In the Black urban culture, it’s cool to be a fool.

But the fact is, there are a lot of factors in our society that influence many different cultural behaviors.

It’s only human nature to attempt to devalue something that is perceived as a weakness to us.

If we’re not good at sports, we tend to devalue the importance of athletic accomplishments.

If we have a hard time getting good grades in school, we tend to devalue the importance of educational accomplishments.

If we have a hard time fitting into the definition of being successful in our society, then we tend to gravitate towards an oppositional stance to that culture, or a counter-culture.

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Josie Harvey, of The HuffPost website, reports that, during an appearance on ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight,’ conservative commentator Heather Mac Donald blamed ‘Black culture’ for the academic achievement gap, and says race and gender diversity goals are blunting the nation’s ‘competitive edge.’”

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Okay…, Black culture may be responsible for an academic achievement gap…, but what factors are responsible for this “Black culture” to begin with?

In my opinion, the root of the problem is that the Black family structure was attacked by liberal policies which began in the 1960’s, which rewarded fatherless families, thus redefining the societal role of Black males.

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Black fathers, in this urban, socioeconomic environment, were devalued, making them unaccountable and irresponsible.

We also have to consider the downward spiral of educational adeptness as generation after generation suffered incrementally from their own lack of education.

In other words, how can these families be expected to support a student at something they have had no success at themselves?

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Take a moment to consider and compare the support and expectations of the typical urban, Asian-American family to those of a typical urban, African-American family.

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The cultural values here are at different ends of the spectrum…, regarding the acceptance of government dependence, family structure, the importance of education, the ability to support the children, and their visions of a desirable society and goals towards being successful.

The generalizations I refer to here, of course, do not apply to EVERY family of any race or culture…, only a majority of them.

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“’The College Board’ (An American not-for-profit organization, representing over 6,000 leading colleges, schools, and other educational organizations, that was formed as the ‘College Entrance Examination Board’ to expand access to higher education.) announced on Tuesday that it was withdrawing plans to introduce an ‘adversity score’ on test results, a measure intended to address inequality in college admissions for those from varying socioeconomic backgrounds.”

Antonia Blumberg, also of The HuffPost website, reports that, “The College Board said Tuesday it would not move forward with a planned ‘adversity score’ intended to help level the playing field for students of diverse social and economic backgrounds who take the SAT admissions test.”

Is that really the intent of an SAT score?

What good is an SAT score that can’t stand on its own?

I mean, either you answer the questions correctly, or you don’t, right?

The College Board also stated that “The ‘Adversity Score’ reflected the ‘privilege’ of other students.”

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I’m not sure if I would refer to the situation here as the “privilege” of others, but I suppose that’s another way of looking at it, if you’re looking at the situation from a victim’s standpoint.

And I’m not inferring any negative connotation on the term “victim” here.  In many cases, many of these students are victims of their circumstances.

“The company, which administers the admissions exam, said its attempt to address inequality in college admissions through a single score was a mistake.”

‘“The idea of a single score was wrong,’ David Coleman, College Board’s chief executive, told The Associated Press. ‘It was confusing and created the misperception that the indicators are specific to an individual student.’”

I’m not exactly sure what he is trying to say here, but I’m glad he at least acknowledged the whole concept was a bad idea.

‘“An updated [software] tool will include detailed high school and neighborhood information to admissions officers as separate data points so they can fairly evaluate each student,’ The Board said.

“In 2017, white students scored an average of 177 points [11%] higher than Black students and 128 points [8%] higher than Hispanic students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.”

The highest possible composite score for the redesigned SAT is 1600. The average score is 1000. The “section scores” are the individual scores for the two main sections of the SAT: reading/writing and math.  Each of these sections is scored out of 800, and they are added together to get your overall score.

‘“There are a number of amazing students who may have scored less [on the SAT] but have accomplished more,’ Coleman told The Wall Street Journal in May.’”

Really, Mr. Coleman?

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You mean we just can’t start issuing paychecks based on our SAT scores?

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‘“All of this tinkering with meritocratic admissions in colleges and throughout the economy, frankly, is all driven by one fact, which is the persistent academic achievement gap,’ Heather Mac Donald went on to say during an appearance on ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight.’”

‘“If Black culture or the rest of culture could close that gap, we would be back to a colorblind meritocratic system, but the College Board is trying to give colleges an excuse to continue to give preferences to under-prepared Black students, to catapult them into academic environments for which they are not prepared,’ she added.”

If we REALLY wanted a “colorblind” system, we wouldn’t ask the students what race they are when they take the test.

Just sayin’.

 

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Discrimination…, check.  Racism…, check. African-Americans…, ch…, wait! What?!

It’s true folks. African-Americans are not immune from demonstrating a little discrimination and racism from time to time.

Really!  Believe it or not!

Here…, I’ll show you.

At some event, in Detroit, Michigan…, a group that puts on something called “AfroFuture Fest,” was actually charging one price for whites and a different [lower] price for Blacks or “people of color.”

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It’s true.

I kid you not.

This, by definition, is both discriminatory and racist.

There is no arguing that…, at least you would think so.

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Nicole Darrah of Fox News reported, “A Michigan music festival that was charging white people twice the amount for a ticket than ‘people of color’ backtracked its ticketing structure on Sunday.”

“AfroFuture Fest, scheduled to be held in Detroit in August, appeared to change their ticket prices to $20 general admission after receiving backlash for a ticketing inconsistency that offered ‘people of color’ tickets for $10, while ‘non-POC’ tickets cost $20.”

‘“I was immediately enraged just because I am biracial,’ the rapper [Tiny Jag], whose real name is Jillian Graham, told the Detroit Metro Times.  ‘I have family members that would have, under those circumstances, been subjected to something that I would not ever want them to be … especially not because of anything that I have going on.’”

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“Graham, who said her grandmother is white, said while she understands the goal of equity and equality for the black community, she called the moved ‘non-progressive’ and ‘not solution-focused.’

Oh, and you were doing so good Jillian!

But you finished up with a real bunch of liberal gobbled goop there.

I’d call it a bunch of BS, myself.

“The founder and co-director of AfroFuture Youth, the group which put the event together, told The New York Times that organizers changed the event prices after receiving harassment regarding the pricing structure.”

Ya think?!

‘“For safety, not anything else but that, the new ticket structure will be a standard set price across the board of $20,’ Adrienne Ayers said Sunday afternoon. ‘However, there will be a suggested donation for non-people of color.’”

Oh…, of course Ms. Ayers…, of course.  All of us “non-POCs” would be more than happy to donate our hard earned money just because our skin happens to be a lighter shade than yours!

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And by all means…, standardize those ticket prices for Safety’s sake!

WHAT?!

You must think we’re all as dumb as you are, Ms. Ayers!

“She said the previous ticketing plan was implemented because ‘events often designed for marginalized black and brown communities can easily be co-opted by those with cultural, monetary and class privileges.’”

Again…, WHAT?!

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And charging “whitey” twice as much for a ticket would stop white people from taking over something called “AfroFest?!”

“AfroFuture explained their policy and rationale for it on their Eventbrite page. Organizers cite ‘equality’ and ‘equity’ in their ticketing, and state their structure ‘was built to insure that the most marginalized communities (people of color) are provided with an equitable chance at enjoying events in their own community (black Detroit).’”

So these People of Color are saying that only People of color can truly be poor?

Please…, tell us more about your racist rationale and racist policies!

Hey…, this is fun!  I can understand now why these guys love playing the race card so much!

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‘“Affording joy and pleasure is unfortunately still a privilege in our society for POC and we believe everyone should have access to receiving such,’ organizers wrote.”

What planet are these people living on?

What country are these people living in?

I know Detroit is a pretty messed up place, but this is REALLY messed up!

‘“Ayers said that as of Sunday, the festival sold 71 tickets — including 13 that were set aside for white people.’”

Whew!  71 tickets?!

What are they going to do with all of that money?

Have these guys ever considered setting up a lemonade stand?

Just sayin’.

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How far “left” is too far “left” for “the left?”

The answer to this question appears to be, “We have not yet begun to propose crazy liberal policies!”

Yes…, stay posted my friends.

It seems that every new day brings yet another wacky idea from the collection of democrat presidential candidates, regarding a new program for them to hand out our money, to buy more votes, and to grow more government, while essentially trying to destroy America, as we know her, along the way.

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Our lefty politicians don’t even really understand how far “left” they are!

I believe they actually think they represent a “typical American.”

In the places they represent (remember the small areas of blue on the voting map of America) that may be true.  There, their ideas are accepted, lauded and encouraged, while everywhere else we are left shaking our heads and wondering, “Who are these people and what country do they live in?”

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Even Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder, Robert Johnson, told CNBC that “The democratic party has “moved too far to the left” and has “become too liberal to defeat President Trump.”

Robert Johnson is the country’s first African-American billionaire, according to Forbes Business Magazine.

Hmmm.  The big liberal propaganda machine is going to have to be careful with this one, although I’m sure he’ll be labeled as an “Uncle Tom” before too long if he doesn’t come around to “the left’s” way of thinking and their narrative of choice.

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Brian Flood of Fox News reported that, ‘“I think at the end of the day, if a Democrat is going to beat Trump, then that person, he or she, will have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that,’ Johnson said. ‘The message of some of the programs that Democrats are pushing are not resonating with the majority of the American people.’”

The problem is that liberals don’t even consider the American people, who support President Trump, people!

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“Johnson, a long time democrat, said the current far-left state of the Democratic Party will work well in the primaries but won’t help in a general election, especially since he feels Trump has his base locked up. The BET founder, who supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, even praised some of Trump’s recent accomplishments.”

‘“I think the economy is doing great, and it’s particularly reaching populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs and employments and the opportunities that come with employment,’ Johnson said. ‘African-American unemployment is at its lowest level…  I give the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large amount of Americans.’”

But yet, in the 2020 presidential election, 85%-90% of African-Americans will continue to vote for the democrat candidate.

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The spell the democrats have over African-Americans is a strong one, but more and more are coming to their senses and seeing things as they really are, like Mr. Johnson here.

“Johnson said he gives Trump an ‘A+’ for the economy and added that the divisive politics [of democrats] are ‘not helping America.’”

Ouch!  That really stings for our current collection of socialist democrat presidential candidates.

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But don’t worry…, this won’t phase them much.  They’ll just reload their fake reality, continue to propose fake solutions to real problems, and stupid solutions to fake problems.

WINNING!

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“Reparations?!”  What you talkin’ ‘bout Willis?!

Ooops…, I mean Sheila, and Corey, and Kamala!

Adam Shaw of Fox News reported that, “The question of slavery reparations for black Americans was the subject of a fiery and emotional House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday as Democrats called for measures to address America’s ‘original sin’ — while Republicans described such payments as an ‘injustice’ and ‘almost certainly unconstitutional.’”

“The Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee held the hearing on H.R. 40 — a bill by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, to set up a commission to study and develop a response to the question of reparations for slavery.”

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‘“The role of the federal government in supporting the institution of slavery and subsequent discrimination directed against blacks is an injustice that must be formally acknowledged and addressed,’ Jackson-Lee said.”

I believe slavery, injustice and discrimination have been addressed by our government, Ms. Jackson-Lee.  I believe our government and our country has evolved quite well since the mid-1800s.

‘“I just simply ask: Why not and why not now?’ she [Jackson-Lee] said.

I would “simply” answer “Why?”

“Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who is running for president and has introduced a version of Jackson-Lee’s bill in the Senate, said it is wrong to present the issue as one American writing a check for another, and called on lawmakers to deal with what he said is continued racism in America.”

“Citing racial disparities on issues such as health and education, he said America has a criminal justice system “that is indeed a form of new Jim Crow.”

‘“And so we as a nation have not yet truly acknowledged and grappled with racism and white supremacy that has tainted this country’s founding and continues to persist in those deep racial disparities and inequalities today,’ he said.”

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“Meanwhile, former NFL player and conservative author Burgess Owens pointed to the Democratic Party as historically responsible for injustices against black Americans, from slavery to the Ku Klux Klan to the literacy rates for black Americans in Democratic states and cities.”

‘“How about the Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race, and those who after they learn our history decide to stay there … and every white American, Republican or Democrat that feels guilty because of their white skin should need to pony up also — that way we can get past this reparation and recognize that this country has given us greatness,’ he said.”

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Now there’s a proposal I could get behind!

“A Fox News poll in April found that [over] 60 percent of Americans oppose paying cash reparations to descendants of slaves, while just 32 percent support it.”

It seems that we have about 30%-35% of the people in this country who support just about any type of liberal craziness that comes down the road.

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Let’s take a moment to get real about this whole reparations deal, now.

First…, let’s be clear…, reparations for African Americans regarding slavery is not going to happen.

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And second…, all of these discussions about it are only disingenuous political theater aimed at some African-American voters who are looking to get something for nothing, disingenuous political theater aimed at creating an additional racial divide in our country, and generally a big waste of time.

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That being said…, I have a few additional comments regarding the topic of “reparations:”

  1. No one who actually was a slave is still alive.
  2. On one who actually owned a slave is still alive.
  3. Looking at “African-Americans” like Senator Corey Booker or Senator Kamala Harris, who are lighter skinned than some white people with a moderate tan, makes me wonder if they would propose payments based on what percentage any person actually was African? If you were 20% African, would you get a check for 20% of a full reparation check?
  4. If someone, who was a slave, had 100 documented descendants, would that reparations check be divided by 100 first and reduced by the percentage of African descent noted above?
  5. And who would pay for these reparations? It certainly wouldn’t be fair for people who are descendants of people from the northern states, who didn’t have any slaves, would it?
  6. And what about the descendants of people from the northern states, who fought and died in the Civil War in order to free the slaves? Shouldn’t these families get a kick-back from the people receiving reparations as well?  I mean, after all, we wouldn’t even be talking about reparations if the North hadn’t won the Civil War.

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Just a few things to consider when pondering all of this craziness.

And what ever happened to The Congress dealing with our immigration problems, our country’s infrastructure, health care, and the ever increasing national debt, just to name a few important pending issues?

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I guess we know where the priorities of the democrats lie…, and if you’re not an illegal immigrant or people looking for a hand-out, you’re out of luck.

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Has Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream” come true?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

I sincerely believe that time has arrived.

You’re always going to have exceptions to everything, but for the most part, I think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream” has become reality.

I believe today, for the most part, people are judged by their actions and by what they say rather than the color of their skin.

A problem we face today, however, is that some really don’t want to be judged by their character.  They prefer to use the color of their skin as an excuse or as a ticket to special considerations and allowances.

They prefer to use the color of their skin as a wedge between people of their skin color and people of other colors, either for fame, power, money or a combination of the three.

They say, “The meaning of King’s monumental quote is more complex today than in 1963 because ‘the unconscious signals have changed,’ according to the historian Taylor Branch, author of the acclaimed trilogy “America in the King Years.”

What does that mean?

It sounds to me like the people who would prefer to use the color of their skin for their own purposes are trying to tell us that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words mean something other than what anyone who understands English understands them to mean.

It’s a form of racial “spin” or racial propaganda.

Bernice King doubts that her father would really seek to ignore differences.

“When he talked about the ‘beloved community,’ he talked about everyone bringing their gifts, their talents, their cultural experiences,” she says. “We live in a society where we may have differences, of course, but we learn to celebrate these differences.”

Yes we do celebrate cultural differences, Bernice, but excuse me if I reiterate that your father’s words, in this case, were words of inclusion and racial “blindness,” just like the “blindness” of justice.

It’s obvious that Bernice King makes her living off of her daddy’s coattails.  It’s definitely not in her best interests to acknowledge any level of racial progress.

“Unfortunately race in American history has been one area in which Americans kid themselves and pretend to be fair-minded when they really are not,” says Taylor Branch, whose new book is “The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement.”

Well, I suppose we all can’t be as enlightened as you Mr. Branch.  But how do portend to know what “Americans” are supposedly kidding themselves about?  You’re obviously making quite a nice living off of your books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Like I mentioned before, money is one of the reasons people keep preferring to drive wedges between the races.

The quote is like the Declaration of Independence, says Roger Clegg, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a conservative think tank that studies race and ethnicity. In years past, he says, America may have needed to grow into the words, but today they must be obeyed to the letter.

“The Declaration of Independence says all men are created equal,” says Roger Clegg, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity. “Nobody thinks it doesn’t really mean what it says…”  “King gave a brilliant and moving quotation, and I think it says we should not be treating people differently on the basis of skin color.”

Many others agree. King’s quote has become a staple of conservative belief that “judged by the color of their skin” includes things such as unique appeals to certain voter groups, reserving government contracts for Hispanic-owned businesses, seeking more non-white corporate executives, or admitting black students to college with lower test scores.

In the latest issue of the Weekly Standard magazine, the quote appears in the lead of a book review titled “The Price Was High: Affirmative Action and the Betrayal of a Colorblind Society.”

“Considering race as a factor in affirmative action keeps the wounds of slavery and Jim Crow ‘sore and festering.’ It encourages beneficiaries to rely on ethnicity rather than self-improvement to get ahead,” wrote the author, George Leef.

The RightWingNews.com blog added, “The idea that everyone should be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin” in their list of “25 People, Places and Things Liberals Love to Hate.”

“Conservatives feel they have embraced that quote completely. They are the embodiment of that quote but get no credit for doing it,” says the author of the article, John Hawkins. “Liberals like the idea of the quote because it’s the most famous thing Martin Luther King said, but they left the principles behind the quote behind a long time ago.”

 

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Louis Farrakhan is suffering from delusions of grandeur.

Louis Farrakhan, the “leader of The Nation of Islam,” is calling for a “separate state” for Black Americans.  He says this is, “what God wants,” while any blacks that oppose his calling he describes as “slaves.”

According to Lukas Mikelionis of Fox News, “Farrakhan, who in recent months has made numerous anti-Semitic comments, made his call for a nation-state separate from white America in response to the question whether it’s still his and the group’s goal.”

“That’s not just my goal. That’s what God wants. Most of our people don’t want it here,” Farrakhan has said. “You love your enemy. You want to stay with your enemy. You’re in love with his wealth. I understand the fascination, slaves. I understand that. But God has something else for us.”

“The preacher went on to reiterate that neither he nor his group has changed its goal of a separate state since its creation in the 1960s.”

‘“Let me tell you what’s gonna happen. Yes I’m after a separate state. A separate nation. In the 60s what was our cry? We weren’t saying we want to integrate, we were saying ‘It’s nation time!’ he said.”

‘“Black Power. Black Power to do what? To integrate a lunch counter? Black Power to build a nation for 40 million, now near 50 million, black people,’ he added.”

‘“Yes I’m after a separate state. A separate nation. In the 60s what was our cry? We weren’t saying we want to integrate, we were saying It’s nation time!’”

Well…, let’s step back a moment Mr. Farrakhan, and take a look at what exactly we have here.

There are 325.7 million people in The United States.

“Blacks” make up only 12.6% of the population.  Does that surprise you?  The way “Blacks” act you would think they make up close to 50% of the population.  The truth is they truly are a minority…, and a small minority at that.

And how many of those “Blacks” are only half “Black?”  How many of those “Blacks” are half White, or half Asian, or half Latino?  The actual percent of true “Blacks” is really under 10% probably.

You say you want to build a nation for, “40 million, now near 50 million, black people.”

The truth is that “Black” people account for about 41 million people in The United States.  Nowhere near even approaching 50 million.

Now let’s take a look your “The Nation of Islam.”

“The Nation of Islam” is estimated (and why they don’t have a more exact count is confusing to me) to have 20,000-50,000 members.

I personally question that low figure of 20,000.  I believe it is even much less than that.

But, be that as it may, using their numbers, that’s still less than 1% of African Americans, and less than .01% of the total U.S. population.

So in reality, Louis Farrakhan is in no position to think he is representing African Americans, in general, at all.

You say you want a “separate state.”  What state exactly would that be?  Montana, Idaho…, Arizona?

And how exactly would that work?

And you frame your desire as if there is someone out here who could grant your wish.

Why would anyone establish a “black state” for you?

Perhaps you should buy an island and move your measly group of followers there and see how you would do.

Lukas Mikelionis added, “In November, Farrakhan and his groupies went on a solidarity trip to Iran and led “Death to America” chants.”

“During the trip, Farrakhan told Iranian students that ‘America has never been a democracy,’ and also led a ‘Death to Israel’ chant at the end of his talk, Iranian news agencies reported.”

I know!  Perhaps Iran would give you a portion of their country to establish your “Black State?”

Or maybe some country in Africa would welcome you back and grant you some land to “homestead” on?

Somehow, I’m guessing that’s not really what you want.

In reality, I don’t think you really know what you want.  In reality, I don’t think you’ve really thought this whole thing through…, which would be par for the course in your case.

You’re all hot air and no action Mr. Farrakhan.  If you want your own state, do something about it instead of just talking about it.  Go establish a town somewhere.  15,000-20,000 people is a small town in America.

Why don’t you start there and work up to a “nation” at a later date?

Conservatives actually have no problem with anyone creating their own destiny.  It’s your friends, the liberals, who would prefer you don’t leave “the plantation,” however.

Minister Farrakhan has actually endorsed and praised President Trump in the past, but he has been critical of him as well.  Farrakhan’s message of independence and taking responsibility for your own destiny is one most conservatives would support.  It’s too bad he has to “lob those racism bombs” out there every so often.

Farrakhan is in a politically peculiar spot.  Conservatives can’t support him because of his racist tendencies, and liberals can’t disavow him because…, well…, because he’s Black, and he’s not technically a conservative.

Isn’t it a funny world that we live in?

 

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