Clearing the Spindle: Systematic Racism

By | November 18, 2021

[November 18, 2021]  There has been an awful lot of hyperventilating about “systematic racism” in the U.S., most of it grossly overblown. Don’t believe me?  Please, change my mind.  I lived in 20 countries, and across most of America and of all those places, this is where I find the least racist folks.  Systematic racism is one of those vague, purposefully, not precisely defined terms to use in any situation where someone disagrees with you. It’s the stupid man’s defense of a poorly articulated argument.  Now, with the advent of Critical Race Theory, we are teaching kids to hate one another.  That is sad on many levels and destructive to kids psychologically.  Today, I’ll be presenting some more interesting articles worth reading.

The Kyle Rittenhouse Saga continues ….  I say it continues because the jury was still out when I posted this article, and a verdict is not yet returned.  To this point in time, I’ve not written about the trial, not because it doesn’t offer leadership lessons but because there are just too many opportunities to discuss the failures in our current government.  The Rittenhouse case is an example.  Joe Biden himself for calling the young man a “white supremacist” one year ago.  Biden, think what you will of his mental capacity, did it for the votes and defamed Rittenhouse.  All this leads to my point that many call Rittenhouse a racist for what he did on that infamous day in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  He went there to provide first aid for the injured and protect property against rioters.  Rittenhouse was attacked by three white men (two he killed and wounded the third).  A bit of sarcasm might be appropriate at this point, but I’ll leave it at that.  Apparently, it is now racist to kill white people because “they support BLM and Antifa.” We need to take a serious look at those folks who say so and reject their stupidity.  See more craziness here: MSNBC host Joy Reid compares Kyle Rittenhouse and Brett Kavanaugh to male “Karens” (nypost.com)

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says a bridge is part of systematic racism.  Well, if you can’t find real racism, here is a story you will love.  Buttigieg used the example of how “an underpass [meaning a bridge] was constructed such that a bus carrying mostly black and Puerto Rican kids to a beach … in New York was … designed too low for it to pass by, that that reflects racism that went  into those design choices.” Buttigieg was talking about a well-known story from Robert Caro’s “The Power Broker,” his biography of Robert Moses. In the book, Caro alleges that Moses designed the overpass bridges on the Southern State Parkway leading to Jones Beach too low to be used by buses that would carry poor minorities there.  A few years ago, Cornell professor Thomas Campanella published a thoughtful assessment of the legend of Moses’ “racist parkway.” You gotta be hunting for racism to use this as an example.  Some people are just plain nuts.  https://nypost.com/2021/11/14/buttigiegs-systemic-racism-claim-is-the-the-leftist-myth-about-robert-moses/

Rewriting U.S. history with the 1619 Project.  This is not a new story, but perhaps we can revisit it here for a moment.  The 1619 Project was a poor attempt at rewriting U.S. history.  The core idea is that American was built on the backs of slaves, and whites were taking a holiday way back then.  Why not? The argument goes, blacks were doing all the work.  The critical author, Nikole Hannah-Jones, claimed without evidence that “one of the primary reasons the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery.” After the 1619 Project was published by the New York Times, several scholarly authors published articles and books debunking this history rewrite.  Now, we find the NYT retreating as academic work builds up to refute the project and has embarrassed the Times sloppy work.  But I suspect that the Times will not openly admit their error by embracing a racist ideology showing itself as particularly destructive to our nation.

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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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26 thoughts on “Clearing the Spindle: Systematic Racism

  1. Otto Z. Zuckermann

    Rewriting U.S. history with the 1619 Project. This should be a daily topic of conversation. Attempts to rewrite American history using obvious falsehoods can only be accepted by idiots with a strong anti-American ideology like Marxism. Strong? Yep.

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  2. Goalie for Cal State

    Like the boy who cried ‘wolf,’ the racists are crying wolf. When it really occurs, no body will listen.

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    1. Big Al

      Hmmmmm, one way to avoid this is to set up a committee. I understand they did that. Wow, that’ll solve the problem.

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      1. Steve Dade

        Yeah, plenty of sarcasm there Big Al and, yes, I am in full agreement with you. Form a committee? Shows that she is weak weak weak. Nothing more stupid than that.

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  3. Douglas R. Satterfield Post author

    November 18, 1863 – Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address while riding on the train to Gettysburg. Lincoln tucked the address into his top hat which he used as his brief case. Just thought you might want to know.

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    1. Linux Man

      Yale Law School actions have been the subject of vociferous criticism, including from members of the law school’s faculty. Yale Law professor Akhil Amar, one of the school’s most distinguished scholars, last week called on the school to apologize for its “deplorable” conduct.

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      1. Idiot Savant

        Racists! I tell you, Racists! Radicals see it everywhere … everywhere! hahahahahahahah

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  4. Yusaf from Texas

    Hyper Racist MSNBC host Joy Reid has come under fire for comparing Kyle Rittenhouse to Brett Kavanaugh – slamming both men as “Karens” and claiming they both benefited from ingenuine “white male tears.”

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    1. Karl J.

      Another example of what happens when people are not told that they are outright stupid and maybe it is a good idea to keep quiet. My momma told me it is best to keep my mouth shut because if I open it, people might just figure out that I”m stupid. No need to prove it.

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  5. Dale Paul Fox

    The whole ‘saga’ of Kyle Rittenhouse and the political prosecution of that young man should be put up in lights to show the abuse of power in our Justice System. Lady Liberty is not blind any more. She puts her finger on the scale against those who would honor America and promotes the rioters and racists who support them.

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    1. Greg Heyman

      Well said, Dale. A shame. But I’m starting to see real pushback on the hyper partisan liberals. They are clearly on the wrong side of freedom and liberty.

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      1. Jeff Blackwater

        Right, just look at polls lately that show the US Democrat Party taking huge hits. They actually advocate for higher taxes, open borders, high inflation, falling purchasing power, more violent crime, defunding the police, and blatant racial discrimination. Oh, and killing babies. Now, who is the crazy people?

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  6. Doc Blackshear

    Hey Gen. Satterfield, your DAILY FAVORITES today referenced “First Things.” This is a site I’m been reading for some time now and appreciate the take the authors have on current events. Please continue this daily highlight.

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  7. Janna Faulkner

    I wrote this before, and will write again, that I would like to see your “clearing the spindle” as a weekly feature of your leadership website. Gen. Satterfield, great job on this. Please continue the series. I love it.

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    1. Tom Bushmaster

      I agree Janna that this would be great. But, like other leaders in our communities, there is only so much time to be devoted to this pursuit.

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      1. Eric Coda

        Yes, possible and a nice addition to Gen. Satterfield’s leadership works. I think perhaps, IMHO, that someone could step up and volunteer to do this for him. Maybe you could Janna. I know you are a long time fan of this website, as I am as well. We could provide examples, at the very least, of those things we see as a possible target to write about. All, have a wonderful day.

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