Opportunity vs excuses

By telling an entire generation of American children that they’re either all racist or oppressed by racists, we are destroying their futures, right along with our own. Most people understand that it is up to adults to teach children and help them make sense of the things life will teach them on its own. But few actively understand that children don’t know anything other than what they experience growing up. Children have no frame of reference. Kids in the Middle East who are taught that America wants to destroy them and keeps them oppressed will undoubtedly grown up with…

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They don’t show streakers anymore

It used to be that when a fan or streaker ran onto the field during a televised sporting event, the action was captured by the cameras for all to see. That has changed. Now, the on-air broadcasters make a point of telling you that someone has gone on the field and they will not show it because they don’t want to encourage that sort of behavior. Why is it any different with racism? Liberals are constantly talking about racism. They see racism behind every door. Everything that goes wrong in a black person’s life is due to racism. We…

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Thinking in generalities leads to racism

Leftists think in generalities. Conservatives think in specifics. Leftists see people as groups. Conservatives see people as individuals. This is, quite simply, why leftists are fixated on race and see racism everywhere. They mistakenly believe that all whites, all blacks, all gays, all Asians, and all other groups are the same. They assume they think the same, act the same, want the same things, have the same capabilities, and are all interchangeable. Ironically, this way of thinking is, in fact, a brilliant example of racism – or how a racist would think. Conservatives see people as individuals, and likewise,…

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Hate: the appeal of Democrats

What is it that unifies Democrats? What draws people to the Democrat Party? Why do people vote for them? Sometimes I wonder if the biggest draw to the Democrat Party isn’t stopping conservatives. Democrats spend so much time demonizing conservatives as being evil, racist, bigoted, sexist, domestic terrorist conspiracy theorists, that I can’t help but wonder just how deliberate of a strategy is it really? Do the party leaders truly see this as the path to growing the base and voting out conservatives? How many people who identify as a Democrat or vote for Democrat candidates are motivated by…

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If everyone were like me

Someone recently yelled at me, “You just want everyone to be like you.” The first pass, natural reaction is to conclude that’s a bit unreasonable. No one wants a world full of people who are all the same. But then I thought about it a bit more and considered the concept. If everyone were like me, they wouldn’t care how much money others had. They wouldn’t care what celebrities do with their free time or money. They wouldn’t watch or listen to corporate media. People would be nice to everyone and try to be helpful when and where possible….

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The steep price of experience

The first time you do anything is always the hardest. You don’t know what to expect. You don’t know what the experience will be. There are things you won’t anticipate. Once you have experience, you can start anticipating and navigating a bit better. You’ll be more effective. It’s a better place to be when you’re handling something big. Or is it? When someone you love is going through something horrible, it’s very difficult for friends and family to handle or navigate. Second-guessing is at an all time high. You’re always searching for the right thing, but rarely do you…

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Ignorance is not hate

While channel-surfing recently, I came across a story on ESPN about the Nebraska women’s golf team. A Muslim woman had recently made the team, and that was the first exposure for many of the team’s women to a Muslim. In the brief time I was watching, the coach was talking about how many of the women on the team were from Nebraska or neighboring states and had never met a Muslim before. She mentioned there were many questions, and the team was learning a lot about their new teammate. I noticed that the coach didn’t mention the team all…

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An act of beauty

This week, I watched as a nursing home nurse did everything she could to make a man in hospice care feel not only comfortable, but understood and cared for. I’ve been told by a few nurses with nursing home experience that the default assumption of most nurses in that environment is that the residents suffer some form of dementia. They didn’t say that lightly, or that it means they care less than they may otherwise. It just speaks to how they approach the conversation and how much they take a residents word for anything. But in this case, the…

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It matters because it doesn’t matter

The Human Torch is a member of Marvel’s Fantastic Four. The Fantastic Four sometimes referred to as Marvel’s “first family” because Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) is the brother of Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman), and they were one of the first modern era heroes in the Marvel Universe. Johnny Storm is, and has always been, a white character. In the last failed attempt to make a Fantastic Four movie, before Marvel reclaimed the film rights, black actor, Michael B. Jordan, was cast as Johnny Storm. Many long-time Marvel fans were angry about this and were consequently labeled as…

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What if we’ve overcorrected?

According to organizations like Black Lives Matter and it’s supporters, this country is rife with systemic racism, including a police force that hunts and kills innocent black men and women, an election system that prevents blacks from voting, and a social undercurrent of distrust for black people on the street. If this is true, then by gosh, we need to solve it immediately. That means we can’t wait for nature to take its course. We can’t wait for racists to die away. We can’t let the empirical evidence of more and more blacks working, owning homes, owning businesses, and…

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