The broken record


Today, I’m going to be a broken record. Pardon me for doing so.

I’m sitting in Cosi. Almost everyone who works here is either Hispanic or African-American.

Nearly all the customers are white.

I recently rented a car in Atlanta. Everyone working behind the counter was African-American.

Everyone renting the cars were white.

We live near a Friendly’s. All the suburban mothers take their kids there for dinner and ice cream. Those suburbanites are 99% white.

The employees are nearly all African-American.

We’re told that everything is even. People are against Affirmative Action programs because, in the year 2010, what should count is merit, and merit alone. All things are equal. Everyone has a fair shot. Blah … blah … blah.

It’s simply not true.

I love this country, and I believe in this country. But I question this country.

You probably should, too.

4 thoughts on “The broken record”

  1. You know, I do question things and I’m called a liberal, a democrat, a bleeding heart, a N***** lover, a gay apologist, etc.

    And you know what, I don’t care.

    I’d rather be called those names than to be a bigot or participate in the hating just to hate.

    I’m tired of people calling it political correctness. It’s not…it’s called respect. There just isn’t enough of that.

  2. Jeff,

    It is definitely sad to see the imbalance of things whether its in a coffee shop or a rental car facility, etc… I would like to suggest that we all need to place more emphasis on the importance of family. I think the more stable the family unit (father and mother both being present and active in the lives of their children) the better chance we ALL have to get a “fair shot”. Whether that means your black, white, native american, latino, whatever. But lets be honest – our average family unit in the U.S. is poor at best, and most of that would come from bad choices. An absent father will no doubt have a negative effect on the children. An abusive alchoholic mother brings a good chance that it will repeat itself from generation to generation. Show me a family with a great father and mother and you’ll probably find children that will get a better shot at things. Personal choices, whether good or bad, WILL have consequences from generation to generation. Lets make better choices, and build a better family. Affirmative Action, by itself, will do little, if there is no emphasis on those things.

  3. Nate…I agree with you 100-percent.

    I came from a broken home…figuratively and literally (I don’t think the front door of my childhood home ever closed). My sister followed in the path of my father, who abandoned us when I was in third grade…my older brother was very similar to my father, although he’s a good family guy…and my other brother will be single forever, unless gay marriage becomes a reality. Despite my sister and oldest brother’s shortcomings, they are good parents and their kids will have better lives than we did as children.

    My children most definitely are growing up better than I did. I make sure to tell them all I love them at least once a day, but it’s often more.

    Each week we have a family day and once a month we take a road trip–most often a one-tank trip, but it keeps us close.

    I remember growing up, our neighbors were often as close to us as our parents. That isn’t the case anymore.

    We’ve lost our neighborhoods.

    We’re too busy, too afraid, something.

    Democrat, Republican, Independent, it doesn’t matter, but we need to restore our communities.

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