Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Slavery: Your ticket to a better life!

In what can only be described as an unbelievably assinine piece, columnist Adele Ferguson of Washington State articulates what many conservatives likely believe:

Remember Ronald Reagan’s story about the kid who had to shovel a huge pile of manure? He went about it with such joy he was asked why and said, “With all that manure, there’s got to be a pony in there somewhere.”

The pony hidden in slavery is the fact that it was the ticket to America for black people. I have long urged blacks to consider their presence here as the work of God, who wanted to bring them to this raw, new country and used slavery to achieve it. A harsh life, to be sure, but many immigrants suffered hardships and indignations as indentured servants. Their descendants rose above it. You don’t hear them bemoaning their forebears’ life the way some blacks can’t rise above the fact theirs were slaves.

Besides freedom, a job and a roof over their heads, they all sought respect. But even after all these years, too many have yet to realize that to get respect, you have to give it.

That's right you ungrateful black heathens. We brought you here in cargo holds like so much cattle, forced you into unpaid servitude and systematically denied you even the most basic of civil rights for generations. But we gave you three squares and a tin roof over your head. And you're darned lucky you got that much.

And by the way, even though many of you have never been respected for your intellect and'd better give respect anyway. Its the least you can do for your white masters.

Meanwhile, Adele scratches her head in absolute wonder as to why blacks aren't running to the Republican Party in droves.