Want to prevent racism? Stop filling kids with hate
August 24, 2013 09:04 PM | 1921 views | 8 8 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I noticed that the COBB United for Change Coalition held a town hall meeting Saturday morning to launch its “Equal Justice and Opportunity Initiative for All” program. The title sounds very noble, but you will excuse me if I adopt a wait-and-see attitude about the real purpose of this new initiative.

I do have to wonder, during this meeting, how much discussion was given to “justice” and how much to “an eye for an eye.” It would also be interesting to know how much attention was given to justice for Antonio Santiago, the 13-month-old baby shot in the face and killed during a street robbery. The two teenaged black youths charged in the killing went on trial recently in Cobb County.

Only a fool would say racism is dead in this country. Only a bigger fool thinks it ever will be dead, either in this country or anywhere else in the world. Racism is as old as the races themselves. The biblical parable of “The Good Samaritan” is a prime example of the kind of prejudicial thinking that spawns racism.

Only the biggest of fools fails to recognize that we have made giant strides in the last 60 years to eliminate the effects of racism, if not racism itself. We need to embrace these advances and build on them. Unfortunately, most of those to whom the black community looks for guidance are doing exactly the opposite. The uncalled-for notoriety being given the Trayvon Martin tragedy is not the kind of action that will build solid and meaningful racial harmony, rather the opposite.

As tragic as Martin’s death was, he was only one young black among thousands who die every year, mostly at the hands of other blacks. That is one of the problems we need to be addressing, along with the high educational dropout rate for blacks, the uncontrolled drug use by our black kids and the number of unwed mothers, not to speak of the disproportionate number of young black girls seeking abortions.

If our so-called black leaders are really interested in justice, they will band together and work to correct the conditions, within our own people, which ultimately led Trayvon Martin to his death.

A key question about the Martin case has never been asked and should be. “What life path did he choose that led him to be on that street, in the rain, in an unfamiliar neighborhood culminating with his attack on George Zimmerman and subsequent death? More importantly, why did he choose that path?”

That he was a victim of cruel poverty and ignorance, subjected to all the worst that black kids encounter these days, is almost a given. That he was tending to embrace the wrong lifestyle is evident in his emails and his social-network pages, as well as his reported conversation with his girlfriend shortly before he attacked Zimmerman.

Blaming his death on racism is only a tool for the black racists, such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, to keep the racial tensions alive, and the black masses stirred up, so that they can justify their existence. Sharpton, Jackson, the New Black Panthers or any entity which promotes and fosters racial division will never speak for me. I hope they do not speak for the majority of black people.

We could finish bringing racial harmony to this country in just one or two generations. President Obama touched on the solution in a statement earlier, when he remarked that he watched his daughters mingling with whites, Asians and Hispanics with no obvious problems. If we leave our kids alone and quit filling them with our hatred, for just one generation, or two at the most, we will see the realization of Dr. King’s dream.

Seems to me that is the goal for which true leaders, of all races, should be striving.

Devlin Adams

west Cobb

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Lib in Cobb
August 27, 2013
@Guido: Obviously you are seeing something which I am not. Just where does Adams state he is black? Is it written in code so only you can see it?
Guido Sarducci
August 27, 2013
Well, Lib, he did not come right out and say.

"Hey, I am a black man". He has made that clear in other letters published here and in some of his blogs.

In this case, the phrase "Sharpton, Jackson, the New Black Panthers or any entity which promotes and fosters racial division will never speak for me. I hope they do not speak for the majority of black people". might have been a clue if anybody was really reading what the man said instead of hating him for saying it.

But, of course, you and Foley don't read anybody's thoughts which might conflict with your liberal, narrow minded views, do you? And an educated black conservative just scares you to death.

Samuel Adams
August 29, 2013
The really great thing about my brother in political philosphy and last name (Devlin Adams) is that his consistently intelligent and well thought out posts and letters to the editor have never really revealed his race. Because mostly, conservatives don't divided people by race, skin color or ethnicity, but by IDEAS.

Unfortunately for liberals such as Foley, this blows their collectivist minds.

Keep up the great writing D.A. You do a great service for the MDJ and its readers. Possibly, the editors might replace Foley with you???
Lib in Cobb
September 09, 2013
@Guido: Oh, so Devlin is speaking in code so that only you can see and understand. Much like the repubs able to hear dog whistles.

Travon Martin was MURDERED by GZ. Z was found "Not Guilty", that does not translate to "innocent", exactly like OJ.

Guido Sarducci
August 27, 2013
@Obvious. You "obviously" did not pick up on

the fact that the writer of this letter is, himself, black. Recognizing the problems with some members of his race hardly qualifies as a put down. Many thinking blacks recognize these problems and are working to correct them.

Would you care to give us an exmple of what you consider a "put down"?
August 25, 2013
I believe these obvious put down of blacks in this letter show us we have a long way to go in this country.
Lib in Cobb
August 27, 2013
@Devlin: What led Martin to be on the street the night he was murdered? He was going to the store to get a snack and a soda. No crime was being committed.
Guida Sarducci
August 27, 2013
Wrong, Lib. He was going to get two of three ingredients for "drank". Calling them a snack and a soda, does not change the fact that he had Skittles and Arizona Watermelon Iced Tea in his little bag. Where have you been hiding?

You continue with the absurd charge that he was murdered, which flies in the face of all the evidence and the eye witness testimony, and you wonder why I call you a race baiter.

The shoe fits, so wear it.

And, we all know that "Obvious" is really Foley.

When he is trying to hide his identity, he really shouldn't use the exact same phraseology as he does when he spouts his gibberish under his own name.
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