When I saw this item at the Cliffs, it struck me that things in America might have been very different....
What if folks in the Forties had understood that whenever you cede your moral and political authority to others, they never, ever give it back?
Let's see who has the courage to think through an alternative history of post-1945 America, in which Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP strategists say:
"You know, this long-term litigation campaign culminating in the Supreme Court will likely succeed in the short run, but what kind of Federal Frankenstein will be created as a result? And more importantly, why do we think that this Federal monster won't wind up being even more damaging to our community in the long run than the vilest Kleagle imaginable?"
"What if, instead of asking the Supreme Court to abolish the twin freedoms of private property rights and association, we just
- kill the racist bastards that need killing,
- burn or otherwise destroy the property of lesser offenders,
- socially shun petty bigots, and
simply resolve the racism issue ourselves?"
Why do we think a bunch of white folks in funny black gowns can handle our problems better than the free black men and women on the scene where this behavior is happening? Why do we think we have to ask a bunch of white folks for permission to be free? Are you saying that we don't know or can't find out where each of those racist bastards lives and eats and drinks? Come on....don't be silly."
Today, we have a whole bunch of trained and ready to go veterans. They just got done fighting against racist totalitarians -- they know what to do to such vermin. And I am not saying that the pacifists, the civil disobedients, and the "let the system work" folks amongst us should abandon their efforts. But I am telling you, with God as my witness -- if we just act like 'good colored people' and let the white folks 'fix' this problem through the courts, we will wind up, fifty years down the road, in one hell of a lot worse shape than if we just convince everybody through direct action that it's really best to be nice to others in all affairs. Especially black folks."
If you have the stomach for it, think about where this country will likely be, in terms of race relations, twenty years from now.
Those of all races, creeds, religions, and ethnicities who survive the upcoming Cataclysm will rue the strategic decisions made by the black freedom fighters back in the Forties.
Mark my words.