Here’s an interesting idea from PJ Media’s Roger L. Simon: End The Civil Rights Movement. Excerpt:
End the civil rights movement. Now. Shoot the sucker and put it (and us) out of its misery.
It’s a relic of the 1960s about as relevant as bell bottom trousers.
When we are debating Oprah Winfrey’s right to buy a thirty-five thousand dollar purse or whether Barack Obama’s dog should be flown to Martha’s Vineyard in the canine’s own private state-of-the art military transport, you know it’s finished. Or should be.
It’s also time for the NAACP and the Black Caucus to close up shop. They are dinosaurs from another era, making life miserable for the very people they are intended to help.
Black unemployment is at record levels during the administration of the first black president and that horrible situation is aided and abetted by those organizations. They are determined to preserve the image of black people as victims — an insulting self-fullfilling prophecy. What was once a solution has become the problem.
Affirmative action should also be flushed down the toilet with the civil rights movement. It contributes to the same syndrome of victimhood, simultaneously dividing our society, which is divided enough already.
The race card is a perfect example of this division and why this movement should be extinguished. Anybody who plays the race card in our country today is less than pond scum. It has become the 21st century equivalent of accusing someone of witchcraft in seventeenth century Salem.
It is perhaps an inevitable feature of social movements like civil rights and labor unions that they continue on long past the time when their initial issues have been addressed – and that when that time comes, they continue to agitate for increasingly irrational benefits and considerations until they become a parody of themselves.
Labor unions, for example – the labor movement began in an era when six twelve hour workdays were routine, when safety precautions in some workplaces (mining, for example) were lacking, and so forth; but those issues are no longer the case, having been addressed by legislation. The same for the civil rights movement; there is no legal, institutionalized racism in the United States. None. Nada. That’s over. Finished.
In fact, while almost all of the screeching of “racism!” comes from the political left, it is the political left that remains the last bastion of actual racism – too many of them believe race is defining, that one’s skin color – a ridiculous and meaningless distinction – should be defining, that people should think and vote a certain way because of that skin color. In contradiction to this, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke eloquently of a dreamed-of day when his children would be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
For my own part, I do judge the race-card players by the content of their character, and I find them sadly lacking. Sharpton, Jackson, and, yes, Holder – sadly lacking.
Mr. Simon concludes:
And when we discuss Oprah, tell it like it really is — she’s a celebrity who has been extremely rich and famous for decades and has almost no idea what it’s really like to be a shopgirl in Zurich or anywhere else.
And that’s the point. Rosa Parks was a very brave woman who made a tremendous contribution to our country — in 1955! That’s almost sixty years ago. Stop this nostalgia for racism. Stop playing the race card. Switch to Old Maid — or rummy. End the civil rights movement. We should all honor Rosa Parks’ great contribution by moving on.
He’s right. Move on.
It’s time for the last remaining vestiges of the civil rights movement to finally admit victory.