You have probably figured out by now that I find history will teach us many things, if we are inclined to listen. I came across this reference again earlier today, and it struck me that there was so much more to unpack within it than when I first read the book many years ago. Not just on issues of race, but on the state of healthcare and our society as well. A most timely read.
“There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy
, and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
“A story told me by a colored man in South Carolina will illustrate how people sometimes get into situations where they do not like to part with their grievances. In a certain community there was a colored doctor of the old school
, who knew little about modern ideas of medicine, but who in some way had gained the confidence of the people and had made considerable money by his own peculiar methods of treatment.
“In this community there was an old lady who happened to be pretty well provided with this world’s goods and who thought that she had a cancer. For twenty years she had enjoyed the luxury of having this old doctor treat her for that cancer. As the old doctor became — thanks to the cancer and to other practice — pretty well-to-do, he decided to send one of his boys to a medical college. After graduating from the medical school
, the young man returned home, and his father took a vacation. During this time the old lady who was afflicted with the “cancer” called in the young man, who treated her; within a few weeks the cancer (or what was supposed to be the cancer) disappeared, and the old lady declared herself well.
“When the father of the boy returned and found the patient on her feet and perfectly well, he was outraged. He called the young man before him and said: ‘My son, I find that you have cured that cancer case of mine. Now, son, let me tell you something. I educated you on that cancer. I put you through high school, through college, and finally through the medical school on that cancer. And now you, with your new ideas of practicing medicine, have come here and cured that cancer. Let me tell you, son, you have started all wrong. How do you expect to make a living practicing medicine in that way?’
“I am afraid that there is a certain class of race problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well
, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”
Excerpt from My Larger Education, Written by Booker T. Washington, Published in 1911.
Open thread in the comments below.
“And the more thing change, the more they remain the same.” Ya ever feel like you are a beetle, trying to push a ball of dung uphill? It ain’t you, Mouse2. Occasionally, I despair the fate of my people. The world is going to hell in a handbasket, and dragging our feet doesn’t seem to help when we are forced… Read more »
Indeed, Wil, it can be pretty damn demoralizing from time to time. Especially when you have family members among the zombies. But I figure if I can make a few people question their terrible assumptions about the present reality, and there are other like-minded freedom loving patriots out there who will not kneel, then the corner may yet get turned… Read more »
Believe it or not, it got worse after I retired from active resistance. Now, I have more time to watch the news, read the blogs, and observe the rat-bastards in action, and it gets scarier as I go along, each and every day. Knowing I’m not the last man on the wall is important. Belief in a better world is… Read more »
One of my favorites. There was a period many years ago when I was learning just how much evil was hiding behind the curtain, I took great comfort in knowing that none of it was new; that it had all been here before. Kipling’s works were helpful, and this one is the best of a great lot. Me thinks we… Read more »
Since this is an open thread, I thought I’d toss this in. Also, it makes me laugh.
DeSantis Proposes $8 Million in Budget to Relocate Illegal Immigrants to Delaware, Martha’s Vineyard
In case you don’t already know, Martha’s Vineyard is where Obama has a house, on the water, where he celebrated his 60th birthday with 600 friends. MASKLESS friends.
Good morning. Since this is an open thread and a place for things that make some people laugh, I thought I would share this predictable gem here. Last week the Supreme Court upheld the Texas abortion law that allows private citizens from anywhere in the world to sue someone they believe helped to facilitate an abortion for the purpose of… Read more »
It wasn’t meant to be funny. You’re right, the idea that a state would create a law for the purpose of bypassing federal court review isn’t funny at all. In fact, it is downright dangerous — as California is about to demonstrate by adopting this tactic to bypass federal judicial review on certain firearms. But at the same time it… Read more »
Don’t get a lot clearer than that.
How about the words of an Engligh Preacher: “any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” John Donne
David, completely divorced from the discussion we have elsewhere on abortion, suppose the people of one of our political divisions (make it a non-partisan place, as others are listening), say, Fort Collins, Colorado (attempting to find neutral ground somewhere in the vast wild) react to (fer instance): A new Federal Law requiring all firearms to be turned over to the… Read more »
I haven’t studied the details, so I assume your interpretation of the laws on the books is correct. The truth is that SCOTUS never had standing to rule on abortion. Issues like abortion and others unforeseen in the time of the Founding are meant to be addressed by the States, or left to the people, or in rare cases of… Read more »
I don’t want to delve into the abortion portion of this thing. As I said, MY problem is the law that create private citizen ‘bounty hunters’ who can use the courts to churn a profit out of a law that has no government enforcement mechanism. It’s legalized vigilantism that has no guardrails. The Texas law creates a minimum ‘award’ of… Read more »
Indeed. Firearms possession, carry and their legal / legitimate use is protected by the Constitution, where it is acknowledged as a right given by God – that predates the Country. Abortion is not contemplated anywhere in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or the Declaration of Independence. Nor the Articles of Confederation. It is a right constructed wholly out of… Read more »
You are missing the point, Wil. Forget abortion. Forget guns. I couldn’t care less about either. The current Texas law, and the proposed California law are not criminal laws, they are civil laws. They are attempting to make a practice illegal, but instead of the state enforcing compliance with the law, they are allowing random private citizens to file a… Read more »
David, I DO understand your point. The difference is that one of these two activities is Constitutionally protected, one is not.
$100.00 bucks to our favorite charities that the 9th Circus shut this shit down? Put me down for the Shriner’s Crippled Children Fund.
That is, provided it manages to actually pass into law in KKKalifornistan. There is a (damn) few of their legislators that may well be sane.
To follow up on an earlier thread, I came across this today. Judge holds hospital in contempt of court for refusing ivermectin to COVID patient on ventilator, ignoring court order ? A Virginia hospital was held in contempt of court Monday after refusing to administer ivermectin to a woman who has been battling COVID-19 since early October.What are the details?Kathleen… Read more »
Husband, brings Sherriff, walks in during visiting hours with Ivermectin course of treatment in his pocket. Give wife drugs, DARES a bunch of lousy busybodies to do something.
Here’s another funny story:
UC Berkeley’s new Vice Chancellor of Equity details emotional toll of her $325,000 salary job
Don’t you just feel her pain?
While we ponder things that make go go “GRRRRRR!”, here’s another. I went to bed this evening with a crap-ton of completely disjointed thoughts running through my head, and after a few random collisions of said thoughts, something occurred to me. Apropos of a discussion a few comments back (David), my thoughts turned to the subject of Abortion. Some of… Read more »
Was I supposed to respond? Sorry, life keeps getting in my way. When I posted the comment on the MECHANISMS of the Texas law, I wasn’t doing so because of the tired out old arguments for and against abortion. Forty-eight years of arguing hasn’t really changed anyone’s mind over any of this. There is still a minority who want to… Read more »
Sorry, Dave. Actually, I wasn’t calling you out, I was trying to point out where my thoughts leading to the above started. I should have started the discussion differently, or with more care. I know people aren’t getting pregnant to have an abortion. At least not often enough to be anything but another entry in the DSM. IMHO, people who… Read more »
For most men that makes some sense. But I think the father has a definite interest.
I’d really like to know, if there is any legal way to get rid of Biden for: 1) Not doing his job; 2) Endangering Americans by allowing anyone in, even if they’re unvaccinated; 3) Taking powers that are unconstitutional, like the vaccine mandate and other things he had pronounced on like a king. Didn’t we fight a war to be… Read more »
25th amendment, covers all of the above. Unfortunately, that puts Kamala Harris in charge. If we go the same route with her (and i would argue Biteme is more qualified than Harris), then Nancy Pellosy, as Squeeker of the House. Going past her, it’s Patrick “Leakey” Leahy, as President Pro-tem of the Senate. I’m not convinced removing Biteme before the… Read more »
Forgot to mention: NONE of the above is subject to confirmation of the new President – it’s automatic succession of power, subject only to a swearing in of the new office holder. Replacement of the new VICE President requires the approval of both houses of Congress with a simple majority vote.