because it places their salvation in the hands of someone other than themselves; contingent on white behavior and intervention. Are we slaves on a national plantation waiting for our masters to better manage our lives?

Throughout American history there are countless inspiring tales of blacks using their will to succeed. Born in 1885, A’Lelia Walker was a black businesswoman. She was the first self made female millionaire in the United States and also one of the first black millionaires. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%27Lelia_Walker

Imagine Miss Walker’s life had she obsessed about slavery and reparations.

My black college buddy Joe Ford was a wonderful role model; focus and determination. Joe had every excuse to fail. He lived in a Baltimore ghetto, raised by his grandmother and spent a year in jail for stealing.

A black tech school teacher taught Joe how to earn a living painting signs. Joe and I were students at the Maryland Institute College of Art. It was the 70s. Black power was the rage. All of our black college friends where heavily involved in the movement, successfully pressuring the college to allow the Black Panthers to rally on campus. Joe did not have time for any of that stuff.

No matter how hard our black associates tried to convince Joe that whitey had stacked the deck against him, Joe refused to embrace their hopeless self defeating victim mindset. He worked and studied hard. After graduating college, Joe drove a school bus, putting himself through grad school at Cranbrook.

Joe Ford was the first black art director hired at W.B. Doner Advertising Agency in Baltimore. I was blown away. I do not know if Affirmative Action got Joe in the door. I do know that Joe Ford was and still is reliable, responsible, thorough, talented and professional.

As a Christian, I believe my success or failure is totally in the hands of God and me. This mindset is empowering. Thus, I refuse to embrace a self sabotaging victim mindset. I feel a bit resentful when white conservatives say while they appreciate my independence and self reliance, it is challenging to be black in America. First of all, how would they know? And secondly, their assumption has the distinct foul odor of condescension.

The most powerful thing advocates for black America can do to help them achieve their American dream is to stop reenforcing a victim self image; forget reparations and blaming others.

I am delighted to report that over the years, blacks have branched out to become successful in every area of the American experience.

A victim mindset keeps many black Americans down, dependent and enslaved to government. Advocates for blacks must push self-reliance, education, hard work and responsible choices.

These conservative principles build real self esteem, not living in the ancient past whining about slavery and demanding handouts.

Lloyd Marcus, Unhyphenated American
Chairman,
Conservative Campaign Committee

10 comments for “Forget Slavery: Even Too Uncle Tom for Conservatives?

  1. Kimberley Hosburgh
    September 10, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Thanks Mr. Marcus! Thanks for taking responsibility for your own life, for not being lazy, and trusting God to be your sufficiency rather than trying to play the victim. I know not all blacks do this or even consider this but I think the real reason the blacks that do pull that card are the ones who are hoping to be waited on hand and foot and treated like kings and queens, not having to work, be responsible, etc. They want the “easy” way and see whitey waiting on them but God’s Word teaches that if we don’t work neither should we eat. I am not a wealthy person and nothing has come easy for me. Most of the time I am living paycheck to paycheck. I have never gotten a hand out. Not even as a single mother of four children who was not getting any child support. Being a pretty white woman can have many disadvantages as well from not being taken seriously to being treated like a sex object to dealing with the antics of others who are insanely jealous which can be quite devastating at times. I have been taken advantage of and my hard earned money has been essentially stolen from me by those evil people who have figured out ways to do that to innocent, caring, and perhaps ignorant in some ways, people. I have not been “at the right place at the right time” or got any other special breaks but my God has not let me or my children go hungry or without a roof over our heads. Matter of fact, I think I have had it a lot tougher then most blacks do because of being a pretty white woman. I am glad that you haven’t made excuses and haven’t shifted the blame but have taken “the bull by the horns” so to speak, and took responsibility for your own life. Thanks also for taking a stand for what is right. You are the best!

  2. Selena Owens
    September 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    “As a Christian, I believe my success or failure is totally in the hands of God and me.”

    SPEAKS VOLUMES.

  3. Marisa
    September 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    It’s sad and ridiculous that so many have a template for how others should be, think and live, particularity for African Americans. You are unique and gutsy, do what God put into your heart and NEVER apologize for it!

  4. John Garrett
    September 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Black people had better wake up and put the fathers back in the black family. There’s a lot of blame to go around, but communities need to get tough with men who selfishly refuse to step up and be fathers. No society can hope for it’s children to succeed without the children having a mom and a dad at home. Good article, it’s always great to read the words of men who succeeded understanding there is nobody who can give them success except themselves,

  5. Not a closet Republican
    September 10, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I find it interesting that many liberals crying out racism, sexism and homophobia are missing out on their lives. They’re so busy complaining they can’t enjoy life. Sad, but true.

    Lloyd, I’m glad you and Mary found each other. Obviously, neither of you had any racism towards interracial couples, thus you found marital bliss. The ones crying racist, are the ones who are.

  6. Tel
    September 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Wasn’t Uncle Tom a good, Christian character?

  7. Ethan Russell
    September 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Thank you for saying what I’ve tried to say for so long! Anytime I try to voice this, I’m instantly deamed “racist”. Even as a “whitey”, I sincerely hope for African Americans to wake up and see that a better future is within grasp if only they would let go of the “ga-zillion” year old chains of the past. I support you regardless of others insecurities.

  8. Lee
    September 14, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    This column is absurd on many levels. Most Blacks are hard-working, law abiding citizens that overcome racism on a daily basis. When I am pulled over simply because I’m a black male driving a newer model car; that’s racism. When I’m followed in a clothing store simply because I’m a Black male; that’s racism.
    Sadly, most of your readers will never experience the indignity of being detained, followed or judged just because of the color of their skin and will NEVER realize how much it happens.

    Recently, there was Black actress detained for kissing her husband in public. The cops thought she was a prostitute. Why would you assume a woman with her husband who happens to kiss her husband, fully clothed, is a prostitute. Where are conservatives on this issue, or are cops always perfect in your world?

    Blacks DO NOT want a handout, we just want an equal opportunity to succeed on a level playing field.

    To your belief, Mr. Marcus that Blacks should forget slavery, you would never tell a Jew that he should forget the Holocaust in a “gazillion” years. How dare you tell Blacks to forget about it.

  9. John H
    September 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Excellent article! Thank you Mr. Marcus.

  10. Jonathan
    September 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    You wouldn’t tell any other ethnic group to get over the past. Why don’t tell these confederate flag waving southerners (republican voter base) to get over their past? The fact that you think blacks are still think of slavery and not the rampant discrimination and bigotry of today just shows that you are as out of touch as your white conservatives buddies are.

    “Liberals love to lay the serious economic and moral problems devastating the black community at the feet of white America and America’s sin of slavery. This mindset weakens black America because it places their salvation in the hands of someone other than themselves; contingent on white behavior and intervention. Are we slaves on a national plantation waiting for our masters to better manage our lives?”

    This is a classic strawman arguement you throw out so much. Liberals don’t do that, they simply point out the many levels of discrimination many minorities face and how it affects their daily lives.

    “A victim mindset keeps many black Americans down, dependent and enslaved to government. Advocates for blacks must push self-reliance, education, hard work and responsible choices.”

    The victim mindset doesn’t keep all black people down. But outsourcing and job discrimination do as well. As well as policies targeting blacks to give them harsh sentences for such petty crimes.

    Almost all of your articles potray blacks as stupid, lazy, completely ignorant, and worthless. While whites are such sweet individuals. This is the mindset of most conservatives because they are bigoted towards blacks just like you.

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