Orville Hubbard Rolls Over in His Grave (Originally Posted 21 Dec 2012)

I admit, I was struggling with a title for this post.  The waters of a race discussion are filled with sharks and other unseen dangers. Many people in this hyper-sensitive, PC world have lost their jobs after stepping into the race quagmire, sometimes for seemingly innocuous comments.

I’ve used the “Rolls Over in His Grave” line a few times in the past (NOTE: Prior posts Entitled Arthur P Rolls Over in His Grave and Val P Rolls Over in His Grave, And This Time I’m Not Kidding). So, after a little reflection, it came to me.  For me, any discussion of race, race relations, and racism starts with Orville L. Hubbard, the man who was mayor of my hometown of Dearborn, MI throughout my childhood.

It has been a VERY long time since I thought about Orville Hubbard.  In fact, it’s been so long that I wasn’t quite sure if my memories were relatively correct, or if they were somehow fabrications of a distorted youth. So I went and checked out the Wiki page on ol’ Orville, and turns out my recollection was pretty accurate.

I won’t say anything more about Mayor Hubbard so if you’re interested, go to the link.  And the only relation to the rest of this post (other than it giving me an excuse for a catchy title) is that being a child of Dearborn and exposed to the issues mentioned in the Wiki were my first exposure to race relations issues in this country.

Why does any of this matter?  Well, two significant race related stories were recently in the news.  No, I’m not talking about the fact that a little more than a month ago a man with a black African father was re-elected as President of the United States.

You would think after such an event that the question of race in America would finally be settled. As far as I know, America is the only major country in the history of the world to democratically elect a man of African decent as it’s leader. And we’ve done it twice now. Can we please stop the race baiting and other BS?

Apparently not.  Those who earn their living by perpetuating the view that America was (and is) a racist country won’t put that issue to rest and maybe never will. And Martin Luther King’s dream that his children (and children’s children) would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character, was just that.  A dream.

The first story related to Robert Griffin III, the quarterback from the Washington Redskins (as noted before, my least favorite team in the NFL). RGIII was blasted on ESPN.com because he had the nerve to come out and say that he is a Republican.  Juan Williams had a good piece yesterday on this issue, and I could not agree more with his comments.

Also yesterday, Adolph L. Reed, a professor from some supposedly good school in Philadelphia, had an op-ed in the New York Times that was critical of Nikki Haley’s appointment of Tim Scott, an African American member of the House of Representatives, to fill Jim DeMint’s seat in the US Senate. Note: I graduated from said school, so I feel the snarky “supposedly” comment is within my purview.  Commentary Magazine had a very critical response to the op-ed, and, as with the Juan Williams piece, expressed my feelings better than I could ever hope to.

Would somebody tell me, please, is it  racist, to think of and characterize a certain segment of the population as a single, monolithic mass that by default must have the same concerns in order to be true to the group with which it has been identified? Diversity of opinion is not allowed?

This is something that has bothered me for a long time.  If prominent African American reveals himself or herself to be outside the “norm” of their “community” by coming out as a conservative, they are immediately excoriated by the liberal intelligentsia as being inauthentic. Because, I guess, it is in fact not okay for these people to have their own thoughts and the own conclusions on issues and solutions.

There are many examples where this is the case.  In addition to RG III and Tim Scott, a few others would include US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, former Secretary of State Condi Rice, Mike Steele from Maryland, Herman Cain, former US Representative JC Watts, and Stanford economist Thomas Sowell.

People ask why there aren’t more “people of color” in the Republican Party. I’ll tell you why. Because it is not acceptable and not tolerated by the liberal establishment.  You have to be a very brave and very committed individual to be willing to take that kind of heat. Not an easy thing to do.

A simple question – if Republicans are so racist, why is it that the only African Americans in Congress who are from majority white constituencies are Republicans?

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