Barack Obama said this on September 24 to an all-black audience at a Congressional Black Caucus dinner:
“Take off your bedroom slippers! Put on your marching shoes! Shake it off! Stop complainin’! Stop grumblin’! Stop cryin’! We are going to press on! We have work to do!” he said to arouse his base voters after blacks recently have been expressing anger at Obama’s failed agenda.
Thus America’s so-called ‘first black president’ told blacks to “stop complainin’!”?
Yet we know that Obama’s mother was white. So this quote would make an interesting psychological study. Is this perhaps Obama’s white half speaking out? Is he really saying what most white Americans, including many white liberals, have been saying in private for years, that blacks should stop complaining and stop crying and get off their butts and seek to improve themselves instead? Is there some racial friction showing?
After all, in the 2008 campaign, some blacks did not like Obama because he is half white. So this racial abrasion may be surfacing again with blacks’ increasing disenchantment with Obama policies.
Blacks are fuming about the “stop complainin’” quote. Because tens of millions of blacks make their living in the racial Grievance Culture that Democrats have nurtured and that Obama inartfully highlighted.
In fact blacks should stop complaining. Because many, many millions of blacks – like Michelle and Barack – have had everything handed to them on a silver platter through decades of affirmative action… college scholarships, jobs, preferences in every field, etc. While equal millions of qualified white people have found themselves shut out of jobs by AA. In other words, legal, government-sanctioned anti-white discrimination.
Meanwhile poor blacks who have not succeeded through AA have received bottomless handouts and subsidies. Yet all blacks – except for a few conservatives – continue to complain, complain, complain. About everything. It never, ever stops.
Why? Unfortunately because complaining has worked well. So they don’t want to hear “stop complainin’” from anybody.
On the flip side, most blacks only are concerned about themselves and their own race. This is the narcissism that is the other side of the Grievance Culture.
Blacks weren’t always like this. Indeed narcissism and the Grievance Culture come from decades of training and indoctrination by the Democrat party. Because narcissism and grievance-mongering are core traits of all liberals of every stripe and race no matter how much privilege they have. Like the black NFL football player Adrian Peterson who was making $10 million a year but who said that his job on the football field was nothing more than “modern-day slavery”.
This narcissism is everywhere on the left. Environmentalists think they are the only saviors of the earth. Gays relentlessly dwell on their sexual identities. Liberal politicians believe that they are saving mankind from economic destruction. Feminists claim that only they represent “women”. And on and on. And none of them ever stops focusing on himself/herself as having the solution to all the world’s woes, and carping endlessly about the injustices that interfere with their vision of social perfection.
Indeed it is liberal narcissism that entraps most blacks in this perpetual Grievance Culture in which they play their victimhood to the hilt incited by white liberals like Al Gore who has said that “racism is not hard to find” and “don’t tell me we live in a color-blind society” and, about Republicans, “that’s why they don’t want to count you (blacks) in the census!”
So when black America is fed this type of hate speech and demagoguery every minute of every day for decades from Jimmy Carter to Al Sharpton to the American Media Left, of course they are going to find it easier to board the Complain Train than to work hard to improve themselves, as conservatives recommend. Because the Complain Train is free. It requires no effort at all. Just hop on! Work from home! And you’ll get everything you want. After all, it has succeeded for 50 years. How about 50 more.
But look at the dismal result of the black Grievance Culture: A perpetual and embarrassing crybaby ethos even among wealthy elites like Peterson. A slothful, aimless welfare state resulting from trillions in government handouts. Endless focus on black problems, woes, shortcomings and self-pity that in effect magnifies them. And zero accountability for blacks’ own horrible behavior. This culture is simply a crutch for tens of millions of weak people – of all races, by the way – who want the easy way out per the instructions of American liberalism.
Now look at what black congresswoman Maxine Waters said about Obama’s “stop complainin’” comment:
“I found that language a bit curious because the president spoke to the Hispanic Caucus and certainly they are pushing him on immigration and despite the fact that he’s appointed [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, he has an office for excellence in Hispanic education right in the White House, they’re still pushing him and he certainly didn’t tell them to stop complaining. And he never would say that to the gay and lesbian community who really pushed him on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Or even in a speech to AIPAC, he would never say to the Jewish community ‘stop complaining’ about Israel.”
Yet if a white Republican had said “stop complainin’”, Waters would not have found the language “a bit curious”. She would have had an aneurysm.
And notice that Waters now is lashing out not only at conservative white America (“the Tea Party can go straight to hell!”) but at hispanics, Jews, gays and everyone else as if to say that poor black America is all alone with nobody to help them.
Nonsense. Black America is today the most pampered, privileged minority group in the history of the world. And they get most of what they have by “complainin’”. So why stop now?
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