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.

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Find me on twitter at @DiscardedVirtue Retired CEO. Constitutional conservative. Mortal enemy of moral hazard, ignorance and collectivism. Traveler on the Inner Journey, Zen Buddhist, Taoist. Walker of The Way. Teacher and Student.

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LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 12, 2021 12:50

“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 »

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 12, 2021 19:22
Reply to  LC SecondMouse

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 »

readerjp
readerjp
December 13, 2021 00:23

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.

George Mason's Ghost
George Mason's Ghost
December 13, 2021 13:33

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 »

readerjp
readerjp
December 13, 2021 14:52

Not funny.

George Mason's Ghost
George Mason's Ghost
December 13, 2021 15:09
Reply to  readerjp

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 »

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 13, 2021 18:20

Harming Children?

Luke 17:2 – It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

Don’t get a lot clearer than that.

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 15, 2021 04:01

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

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 15, 2021 22:30

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 »

George Mason's Ghost
George Mason's Ghost
December 13, 2021 16:06
Reply to  LC SecondMouse

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 »

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 13, 2021 18:27
Reply to  LC SecondMouse

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 »

George Mason's Ghost
George Mason's Ghost
December 14, 2021 11:42
Reply to  LC Wil, S.C.E.

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 »

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 14, 2021 12:07

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.

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 14, 2021 12:10

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.

Last edited 1 month ago by LC Wil, S.C.E.
readerjp
readerjp
December 14, 2021 13:04

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 »

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 14, 2021 13:58
Reply to  readerjp

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.

Problem solved.

readerjp
readerjp
December 14, 2021 20:18

Here’s another funny story:

UC Berkeley’s new Vice Chancellor of Equity details emotional toll of her $325,000 salary job

UC Berkeley’s new Vice Chancellor of Equity details emotional toll of her $325,000 salary job

Don’t you just feel her pain?

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 15, 2021 03:52

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 »

George Mason's Ghost
George Mason's Ghost
December 15, 2021 10:29
Reply to  LC Wil, S.C.E.

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 »

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 15, 2021 12:47

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 »

VonZorch Imperial Researcher
VonZorch Imperial Researcher
December 15, 2021 17:48

I’ve NEVER felt that a man should have ANY kind of say in this. I see this as a WOMAN’S decision to make.

For most men that makes some sense. But I think the father has a definite interest.

Last edited 1 month ago by VonZorch Imperial Researcher
readerjp
readerjp
December 15, 2021 17:46

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 »

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 15, 2021 18:24
Reply to  readerjp

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 »

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 15, 2021 18:31
Reply to  LC Wil, S.C.E.

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.

LC Wil, S.C.E.
LC Wil, S.C.E.
December 16, 2021 00:57

Wakie, wakie!