By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer]
[January 9, 2018] Years ago Dr. Condoleezza Rice said something I never forgot. She said the “United States of America had made enormous progress in race relations, and it is still the best place on Earth to be a minority.” She is correct, of course, and I couldn’t have said it more eloquently or with more credibility than her. Like many local clergies of all religious types in Washington, D.C. where I live and work, they see their duty (that’s right, “their duty”) to reach out to everyone without prejudice and with unabridged vigor and heart. You gotta love their work, for it’s a calling in the name of God. Their struggle and my point today is many must swim against the tide of stupidity and ineptness that sits in opposition to the inflexibility of our political leaders today. Now, hold on right there; this is not a snarky political tirade you find in the Twitter accounts of the nutjobs who live in the basement of their parent’s house, nor of a specific political party who have race relations on their checklist.
I like to watch action movies where the heroes are up against great odds and make a comeback to prevail over the villain and vanquish the enemy. Naturally, war movies fall into this category … I see a lot of them. One movie that I particularly liked was Beneath Hill 60. The movie, set in 1916 during World War 1, is about a secret “tunneling” company of Australian soldiers is created to dig beneath German fortifications to detonate a massive explosive charge. The Australian company succeeds, of course, but not without casualties, heartbreak, and great sadness. These men are like those who work against the lingering racism that exists in all our hearts; we are, of course, only human. It is the civilized man who, along with his intelligence, does what he can to throw off the yoke of racism (not an easy job, I might add) and in doing so, stands up and do something worthy. For those who talk about fighting racism, don’t even think about comparing yourself to those who are there every day doing the Lord’s work.
From my office in Washington, D.C., I can nearly see the outlines of the great city of Baltimore, Maryland. And I always shake my head in disbelief as their city has spent millions of dollars to pay off the undeserving and do so with the ignorance of well-meaning but blindingly ignorant politicians who see racism around every corner. If you want to see how to fail, go there and watch the Baltimore city government operates. The cartoon character Pogo (by Walt Kelly) said, now famously, “We have met the enemy, and he is us” is apropos in this case. The City of Baltimore, in their faith in the religion of political correctness, has zealously thrown back the clock of community relations and decided to choose political expediency and ideology over goodness and practicality. The race-colored glasses from which they observe the world, distorts everything and everyone; costing the hard-working underclass much of their paycheck and makes their streets less safe. But those politicians will be re-elected in large numbers because they talk a good game.
Gheez. You would think that I’m just picking on Baltimore because it’s an easy target and it just happens to be going down the proverbial drain. Or maybe I should write about the city of Seattle or San Francisco with their dopeheads, crap in the streets, people sleeping in tent cities, drug shelters at every turn, and millions of taxpayer money racing to be flushed down it too. Perhaps I will, but for now, I see Baltimore for what it is. I visit it occasionally to roam the jungle there, meet the average person on the street, shop in a discount-store district, look at the rundown homes and businesses and wonder how great this city used to be before progressive government got all concerned about the poor and downtrodden. Now they reap what they’ve sown. Their impassioned feelings are great but doing it with our money and without our permission only makes everybody worse off.
Sadako Red’s Previous Posts:
- Thoughts from Sadako Red as a Young Man
- What I saw was Bizarre
- Leadership is not a Popularity Contest
- The Most Difficult Task is to Unlearn Untruths
- Why Cities like Washington D.C. are Prone to Fail
- Stupid is as Stupid Does … City of Baltimore
- Thoughts from Sadako Red as a Young Man
- Race, Leadership, and Moral Failure
- City of Baltimore: When Leaders Fail
- City of Baltimore: Stuck on Stupid II
- Weak Leaders, Politicians, and Racism â€¦
- City of Baltimore and Race: Stuck on Stupid
- Lead by Example and Show Some Dignity!
- Fear: Racist, Sexist, Homophobe Accusations
- The U.S. Army, Race Relations, and Manhood
- Race: Leadership and the Lack of Leadership
- A Failed Management Culture in the VA
- Race Trumps and Leadership Fails
- Race, Character, and the Government