Getting Out Of Uniform

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Ron Miller, author of Sellout: Musings from Uncle Tom’s Porch, spoke at The Bloggers Briefing at the Heritage Foundation on September 14, 2010. “It seems to me that we are not allowing ourselves to embrace the concept of individual liberty,” Miller said, “and that is really at the heart of what makes us unique as Americans.”

“Those [individual liberties and free enterprise] are things unique to America, and make us exceptional as a nation,” he stated.

Further, Miller blasted what he calls the “collectivist mindset.” Miller notes that at least 88 percent of Black Americans vote Democratic. Taking a look at the African immigrants who come into the United States, one can see that they have a high work ethic, and are not weighed down by the burden of conformity and the notion that “we all have to move in this [uniform] direction.”

Miller discussed America’s need to “break that cycle” of uniform ways of thinking, and of the need for “forgiveness.” These two motifs are prominent throughout his book, and also, how he is “critical” of the black church because “rather than being a voice for what I believe to be the voice of God, they have become a voice for politics,” Miller declared.

He spoke of concern due to “self anointed” Black leadership and their tie to the Liberals of this country. In turn, the Black communities will continue to feel oppressed, and to feel that they live amongst a racist society. Then Liberal political leaders will continue to say that America is broken, and is in need of reform.

“That combination, to me, is an unholy alliance,” Miller asserted, “because it threatens the very fabric of what I believe to be the United States of America.”

Miller said that there is no way to “put a price on the past,” the harm that people have been inflicting on one another throughout the course of history. “The price is paid,” he said.

“We have to find some way to forgive, and move forward. And, to move forward with a common understanding of what it means to be an American and how to succeed in America.”

The Liberal political leaders, the race hustlers, only have as much moral authority as the American people are willing to give them. The usurping of authority can be put at a stand still when individuals begin to think, speak, and act for themselves, and what they believe is right.

The Civil Rights Movement was a national, and even worldwide, movement that pushed for equality in standing before the law. However, since discrimination still remained within our country’s borders, civil liberties were hindered in societal settings.

As a result, legislation was put forward to eliminate discrimination based on race, gender, and disability, both public and private acts of such. It was a reform movement that led to the improvement of the legal rights of formerly oppressed groups. This movement, though political in some sense, was ultimately a moral movement.

Right now, America has groups in power that are trying to exploit the country’s “sense of justice, sense of fairness, on matters of race;” a distortion of right and wrong.

Miller advised a “push back” at those political figures who are “morally, intellectually, and spiritually bankrupt.” “Americans of good will” can really embrace opportunities and break through the past generations’ foundation of ideals, he asserted.

Kristin Theresa Jaroma is an intern at the American Journalism Center, a training program run by Accuracy in Media and Accuracy in Academia.

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