I got this via Ann Althouse.
Personal opinion: America's racial divides, the one's that Barack Hussein Obutthead said he could heal and overcome, simply do not go away. No matter how much progress is made in the advancement of civil rights, equality under the law, and economic freedom, there is a subset of the minority communities (basically all of them) that simply cannot wrap their heads around the concept that whatever the country's past sins, they have been paid for, and the lot in life of the descendants of the victims of those sins is infinitely more just, secure, and enriching than it was way back.
But the scab is never allowed to form. The wound is never allowed to heal. Because there's far too many people who stand to make a living from picking at them. Newspaper columnists, Sociologists, 'Community Organizers', Rap Artists. They all, at some point or another, feed upon the irrational guilt of White Liberals, who on the one hand claim to genuinely care about the 'plight' of the formerly-oppressed, and on the other, manipulate them like marionettes whenever it suits their purposes.
Quite frankly, if I were an African-American, or an American Indian, I would thank whatever I hold holy that my slower, dumber, less-advanced forebears were so easy to conquer and overcome, so that 400 years later I could be born in a country where I am valued as an individual, I have rights guaranteed by law, and I am free to do whatever I goddamned please, so long as I do not infringe upon the rights of others.
It beats the hell out of the alternative; a life where my continued existence might be dependant upon my ability to kill a wildebeest with a stick, my luck in dodging malaria, and a continuous stream of charity obtained from irrationally-guilty white liberals, delivered by a hodgepodge of international organizations who don't really give a shit about me; they just manage to earn their living off the irrational white guilt, too.
You want to complain about something? Try this:
I'm Sicilian. My people come from the most-conquered and oppressed island in the history of the world.
The Greeks, Romans, Carthaginians, Lombards, Knights of Malta, Turks, Mamelukes, Arabs, Spanish, French, Vikings, and Germans, all of them came and conquered or occupied Sicily...and the island was liberated by Americans, naturally, but according to people like Mr. Milloy, America only has the power to enslave and denigrate, not liberate and uplift. But I digress...
I'm almost certain that several of my ancestors in the last 4,000 years were probably enslaved against their will ... and probably more than once. No one ever named a Football Team after us. No one has ever tried to evoke the fighting spirit and noble savagery of the Sicilians...except maybe Mario Puzo and Martin Scorcese. There is no homage to Sicily that doesn't involve even a subtle reference to organized crime.
I wonder, where are MY reparations? Why has the world not seen fit to apologize to my people, and give them special protection under the law, and unfettered access to taxpayer-funded largess which can be largely wasted to no good purpose? Where is my sovereign nation with a casino and an oil well on it? Why doesn't anyone seem to give a shit about my self-esteem and the damage done to my culture by such wicked oppression?
African-Americans and American Indians have no idea how fortunate they truly are: the White Man's Burden is still with us -- only now instead of bringing civilization and God to you, the task has been to infantilize you, to move you onto the reservation/plantation of the mind and the government cheese line. All so that you may be further exploited under the guise of benevolence, and in the name of 'diversity', while we Sicilians have to actually work for a living.
You're being treated like prized pets, not conquered people, and if you actually thought long and hard about your current plight (without resorting to politics and with a sense of honesty about just where your bread is buttered...and by whom), you'd see just how badly you've been used and abused.
And then you'd do something about it, like, I don't know...behave like rational people and go forth and toil in the name of self-betterment, or something...
It would beat the hell out of sitting around picking at scabs which aren't even yours. After all, I can promise you Mr. Milloy was never taken from his homeland, transported across an ocean and dropped into an alien culture. I'm pretty sure his ancestral lands were not taken by force, or simply occupied when the inhabitants died from diseases they had no natural defense for.
I'm positive he was never forced to toil for the benefit of others, who would then deny him basic human rights, and even deny that he was a human being.
Sort of like how white taxpayers have been treated and made to feel for the last 40 years or so.
Mr. Milloy, and many others like him, should get the hell off the 'you owe us' wagon and smell the coffee; you, personally, are not victims of anything. You were not deprived and robbed. You were born into, and grew up in, an America which has largely corrected it's flaws, often at great expense and pain. No one owes you anything.
Grow the fuck up and join the rest of us in the 21st Century.