On group think and how it threatens our freedoms

Posted by: ST on November 5, 2005 at 11:27 am

This opinion piece (reg. req.) written by Gregory Kane in the Baltimore Sun absolutely nails the hypocritical usual suspects regarding their lack of condemnation for the black on black racial slurs that have been hurled at Maryland’s Republican Lt. Governor Michael Steele by black Democrats. Kane also slams home a point about how group think can and will destroy our freedoms – if we let it:

Fisher DeBerry might not have known that before the U.S. Air Force Academy’s football game against Texas Christian University last month, but he sure knows it now. The head coach of my favorite college football team (I am an Air Force veteran, you know) saw his team hammered. The final score was TCU 48, Air Force 10. DeBerry said he immediately knew what the difference was.

“It’s very obvious to me the other day that the other team had a lot more Afro-American players than we did,” DeBerry said, “and they ran a lot faster than we did. It just seems to be that way, that Afro-American kids can run very, very well.”

Oh, there’s a boodle of things for me to say about that one, not the least of which is that DeBerry apparently never saw me run when I was between the tender ages of 18 and 22. He has also apparently never heard of Ed Podolak, the Kansas City Chiefs running back who, in the 1971 American Football Conference championship game against the Miami Dolphins, played the finest game at running back I’ve ever seen.

Podolak is white. Well, at least he looked white when I saw the game in 1971.

But DeBerry’s defenders say that Podolak is the exception, that black running backs do run faster than white ones and that there hasn’t been a white running back to lead the National Football League in rushing for years. To some, DeBerry spoke the truth.

It didn’t matter. DeBerry was found guilty of not genuflecting to the reigning gods of racial group-think. Within days, he issued a public apology.

But apologizing isn’t for everyone. Some folks can be more racist, more bilious and far more incorrect than DeBerry has been accused of being AND GET AWAY WITH IT. And no one knows that better than news blogger Steve Gilliard, who is only one of black America’s hordes of racial loyalty police.

Gilliard has decided that Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele comes up short in the racial loyalty department. Late last month, Gilliard posted a picture of Steele on his blog that showed the lieutenant governor in minstrel makeup. The headline accompanying the picture read: “Simple Sambo wants to move to the big house.”

The bee in Gilliard’s bonnet is Steele’s not criticizing Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s holding a fundraiser at the Elkridge Club. Gilliard added that the photo was “an accurate depiction of Steele’s groveling, lackey behavior,” according to a story by Sun reporter David Nitkin.

“It is 2005,” Gilliard continued, “and such an institution [as the Elkridge Club] should not exist, nor should a governor with as many black people as the state of Maryland attend a function at such a place. My point is that politicians like Michael Steele insult us, use us as whipping boys and then run to their white supporters to show how loyal they are. The suffering and problems of black Americans are beyond their concern.”

Republicans condemned Gilliard’s remarks. So did some Democrats. But other Democrats, while not using language as harsh as Gilliard’s, did tell The Washington Times that Steele’s values and political philosophies aren’t the same as those of the majority of black folks.

That’s actually a reason to praise Steele, not criticize him. Well, it would be a reason, if group-think hadn’t sunk its clutches so deeply into much of black America’s leadership, both elected and unelected.

Diversity of opinion is supposed to be a good thing in a free society. But apparently, some black Maryland Democrats think that either all black people think alike or that all black people should think alike.

Compare that notion with DeBerry saying, “Afro-American kids can run very, very well.” DeBerry merely crossed over into Silly-land. Those black leaders who’ve grown comfortable with the notion that all members of a racial or ethnic group should and must think alike have crossed over into, to put it bluntly, Nazi-land.

I don’t like the invoking of Nazism into this piece, but the overall point is one that needs to be repeated. Condemn where condemnation is truly deserved. And don’t shout down people who dare to think outside of the box simply because they don’t fall in line with the standard line. You risk shaming them into not wanting to speak at all. And I don’t think I need to explain why that’s not a good thing.

BTW, here’s more on the DeBarry story.

(Cross-posted at Blogs For Bush)

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  1. Brian says:

    Another Conservative shows their poor understanding of what happened before and during World War II. Please learn about what the Nazis did so you won’t trivialize it.

    Thirty-four years ago a white running back had a good football game, so that proves the best white running backs are as good as the best black running backs. I guess it’s just a coincidence that the all-time top ten rushing leaders in the NFL are all black. Being that blacks make up about twelve percent of the population, the odds of this happening are one in millions. This must truly be a miracle.

    So, how many gold medals did you win between the tender ages of 18 and 22?

  2. David Foster says:

    The invocation of Naziism here may be a stretch, but consider this quote from a prominent Nazi:

    “One basic principle must be the absolute rule for the SS men – we must be honest, decent, loyal, and comradely to members of our own blood and to nobody else. What happens to a Russian or to a Czech does not interest me in the slightest.” (Heinrich Himmler)

    Isn’t this at least *somewhat* related to the belief–which seems increasingly dominant in the Democratic Party–that a person can only “represent” those of his own race?

    In both cases, human universalism is abandoned for racial particularism.

  3. Brian says:

    David,

    There is no comparison between what was described in the article and what the Nazis did. The Nazis murdered over eleven million people. I don’t see how anyone can compare stating “that Steele’s values and political philosophies aren’t the same as those of the majority of black folks” to murdering millions of people. That’s just ignorant. If Sister Toldjah spent time in a Nazi concentration camp, I assure you she wouldn’t throw the word Nazi around so lightly.

  4. David Foster says:

    Brian…I am very well aware of the history of Naziism. It didn’t *start* with the murder of eleven million people; it ended there. It *began* with a certain set of ideas and attitudes; specifically, the belief that race and nationality are the most important things about an individual.

  5. Lorica says:

    Brian Sister also said “She did not like the invoking of Nazism”. Do you not read the articles at all or do you just throw out whatever opinion you have about the titles?? – Lorica

  6. Thanks Lorica :)

    David, it’s somewhat related, but very remotely (IMO).

  7. Brian says:

    Lonica,

    It doesn’t matter whether she likes doing it or not. Comparing making a statement that a black politician’s “values and political philosophies aren’t the same as those of the majority of black folks” to Nazis trivializes what the Nazis did. To do so is just ignorant.

    David,

    It wasn’t just the view of the Nazis that “the belief that race and nationality are the most important things about an individual”. It was alot more than that.

    Here are some early quotes from hitler:
    http://www.ess.uwe.ac.uk/genocide/statements.htm

    Don’t be misled into thinking you can fight a disease without killing the carrier, without destroying the bacillus. Don’t think you can fight racial tuberculosis without taking care to rid the nation of the carrier of that racial tuberculosis. This Jewish contamination will not subside, this poisoning of the nation will not end, until the carrier himself, the Jew, has been banished from our midst. (1920)

    In 1922, when Joseph Hell asked Hitler what he intended doing if he ever had full freedom of action against the Jews, his response was:

    “If I am ever really in power, the destruction of the Jews will be my first and most important job. As soon as I have power, I shall have gallows after gallows erected, for example, in Munich on the Marienplatz-as many of them as traffic allows. Then the Jews will be hanged one after another, and they will stay hanging until they stink. They will stay hanging as long as hygienically possible. As soon as they are untied, then the next group will follow and that will continue until the last Jew in Munich is exterminated. Exactly the same procedure will be followed in other cities until Germany is cleansed of the last Jew!”

    Do you really see this quotes by hitler as meaning nothing more than,”the belief that race and nationality are the most important things about an individual”?

  8. PCD says:

    Brian,

    Do you ever listen to what anyone else says?

    I find it horrible that Liberals, such as yourself, can’t see the hypocrisy in the way you treat Mr. Steele. You break the law by impersonating him to get his private credit record, then you don’t fire the people who broke the law, and you don’t demand the politician involved appologize and resign for harassing a black man.

  9. Pam says:

    Brian- to not listen and try to understand is ignorant. The comparison is not that of the killing that the Nazis did, it was the “group think” philosophy that they held. We will think and act alike, with no variations. Nothing more. And that is the epitomy of ignorance. Blacks in this country fought too long and too many people died for this type of behaviour to happen to Mr. Steele. Why is it acceptable to throw racial slurs Mr. Steeles way? Should he not be held up as a role model? One could say that they don’t agree with his politics, but to claim he is not black? Come on! That is ignorant. If you had a choice to use Marion Barry or Michael Steele as a role model for the black youth, who would it be? And why?

  10. Lorica says:

    HELLO Earth To Brian????? Sister DID NOT compare anything to the Nazi’s. She only posted the article, Then said ” I DON’T LIKE”!!! Damn Boy, what is it with you that you need to bend reality into some fantasy world, where you don’t have to read the facts or respond directly. Has it always been your way to present off center arguments when you are in a discussion. I have yet to see you not try your best to deflect your answers in an attempt to make someone look foolish. Please stop saying Sister said something that she clearly did not. – Lorica

  11. Brian says:

    PCD,

    Edited. –ST Where on earth do you get the idea that I impersonated Mr. Steele to get his private credit record or had anything to do with such an act?

  12. Brian says:

    Pam,

    The Nazi philosophy revolved around murdering others because of their race. To compare every action that someone finds offensive to Nazis trivializes what they did.

    I never said I approved of any statements made about Mr. Steele. The only thing I disapproved of is comparing statements that one finds offensive to Nazis. There is no comparison.

    If Mr. Steele chooses to run for public office people have the right to criticize him. I don’t approve of using racial slurs against black politicians by whites or blacks but people have a right to criticize him if they disagree with his positions. If people think his policies are bad for the black community, they have a right to say so. If they are using racial slurs to do this, I think it hurts their cause more than it helps it. According to the article, racial slurs were condemned by Republicans and Democrats, and rightfully so.

  13. Brian says:

    Lonica,

    I didn’t notice that the statements about “Nazi-land” came from another article. Regardless of who made the original statement, I still find it very ignorant, referring to the black leaders’ views mentioned in the article, as “Nazi-land”.

  14. PCD says:

    Brian, I used the editorial you. Is English your second language?

    Still, you have to have your nose rubbed in the fact that Sen. Schumer’s aides broke the law to get dirt on Steele to keep Steele out of the US Senate. Schumer should have fired these two aides if he were consistant with his rhetoric, and you’d should have been calling for their firing, if you were an honest person.

  15. Pam says:

    Brian said The Nazi philosophy revolved around murdering others because of their race. To compare every action that someone finds offensive to Nazis trivializes what they did.- Brian, no one on this site is trying to trivalize what the Nazis did. Nor are we saying the blacks that condemn Steele are acting like Nazis in the sense of the murdering. But I am sure that you knew that.