Month: May 2008
When I was a young boy growing up in Saint Louis Missouri, I was aware of many of the “first” by black people. I remember my adult relatives calling out in excitement of seeing a black person on “American Band Stand” or a game show. I can recall the details of the first black person going to college or getting a high profile job. Every black child growing up in the 1950s remember Congressman Adam Clayton Powell of New York.
Occasionally, I would catch myself daydreaming about being the first black person to achieve something important. And as every black person, I thought what it would be like to see a black man as president. I did not know much about politics as a child but I knew a lot about race. It seemed important to me that a black man achieve this level. It was important for my family and my race. It was important for everyone around me.
We thought a black President would change how black people thought about themselves and how white people thought about us. We thought black President would stop the police brutality housing discrimination and joblessness.
That was childish “symbolism” of the 1950s and I out grew it. In the 1960s I became a teenager and was living in a rural white community. I no longer look forward to seeing the first black do something, I had to become the first black to achieve many of the things I wanted out of life.
Growing up around those white children taught me a lot about white America. Some were nice some were mean, some were smarter than me and some were not. They were not magical, superior creatures, they were just kids like me. I played sports, some were better and some were not. I studied my lessons and I socialized. I learned that the greatest difference between us teenagers were our morals. Some looked at life as an opportunity to take from someone others looked at it as an opportunity to give. As I began to determined my own morals and started to associate with similar people, I found my views of my world begin to change.
It no longer mattered if we had a black President or not. The President did not represent my race. He really would not stop discrimination, I would have to. The white teenagers who had the same morals as I, banded together with others like ourselves and with the like minded adults, changed the world. It was not because we had a good President, it was because we were good people.
I learned that I had to represent me. I had to stop the discrimination. I had to open opportunities for myself and for my family. By not waiting for a leader to lead me, I began to take charge of my own future. Sure I found many people did not like my new style and self confidence, so what? Others wanted me to fail for their own reasons, so what? I had to achieve because it was up to me.
However, many people did not have that mind set. Many never developed that personal confidence in their own future. Some kept and grew the impression that their plight in life was the fault and responsibility of others. These are the people who supports Barrack Hussein Obama today, simply because he would be the first black President. Obama’s polices does not matter to them. He will lift the burdens off their lives, he will make the bullies of life leave them alone. Obama represents the great equalizer. This is the real hope he presents.
White voters and black voters who have been depending upon symbolic representation are idolizing Obama as the great equalizer. It does not matter what comes out about him or what he does, they will only support him more. I understand that mentality and no longer try to challenge it or persuade it. The only hope is for us to show up on election day and out vote them.
YOU REST…WE WILL KEEP WATCH!
(Above photos taken by Mason Weaver) all rights reserved Mason Media Company.
These photos were taken on Point Loma (San Diego CA) a few years back. I noticed the military graves over looking San Diego Bay. Below the hill was the military base and across the bay is San Diego City. I stood there and watched the Naval Ships slip into the bay. It is comforting to know the last resting place for so many warriors have a constant view of the American Flag being flown over our base and ships.
Have a memorable Memorial Day!
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Hillary Clinton is an Expert on “The Plantation!”
By Mason Weaver
Hillary Clinton has compared her battle for the white house with historical battles over civil rights and women rights. As a black conservative and author of “It’s OK to Leave the Plantation”, I understand why Hillary Clinton used the plantation as a symbol in her struggle for votes. Hillary Clinton’s use of the word “Plantation” in past speeches and “slavery” more recently, was appropriate for the Democratic Senator from New York. As a member of the Democratic Party, Clinton is an expert on Plantation management and the Plantation Mentality.
It was the Democratic Party that fought to keep slavery legal, supported the South during the Civil War, and supported the formation of the Ku Klux Klan. It was the Democratic Party that passed the Fugitive Slave Act, Black Codes, Missouri Compromise, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. It was the Democratic Party that implemented the Plantation Management programs disguised as Anti-Poverty programs.
We should all sit at the feet of Hillary Clinton and learn from her how to build and manage non-productive schools, how to force the black man out of the family with welfare programs, how to raise the “poverty tax” on a community with gangs and drugs, and how to increase the illegitimate birth rate among teenagers. Stop criticizing when the expert speaks; remain silent and learn.
There is a lot that Hillary Clinton can teach us about the Plantation. She can teach us how to get 13% of the population to commit 44% of the abortions. Listen to her and learn how to incarcerate 40% of the males under your control. And of course, her political party understands why Midnight Basketball is more important than Midnight Libraries.
The reason Hillary accused others of being like a plantation is because Hillary and the Democratic Party do not like competition. Slave management has always been the domain of the Democrats. They will always be the party to go to for benefits in poverty, never freedom from poverty. The democratic party of Senator Clinton knows that poor, frightened people vote Democratic. She will always support more comfort in your poverty; just make sure not to advocate leaving her plantation.
Just like the days of old, Hillary represents the kind, gentle slave master. She thinks her slaves love her as she takes care of them. She thinks she is a great woman because, on her plantation, slaves have government cheese programs, minimum wages, and low income houses. What her slaves will never have is freedom!
If you want to learn about freedom you will never learn it from Senator Clinton. Senator Hillary Clinton is an expert on slavery, not freedom. It took escaped slaves going North to explain the true horrors of Hillary’s plantation. That journey started the Underground Railroad and it ended with freedom. Today, black conservatives are leaving the mental slavery of Hillary’s plantation and are going to freedom again. Do not forget, on the plantation there was a 100% employment rate. There were minimum wages (as ‘minimum’ as possible). The plantation had universal healthcare to keep the slaves alive just long enough to get the cotton in. The plantation had Master’s housing, food, clothing, and even a plan to take care of the babies made by the slaves. Just like inter city public schools today, the plantation was only interested in teaching slave children to work for Master. It never taught about freedom and how to obtain it.
As a leading member of the slave party, we will never hear her talk about maximum wage or high income housing. We will only hear about managing misery. She is the wise expert, and we should pay attention.
It was the Republican Party that gave us Women’s Suffrage after decades of Democratic foot dragging. If it was not for the Republican takeover of Congress in 1920, women would not have the right to vote. Hillary should thank the Republican Party, because it was them who made her career possible. Hillary thinks black people and women are her pets, and that they need shelter, food and training. Good for you Hillary – teach us more about your plantation.
Mason Weaver is a motivational speaker. MasonWeaver@MasonWeaver.com
I have been watching the meteoric run of Barrack Hussein Obama for the past few months. It seems obvious that his strength is not in his stance on policy but in the collective American imagination. His victories have come from the imagination of people looking for others to improve their lives. This will make Barrack Hussein Obama harder to beat because, albeit imaginary, he is leading a movement.
Just as Ronald Reagan led a conservative movement, Barrack Hussein Obama is leading an emotional movement. Reagan lead a revolution based upon conservative principles, which were clearly outlined and defined. That movement was founded on the ideas of smaller government, lower taxes, and a strong national stance against communism. Barack Hussein Obama’s movement is based upon imagination and daydreaming about what “hope” means to the individual.
This will make him much harder to defeat because ‘hope’ springs eternal. He has tapped into the cry for help so many utter when they think of their own lives. Even though their personal views may not line up with reality, people vote based upon their perception, not based upon the facts. In order to better understand Barack Hussein Obama we should look at the persuasive power of emotional leaders of the past.
Leaders of great movements have the ability to identify with the problem, real or imagined, of those being led. Bill Clinton had, “I feel your pain” when he ran for President; Barack Hussein Obama offers ‘hope’ that the pain will go away. It does not matter if the pain is in the imagination of the masses – it only matters that they feel the pain.
Reverend Jeremiah Wright has recently made national news with his inflammatory comments, and in the process has introduced America to the phrase “Liberation Theology.” What is Liberation Theology? Is it a new Gospel? Is it comparable to any other theology? This phrase and the philosophy behind it are the remnants of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Its logical place would be the black church.
The Civil Rights Movement had to begin in the black church because that was where all past organization and motivation for oppressed black people came from. On the plantation, one of the few places for blacks to meet without being watched by white slave managers was Sunday morning church service. It was also where slaves could have leaders that they chose instead of those chosen by Master. The preacher was one of the few slaves who could approach Master on behalf of other slaves to address grievances.
Thus, the slave preacher was usually in the forefront of the Underground Railroad Movement. He coordinated with other Christians from the North based upon a common faith and a common theology. Christians like Harriett Beecher Stowe, John Brown, the Quaker church, and the Wesleyan Church worked with Christians like Harriett Tubman to publicly denounce slavery and help slaves escape. On the other hand, you also had the militant slave preachers like Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner who lead revolts and rebellions.
It was a Christian movement which eventually pushed this country to tear itself apart to end the institution of slavery. Then came discrimination as “Separate but equal”, and again, it was the Christian church that lead the way with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Christian Leadership Conference, and the thousands of black churches in black communities throughout America organizing, educating, and strategizing to confront this threat to liberty and dignity.
I was a young man in the 1960s, and while I serving in the Navy a white racist shipmate dropped 2,800 pounds of metal on me in an attempt to kill me. I became permanently disabled and continue to face physical struggles. I went through radical and angry responses and found a solution which worked for me and may work for the rest of America. It was racial forgiveness. Not racial “restoration” and not “liberation theology. It was an old theology called “Forgiveness.” As a Christian, what other resolution was there? What other response could I give?
I could have demanded an apology, special treatment, or punishment for the perpetrator. However, if I demanded anything from anyone, I would be dependent upon them. If I was going to be free, I would have to act like a free man. First, I had to totally forgive the hatred and attempted murder. I had to forgive whatever contributing factor I placed upon my country and white people. The real “Liberation Theology” was not new; it was very old – it was the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The “New Civil Rights Movement” has hijacked the Gospel and twisted it to suit themselves. They have taken the philosophy of forgiveness and turned it into a total acceptance of every lifestyle and belief system possible. They have developed a new philosophy called “Tolerance”, meaning to hold everyone’s beliefs to equal standing with your own beliefs. Not just acceptance of others’ right to hold different beliefs, this new philosophy of Tolerance requires you to view their beliefs as of equal value to yours. It requires a change in your beliefs to tolerate others. This requires you to have no beliefs.
So, Reverend Wright can be a Christian minister and accept beliefs of Farrakhan as equal to his Christian beliefs. He can accept abortions as equal to his Christian faith, and he can believe poverty is caused by government action not individual action.
Reverend Wright could build a great church because the masses love to be taken care of and his passion for their plight gives them hope. I found that real hope lies in the total forgiveness of my Christian faith, and it has truly liberated me from the anger, frustration, and hatred of the past. I went on with my life and have achieved some levels of success, especially in my Christian walk. So, I do not need a Black Liberation Theology. I no longer belong to the black race; I belong to the race of Christ.
I was blessed when Dr. D. James Kennedy produced a biography of my life for his television program, “The Coral Ridge Hour.” It highlights my struggle with the anger and how I found complete release. As this nation struggles with past and present wrongs, this message may help us all adjust. Instead of punishment, reparation, or guilt, let’s try forgiveness.
In the 1940s black men and white men (like Reverend Wright) went to war to fight for the freedom of others, and then came back to America to face discrimination at home. White and black people joined hands again for a new push for civil rights. They took down Poll Taxes, fought against illiteracy, and again, worked for the dignity of all men.
This was the era of Reverend Wright. He and I grew up in the middle of that America, and it formed our views of America. I also joined the military, I also faced open hostility from white America, and I also went on to a radical response to that hostility. However, I came to a profoundly different conclusion about my country and the proper response to these problems. The fight for freedom was just, but the response to being free has not always been justified.
Once World War II ended, the “war industry” disassembled and returned to the actions of community building. People went back to their lives and began to build families, culture, and careers. However, when the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s and 1970s was won, the Civil Rights “industry” did not disassemble, but redirected itself to other areas because there is a lot of money, influence, and power in addressing “problems.” So, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, and the others could not maintain their status as advocates for the MOVEMENT unless the movement continued. You will never see them celebrate the achievements of America. You will never hear them praise the accomplishments of the individual. Furthermore, you cannot expect them to acknowledge the great progress America has made in racial equality. They are crisis managers, so they cannot get paid if there are no crises.
After the Civil War, 360,000 white men had been killed on the Union side. They died fighting their brothers and cousins to free strangers. That was the original “apology for slavery” everyone is crying for today. Those that remained alive returned home and started families while the former slaves dealt with the newness of freedom. Slaves did not blame America for slavery, and despite today’s call for “forty acres and a mule”, most blacks did not expect much from the government. The call for Civil Rights was a call for personal freedom and protection, not government control and management. I did not fight for the right to be managed by America; I fought for my God-given right to participate in the America dream.
To view the Coral Ridge Hour program featuring Mason Weaver, see “The Power of Forgiveness” on my web sight http://americanbeliefs.com/media.html