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REPLY TO OPRAH

Story ID:9395
Written by:Frederick William Wickert (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:All cities All states USA
Year:2013
Person:Oprah & Obama
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REPLY TO OPRAH
By Fred Wickert


It has been in the news for the last few days that Oprah in an interview was complaining about disrespect of the office of President because she said, of the color of the skin of the occupant and that criticism of Barack Obama was racist. Oprah went on to say the only way this country could be rid of racism is that all the senior generations in the South have to die.

Oprah, please allow me to utter my opinion. You have uttered yours. First, let me tell you a few things about myself and my ancestry. I am a white man with an Asian wife of 55 years. I served my country in the armed forces for 20 years. Part of those years I was a supervisor. During those yearts I supervised many black men. I seriously doubt you could find one of them who believed I was racist. You will find that a number of them were my friends and broke bread at my table in my home. I served in the Korean war and again in the Vietnam war. I fought against racism where and when I found it. I believe you will find black men I sereved with will vouch for that. After I finished my military career I served the public again as a small town police chief. Black people referred to us cops, as did a lot of white hippy types in those days as pigs. No black person ever accused me of mistreatment, but a few whites did.

My wife and I together again served the public for 28 years taking care of developmentally disabled adults in our home for the state. Some of those we took into our home were black. Some of the other caretakers were also blacks and I am proud to say respected me and were my friends. I also served three years, two of them as chairman of the county traffic safety board. Most of my adult life I was a public servant of one kind or another.

Much is said about how much we white Americans owe the black community because of slavery, and I have read many times and heard radio and TV personalities discuss our collective guilt over slavery. I have heard speeches of prominent black people call for reparations to black folks because of slavery. I ask, WHY?

I never owned a slave. None of my ancestors did either. I doubt there are any black Americans living who have ever been a slave. My ancestors were abolitionists and members of the underground railroad helping runaway slaves escape to freedom in Canada. They did so at great risk to life and limb, and to property and livelihood. Why then should I have guilt and why should I make reparations?

There was a once famous case in Syracuse, NY called the JERRY RESCUE. Jerry was a runaway slave from the South. There were many sympathizers in the Syracuse area. My great grandfather supplemented the farm income by working in a barrel factory. Jerry worked right along beside of him and they became friends. Great grandfather was also a member of the underground railroad. Jerry was discovered and Sherriff deputies came in the barrel factory and arrested Jerry and locked him up on the second floor of the jail. Marshalls were supposed to come and get him. Great grandfather went home, got the team of horses and his wagon. He went to the woods and cut down a tree, limbed it out, cut a log off from it and loaded it on the wagon. He then drove the wagon to across the street from the jail. A crowd had formed and was demanding the release of the slave Jerry. The jail door was locked and barred.

Great granddads log was used as a battering ram. He was one on the front end. They smashed down the door and rushed to the second floor. A shuffle ensued, a deputy was thrown from the second store window. Jerry was rescued, hidden in another wagon and whisked away to a safe house and later moved via the underground railroad to Canada. If my great grand dad had been caught he would have been imprisoned, lost his team of horses and wagon and perhaps even his farm. Why should I feel guilt? Why should I pay reparations?

We had a civil war in this country, the North against the South. The war was in part, to end slavery. Many thousands of white men died to end slavery. Why should their descendants feel guilt? Why should their descendants pay reparations?

In my case, the case of my ancestors, the case of those who gave their lives and those who risked life and limb to free the slaves feel guilt or pay reparations? For that matter, no black American living today have ever been a slave. Why then, should they receive reparations?

While we are at it with the blame game, do you know history Oprah? If you know history you also know that the ones who raided the villages in Africa and captured the people for slavery were not white people. They were other black people who captured them to be sold to Arab Muslim slave traders. They were then sold to white people, but they were originally enslaved by other black people. If guilt is to be had, blacks have to share in some of that guilt.

You are so concerned with racism. At the same time you are a Democrat and you strongly support Barack Obama and his administration. It appears that the majority of black people are democrats. The Republicans and especially the Tea Party are being called racists all the time. The truth is they are not. Abraham Lincoln is the one who signed the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in this country. He was a Republican. The great Civil Rights Act back in the 1960ís was passed in the Congress, not by the Democrats but by the Republicans. The Democrats fought it. A senior Senator, Robert Byrd, Democrat was a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan and was proud of it. Only when it became politically expedient did he change his ways. Your beloved Barak Obama, the first black president, even though Bill Clinton used to claim that honor, has done nothing to help blacks. To the contrary, his policies have destroyed more jobs in this country than anyone or anything has, and the ones hurt the worst, the group with the largest unemployment are the nations black people.

You believe it racist and disrespect of the office of the presidency to criticize Obama. Obama himself disrespects the office of the president. Not those who criticize him. He is constantly putting his feet on the valuable furniture in the Oval Office. He cannot go a day without telling a half dozen lies. You object to when the Congressman called him a liar, but the Congressman spoke the truth. He was a liar, and has been many times since then. Additionally he has violated his oath of office and violated the Constitution many times over. Donít you think that disrespects the office of the President? Maybe you donít think Bill Clinton disrespected the office either when he had oral sex in the oval office with an intern.

Now would you like to know who the real racists are Oprah? Try Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Reverend Wright, Louis Farakhan, Congressman Conners, Sheila Jackson, Eric Holder, and yes, your beloved Barak Obama. How about BET and all Black Colleges and Black Miss America pageant and the United Negro College Fund and Affirmative Action? I suppose you donít find those racist? Now Oprah, I believe it is fair to add yourself to that list. Those people and those things have done more to hurt and perpetuate racism in this country than any other thing or persons.

Barack Obama is the President of thre United States and you are one of the most successful tak show personalities in the country as well as possibly the worldís richest woman, having got that way with the opportunities afforded to you as Americans. How then can you both complain how racist we white folks are, when it is we white folks that gave you the opportunities that helped you get where you are? You both should be ashamed of yourselves, but I know you are not. Neither of you could have gotten where you are if we white folks were all as racist as you say we are.

It is high time Oprah, that you and Barak tried on a little truth now and then.

You think it is because of Obamaís race we criticize him but you are wrong. It is because of his policies and behavior. This racism crap has nothing to do with it. I know many white Americans are like I am. We did not vote for Obama. We would love the opportunity to vote for any of the following: J.C. Watts, Dr. Carson, Thomas Sowell, Alan Keyes and others. Did you happen to notice Oprah, what color these gentlemen are? Now I will throw in a lady to add to the list Ė Condolisa Rice. There are millions of us whites who would be proud to vote for any one of those people. In case you hadnít noticed, all of them are black. The truth is Oprah, we donít disrespect the office, we do not respect him and he is the only one to blame for that. It has nothing at all to do with his skin.

It is high time all you black racists stop blaming white racism for all your problems. Look for them by looking in the mirror.
REPLY TO OPRAH
By Fred Wickert


It has been in the news for the last few days that Oprah in an interview was complaining about disrespect of the office of President because she said, of the color of the skin of the occupant and that criticism of Barack Obama was racist. Oprah went on to say the only way this country could be rid of racism is that all the senior generations in the South have to die.

Oprah, please allow me to utter my opinion. You have uttered yours. First, let me tell you a few things about myself and my ancestry. I am a white man with an Asian wife of 55 years. I served my country in the armed forces for 20 years. Part of those years I was a supervisor. During those yearts I supervised many black men. I seriously doubt you could find one of them who believed I was racist. You will find that a number of them were my friends and broke bread at my table in my home. I served in the Korean war and again in the Vietnam war. I fought against racism where and when I found it. I believe you will find black men I sereved with will vouch for that. After I finished my military career I served the public again as a small town police chief. Black people referred to us cops, as did a lot of white hippy types in those days as pigs. No black person ever accused me of mistreatment, but a few whites did.

My wife and I together again served the public for 28 years taking care of developmentally disabled adults in our home for the state. Some of those we took into our home were black. Some of the other caretakers were also blacks and I am proud to say respected me and were my friends. I also served three years, two of them as chairman of the county traffic safety board. Most of my adult life I was a public servant of one kind or another.

Much is said about how much we white Americans owe the black community because of slavery, and I have read many times and heard radio and TV personalities discuss our collective guilt over slavery. I have heard speeches of prominent black people call for reparations to black folks because of slavery. I ask, WHY?

I never owned a slave. None of my ancestors did either. I doubt there are any black Americans living who have ever been a slave. My ancestors were abolitionists and members of the underground railroad helping runaway slaves escape to freedom in Canada. They did so at great risk to life and limb, and to property and livelihood. Why then should I have guilt and why should I make reparations?

There was a once famous case in Syracuse, NY called the JERRY RESCUE. Jerry was a runaway slave from the South. There were many sympathizers in the Syracuse area. My great grandfather supplemented the farm income by working in a barrel factory. Jerry worked right along beside of him and they became friends. Great grandfather was also a member of the underground railroad. Jerry was discovered and Sherriff deputies came in the barrel factory and arrested Jerry and locked him up on the second floor of the jail. Marshalls were supposed to come and get him. Great grandfather went home, got the team of horses and his wagon. He went to the woods and cut down a tree, limbed it out, cut a log off from it and loaded it on the wagon. He then drove the wagon to across the street from the jail. A crowd had formed and was demanding the release of the slave Jerry. The jail door was locked and barred.

Great granddads log was used as a battering ram. He was one on the front end. They smashed down the door and rushed to the second floor. A shuffle ensued, a deputy was thrown from the second store window. Jerry was rescued, hidden in another wagon and whisked away to a safe house and later moved via the underground railroad to Canada. If my great grand dad had been caught he would have been imprisoned, lost his team of horses and wagon and perhaps even his farm. Why should I feel guilt? Why should I pay reparations?

We had a civil war in this country, the North against the South. The war was in part, to end slavery. Many thousands of white men died to end slavery. Why should their descendants feel guilt? Why should their descendants pay reparations?

In my case, the case of my ancestors, the case of those who gave their lives and those who risked life and limb to free the slaves feel guilt or pay reparations? For that matter, no black American living today have ever been a slave. Why then, should they receive reparations?

While we are at it with the blame game, do you know history Oprah? If you know history you also know that the ones who raided the villages in Africa and captured the people for slavery were not white people. They were other black people who captured them to be sold to Arab Muslim slave traders. They were then sold to white people, but they were originally enslaved by other black people. If guilt is to be had, blacks have to share in some of that guilt.

You are so concerned with racism. At the same time you are a Democrat and you strongly support Barack Obama and his administration. It appears that the majority of black people are democrats. The Republicans and especially the Tea Party are being called racists all the time. The truth is they are not. Abraham Lincoln is the one who signed the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in this country. He was a Republican. The great Civil Rights Act back in the 1960ís was passed in the Congress, not by the Democrats but by the Republicans. The Democrats fought it. A senior Senator, Robert Byrd, Democrat was a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan and was proud of it. Only when it became politically expedient did he change his ways. Your beloved Barak Obama, the first black president, even though Bill Clinton used to claim that honor, has done nothing to help blacks. To the contrary, his policies have destroyed more jobs in this country than anyone or anything has, and the ones hurt the worst, the group with the largest unemployment are the nations black people.

You believe it racist and disrespect of the office of the presidency to criticize Obama. Obama himself disrespects the office of the president. Not those who criticize him. He is constantly putting his feet on the valuable furniture in the Oval Office. He cannot go a day without telling a half dozen lies. You object to when the Congressman called him a liar, but the Congressman spoke the truth. He was a liar, and has been many times since then. Additionally he has violated his oath of office and violated the Constitution many times over. Donít you think that disrespects the office of the President? Maybe you donít think Bill Clinton disrespected the office either when he had oral sex in the oval office with an intern.

Now would you like to know who the real racists are Oprah? Try Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Reverend Wright, Louis Farakhan, Congressman Conners, Sheila Jackson, Eric Holder, and yes, your beloved Barak Obama. How about BET and all Black Colleges and Black Miss America pageant and the United Negro College Fund and Affirmative Action? I suppose you donít find those racist? Now Oprah, I believe it is fair to add yourself to that list. Those people and those things have done more to hurt and perpetuate racism in this country than any other thing or persons.

Barack Obama is the President of thre United States and you are one of the most successful tak show personalities in the country as well as possibly the worldís richest woman, having got that way with the opportunities afforded to you as Americans. How then can you both complain how racist we white folks are, when it is we white folks that gave you the opportunities that helped you get where you are? You both should be ashamed of yourselves, but I know you are not. Neither of you could have gotten where you are if we white folks were all as racist as you say we are.

It is high time Oprah, that you and Barak tried on a little truth now and then.

You think it is because of Obamaís race we criticize him but you are wrong. It is because of his policies and behavior. This racism crap has nothing to do with it. I know many white Americans are like I am. We did not vote for Obama. We would love the opportunity to vote for any of the following: J.C. Watts, Dr. Carson, Thomas Sowell, Alan Keyes and others. Did you happen to notice Oprah, what color these gentlemen are? Now I will throw in a lady to add to the list Ė Condolisa Rice. There are millions of us whites who would be proud to vote for any one of those people. In case you hadnít noticed, all of them are black. The truth is Oprah, we donít disrespect the office, we do not respect him and he is the only one to blame for that. It has nothing at all to do with his skin.

It is high time all you black racists stop blaming white racism for all your problems. Look for them by looking in the mirror.

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