It Ain't Over Till It's Over
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        Before there's another Civil War over racial hatred in this country, hatred from both sides I might add, I believe it would be beneficial to listen to some wise words by one Thomas Sewell, a black, senior-fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. In his article in The Desert Sun, a Palm Springs, California daily, he states that we need to ignore the "race hustlers", like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who have no incentive to see the racial divide in America end, but who rather see it as "an opportunity to escalate" their never ending "demands." Consider some of Sewell's logic outlined below, with a few added perspectives, which includes his belief that we need "a lot more serious thinking about the present and the future and a lot less time and energy spent on the past. The past is irrevocable and wars do not end until both sides decide that they are over."
        -In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, some promising, healing behavior, occurred. Black parishioners expressed forgiveness for the killers, and the whites responded with solidarity. This was done without the help of racially motivated activists and rioting,
just by ordinary people of good will, both black and white.
        -Rumbling demands for Robert E. Lee's statue to be destroyed are being heard. Would that lead to demanding that the Jefferson Memorial be toppled because he "owned" slaves? And if that, the changing of the name of the city of Washington and his monument, for the same reason? Could it be that that would lead to the upending of any structure or tradition with any remote connection to a period of time in our history that had serious racial consequences? Is there no stopping point, just unending strife as far as the eye can see? Neither blacks nor whites will be better off if that happens. Do we want to re-fight a Civil War that ended before our great-grandparents were even born? That only results in counterproductive consequences. As the great movie "Shane" proclaimed, "There's only so many cards in a deck."
        -Hate crime laws are on the agenda of some people, yet doesn't a murderer deserves the same penalty whether he kills someone of a different race or if he kills his own twin brother. Do hate crime laws foster equal justice? How do you differentiate a hate crime from a non-hate crime? Is it whenever a white person attacks a minority, or the reverse? Or what some judge thinks it should be, based on the bench's leanings? Hate crime laws seem mainly to provide lawyers with grounds for an appeal so as to lengthen their time on the case, and therefore their fee.
        -The federal government pressures schools to not discipline so many black males, another "benefit" for blacks, they say. But that is far from beneficial. It would mean that a handful of hoodlums in a classroom could prevent all the other black, and white children in that room from getting a decent education. And the disruptive group wouldn't be chastised for their behavior, perhaps just being politely "counseled." Policies should be judged by their actual or potential consequences, not just by their rhetoric.
        -The old South has changed. Consider that a woman of American Indian ancestry has been being elected as governor of South Carolina; a man of the same ancestry as Governor of Louisiana; and much less a black man as President of the United States.
        It seems to me that those ideas of Sewell are worth consideration. The slightest provocation or complaints by minorities so often result in knee-jerk responses, not always well thought out, some needed, some questionable. How many more flags, of a political, religious, or some other "controversial" nature, will be taken down? How many mottos or sports team names outlawed? How many gestures of any kind, that do not measure up to the goals of racial activist groups, will be banned? Does handing out endless entitlements to people of the same race as those who were mistreated and prejudiced against long ago, like blacks, American Indians, Japanese, really excuse or make up for the past? Is the Civil war really over, or has it just begun?
        Thomas Sewell has hit some hot spots that need a lot more exposure through the media than just hearing about what some pressure group wants. Too often those in control of the money and the power don't make decisions based on a better America, instead they ponder laws that make problems go away, or that maintain the security and standard of living of their own future, whatever that takes. I believe the number one issue the members of Congress are really, and I mean really, focused on, is maintaining their medical, dental, psychiatric, car and travel allowance and retirement benefits, and whatever else they get that the taxpayers don't even know about. The sad truth is, that has never been more true than it is right now. And while Donald Trump's ratings surprisingly soar, and Hillary Clinton's ratings tumble, President Obama fiddles (or plays golf in Palm Springs) while America burns.