Clarence Mason Weaver: See, we as black people need to look at some aspects of our culture and say "That's gooood.. we should keep that" and other stuff and say "That's stupid". We should look at other cultures and look at what they do and incorporate some of that also.
I have plenty of Italian friends who are proud to be Italian and proud of their heritage, and I don't ever see them running around on Roman day wearing togas or anything.
I've got plenty of German friends, proud of their heritage, and I don't ever see them running about on Viking day wearing helmets with horns and all.
So why do we (blacks) have to have a whole month... the darkest, coldest, dreariest, sorriest month of the year...? You see.. that's stupid.
You see folks, people want to divide us into two groups, blacks vs hispanics, whites vs blacks, etc.. and they want to get us to fight against eachother.
The Romans, they called it "Divide and Conquer". In the South they called it "Separate but Equal". Today they call it "Multiculturalism". Same game, different name.
Guys, there's a Civil war going on in this country. Left vs Right. It's not as bloody as the first Civil War, but it's just as intense. There have become two distinctly separate groups of people in this country fighting against eachother.
I come on this board and see some debate, a lot of hatred, and much entitlement thinking.
The reason 97% of rich people are rich isn't because they were priveledged. 3% of the wealthy in this nation inherited their money. 97% of the wealthy started as an employee and/or started to work for themselves as self-employed. Michael Dell (white), Sam Walton (white), C. Mason Weaver (African American), Ray Kroc (white), Bill Gates (white), Robert Kiyosaki (Japanese-American), Juan Ortiz (Immigrated from Mexico), George Halsey (African American), etc.. etc... etc.. ALL of these people came from "average" (or in the case of some of them, such as Juan Ortiz who lived in horrible poverty for his whole upbringing and is now a highly successful business owner and successful public speaker), and they all are now highly successful.
They aren't successful because they were lucky, or everything worked out that way, or it just happened, nor did someone hand it to them in reparations. Every single one of them has stories of difficult times, horrible tragedies, people discriminating against them for one reason or another, failing parts (or whole) of their businesses, some living homeless at times, and other hardships. BUT they became successful. I know how and why they became successful, and I know that anyone can do what they did in their own way, and become successful on their own.
My point is this, it does not matter what race you are, it does not matter what people do to you (short of killing you personally I guess), you can be successful. Life is not fair by any means, but for those who choose it, success is available.
Evil can only triumph when good men do nothing.