by Gray Graham
A funny thing happened yesterday. I shared a post on Google+ (the forgotten social network) about the ongoing media frenzy and cries from civil libertarians, individualists, and extreme liberals about the whole America spying thing.
Now I really never wanted to talk about this. I avoided it for days maybe a week. This site is about talking about things to inspire people make their lives better so I am trying to move away from political talk so we don't get the label of being a political outlet. I know the labels are going to come because that is what people do I just prefer not to give them any kindling for the fire.
So I shared this post questioning the credentials of our whistleblower and got a couple of comments. Then like I said a funny thing happened. The last comment made a reference to the comments being the most sensible ones they had seen on the subject. Then it hit me like a brick. All of the comments were from African Americans across the political spectrum all tired of hearing about how the government is spying on us.
It is no secret that I have very little use for libertarians, big or small “L”. It has been my experience that libertarians live in a fantasy world where every person wants to be left alone and leaves everyone alone. Where helping others is an option if you want to do that sort of thing. Where small government is great and the States love human beings equally.
The thing that really sticks out about libertarians is that they always seem to come from a privileged life. College educated or a great paying job without a college degree. See I am going to stop right there because that statement alone is enough to get most minorities’ blood boiling.
Think about it for a second, you have a group of people who are living a life that most minorities can not ever obtain no matter how hard they work, yet they are angry because some hypothetical dictator may emerge in the future that will try to kill them with drones and is listening to their phone conversations with their girlfriends.
Keep in mind when you ponder that how many African Americans and Hispanic Americans are currently in prison. How many have been killed by the police? How many are just arrested everyday when standing on the street? How many are asked to show their papers to prove that they are an American. For many minorities in America these are personal experiences not some future hypothetical you would see in some movie or book. It is our real life everyday struggle.
See there is a difference between fearing something that may be possible in the future and fearing something that exists and is very real today. See Native Americans were hunted and killed by the government. African Americans were held in slavery as animals by the government. Japanese Americans were placed in camps during World War II. Hispanic Americans were treated like second class human beings by the government. Today minorities are still discriminated against by the government.
50 years ago many people of color were tracked by the government openly with the full support of the public. America of course has a history of tracking undesirables and keeping them in line. So you might have to forgive some of us if we don't freak out because someone says the government is watching us. The government has always been watching us and this is nothing new.
We do have one request though, could you please put the same effort that you put into fighting imaginary American drones in Kansas and protecting people that openly break the law, into fighting for the rights of minorities and the real issues we deal with every single day. We, your fellow Americans would really appreciate it. That is unless you don't think that the lives and freedoms of minorities have any real value.