Letters to the editor: Message to black youth: We are forever

2012-02-27T02:45:00Z Letters to the editor: Message to black youth: We are forever The Times and Democrat
February 27, 2012 2:45 am

I will confess to all concerned that I let the recent biased, political rhetoric that is being spread by right-wing, win-by-any-means GOP presidential nominees, irritate me to my most inner core. I seethed with extreme condemnation to what was being alleged about the people of my race. I tried, unsuccessfully I must admit, to understand why anyone would sink to the lowest depths of unacceptable human behavior to try to spread such horrific lies.

These insensitive, opportunistic fabricators have insinuated that blacks exploit the food stamp system and that we rely on other people’s money as a means to survive. Such unsubstantiated, coordinated claims should infuriate every fair-minded person who will acknowledge the historical tendency of blacks — save maybe from their relatives — to independently provide for their families without requesting aid from anyone.

Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have chosen to reach out to the most prejudiced American citizens by making racially explicit statements that they know are not true. The main reason for this vilest of tactics is that the prospective nominees’ candidacies are substantively deficient of anything that actually moves the country forward and they need to inject something utterly ridiculous into their message that incites the morally corrupt to vote for them. As most wise people know, desperation and the mediocrity of one’s character often spawns the most repulsive behavior that can be exhibited by an individual.

Rather than merely mulling futilely about the decisions of the candidates to utilize xenophobic rhetoric about blacks to garner support from those furthest to the right, I decided that this was the opportune time to enlighten our young about the importance of knowing and safe-guarding what is most precious to us as black American citizens.

As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important to remind our black youth that they must become intimately familiar with every aspect of our black cultural history. They need to know that they have an awesome task ahead of them to ensure that our people successfully navigate the path to complete social acceptability that some still want to deny us of. They must continue the march toward achieving the economic parity that still eludes us after 400 years of existence in this, our adopted home.

Black youth, our people’s most precious commodity, are the inheritors of a legacy that is not limited to what we have accomplished here and the obstacles that we overcame to enable us to get where we are today, but a profound heritage that also transcends the mighty Atlantic ocean back to our native land to the birthplace of our forefathers; our beloved Africa.

Here is the first and most important lesson that our young people must learn. Take the time to learn the complete history of our people and therefore you will not have to listen idly, never responding to the rants of men who lie to exploit the tendencies of some to believe whatever they are told. It is essential that they confront them with validated information that will pass the scrutiny of the most ardent skeptic. They must also counter the vitriolic allusions of determined racists with relevant conversation that addresses their assertions directly and intelligently. A bigoted liar’s greatest fear is to be challenged in person with information that can be corroborated.

Don’t just selfishly sit on what you have learned about our illustrious history. Share that wisdom with others, whether younger or older, who may not have had the opportunity to acquire the knowledge that you have. Knowledge is not only intellectual power but it is also an essential component in the repertoire of skills that you must possess to judiciously dispel the unfounded myths that others spread about us.

It is important that black youth rely on the resilience and the tenacity of our people to overcome the improbable to bring them through the toughest of times. Our people’s fortitude has been tested by the harshest of climates and we have been subjected to atrocities that surpass human comprehension, yet we survive. It is my sincere belief that it is God’s will that we face these trials and tribulations as a test of our faith that he has a special place for us in the hereafter.

In order to adequately provide for their families and to ensure success in an economic environment that demands that you need to have instruction that exceeds a secondary education, they must make attaining advanced technical training or attending college a number one priority. Being among the most economically underprivileged people in the nation, we have to dramatically improve the future financial prospects of black people by making a quality education a must for all of our children.

Lastly, it is up to our youth to continue the fight to douse the fiery, acidic mouths of those who seek to expand the racial divisiveness in our nation by re-erecting barriers that we were torn down decades ago. I challenge our youth not to become complacent with the social and economic gains that we have acquired over the years. There is still a great divide between where we are and where we need to be. It is up to them to eternally carry the glorious mantle of our people forward. We leave our young people with a proud, ancient heritage that is to be fiercely defended and forever perpetuated.

— Harold Thomas, Orangeburg.

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(18) Comments

  1. Easyt65
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    Easyt65 - March 08, 2012 1:10 pm
    Free housing, Unemployment for 2+ YEARS, Food Stamps, free milk & cheese, free cell phones, Welfare, Medicare, medicaid, free money per child (single-parent)...it isn't hard to figure out why we have GENERATIONS of families/people not working & living off the goverment! And as long as politicians can keep stealing my money to pay for it all without my consent it continues. Instead of personal independence Obama continues to push MORE 'redistribution' of MY wealth!
  2. Easyt65
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    Easyt65 - March 08, 2012 1:02 pm
    I was shocked to find out that a tax on my land-line phone bill is to help fund the $1.6 BILLION program of providing free cell phones and 200+ minutes every month to 'people who can't afford them'. The program gives phones to people who already have as many as 2 cell phone accounts...I have no say in paying for this - they TAKE my money for this. Why would anyone getting a free cell phone try to get a job to pay for one when getting one for free? They wouldn't.
  3. Easyt65
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    Easyt65 - March 08, 2012 12:58 pm
    I read an article today where a woman won a lottery. with approximately $700,000 after taxes, she still chooses to collect food Stamps...because she believes that the Federal Government (all of US - OUR tax dollars) should go take care of her every need. Good grief! Liberals believe the government is a cradle-to-grave nurse maid for the American people, as long as they can take Americans' money to pay for it & as long as those overseeing the nursery aren't subjected to the same rules.
  4. RoseofSC
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    RoseofSC - March 03, 2012 8:23 am
    As long as that door is open, what many don't realize is that blacks owned slaves, whites were slaves, the northern states had slaves for several months even after their "war to free the slaves." And as far as the opinion "we are forever"? I would take a second look at that. Following the likes of racists such as Jackson, Sharpton, the naacp, rap "stars" and others, you're doomed tomorrow to continue the same destructive paths you're following today.
  5. SwampStomper
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    SwampStomper - March 02, 2012 7:47 am
    It's obvious by the author's position that he is very persistent in segregating the people of this country. Doesn't matter how many ingredients you put into a pot of BS, when you cook it down, it's still BS. Why are ALL southern whites held accountable for RICH white southerners' actions? Not to mention, 150 years later! My white southern ancestors picked their own cotton, so don't blame me or MY people for YOUR people's problems.
  6. confisus_sum
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    confisus_sum - March 01, 2012 6:35 pm
    WHY DIFFERENTIATE?
  7. Seek Out the Truth
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    Seek Out the Truth - March 01, 2012 5:13 pm
    Classy,the first 4 paragraphs had all kinds of implications. Why not encourage the youth with positive facts about the blacks that have contributed to society. We are in this world together why not all work for a common goal.
  8. classybabyboomer
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    classybabyboomer - February 29, 2012 7:33 pm
    The Title of the Article is Message to Black Youth, Duh!!!!!!
  9. truthandjustice
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    truthandjustice - February 28, 2012 3:53 pm
    seekout: excellent post.
  10. Seek Out the Truth
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    Seek Out the Truth - February 28, 2012 12:38 pm
    Mr Thomas wouldn't it be a wise idea to check the stats that show the amount of blacks on food stamps etc per the black population, also do it for each ethnic group. This would help establish a basemark for your argument. Your argument is the same as theirs if the facts are not presented. Another thing is not all blacks livings in the US today had ancestors that were slaves. Another item is how many whites died during the Civil War on the U.S. side so those black ancestors could be free.
  11. dirtpoor
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    dirtpoor - February 28, 2012 10:22 am
    The name "dirtpoor" was just one I chose as the user name. But, I am wearing hip boots after reading one's post. And, I hate to inform one that there were more whites on food stamps before Obama took office. And, since Caucasians make up about 84% of the U.S.racial population. It makes sense that there has been more Caucasians on food stamps than Blacks since the start of the program.
  12. jackassery
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    jackassery - February 28, 2012 9:20 am
    cont.. Fast forward today, and we have some whites manipulating these old mindsets for the sake of votes. "Obama is called the "food stamps president" as if he's trying to put all whites on them for past deeds of ancestor. Politicians has convinced many whites to vote against their own interest, and the politics of race will not allow the south to move too far from its past. The southern white mentality is dying position, not an emerging political trend, and the resentment will live on.
  13. jackassery
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    jackassery - February 28, 2012 9:02 am
    Good article. The name "Dirtpoor" is an symbolic moniker worthy of exploration. While everyone agrees that there are poor people of all hues, southern whites have historically felt threatened by racial progress, and has viewed racial equality as a threat to the own prosperity from slavery to now.There are still some here who are stuck in this plantationist view, and holds this horrid past in such high regard. The southern way of life has been under assault sick abolition, & resentment lives on.
  14. kb5457
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    kb5457 - February 27, 2012 8:24 pm
    Would you like some cheese to go with the whine?
  15. 133treadwellstreet
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    133treadwellstreet - February 27, 2012 11:41 am
    Thank You Mr. Thomas for setting the record straight!!!!! As the saying goes tell the truth and shame the devil.
  16. dirtpoor
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    dirtpoor - February 27, 2012 11:32 am
    Well, the funny thing is the hypocrisy of the author's message. For 8 years the Liberals, Dems, and Blacks said and preached that George W.Bush was a Racist and a Bigot. They preached it loud and clear!!!!! But, they failed to look at his actions . His closest advisors for those 8 years were Black!! Such hypocrisy. And, it is true in Orbg, Race is brought up when an issue comes up. And, the funny part is taht the "race card" ended on 1/21/09!
  17. confisus_sum
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    confisus_sum - February 27, 2012 8:22 am
    If this diatribe is to encourage parity, instead of segregation, should it not be directed to ALL youth?
  18. classybabyboomer
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    classybabyboomer - February 27, 2012 7:04 am
    Thank you Mr. Thomas for challenging our youth. There are those who and will met and exceed the challenge. There are several studious and hardworking young people who don't wear their pants below their waist because they take pride in themselves and their race. When people look for negative they will always find it, however the positive is there also because it doesn't let the negative overshadow it. Good was created well before negative came on the scene!
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