A Short Denunciation of the Father Land

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A Short Denunciation of the Father Land

by baldilocks

Don’t get it twisted; not a Godwin’s Law violation

Count­less times, I’ve seen the asser­tion that Repub­li­cans don’t “care about” black peo­ple, start­ing well before Kanye West’s infa­mous opin­ion about George W. Bush in the after­math of Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina. It’s a notion that sits on very many ques­tion­able foun­da­tions. I’m not talk­ing about the asser­tion that Repub­li­cans don’t care about black peo­ple, but the notion that they should, as if the car­ing is a good thing.

Con­versely, it’s often expressly stated that Democ­rats do “care about” black peo­ple. But aside from what that care entails, why should any gov­ern­ment entity care about me? I smell paternalism.

Now, unlike the Social Jus­tice War­riors, I have noth­ing again pater­nal­ism in its proper con­text: God the Father, indi­vid­ual father­hood, grand­fa­thers, pas­tors, etc. Gov­ern­ment and polit­i­cal par­ties, how­ever, placed into that frame­work tend to ring all my tyranny bells. I mean, it isn’t as if gov­ern­ment or lead­ers of gov­ern­ment haven’t sought to insert them­selves into the cat­e­gories that I listed above, once or dozens of times.

In fact, in this coun­try, gov­ern­ment has, indeed, put itself in the place of indi­vid­ual fathers. And the gen­er­a­tional results of this “care” have been cat­a­strophic for black cit­i­zens, and, increas­ingly, for all Americans.

So, when a Demo­c­rat tells me that Repub­li­cans don’t “care,” about me, I feel a sense of relief which most of them can’t imag­ine. I don’t want Repub­li­cans — or Democ­rats — to care about me. I want them to do the jobs listed in the Con­sti­tu­tion and I want them to stay out of the way as I try to care for myself.

But, as I’ve said before, the notion of gov­ern­ment and polit­i­cal party as suc­cor — as par­ent — is almost too ingrained into the psy­ches of all Amer­i­cans and espe­cially, black ones. The idea is so well indoc­tri­nated into black Amer­i­can minds that any­one white who repu­di­ates this notion is con­sid­ered a racist and any black per­son, a race traitor.

We are inter­fer­ing with the gravy train.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on Feb­ru­ary 1, 2017! Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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baldilocks

by baldilocks

Don’t get it twisted; not a Godwin’s Law violation

Countless times, I’ve seen the assertion that Republicans don’t “care about” black people, starting well before Kanye West’s infamous opinion about George W. Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It’s a notion that sits on very many questionable foundations. I’m not talking about the assertion that Republicans don’t care about black people, but the notion that they should, as if the caring is a good thing.

Conversely, it’s often expressly stated that Democrats do “care about” black people. But aside from what that care entails, why should any government entity care about me? I smell paternalism.

Now, unlike the Social Justice Warriors, I have nothing again paternalism in its proper context: God the Father, individual fatherhood, grandfathers, pastors, etc. Government and political parties, however, placed into that framework tend to ring all my tyranny bells. I mean, it isn’t as if government or leaders of government haven’t sought to insert themselves into the categories that I listed above, once or dozens of times.

In fact, in this country, government has, indeed, put itself in the place of individual fathers. And the generational results of this “care” have been catastrophic for black citizens, and, increasingly, for all Americans.

So, when a Democrat tells me that Republicans don’t “care,” about me, I feel a sense of relief which most of them can’t imagine. I don’t want Republicans—or Democrats—to care about me. I want them to do the jobs listed in the Constitution and I want them to stay out of the way as I try to care for myself.

But, as I’ve said before, the notion of government and political party as succor—as parent—is almost too ingrained into the psyches of all Americans and especially, black ones. The idea is so well indoctrinated into black American minds that anyone white who repudiates this notion is considered a racist and any black person, a race traitor.

We are interfering with the gravy train.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on February 1, 2017! Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

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