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Former UN Ambassador Andrew Young was on the CBS Mornings show to promote a children’s book he wrote with his daughter and I noticed a real generation gap between Young and the younger folks interviewing him. Young march in Birmingham with Rev. Martin Luther King at a time when Black owned homes and churches were getting bombed by the Klan. He has experienced racism in a way that the shows hosts have not.
When Young states that the United States of America is better than anyplace else in the world, the one host interjects, “still hopeful?” Young replies, “No, not hopeful. It’s real.”
For Democrats today (and I won’t pretend some working for CBS news is anything but a Democrat), the idea that America is great is something they don’t want to admit to. It can be great because of what it can become, but not because of what it is and what it has done. A younger Young had to fight against a racist system because he, and others like him, did not want to be victims. Somehow today, victimhood is the ultimate goal of the Left. Because society has changed, victimhood has changed from having your church blown up to Chuck E Cheese not giving you a high five.
Young stated that the race problems are not nearly as bad as when he grew up. No one can honestly debate that fact. But fearing that his victim card might be diminished, the other host (former NFL receiver Nate Burleson) sounded frustrated when he said, “but they[race problems] still do exist.” Yes racism does exist, and as Young points out “They always will exist.” Then the preacher starts to come out of Young as he explains to Burleson why we will always have problems. His reason is, “Because you are a sinner.”
I was impressed with the wisdom Ambassador Young showed in this short interview. I was also frustrated, but not surprise, at how desperate the Left today is to deny the civil rights victories that came because the want to be called victims too.Published in