Opinion: Clarence Thomas’ Insight on Race is Spot On
On Tuesday Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke to Florida college students about race in America.
Justice Thomas made the point that back in the 1960s when he was growing up in Georgia he and those around him were no where near as concerned about race as people today, and that if he had been he would still be stuck in Savannah to this day.
He struck on a truth that in this battle of division and political-correctness gone amok that these divisions that the race pimps keep pushing actually hold those races back.
Concentration on the divisions of the races leads to hatred and a sense of victimhood that holds the race back.
I have met far far too many Americans that identify themselves by their “ethnicity” and in turn buy into the sense of victimhood that the race pimps sell that make them feel that they cannot succeed due to a ‘boogeyman’ view of whites, making them feel justified in being lazy and demanding handouts, seized by force from the pockets of whites, rather than working to advance themselves, all the while, being vicious anti-white racist bigots.
It reminds me of my own experience as a child.
I was raised in a rather nice middle class neighborhood where most of our neighbors were white because my parents, after coming here and working hard earned their way into a healthy middle class position. My parents never said ‘hispanic’ in our household, nor did they ever mention ‘white’, ‘black’ or ‘asian’. One of my best friends was my next door neighbor, a family who had moved here from china, and like my parents, had worked themselves into success.
I was taught by my parents that I was an American, and that those around me were all Americans, and thats how I saw it, I didn’t see, nor did I even know about races, we were all Americans, and my siblings and I took great pride in that.
It wasn’t until I took my first standardized test in government enforced public school that I was ever faced with race. I didn’t know which bubble to mark, as I said, in our home we were all Americans, and that was not an option on the test. To this day I don't understand why race is even a question needing to be asked on those tests.
I went on to middle and high school and at each new level these divisions became more and more apparent. The more the school taught race the more and harsher the divisions became, and the schools taught race by emphasizing the horrors and injustices, not even mentioning the great strides the country had made to get past those chapters.
Where in elementary school none of us saw color and we all treated each other the same regardless, by the time I made it to highschool, I hung out with the white kids and was looked down upon by the other ‘hispanics’ for refusing to speak spanish in school and refusing to self-segregate and buy into the envy and hate that came with it.
Those divisions held those kids I knew back, I see many of them on social media, and while some moved on and abandoned those mentalities, the ones that continue to hold onto them are by far and large much less successful than those that moved past the race baiting.
Justice Thomas was exactly correct, the concentration on the color of one’s skin holds minorities back.
Buying into Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson and seeing yourself by color never allows you to move forward, because the value of developing your character is sucked clean from your world view in exchange for a boogeyman and a bigoted attitude.
Andrew Montalvo is a KFYO Talkshow Producer. Let him know what you think in the comments below.