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Starbucks, So You Really Want To Talk Race?

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Racism in America is on life support. After generations of legitimate struggle by serious people, racism as a systemic component is as illusory as a pink elephant. But, that doesn't stop Democrats and their simpering, liberal drones from frantically performing CPR on its cadaver. Last week, Starbucks, led by its painfully liberal CEO Howard Schultz, dutifully entered the racial fray fanned to flame by race-hustling Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, Barack Hussein Obama, and Eric Holder. In his video statement, Schultz specifically mentions Ferguson and protests that occurred in New York and Cleveland, thereby associating his “initiative” to these acts of infamy. Also, Schultz blandly remarked about the “unfortunate situations between police and people of color;” a rather cold blooded way of referencing Officer Daren Wilson’s mortal battle with the thug Michael Brown and the barbarous assassination of two New York Police Department Patrolmen, Officer Wenjian Liu and Officer Rafael Ramos, by the Islamist bigot Ismaaiyl Brinsley. None of this portends success for Schultz’s brand of “discussion.”


The real issue with race in America is that it is profoundly political by design. The conversation ends before it begins because Democrats, their goose stepping partners in media and education, and an indoctrinated public presuppose that anyone who disagrees with the accepted racism narrative is, in fact, "unconsciously biased." This tactic is typical of the anti-intellectual and doctrinaire Left. As in Stalin's Soviet Union, you're intellectually pure until you disagree with party orthodoxy. To test this thesis, just posit to a liberal that endemic racism in America began to abate shortly after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Take a few steps back and watch for the symptoms of liberal derangement to develop, usually manifested by boggling eyes and a frothing mouth--alternatively known as Pelosi Facial Affect.

It’s rather difficult to argue for systematic, governmentally sponsored racism when many of those in positions of political power are black Americans. Currently, our President, Attorney General, and a Supreme Court Justice are black Americans. And, some of the wealthiest members of American society are of African descent. Oprah Winfrey is a long way from the plantation. If your slogan is “fight the power,” your struggle is then with Barack Obama and his administration. What are liberals really arguing; are their own social justice programs like Affirmative Action complete and total failures? If government isn’t the answer then liberals are out of answers.

Phrases like “unconscious bias” are components of the standard lexicon of race-baiters. How can anyone argue with something they supposedly possess unconsciously and act upon reflexively. You are, de facto, a racist. Conversely, how can anyone be held accountable for unconscious racist attitudes in a political environment of pin the tail on your gender? Aren’t we all just slaves to environment, biology, or whim? Why is it that liberals are all too willing to extend a fawning compassion to every form of evil and deviancy found in America’s penal system but easily conjure sanctimonious rage for those who suffer from an “unconscious bias?” The only vice, imagined or not, that liberals are willing to condemn are those from which they can extract political profit. Again, the debate ends before it begins. But, this is precisely the objective of the robber barons of the racism industry. Their interest is not in coming to terms with race in America but in exacerbating the tensions on which they make merchandise; their propaganda begets emotion which begets crisis which creates an environment rich in opportunity for demagoguery.


The Starbucks Race Together campaign isn't about honest discussions regarding racism but is just another liberal effort to indoctrinate constituencies and empower the political party that hijacked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream, perverting it into a tool for political power. Considerations of character wither before the consuming flame of race-madness. The Democrat party has harnessed blinding rage and ravenous envy. Though physical whips and chains have long been discarded, Democrats now wield far more sinister mechanisms of bondage. Party taskmasters now denigrate and enslave the soul through the diabolical use of two of the cardinal sins, hate and envy. As Schultz is fond of pointing out, inequalities are ubiquitous and discrimination is rife. This is the necromancer’s incantation that animates racism’s corpse. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are masters of this dark art and have profited mightily from it. The lie is broadcast from every medium possible and inserted innocuously as presuppositions in “conversations” about race. The very phrase “social justice” presupposes the existence of a universal bigotry and is zealously applied to every interaction between blacks and whites—let fact be damned. It is now a matter of public record that during the Ferguson incident, “hands up, don’t shoot” never happened. But, it’s too powerful a spell to give up easily. So, the bigoted elite tip the gas can of deceit onto the embers of hate and dance around the consuming bonfire, chanting the hollow mantra—racism! Minorities then rage against they know not what and all that matters is that they hate the effigy stuffed and sewn by their masters. So long as they hate they are handled as easily as a horse harnessed with bit and bridle.


Schultz is also fond of the phrase “economic equality,” which, in the mouths of liberals, is always a euphemism for envy, greed, and the lust for power. Free enterprise offers the promise of opportunity and the freedom to use your particular talents to carve out your own notion of happiness, achieved by the sweat of your brow. Economic equality is the socialist promise of something for nothing and the assertion that he who has more than you has no right to his possessions or to the labor which his possessions represent. It is the economic theory of the thief, the brigand, and the murderer. Just as every other liberal promise, “economic equality” does not exist in reality. It is completely irrational. And, where it has been tried, the outcome is one of desperate poverty for the masses while those who rule, those who actually effect the redistribution of assets, amass to themselves vast wealth. It’s the embodiment of the anti-Santa Claus who produces free phones, kitchens, and health care from his tattered and stained bag. It’s a seemingly endless supply of other people’s things and only costs you a single ballot—the Democrat’s pretext for the exercise despotic power. But, in the end, all you’ll find in your stocking is a well deserved lump of coal. And, as the Bible puts it so artfully, “Bread of decit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.” (Proverbs 20:17)

Black America now finds itself in servitude to politicians and charlatans who stoke their worst fears and then play the part of savior. Though Dixiecrats lost physical dominion during the Civil War, in subsequent years they gained an empire over the mind. The first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln shepherded America through its most bloody war, fought to free black Americans from the inhumanity of slavery and moving the nation very near to what America’s founding father’s had envisioned, guided by the beacon of liberty enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and in the provisions of the Constitution. This great Civil War was fought by both black Americans and white Americans at incalculable cost.


Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.’” (from Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address)

Slavery’s price has been paid in full. Democrats would murder the truth about race in America just as their predecessor, the Democrat John Wilkes Booth, murdered President Lincoln at the behest of Democrat secessionist interests. The party of Jim Crow has manipulated black Americans with a shocking callousness and with the complicity of black “leadership.” Republicans have always battled the embrutilization of black Americans while Democrats have labored for their subjugation. It is because Democrats view black America as a political commodity that they care nothing for the destruction of the black family by the implementation of an insidious welfare policy designed to discourage work, or by the lie of ubiquitous racism, or by the deception of Republican oppression. The history of Civil Rights bears the marks of Democrat racism and oppression from the likes of Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson, Democrat George Wallace, Democrat Jim Clark, and Democrat Bull Connor. Not to be outdone by their predecessors, the modern Democrat party sheltered the likes of Senator Robert Byrd, Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan. Republicans lost black America as a constituency because the Republican party refused to pander to base instinct and, at least initially, refused to offer the opiate of entitlement.


The perfect case study for race in America are the tragic events that took place in Ferguson, Missouri. The facts of the case are readily available for any serous person to study, consider, and are more than sufficient to come to a logical conclusion. But, facts are not amenable to party politics or to hate-mongering. Officer Wilson shot Michael Brown to death in a legally and morally justified homicide. Michael Brown was a common thug and steeped in the thug culture that permeates much of black America. Brown never raised his hands in surrender and never uttered the phrase “don’t shoot.” That narrative was and is a total fabrication of left wing anarchist elements and of the Democrat party. The issue in Ferguson is not one of race but of criminality. Not one of oppression but of personal responsibility. Michael Brown made several fateful choices on the day of his death. He chose to rob and steal and he chose to attack a uniformed police officer while on duty during routine patrol. Understanding this, the race-baiting of the hucksters stands in stark relief to reality. Furthermore, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights investigation proved fruitless. However, disappointed by inconvenient facts that completely abrogate the liberal narrative of “hands up, don’t shoot,” the DOJ recently issued a spurious report alleging that the Ferguson Police Department was and is engaged in a pattern of systematic racism. For Democrats, it’s party politics even in the face of unimpeachable fact. In response to DOJ’s ridiculous claims, author John Lott penned a masterful piece destroying the DOJ’s report claim by claim here. The real cowards about race in America are the ones cowering behind stereotypes, a fabricated history, and from behind the comforting walls of political correctness. The people with guts are the ones swimming against the current of Democrat hate-mongering. Any serious discussion about race in regard to Ferguson must begin with black criminality and include an analysis of a hateful counter-culture. Anything else is mere puffery.


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