Sit down, Al…..

July 16, 2013

…..your irrelevance is showing

It was as predictable as it is pathetic: Al Sharpton, pouncing on the George Zimmerman acquittal like a starving hound on a bloody steak, as he struggles for relevancy in the twenty first century.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, whom I have historically lumped into the same coprolitic mass as Big Al, was far more civilized, simply calling for calm and reflection. I was impressed.

Sharpton, in a position to have a significant impact on surviving concerns about “racism”, like selected others, has been either unable or unwilling to opt for the high road and lead the marginal and conflicted forward. Old wounds heal slowly, to be sure, but the process is enhanced more by fresh air than by rock salt. As in any transitional period of history, however, there always seem to be a few left over horse shoe salesmen still trying to compete with Goodyear and Firestone.

Sometimes, national figures and persons in positions of leadership such as Sharpton, evidently have a hard time giving up the age-yellowed banners of their early notability, even when such a move may have positive rewards. Even our President couldn’t bypass the temptation to milk the volatility of a tragic event for political points on the “gun control” stage.

There are those who need for the Zimmerman-Martin issue to be a “racial” question, in all of its aspects, and who depend almost entirely upon emotional markers instead of rationality and points of logic to guide their interpretations and responses.

Leading the parades of protest and fanning the flames of mob anger will do nothing to improve the lives of those who disagree with the decision of the jury and the outcome of an appropriately conducted trial in a court of law. Disagreement is a legitimate response in America, of course, and options are being mulled over by some. In the larger sense of American intracultural relations, however, the age-old carcass of “racism” has been flogged into dust.

It’s time to move on. There are important challenges of a current nature that could be best addressed by a more unified society instead of one still squabbling over injustices that no longer exist. For those who would argue that inequality and “discrimination” still exist, I would point out that they always will. Excesses still occur. That is true, but such actions and events are the exception rather than an accepted or even a tolerated norm, and these are responded to under points of law as well as points of cultural mores that were as yet unknown when I was a young man during the early years of the Civil Rights movement. We are, after all, human beings, not stainless steel widgets coming off of a computer operated production line.

I have written elsewhere about the two most inflammatory and misunderstood words of this seemingly endless conflict that is based, by both sides, on little more than the melanin content of a person’s skin. In short, “race” is an inexact term with no scientific basis, and “discrimination” is the normal process of perceiving and assessing differences as a precursor to making decisions and taking action.

I would hope that those with the wisdom and will to lead would now do so, and that those who simply don’t know how to stop yelling, or simply don’t want to, would shut the hell up and sit down.


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One comment

  1. Hear! Hear!


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