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  • Theodore C. Allen

    “INHALING THE FUMES”
    By Theodore Conway Allen

    MY TAKE ON: “The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment”

    By Shelby Steele Published in: The Wall Street Journal 21 JULY 2013

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324448104578618681599902640.html?goback=%2Egde_40850_member_259896814

    “Black leaders weren’t so much outraged at injustice as they were by the disregard of their own authority” op cit. Shelby Steele

    “INHALING THE FUMES”

    By Theodore Conway Allen 23 JULY 2013

    In the referenced article, “The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment,” Mr. Steele states: “Today’s black leadership pretty much lives off the fumes of moral authority that linger from its glory days in the 1950s and ’60s.”

    I will begin by paraphrasing that statement: many of the leadership among blacks today are still inhaling the emissions of a perceived moral authority that lingers from the glory days of the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. My description of those circumstances is based on the belief, those fumes derive more from the fever swamp hydrocarbons of “holier than thou,” “white guilt” re-enforcing ploys and plain old histrionics of race baiters than from any genuine moral higher ground.

    Current so called, “black civil-rights leadership,” quickly seized upon and expropriated the Trayvon Martin case as a means of sustaining a certain “ghetto truth” that still manages to fuel that “leaderships’” ineffective and continually dwindling power. I say “ineffective leadership” because if they were, in fact, effective leaders, black inner-city youth would be inspired by their example to make something of themselves rather than mimicking that of violent, street felons who are nothing more than self-destructive socio-paths.

    To the contrary, those blacks who are leaders in name only, would rather stampede over the bodies of inner-city black youth murdering other black youth in an opportunistic maneuver for seizing the perceived moral high ground by eviscerating a “white-Hispanic” in their self-serving efforts to shore up their vanishing reason for being. Cardboard caricature “leaders,” such as Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton, have long been picaresque parodies of legitimate black civil rights pioneers and legends such as Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Julian Bond, and Rosa Parks to name but a few.

    Shelby Steele, writing in the 21 July 2013 edition of The Wall Street Journal, with regard to racism, white guilt, and justice, declared:

    “The purpose of today’s civil-rights establishment is not to seek justice, but to seek power for blacks in American life based on the presumption that they are still, in a thousand subtle ways, victimized by white racism. This idea of victimization is an
    example of what I call a ‘poetic truth.’ Like poetic license, it bends the actual truth in order to put forward a larger and more essential truth—one that, of course, serves one’s cause. Poetic truths succeed by casting themselves as perfectly obvious: ‘America is a racist nation;’ ‘the immigration debate is driven by racism;’ ‘Zimmerman racially stereotyped Trayvon.’ And we say, ‘Yes, of course,’ lest we seem to be racist. Poetic truths work by moral intimidation, not reason.”

    His phrase, “poetic truth,” is, like the phrase, “poetic justice,” heavily weighted with undeniably high levels of “poetic irony.” Steele’s “poetic truth” is also “poetically ironic” therefore, because it exposes the duplicitous dishonesty of the individuals or groups who employ “poetic truth/s” as an almost insurmountable Weapon of Mass Propaganda against those it intends to silence or cow. With this conundrum clearly in mind, and the awareness that it is extremely difficult to “prove” a negative,
    it must be asked: “How then does a White person prove the negative assertion,
    ‘I am not a racist?’” Indeed, if any White person or group simply states they
    are not racist, it is laughed to scorn as “lip-service” by those leveling the
    charge. If, on the other hand, the White person or group invites anyone to observe
    their past behavior toward and involvement with People of Color, their
    “apparent” or “perceived” non-racist acts are dismissed out of hand by their
    accuser/s as being either disingenuous or self-serving. These then graphically
    illustrate examples of Steele’s “poetic truths.”

    If I may be so bold as to suggest, when Steele rightly characterizes “poetic truths” as working “by moral intimidation and not reason,” he is almost exactly correct. I would add however, that the “moral” aspect of the intimidation is not moral at all. Rather, it is an “apparent and perceived, assumed” morality that is worn on the sleeve of those who wield this nearly perfect, diabolically clever weapon for seizing
    control of a discussion or argument and as a means for totally disarming the
    opponents in that conversation. There is no “level playing field” from the
    outset of the charade and any result from the one-sided conversation is a sham
    of propaganda.

    The Nazis were masters of propaganda and so too are the race baiters who skillfully manipulate their “poetic truth/s.” However, therein lays the inherent flaw, the weakness of “poetic truth/s.” That “truth” is a “truth” with a lower case “t.” During the past 50 years, Americans have been indoctrinated in High Schools, Colleges and the Universities across this nation, to believe there are no “absolute truths,”
    that “truth” is relative, except of course for those who define the term
    “truth.” It may be argued George Orwell wrote prophetically of our present day
    socio-political circumstances in his novel, 1984; a dystopia taken to
    its inevitable, “gone wild” extreme. He declared, “He who controls the past
    controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” We,
    meaning White people and People of Color, have allowed the arbiters of “Truth,”
    that’s “Truth” with a capital “T” or “truth” with a lower case “t,” to high-jack our dictionaries, our definitions, our syntax, even the context of what we say. Consequently, we enter into any public conversation especially about race, at the very least disadvantaged and weakened or, at the worst, completely without recourse because we have allowed the race-baiters to define every aspect of every discourse today. Anyone speaking in public these days must be extremely cautious in the choice of their words and phrases because of the tyranny of “politically correct, poetic truth.”

    Bill O’Reilly vociferously, some may even say stridently, took Obama, some black leaders, irresponsible blacks, and the nation’s leadership in general to the woodshed during the “Talking Points Memo” portion of his, The
    O’Reilly Factor on 22 July 2013. O’Reilly ended his blistering op-ed
    with the following, of many similar remarks: “It is now time for the
    African-American leadership, including President Obama to stop the nonsense.
    Walk away from the world of victimization and grievance and lead the way out of
    this mess.” I would add, this will only occur when the content of the discourse
    is emptied of all its “poetic truths.” Anything else, to use an old country
    phrase, “is just bullshit!”