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The following was posted by a friend of mine on his Facebook page:

So much for FREEDOM of expression! So much for FREE speech!

After I posted that I believe the players have the rights to do whatever they want, kneel or stand during the National Anthem, and I have the right not to watch the games on TV or physically go to the games. But that is not good enough for some people. So unless I support athletes kneeling during the National Anthem, I am a racist!

Freedom of expression and free speech must go both ways. But it does not. A few idiots sent me private messages saying that I am a member of the KKK, a White Supremacist, and I am a Neo Nazi! Of course I blocked them immediately from ever contacting me ever again. They said that the ONLY reason why I succeeded in America after arriving to this country with nothing while not knowing a word of English is because I benefited from White Privileges!

Seriously? Do I look white? I am NOT white just in case if someone needs eye glasses, and yes, I am offended. I respect the flag as well as everyone who served. This is MY personal belief and I am NOT trying to change anyone’s opinion. This also has NOTHING to do with President Trump. I could not care less what he said or did not say. I felt about this long before he said a word about it.

My Father served in the military. He also worked for the US Embassy for many years. He helped many Americans when my former country was fallen to the Communists. He saved many lives, including Americans. Two of my three uncles were in the service and they died. We were allies of the United States to fight Communism in Vietnam.

I had a hand gun pointed at my temple by the Communist Police when I was around 10-11 in the middle of the school yard, in front of all other students, because I refused to stand for the Communist National Anthem. I refused to recognize the Communist Flag. My parents did not even know about this.

After I came to America, I thought things would be different. It sure was, but I was in quite a shock. I do not recall seeing anyone that looked like me in my High School. Just about everyone was white. People looked at me very strangely. I was put in some “retarded” classes because I could not speak English and the school did not know how to handle me. They did not realize that my education was far more advanced than anyone can imagine. Just about everything I was taught in High School was in my curriculum in South Vietnam in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. In fact, quite a few things in my 4 years of college were taught in Vietnam in middle school.
Two of my closest friends in High School are chess players, Chuck Adelman and David Cole. They were as nice and kind to me as possible. They are the only two people I still keep in touch with from High School. And while others were doing homework or enjoying life, I had to work. My first job was at a local Shop Rite, a supermarket chain in NJ. They gave me a job cleaning the toilet and mopping the floor for $3.35 an hour before tax. But since I was too young, around 14-15, they could not give me too many hours. So I had to find other odd jobs to make minimum wages to help my family who were still in Vietnam. Is that the definition of White Privileges?

Around 300 extended members of my wife’s family died in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. So we both have a little bit of a different experience than most others. But we cannot have any opinion because it sometimes may not be the same as others? We have two choices in life. To do everything possible to succeed, or blame everyone and everything for our failures! So instead of wallowing in self-pity because of racism and discrimination, we used our tough life experiences, and our setbacks, to fuel us to succeed.

This is the problem with this country today. Too many people no longer listen. There is no peaceful and respectful dialog. There is very little tolerance on all sides. Name calling is a “normal” thing now. It is easy to insult on Twitter and Facebook. The attitude is how can anyone disagree with me? Something is wrong with you when you cannot go along with what I believe.

I am thankful every day that I live in a FREE country. I am thankful every day that I live in a country where if I work hard, I have an opportunity to succeed. This is not something I will ever take for granted. And no, I will never disrespect the flag of the United States, my second home, a country that gave me a second chance in life.

Please slow down and think just like in chess. Please do not contribute more to the current political vitriol. Be civil and be respectful, especially to those who do not agree with you.

Thank you!

It is said that racism is learned. (Of course, others say Whites are born racist.) If something is learned, then it must be taught, either directly or by personal experience.

Direct teaching occurs when one person teaches another, as in a parent-child relationship or a teacher-student relationship. We could expect racist parents to produce racist children.

Personal experience is altogether different. If one watches the news, and sees that people of one race are over-represented in positions of authority, and that people of another race are over-represented in prison, one might, consciously or unconsciously, develop a racist mindset. If one is in school, and sees one race outperform the others, while another under-performs the others, one might develop a racist mindset.

But what is a “racist mindset”? Is it racist to note that Blacks commit crime at much higher rates than other races? Is it racist to note the under-performance of Blacks in school? Is it racist to note that Blacks are disproportionately likely to be on the dole? Is it racist to note that Blacks are more likely to have children out of wedlock? Is it racist to note that “the black–white disparity in debt is greatest at the highest levels of parents’ net worth”? [^]

No, these are facts. Facts are not racist. The problem comes in using facts about groups to pre-judge individuals in those groups. And that happens. Two identical resumes, one from DeMayne Johnson and the other from Alexander Weinstein, will not be treated the same. Neither will two such mortgage applications.

Affirmative Action just exacerbates the problem. If lesser-qualified Blacks are as likely as more-qualified Whites to be admitted to a particular college, and if that college gives extra help to the Black student to get him through, then equivalent resumes do not really reflect equivalent ability and achievement. If companies promote lesser-qualified Blacks over more qualified White to meet racial quotas, then equivalent resumes do not reflect equivalent ability and achievement.

Affirmative Action in mortgage lending doesn’t help either. Lenders are not in the business of losing money, so are more likely to give sub-prime mortgages to those people who are more likely to default. Research in the industry indicates that “Black households have higher marginal default rates, controlling for differences in borrower and property characteristics.” In this case, as in others, “White Privilege” is the result of White behavior, taken in the aggregate. When controlling for other factors, Whites are less likely to default, so Whites get the privilege of better loan terms.

Is charging Blacks more for loans racist? You betcha! But what is to be done? Lenders make a lot of loans, and the aggregate actions of the borrowers affect the lenders’ returns. If you make it illegal to charge Blacks more, then lenders will find ways to make fewer loans to Blacks.

Black men, even when adjusting for income and other factors, have higher mortality rates than do White men. Should they pay more for life insurance? Of course! It is racist? You betcha! But what is to be done? If charging different rates for life insurance is illegal, then insurers will find ways to write fewer policies for Blacks. (Similarly, women between the ages of twenty and fifty cost health insurers more, and cost car insurers less. The prices of health insurance and car insurance should reflect those facts. Is that sexist? You betcha!)

Now, having higher mortality, do Blacks get more Social Security? No! Is that racist? Do Blacks get better returns on annuities? No! Is that racist?

Racism is, unfortunately, a reality. There are racial gaps in educational attainment, crime rates, life-spans, and loan default rates. The problem is not really racism, but prejudice. PRE-judging people based on race (or sex) is wrong.

This article is typical of progs, they have an agenda, and say those who don’t have their agenda have an agenda.

Gorsuch is “biased” in the direction of corporations over employees. That’s totally incorrect. Progressives aren’t saying he’s biased – we’re saying he has a judicial ideology that consistently, statistically leads him to one set of results over another.

Yes, the judicial ideology that the Law and the Constitution mean what they say. Oh, the horror.

What [Senator Leahy (D-VT)] should have asked is this: If you just apply the law as you see it, why do right-wing ideologues all support you so strongly?

Because “right-wing” ideologues want the Law and the Constitution to be applied as written. This prog goes on to provide the perfect example.

For example, when the conversation turned to the Religious Liberty Restoration Act (RFRA), Judge Gorsuch noted how fair-minded he’s been, applying the law to a Muslim prisoner denied a halal meal. There was no discussion of the actual issues: whether RFRA applies to corporations, whether it allows businesses to discriminate against women and LGBT people on the basis of a religious belief, whether it covers harming third parties at all.

And there is it, this progs (indeed, most progs) do not want the law to be applied as it is written. Here is the law in question. It does not redefine the word person, so the definition in 1 U.S. Code § 1 is in force:

the words “person” and “whoever” include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals

And it was then-Representative Charles E. Shumer (D-NY-9) who sponsored H.R.1308 – Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

Oh, the irony.

The progs’ stupidity knows no bounds. As evidence, I present a survey given to students in a Sociology class at San Diego State University:

  1. I can arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.
  2. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
  3. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.
  4. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.
  5. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.
  6. I can go into a music shop and count of finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the food I grew up with, into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can deal with my hair.
  7. Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial responsibility.
  8. I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing, or body odor will be taken as a reflection of my race.
  9. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.
  10. I can take a job or enroll in a college with an affirmative action policy without having my co-workers or peers assume I got it because of my race.
  11. I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.
  12. I can choose public accommodation with out [sic] fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated.
  13. I am never asked to speak for all of the people of my racial group.
  14. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk with the “person in charge” I will be facing a person of my race.
  15. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.
  16. I can easily by [sic] posters, postcards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.
  17. I can choose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.
  18. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.
  19. I can walk into a classroom and know I will not be the only member of my race.
  20. I can enroll in a class at college and be sure that the majority of my professors will be of my race.

 

Almost every single one of those instances of “white privilege” is nothing more than a result of Whites’ being the majority of people in the United States. A friend’s daughter is in college in Japan. She is White. Naturally, she has almost all of the same issues, even more so, than Blacks do here. But let’s look at those that are NOT merely the result of Whites’ being the majority in the U.S.:

I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.

Well, why would you get harassed? Do Asians get harassed? Do Semites? Do Indians? No. So if you get harassed, it has nothing to do with your not being White, but something else.

Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial responsibility.

Again, do Asians, Semites, and Indians have these problems? If not, then it has nothing to do with your not being White.

I can take a job or enroll in a college with an affirmative action policy without having my co-workers or peers assume I got it because of my race.

That is a perfectly reasonable assumption for them to make. If people of your race could normally get in, there would be no need for the affirmative action policy in the first place.

I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.

Perhaps you should get to meetings on time (or even early), and let THAT reflect on your race. If the vast majority of your race made meetings on time, then this would not be a problem.

I can choose public accommodation with out [sic] fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated.

There is never an excuse to mistreat a customer, and I do not know of any establishment of public accommodation that rejects customers based on their race.

If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.

The Infernal Revenue Service has no idea what your race is, and they don’t care. Audits are chosen by computer formula, and race is not part of that formula. As for the traffic cop, believe me it is very difficult to determine the race of a driver of a car going 70mph at radar range. Just obey the traffic laws.

I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.

Once again it must be asked, do Semites and Indians and Asians have this problem? If not, then it has nothing to do with your not being White.

This, of course, necessitates a little Statler and Waldorf:

Waldorf: [responding to Paul Williams doing "Old Fashioned Love Song"] He’s a credit to his race.
Statler: What race is that?
Waldorf: The hundred-yard dash.

I saved this one for last, to put it in the place of (dis)honor, as it was particularly stupid:

I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.

Well, it self-interested and self-seeking. If you are seen that way, it is because you are.

What is perceived as White Privilege is, in the vast majority of instances, such as the ones not addressed individually, merely the result of the fact that Whites are the majority in the United States. The other instances are the result of the fact a Black person is more likely to be a criminal than is a White person, is more likely to default on a loan (even at similar levels of income and debt burden), is more likely to have a lower IQ, and is more likely to have gotten accepted to a college or a job because of affirmative action policies.

None of those things has anything to do with skin color. (IQ may be a possible exception, because of the lower production of Vitamin D in dark-skinned pregnant women may have an effect on their babies. The research here is thin, at best.) These are not effects of skin color, but of culture.

When tuning a radar system, the operator sets a detection threshold. It a signal does not reach that threshold, no detection event occurs. Not wanting to miss any real returns, an operator might increase the sensitivity (decrease the threshold) so that any real radar returns will exceed the threshold and show up on his screen.

The problem with that is that a lot of noise will also exceed that threshold and show up his screen too.

This is exactly the problem with oversensitive progs, who see normal differences in everyday life and their racism, sexism, and poor-poor-pitiful-me-ism detectors go off.

Black people get arrested more than Whites, so it must be racism, not the fact that Blacks commit more crimes. Black people make less money than Whites, so it must be racism, not the fact that Blacks tend to do less well in school. They see women getting paid less than men, so it must be sexism, not the fact that women are less likely to go into engineering, math, and real sciences, and are less likely to work overtime.

On the other side of the coin, I suspect my bullshit detector is too sensitive, since it seems that everything the progs say sets it off.

Idiots waving Nazi flags probably have no idea that the same prog policies they oppose were policies of the National Socialist Party eighty years ago. Those calling the Nazi-flag-wavers fascists probably have no idea that many of the policies of the Democrat Party are those of the National Socialist Party eighty years ago.

Both are ignorant of history.

Some people blame the police for the violence, because the police did not separate two groups of fascists. Balderdash. People are responsible for their own actions, whether the police are there or not. The police cannot be blamed for not closing roads. The counter-protesters did not have a permit to be on those roads, or they would have been closed. The driver is responsible for driving his car into the crowd, and the crowd is responsible for their illegally blocking the road. All should face charges accordingly.