On the “Special Needs” of Black People

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On the "Special Needs" of Black People

by baldilocks

What have Republicans/​conservatives done for black Amer­i­cans? I hear that ques­tion con­stantly when I dis­close that I am a conservative.

Implied in the ques­tion is that a polit­i­cal party must “do some­thing” for blacks. Not merely the usual “some­thing” that a gov­ern­ment entity does for all of its con­stituents, e.g. pro­vide util­i­ties, reg­u­late com­merce, etc., but some­thing spe­cial.

That word ‘spe­cial’ has taken on a new mean­ing in recent years and I think that it applies to the spe­cial items that liberals/​leftists believe that the gov­ern­ment should pro­vide for the ‘spe­cial’ peo­ple, the “con­gen­i­tally retarded” folk.

Yes, we are a ‘spe­cial’ peo­ple – with ‘spe­cial’ needs– and require spe­cial han­dling: spe­cial edu­ca­tion and spe­cial employ­ment. You can’t expect black peo­ple to live up to the stan­dards of ‘nor­mal’ peo­ple. Like para­plegics or the blind or the deaf or those with Down syn­drome, sin­gu­lar accom­mo­da­tions must be made for the great hand­i­cap of being born with black skin. To liberals/​leftists, black peo­ple are a crip­pled class that can never be made whole just as long as they can never be made not-​black. What’s this notion called?

Racism.

And if any­one tries to treat us as full, com­pe­tent adults, the liberals/​leftists will scream in right­eous anger and protest about the unfair­ness of it all. And if some of us “hand­i­capped” ver­bally express the desire to be treated like fully com­pe­tent adults and act in a way that demon­strates that desire, we are deemed as trai­tors by those who share the same racial makeup, but who buy into the ‘hand­i­cap’ philosophy.

Yes, we are “trai­tors,” because if some of us refuse to take advan­tage of the spe­cial needs offered and suc­ceed any­way, the vast major­ity of Amer­ica will begin to think that we don’t really require the “hand­i­cap slot.”

The vast major­ity of Amer­i­cans will begin to think that we’re not really infe­rior after all.

And we can’t have that, can we?

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 one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

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by baldilocks

What have Republicans/conservatives done for black Americans? I hear that question constantly when I disclose that I am a conservative.

Implied in the question is that a political party must “do something” for blacks. Not merely the usual “something” that a government entity does for all of its constituents, e.g. provide utilities, regulate commerce, etc., but something special.

That word ‘special’ has taken on a new meaning in recent years and I think that it applies to the special items that liberals/leftists believe that the government should provide for the ‘special’ people, the “congenitally retarded” folk.

Yes, we are a ‘special’ people–with ‘special’ needs– and require special handling: special education and special employment. You can’t expect black people to live up to the standards of ‘normal’ people. Like paraplegics or the blind or the deaf or those with Down syndrome, singular accommodations must be made for the great handicap of being born with black skin. To liberals/leftists, black people are a crippled class that can never be made whole just as long as they can never be made not-black. What’s this notion called?

Racism.

And if anyone tries to treat us as full, competent adults, the liberals/leftists will scream in righteous anger and protest about the unfairness of it all. And if some of us “handicapped” verbally express the desire to be treated like fully competent adults and act in a way that demonstrates that desire, we are deemed as traitors by those who share the same racial makeup, but who buy into the ‘handicap’ philosophy.

Yes, we are “traitors,” because if some of us refuse to take advantage of the special needs offered and succeed anyway, the vast majority of America will begin to think that we don’t really require the “handicap slot.”

The vast majority of Americans will begin to think that we’re not really inferior after all.

And we can’t have that, can we?

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 one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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!