Black history and 'hyphenated' Americans

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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Russ Jones, Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Each February, millions of Americans observe black history -- a celebration one black commentator believes liberals have taken hostage.

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson created the observation in 1926 to honor the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Now, Stacy Swimp of Project 21 contends that liberals and some conservatives have strayed from the original intent.

"[Woodson] created this at the time because black Americans and our accomplishments were pretty much left out of educational curricula," Swimp explains. "And where blacks were mentioned, it was typically demeaning."

He adds that Dr. Woodson's vision was that someday, a special week or month would no longer be required to appropriately honor black Americans and their accomplishments. But sadly, he says, many liberals politicize the observance.

"Today we see the left has taken this, and now it's all about parading black communists and black socialists across the state -- black first ," the Project 21 spokesman laments. "It's disrespectful to the history of blacks in America historically -- and abroad -- who've actually embraced individual responsibility, who've actually embraced strong family values, who've actually embraced limited government."

In his column on the subject, Swimp writes, "The political left deserves scorn for their determination to keep America divided along ethnic, cultural and so-called class lines."

Likewise, a black physician who also holds a law degree is tired of the government's obsession with "hyphenated" Americans.

Singleton, Dr. MarilynAside from being a board-certified anesthesiologist and a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Marilyn Singleton is also a professor and lawyer. In a recent op-ed piece, she shared that she was "too busy seeing patients to hear President Obama's second inaugural address." 

"It was less painful to read the transcript," she decides.

She believes it is time to "end the government's obsession" with African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Asian-Americans.

"I remember a time when we all used to be Americans, and you kind of used racial designations when you needed it as a tool because you had to identify somebody," she comments. "And now, it's just a political thing, and I think it just serves to divide us more than to unite us."

Singleton also points out that the head of the Congressional Black Caucus has admitted that it treats the president with a "deference" not granted to a white president and that the group is "hesitant" to criticize Obama.

"Why should black people be treated with kid gloves? If you want to play the game, then you have to be treated like everybody else and take the kicks and take the punches, because that goes with the territory," the professor contends. "All it does is to say to me, Well, I guess you're inferior, because you can't take the punches as well as the white man."

With 14 percent black unemployment versus 6.9 percent for whites, Singleton suggests that people would be marching around the White House if America had those numbers under a white president's leadership.

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