A couple of days ago, I was surfing the net and ran across a website called American Thinker. There, I read an article entitled Obama and Wright project their bias on all African Americans. O.K., so I should have stopped at the title - but NO! I had to go and read the whole d*mn thing!
The article, as one would suspect, slams Obama. Slams Wright. Slams their association with each other and with Farrakhan. So basically nothing new. But, just as I got to the first sentence of the last paragraph, I truly lost it. Here's what the author wrote:
I refuse to believe that the majority of African Americans cling to hate and rage just as I refuse to believe Wright's outrageous claims about the mental and physical differences between the races. (I had to listen to the speech twice to confirm that Wright stated that African Americans are less genetically predisposed to logical analytical thinking than are white people.)
I was so enraged that I looked all over the site to find where I could post a comment. No such luck. But after about 20 minutes I found the "contact" link and immediately penned my outraged opinion. Here's what I wrote:
This statement is evidence that the author along with much of white America STILL doesn't get it! I find it very ironic and disheartening that the interpretation Shapiro received was that Blacks are less genetically predisposed to logical analytical thinking than whites rather than whites are less genetically predisposed to creative thinking. She provides yet another example of exactly what Wright was talking about on Sunday - the predisposed reasoning that White is Right and anything or anyone who is not white is both deficient and inferior.
O.K. I said my say...now I'm done with it. NOOOOO! She, of course, would not let it go. She had to respond - because as she advised me - she is an opinionated woman. (And your point is what?) So, as a result, I have been in an email exchange with Peggy Shapiro, the author of this article ALL D*MN DAY! AND SHE STILL DOESN'T GET IT! Seriously, the emails began at noon today and I've sent my last response just minutes before writing this post.
Ms Shapiro doesn't get or refuses to get that her phrase "less genetically predisposed...than whites" is in an of itself racist. She fails to see or refuses to see that her terminology of "less genetically predisposed" implies diminished intellectual capacity based on genetics. But, yet when arguing against the research Wright spoke about during the NAACP event, she elects not to point out - using her own phraseology and spin on Wright's "different" analogy - that whites, therefore, would be considered "less genetically predisposed" to creative thinking and learning than African Americans. But yet she was very quick to point out that she has been an educator for 31 years (so she should know genetically predisposed is split infinitives, and therefore incorrect grammatically). Put me in my place did she! Naught! I was just as quick to inform her that I, too, have been an educator for 34 years with a whole bunch of letters behind my name, too.
You would not believe how much Ms. Shapiro has told me about herself today (come to think about it, you probably would believe it)...but, I'm not going to put her business out here in cyberspace. I'll let her do that. But, seriously, the only argument she provided against my fury is that the research Wright spoke about wasn't valid. Ahhhh! Do I care if the results were valid or not? H*LL TO THE NAW!!! What I care about and what I've told this educated woman for the last 9 hours is that what Wright and the research claim as DIFFERENT she has termed LESS GENETICALLY PREDISPOSED!!! How simple is that!
Ya'll, I need some help over here because if I'm off-base, you need to tell me! Otherwise...I about to loose it!
Warning!!!! If you enter American Thinker, you do so at your own risk. Remember! You've been warned!Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner('s Place) ain't got nothing more to say. ~~SjP