Saturday, December 5, 2009

Americans are not white, colored or hyphenated

This whole hyphenated Americanism crap is really getting out of hand. The idea that we are running around using hyphenated titles to describe ourselves is wrong and really quite asinine. Also it is important to note that this is not a new concept or idea. Martin Luther King Jr. was against the idea as was Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. The concept started in the late 1800's and by 1904 was actually a derogatory term. Woodrow Wilson said, "Any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic whenever he gets ready." Martin Luther King Jr. said, "I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions." Wilson said, "There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else." Now I'll say that Wilson might have taken it a bit to far as to say the "only good American" but again my point is to show that this was considered derogatory.

Not today, not anymore, now many people are running around under the guise of Political Correctness thanks to the likes of Jesse Jackson. Rev. Jackson said, "We even have blacks voting against the health care bill from Alabama. You can't vote against health care and call yourself a black man." Interesting how when Jesse wants to play PC he uses African-American but when he wants to shock and awe, he goes back to being a black man. Jackson's statement was directed at Alabama Representative Artur Davis who was one of the Democrats and the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus that voted against the health care bill. Rev. Jackson's statement implies skin color, rather than principles or the content of one character, predisposes a black person to vote up or down for a particular piece of legislation. The good Reverend might have been close to Martin Luther King back in the 60's but I think it's about time he re-reads some of Kings actual words.

I've touched on this subject before but I think I'm going to take it a step further and make the decision to stop using the hyphenated PC titles that have become so politically correct. In fact I'm renouncing Political Correctness. I'm going to use plain common sense language from now on and that's that.



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