I don’t know if the Tulsa Massacre was a Tulsa massacre.
The reason I don’t know if it was is because I had not, until this weekend, ever heard of it.
Maybe it happened, maybe it didn’t, but based on what I have seen lately, people have a tendency to make things up in order to pursue or enlarge a narrative beyond the truth, as in “hands up don’t shoot,” at Ferguson, “I can’t breathe,” in Minneapolis, or “he’s a black guy,” in Sanford, Florida. Michael Brown never said “hands up, don’t shoot, “; George Floyd said he can’t breath because was suffering from fentanyl- related respiratory failure, and George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in self- defense, despite the media playing 9-11 tapes which were edited by NBC News to make it look like Zimmerman attacked Martin for no reason other than he was Black. Just for kicks let’s throw in Eric Garner, a Black male who was killed by several cops for selling “lucy” single cigarettes, an order that Mayor DeBlasio enforced, all portrayed as a racial attack by the police (three of whom were non-white officers).
Can you understand my skepticism?
Regarding the Tulsa Massacre in 1920’s Oklahoma. I do remember it was hard times. American expansionism killed by drought, mostly first and second generation settlers, white people and a few black people living in Tulsa. Anything could have happened, but for some inexplicable reason, every network felt the need – on Memorial weekend – to open a wound no one seemed to know they had about a small group of African American entrepreneurs who were viciously murdered for being black and prosperous. Sounds like there might be some really bad racism going in 1921, but is it indicative of how we all behave today?
I would have to disagree.
Was it important? It sure was.
As ABC News Jonathan Karl stated in his Monday newscast, “it was time for America to face it’s racist past in order to heal.”
Or, perhaps, on this day when we would normally honor freedom and those who gave their life to defend it, it was necessary for the Woke patrol to remind us that we are a racist nation, which is exactly what was designed by remembering Tulsa in 1921.
Woke says we need to be constantly reminded that people did racist things in the past, that it’s important for people to be reminded so that 1) they can continually be upset about it, and 2) blame it on the new current generation so they will feel obligated to seek continual, but never-quite-attainable redemption.
America is being charged with a crime whose debt was long been paid by the descendants of those who gave their life in blood and treasure. That debt was paid in full, except for the clingers-on who want some of that guilt money now, as if by merely being black one is endowed with perpetual victim status.
I look at the accomplishments of America and I see that today Black and White, both enjoying the fruits from the tree of liberty planted by both hands, black and white.
Does racism exist? Does sexism exist? Does homophobia exist?
Yes, and these peculiarities will continue to exist as long as human beings are imperfect. But they are the exceptions and not the rule, at least this is true in the United States, despite what the media and race-baiters will tell you.
We must measure progress with time and not just circumstance. Today’s American person of color has a tremendous advantage over his counterparts in almost any of the 193 other nations; it’s why people want to come to America, its why people will die trying.
We can agree that the importation of slavery is and was wrong by today’s moral standards, but such was not the case in 1750, or even 1850. Human labor was prized, but it was mostly reserved for landowners who needed human labor to produce goods. In other cases it was servant-duty, a small but ancillary benefit in that it provided security for those who, compared to today, would have no protections and who must depend solely on government assistance. I am of course talking about modern slavery to the State, a State that provides just enough to get buy, and assures there is still more equity to come as long as the middle and upper class continue to support lower-class dependency. The system that is racist in systemic racism is the lower class being subject to the terms and conditions of federal assistance.
One asks today why the government seemingly wants business to remain shut during the pandemic. Is it to support corporations? Is it because the government wants to be the central means of production? Or is it because, at some point, these businesses will need a bailout, and with bailouts come strings, strings like who you can hire and in what amount, or who you can fire and for what reason, what you can sell and for how much. Case in point to illustrate how the government is the ultimate land-owner and we are all perpetual slaves to the economic system that thrives on a different kind of human value – transferred power and authority.
The ruling class playbook, here and elsewhere, is to keep you distracted by fueling distrust for on another through political, gender, race-based, or class-based struggle with the goal always the same: Create a common enemy and distract the public so that government can continue to increase its authority. The elite truly believe most of humanity is incapable of governing itself. It is why the UN needed to write an IPOCC report in order to use a governing document (written by advocacy science) to justify the creation of a central planning stratagem that allows – through energy appropriation- control derived from centralized power, something German economist Friedrich Hayek warned us about in 1944 in The Road to Serfdom and how centralized power always leads to totalitarianism.
America’s elite power-grab is through what we know as SPIN, a tactic used to create a problem and then offer a solution to fix it (situation-problem-implication-need), like white supremacy, for example: making it apparent there is a race problem in America ensures Americans will support a government who will use its tendrils to weed out potential hate-criminals and “end racism as we know it,” as stated by President Joe Biden.
The point to all of this isn’t that slavery wasn’t bad, the Tulsa Massacre didn’t happen or that Whites have don’t have more privilege than Blacks. The point is these things are used today to create disunity and distrust among the people.
Jordan Peterson once correctly observed the differences between groups is far less than people within these different groups who bicker amongst themselves about who has more victim status, who has suffered the most and in consequence, who deserves more sympathy. It’s the narcissist game of who deserves more attention.
I’ll part with this takeaway:
Great civilizations are not made of individuals who have privilege, or even disdain it, but rather, by people who desire one day to enjoy it because they were willing to pay the price to attain it. This is the great American experiment, open to all.