Friday, November 07, 2008

Barriers Broken?

A piece by the man behind LewRockwell.com himself...
Of course, the Obama victory elicits its own spin, which is also highly dangerous. The main message concerns race. All the headlines blared that a racial barrier had been broken. The subtext here is impossible to miss: heretofore America has been a hopelessly racist country that put up barriers to the advance of people of color.

But why should politics be the standard for what constitutes a barrier or a barrier broken? The ability of individuals in a group to navigate the murky and treacherous waters of electoral politics has no necessary connection to the status of the group as a whole.

A much better indicator concerning the status of any group – racial, religious, sexual, or otherwise – is commerce, which is the real engine that makes society work. And here we see that there are no such barriers in existence. We need only look at the status of black-owned businesses to see that there are more than one million in the United States, generating revenue of some $89 billion per year, which is more than the GDP of 140 countries around the world, and growing (according to most recent data) at a faster pace than all businesses.
Like I keep saying I'm trying to keep this into perspective. I don't want to be like some blacks who are still at this moment besides themselves because America elected a Black President. At the same time will Obama's ascension be a catalyst for blacks moving up in the world?

1 comment:

knowitall said...

What people aren't realizing is this isn't a good thing. Just think if the left-wing illuminati don't uphold what the country feels they should, what does this do for the next African American? That's why people should have voted for the more experienced candidate.

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