Psychotic Reactions

 

by Chris Stevenson

What I'm seeing out of white republicans nowadays is something I haven't consistently seen since I was in high school; a self brainwashing or hard-wishful-thing or something I once called Detachable Thinking. Talk show host Glenn Beck literally expressed a desire to remove the race factor out of Civil Rights. This is akin to me saying I like water, but I wish someone would remove the H2O. Of course Beck is on the record for stating that he doesn't agree with Social Justice so it's safe to assume he really doesn't like Civil Rights either. So why would he publicly call for a rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the 47th Anniversary of his "I Have a Dream" speech, ask the niece of Martin Luther King and other blacks to participate and spend the last several months on the air extolling the virtues of King and other Civil Rights leaders? It's not that Beck doesn't know better, but his wishes have overridden his intellect. That's the scary part.

Beck is leading an army of whites and a few blacks into a socio/political Twilight Zone; a middle-aged white adolescence fantasy that sadly see's many republican lawmakers in concert with him. For instance, can you picture a republican politician calling members of the Obama Administration "job killers," while at the same time speaking out against extended unemployment benefits and funds for some states to specifically save the jobs of Teachers, Police Officers and Firefighters? Of course you can. It's becoming as commonplace as a pro-traditional family conservative coming out years later to disclose that he's gay. It's stunning hypocrisy, especially when I think of the police; whom I thought were enjoying high respect from the "tough on crime" GOP. Today these conservatives will blindly hurt anybody just to spite President Obama. Nothing is out of bounds anymore.

Lately Ohio's John Boehner; the House Minority Leader said during a recent speech in Cleveland "We've tried 19 months of government-as-community-organizer. It hasn't worked," Boehner told USA Today. He then called for the President to fire Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council head Lawrence Summers. The commonality with many on the right is their rush to claim Obama's measures haven't worked. They know full well it will take years for most of them to work. So with absurd and backwards mindsets that have started since the fall of '08 we are seeing a growing trend of psychotic reactions in response to the very presence of an African American President. During my high school years many South Buffalo white boys loved Jimi Hendrix, but wished he wasn't black. I know this from talking and listening to some of them. They missed the whole point. Music from a white Hendrix would have sounded very different. A white Hendrix is simply a louder version of Bob Dylan; Great songwriting, but average musicianship. Not only would a white Hendrix music been drastically changed, rock music would have been completely altered.

Detaching a face or a skin-color from a historic figure or event has a devastating effect that our minds could never comprehend. It now dawns on me that what Beck seems to be angling for today is a similar devastating transformation. A gradual removal of the black struggle (and ultimately blacks) from the Civil Rights Movement. Only to replace us with his poor, struggling, Tea Party minions as the new fighter, the new marchers, the new victims of racial injustice... and Obama as the new Bull Conner. I'm almost laughing, but Beck's version of Detachable thinking is very self-imposed from out of his own Micky Mouse-sized brain and he is gradually, openly selling it to the public as a broad-based concept of disconnecting-not race but-blacks from the Civil Rights Movement.

This really shouldn't come as a surprise, blacks have a history of white people, liberal or conservative, attempting to homogenize or whitewash a black struggle. Beck has full knowledge of the painful circumstances that prompted the need for King's March on Washington and King's "Dream" speech. The fact is, the philosophical shift of the two major parties wasn't complete. So when he says "we started this," he's referring largely to republicans of the period. Beck's Restoring Honor (Restore Hubris?) rally now elevates him to my too-dangerous-to-ignore level on my political periscope.

Chris Stevenson is a syndicated columnist, his articles also appear in the Challenger Community News and buffalo bullet. Follow him on Twitter, Btweetz.com, blackcommentator and facebook. Respond to him on comment section below.

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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

:), ;). Voted/rated.


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Right Black 6 years ago from Huntington Beach, California

pointblack009, being point blank should mean that you are so close you hit the target. You missed. First I must say that I am not a big Beck supporter and would not have gone to his rally even if I were in DC. That said, Obama is a job killer. Unemployment benefits are not jobs. Government jobs are the only sector of the job market that is increasing. Those jobs are paid for by tax dollars but if less private sector workers are working where are the tax dollars coming from? We just keep spending money we don't have. When one is fiscally responsible you have to make hard decisions and make cut across the board, even teachers and police.

No one spends themselves out of debt. If you owe the bank $10,000, do you think getting a loan for $20,000 the bank helped you get out of debt. No, you are now just $30,000 in debt. This is so basic I don't understand how anyone can miss it. You say financial advice isn't free. Wrong. I am a personal financial analyst and we provide this service free to people who need it. All we ask is that they would implement the plan (which brings business into our company and we get paid) and introduce us to friends of theirs who might benefit from our offerings. We get them out of debt and financially independent over time without spending anymore than they are already spending just making better financial decisions with the money they are already using. No new loans! No new debt! You think the Obama administration could learn from that?

As far as Hendrix goes, would you say that making the statement that a white Hendrix would have been an average musician is racist? Are all white musicians average? A white Hendrix would have been a great musician in white skin, that's it. So do you think it's right to criticize the "white boys" in your high school when you have the same mindset? You have basically said you are glad he was black. If you can say that what is wrong with them wishing he was white?

I don't know exactly what Beck is doing but maybe you can help me, what are you doing?


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pointblank009 6 years ago from Buffalo Author

Harvey I'm not saying all whites wished that Hendrix was white, just some of the guys in my HS class. Now as for your assertion that people siding with Beck are siding with "truth, honor, religion and constitution," what flavor is that Kool-Aid your drinking? Don't worry, Obama is not destroying the country from inside or outside. It costs money to get out of debt., I'm sure you either experienced or know people deep in the red having to spend money to get out of it on a smaller scale. Nothing is for free. Comparative financial advice from any counselor will sound communistic if you just view it politically. Men who produce children out of wedlock or get a divorce must now "re-distribute" their wealth thru child support or allomony for the ex. for example.


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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

Point, Hi! I'm sorry I have to disagree with you. I am not a conservative, I am a centrist. I grew up a liberal, as did most in the Bronx. I've never heard of anyone wishing Hendrix was "WHITE;" that's insane. I wish I could play guitar like him. Hendrix was also a para-trooper in Viet Nam. He was no hippie, he played a part. In sports I wanted to be, Willie Mays and Oscar Robertson.

Beck has more African-American's behind him than you think.He didn't force Alberta King or Black Minister's to be with him. They stood with him rather than, Al Sharpton. Why didn't you state that there was barely a White face with Sharpton.

Many people have sided with Beck, have sided with truth, honor, religion, the constitution, etc. Obama is destroying our country from the inside, that's what progressives do. I pray the Republican's take the House & Senate. Then they may repeal the bills Obama pushed through. You may not know what his bills will do to America. Obama doesn't make many decisions, many make them for him.

As far as treatment of "BLACK'S" goes; do you know what is being done in Benin? Blacks by & sell children as property every day. H

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