13 December 2014

American History in Black & White



Some may know that I am a third generation Army Veteran.  My father is the President of Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 New Jersey, and I ride with the American Legion Riders Post 543 Red Lion PA.  Between the two of us we attend our fair share of rides for different charity causes as well as Veterans events, both together and with our own clubs.  The biggest one I have ever been to is Rolling Thunder in Washington DC this past May.  Some estimated it at 17,000 motorcycles.  A large number of attendees are Vietnam Veterans.  Now you would figure that since the majority of these Veterans were drafted you would see a cross section of races.  But the truth is that most attendees are white and there are also a large number of folks from various Hispanic decent.  What is largely absent, which has been my experience with every Veterans event that I have attended both in NJ, PA, MD, and DC is that there are seldom any black Veterans or black supporters of Veterans attending.  The black citizens that I I do see at these events are almost always around 60-70 years old, which means they were alive in the middle of the fight for civil rights and desegregation.

For about the past 8 years or so, I have lived about 45 minutes from one of my favorite places on earth, Gettysburg.  On average, I would say that I visit there about 8-12 times a year.  It is my belief that the Civil War was over states rights and not slavery, but I am not here to argue that point.  What is not contested is that the North winning the war led to the abolishment of slavery.  In all the years I have visited Gettysburg, as with the Veterans events, I have seldom if ever seen any black people.  I have never understood this for two reasons:  first, thousands of blacks fought in the civil war, and second, it is the outcome of this war that freed them as a people.

Every year in August my kids and I attend WWII weekend in Reading PA.  During that three days, the Reading Airport is turned into the 40's.  Units from the US, Germany, Italy, Russia, and others are represented.  Out of all the reenactors and attendees, I don't recall ever seeing a black person there.

Judging from these three examples I would have to conclude that black people, although a huge part of our history, not only as citizens or Veterans, have little to no interest in our collective history.

The reason I am writing this is because I believe that race relations in this country are at a boiling point, and the government is the one adjusting the flame with their manipulation of the media and their continued prostitution of black America.

Personally I did not grow up being around many black people.  Until going in the Army I did not know more than a handful.  After becoming a police officer I found myself policing black communities and could not ignore the huge cultural differences between blacks and whites that many white people have heard of but probably not experienced.

It seems that the only time black people gather is to protest against discrimination, usually by the police.  It never seems to be to celebrate what black, whites, and other Americans have sacrificed in the history of this country to overcome slavery, segregation, and racism.  The only time white America seems to see news coverage of black Americans gathering is to complain about how they are being mistreated and about what they don't have, never about anything positive.  Now I am sure that many positive things are happening, but black race pimps and the media have no interest in covering that.  This has most recently been evidenced by how little peaceful protests have been covered in the news.

The enemy is our tyrannical, right trampling government, not each other.  Think of how we could change this country if we all concentrated on our shared history and vision for the future instead what separates us.

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