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I was a victim of Racism…many times

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Last year I was the victim of a racist attack. 

Yes, I’m a white-guy, English speaker, American Patriot, veteran Army officer, heterosexual, a senior and…wait for it…a Conservative! Someone read a comment I made on a Facebook post during the summer of 2020 and replied that I couldn’t possibly understand what I was talking about because of my “white privilege.” They demanded that I apologize for commenting (even though my comments were respectful and rational) and accept my permanent privilege handicap. Well, no. I don’t go down that easily.

Since these were colleagues and long time acquaintances of mine, both white and black, I felt compelled to reply. So, I wrote a rather detailed summary of the difficulties and limitations I had to overcome in order to succeed in my career.

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I was a Jim in the Jim Crow South

Having grown up in Little Rock, Arkansas during the 1950s and 60s, I often struggled with racial confrontations and closed-minded people both black and white. I’ve been intimidated, threatened with knives and guns, and surrounded by people who said they might kill me.

My father was a telephone repairman and we didn’t have much money. He was also a National Guard officer and served during the Little Rock Central High School racial conflict in 1957. I had no connections in the community, no college degree, no special skills and no big dreams of success. I expected to be a nice person but an ordinary and unremarkable one. I was not an excellent student, had never been an athlete and didn’t run with a crowd of privileged people. We were working-class folks who knew that, if we wanted anything, we would have to work for it.

Start at the bottom 

Since I had no college degree I worked in warehouses, unloaded boxcars and trucks, drove delivery  trucks, swept floors, shoveled dirt and gravel, cleaned storerooms, stacked boxes, and even worked one miserable day in a factory. I quit that job before it had a chance to reorient me to drone status. I was a bill collector for four years and had to go alone into the rougher parts of town often at night to call on customers who did not want to see me. I had to repossess log trucks in the Ozark mountains too. You could argue that at least I got those jobs and it was probably because of my skin color. Not true.

I got the jobs because I walked door to door and applied for work anywhere and everywhere until I finally found a job. A minimum wage ($1.25 an hour) job in most cases. I was turned away more often than accepted. There were black employees there too and I answered to them much of the time. I was the underling. They were the supervisors.

In one instance my job was in a grocery warehouse and I worked long shifts unloading boxcars and driving a fork lift. My boss was white and my coworkers were black. At night I would have to walk two miles from the warehouse through the East End of Little Rock, an all-black part of town with numerous gangs, to my roommate’s place of work so that he could give me a ride home. I was frequently challenged, threatened and ridiculed during those walks. It was scary and humiliating. We lived in a cheap apartment with a bad roach problem.

When I was in basic training in the Army my training company was heavily black and we few whites were constantly “dissed” and threatened. My platoon sergeant was a black man, who I respected, and he had two associates who were also black. When they spoke, I jumped. It was not OK to talk back. After the Army I worked at the Housing Authority as a low-level clerk whose job was to interview people in distressed housing and help them get rehabilitation loans to fix up their homes. I worked only with blacks in this position. I could go on but I think you get the point.

Now we see who he really is!

The “racist attack” was a pile on through emails, phone calls and social media by a number of people both black and white in my professional association. They were completely enraged by my unwillingness to embrace “white privilege” and apologize for expressing my opinion. They organized discussions about me without my knowledge. They threatened to file ethics charges against me. There were no grounds for such a charge, but for the woke Left, accusation is the same as guilt. Then they can say you have been accused even if you weren’t guilty. The label still sticks. The worst part of all of this was its impact on my professional reputation.

I was informed by friends that there had been a lot of talk about me lately and some people were pretty angry. Nobody confronted me directly, that would require rational thinking and open discussion. My accusers all agreed with the woke point of view and so there was no real “discussion”, it was just accusations and agreement. They said, “He’s one of the big names in our profession, and now we’ve finally found out what he is really like!” Forty years I’ve been active in the field of professional speaking and training, served as the National President of the National Speakers Association, and worked with thousands of colleagues, and now they think I’m someone different?

Not being one who leaves such things unaddressed, I contacted the national headquarters of my association and presented the facts. I also spoke with some woke-sympathetic black colleagues so they could “educate” me as to how I was wrong. But, again, where was my crime or sin or error? All I had done was present verifiable facts that contradicted the popular opinions of that group, and I did so in a respectful way, not as an angry protestor.

“Jim, you didn’t have to have ‘the talk’ with your Dad before you drove your car.” No, I didn’t but I was pulled over and threatened more than once when I was driving through a distressed area. “What are you doing here white boy?”

No, I’ve never been black, but I have also never been confined to a wheel chair, or had much of my skin burned off, or been afflicted with a speech impediment or had cerebral palsy. But that doesn’t keep me from understanding the fears, frustrations and challenges that my friends who actually do have these conditions are facing. That doesn’t keep me from being sympathetic, respectful and encouraging to them. I’m not a racist, sexist, Marxist, Fascist, Ageist, or many other “ist-types”. But I have experienced racism, discrimination and threats just based on being who I am.

Quit your belly aching

Before you interpret the above as whining, let me say this: I am super-blessed! My life has been wonderful despite the difficulties. I live in America, the most race-friendly country in history and the most free country on Earth. Tens of thousands of immigrants come here seeking to upgrade to our set of problems. They say “Let me in! I want what you have.”

My career has been challenging but it has paid off wonderfully. I have a great family, good health, wonderful friends, Intelligent colleagues, and a life that I thank God for every day.

No doubt much of this also applies to you. Though we do have problems in America, we amplify them too much. It’s as if we got free tickets to a great concert but had some taller people sitting in front of us and our chairs were uncomfortable. What about the concert and the free tickets? Stop complaining. Just fix the problems please.

America has acquired a bad habit of whining! It’s time we grew up and got over our discomfort. Sure times are tough occasionally, and for some, almost constantly, but we all have it so good here! Let’s learn to become more appreciative and thankful. Race is not an issue worth fighting about. Let’s celebrate the human race and show the few racists how miserable they are compared to us. We can eliminate racism in America within one generation by simply refusing to consider it a limiting factor. Stop measuring it, talking about it, or fighting over it. Put down the signs, change your marches into celebrations of the good in America. Don’t try to make everyone comfortable, instead make yourself a better person and help others to do the same. Make America Grateful Again!

 

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 20 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his advisory work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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Snowflakes hits 2.7 Million views in 2 days!

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Tom Macdonald is a conservative rapper. Really. His latest rap video “Snowflakes” virtually broke the internet with activity. His style may be obnoxious or off-putting to many but his message is so spot-on with practical and blunt truth that it’s hard to deny. I had to stop the action multiple times in order to process what he was saying.

This is definitely worth watching. Even if you disagree with his views. If people can watch Cardi B deliver her profane and degrading “songs”, then clearly we can make space for sanity and logic delivered in the same vocal style.

But, in his video, there is no profanity, no vulgarity, no violence, no hate. Just total exposure of the insanity of the leftist concepts and the hypocrisy of those who are trying to rule us.

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Tom MacDonald Lyrics

“Snowflakes”
If you lie to the government they’ll put you in prison
But when they lie to all of us it’s called being a politician
You think taking guns away will save our kids from the killings
But your pro-choice abortion kills way more children
If America’s so terrible and racist
It probably isn’t safe to encourage immigration, just saying
All the contradictions are embarrassing
You know who hates America the most? Americans
Trigger warnings used to be on TV for seizures
And now they’re everywhere to protect millennials’ feelings
He, she, his, him, hers, them, they
Screw a pronoun, ’cause everyone’s a retard these days
I hear ’em preaching at a protest that hatred’s the problem
But hating straight men, white folks, and Christians is common
Coca Cola telling people they should be less white
They preaching tolerance but if you disagree, they fight
There’s a race war here, elections based on fear
Black lives only matter once every four years
Soldiers died for this country and every one of us benefits
Give welfare to the bums and forget about the veterans
Black folks and white folks divided by the news
But we’re all the same, we are red, white, and blue
Ashamed to be American? Okay, that’s cool
‘Cause honestly, we are all ashamed of you too

Y’all are so fake, oh no
The forecast said that there’d be snowflakes, whoa-oh
You can’t make us see it your way, no way, gasoline and propane
More flames, oh no
No more snowflakes

They set us up to fail, that’s what they built the system for
Put an ammunition shop across the street from a liquor store
Empowering women used to be different than this before
The role models got OnlyFans or dance on a stripper pole
Screw it, I ain’t tripping, I don’t mean to be mean
But if our children are the future then our future is bleak
They take an Adderall to focus, hit McDonald’s to eat
They’re addicted to phones and they take Xanax to sleep
They blurred the lines dividing communism and democracy
In 2021 we paint the patriots as Nazis
The men playing women’s sports get trophies for winning
Like great, let’s celebrate a man for beating some women
If you’re black, your life matters, you’re supposed to embrace it
If you’re rich or you’re smart then you’re probably Asian
If you’re gay then you’re brave, all of that I’m okay with
But if you’re white, the stereotype is you are a racist
Blaming capitalism like that’s the reason things are tough
While you tweet from an iPhone and sip on a Starbucks
You’re supporting what you stand against you don’t think you are but
A Percocet addict don’t donate money to pharma
Damn dog, we’re all afraid to speak the truth
And the more afraid we get, the more we hate the ones who do
You’re ashamed to be American, okay that’s cool
‘Cause honestly, we are all ashamed of you too

Y’all are so fake, oh no
The forecast said that there’d be snowflakes, whoa-oh
You can’t make us see it your way, no way, gasoline and propane
More flames, oh no
No more snowflakes

We could all get along but there’s no stopping, ay
Everybody’s wrong, that’s a real problem, ay
They don’t wanna hear it but they still talking, ay
Soon enough we running outta options, ay
This ain’t gonna end till it’s in a coffin, ay
We ain’t gon’ be friends till we try to squash it, ay
I don’t know how we can make amends or we drop it
Snowflakes melt when it’s hot, kid

Y’all are so fake, oh no
The forecast said that there’d be snowflakes, whoa-oh
You can’t make us see it your way, no way, gasoline and propane
More flames, oh no
No more snowflakes

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Biden Doubles Down On Division

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“As I said in my address to the joint session of Congress, according to the intelligence community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today, not ISIS, not Al Qaeda, white supremacists.”

~ President Joe Biden

 

President Joe Biden was in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Tuesday speaking at an event remembering the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre. Instead of taking the high road and delivering an uplifting speech he chose to double down on a false narrative. The low road is much easier for him to take, you see. Divisiveness fosters anger and resentment. It’s important to keep Black voters in fear of a boogeyman.

Whether or not Biden is fully aware of what he is saying as he tries his best to read from the teleprompter is debatable. Then again, it really doesn’t matter whether he is lucid or not. Either way, he or his handlers, continue to peddle this divisive rhetoric.

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Doubtful that many people across the fruited plain of America have seen roving bands of white supremacists moving throughout their streets. They have seen roving bands of Antifa and BLM thugs across numerous cities though. From New York, Portland, Atlanta, Kenosha, Seattle, Los Angeles and various other cities the images of these Marxist agitators looting, rioting, burning buildings, and violently beating people into a bloody pulp were a stark reality. Apparently, these hoodlums aren’t any threat to the homeland though.

So where are these white supremacists Biden speaks of? Is he referring to the Ku Klux Klan or is he referring to the common citizens working in the heartland of America? You know, the ones who are bitter clingers to their guns and religion as Barack Obama put it. Hard to say what is running through Joey’s mind. A short memo to Joe. We aren’t in the 1960’s anymore.

For Biden to use this strawman serves only one purpose. To continue to stir the pot on racial tensions and keep Black voters in the Democratic Party tent. It’s nothing but pure political theatrics. It’s not based in any reality. It’s all about shock value.

Are there still white supremacists in America? Sure. Are there groups of them that gather and plot nefarious schemes? Quite possible. Are they a major threat to our republic in 2021? Doubt it.

If you are a rational person you are much more concerned about these Marxist agitators like BLM and Antifa. As far as external threats go, you are much more concerned about China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Islamic extremists.

We have seen two cyber attacks now in the last several weeks by Russian hackers. The threat to America’s power grid and supply chain is real and growing each day. The threat of a foreign country or rogue actor launching an EMP to take out our electric grid is a much higher probability than white supremacists taking down our republic.

Biden’s former boss spent eight years fostering division through incendiary rhetoric. Obama was “The Great Divider”. In a recent podcast interview Obama said, “I think that what we’re seeing now is Joe and the administration are essentially finishing the job.” We are essentially watching the sequel starring Joe Biden in “The Great Divider Part II”.

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