Am I the only one who is tired of the constant drumbeat of liberal mantra that this is a racist country? We have had a black secretary of state, surgeon general, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Supreme Court justices, attorney general, generals, lawyers, businessmen and now the president of the United States of America.
We have a less than 20 percent black population in this country. How is it possible for a black man to win the presidency if this is a racist country?
I was born and raised in South Korea, immigrated to this country, became an American citizen, had a family, joined the Army and retired after serving more than 20 years. While serving in the Army, I worked with people of all races and have been to many countries. None of the countries I lived in or visited seemed to be as polarized by race relations as we are in the U.S.A., which is surprising.
I find Americans to be more generous and accepting of those who are different from them than anywhere else. I've met and worked with thousands of people. Some of them I admired, some I tolerated, some I did not like at all. However, my judgment of these people had nothing to do with their race, but had everything to do with their character. For the same reason, I never suspected my race had anything to do with it when others had various level of likes/dislikes toward me.
I find it sad that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are self-appointed and media-promoted black leaders, because they do more harm to race relations in America than any white racist ever could. The last thing they want is harmony between races, because they would actually have to find a real job.
There are so many wonderful black role models. I personally admire Dr. Thomas Sowell, Dr. Walter E. Williams, Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Herman Cain, just to name a few. I have black friends who are classy people and are too busy leading successful lives for them to be suffering from inferiority complexes.
I am thankful I live in the United States of America, the land of free. I believe this is the greatest country in the world. I encourage every American to teach our children the greatness of this country and let them know all is possible if they believe in themselves and willing to work hard for it. I reject racism when I encounter it. I also reject those who use racism to browbeat others into silence or as an excuse for their failures.
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