We live in a world where colorblindness in relation to race is now considered racist, and the words of Martin Luther King Jr. are used as a weapon by leftist special interest groups to force us to judge each other based on color as a matter of our skin versus our character.
Dr. King’s dream seems to be shaping up to be more of a nightmare, but there is still hope.
I recently stumbled upon an old MSNBC interview with America’s favorite famous astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. He had some interesting points that deserve reconsideration. Mr. Tyson opined on a variety of topics, from black holes to science and journalism.
But I want to focus on his view of race in America and his decision to turn down speaking events during Black History Month, which is right around the corner. So allow me to take you back to 2007, when thick hair highlights and low-rise jeans were all the rage.
“If you think I’m a scientist during Black History Month, I shouldn’t be doing my job as a scientist.” -Neil deGrasse Tyson pic.twitter.com/Zyo585t0Fq
– The Forest School: An Acton Academy (@forestschoolPF) February 19, 2021
It’s not as bad as it seems
Black History Month will be upon us in no time. I’m sure I’m not the only one curious when we don’t need to focus on notable people and Americans based on the color of their skin for 30 days at a time.
When I was in the service, I felt the same way about Women’s History Month; In fact, I do my best not to participate in any Women’s History Month events because I’ve worked so hard not to be seen as valuable because of my gender, but because of my mindset and character.
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Mr. Tyson seems to have a similar view of Black History Month; In fact, he rejects speaking events that month, telling MSNBC:
“The only time you think about me is during Black History Month, when I’m not doing my job as a scientist.”
What a refreshing take and a respectful expression of self-respect. He went on to discuss his point of view:
“I’m happy to say that in this 21st century, we have more visible black leaders in various branches of our culture beyond entertainers and athletes.”
Oh, what an exciting tune to whistle in 2007; It’s not the same song we’ve been hearing from the left for the past few years. He continued:
“Whatever people may think when they see me, I am quite happy to report that the color of my skin no longer draws comment.”
Now I celebrate that truth every day of the year, regardless of the month!
When shading @elonmusk For what he has done, is doing or will do, try to pause and he made electric cars a commonplace in society and he commercialized space – for goods, satellites and people.
Count him among those who discover the future of civilization.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@NeilTyson) December 21, 2022
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who am i
My entire adult life, I’ve had society and groups try to force me into a box, which drives me crazy. I have to fit into the white box or the woman box. If I tried to assert myself as a multidimensional person defined by more than just two aspects of my life, I was often accused of being a troublemaker or a racist.
Mr. Tyson touches on this in an interview:
“When I think about who I am and what I am… I’m an American; I eat hot dogs, I’m a man in society. I did male things growing up, I was on the wrestling team. These are the things that make up who and what you are in society.
“I am a scientist too. It is a fundamental part of how I think about the world and how I make decisions within the world.
And I imagine he is defined by even more aspects of his life experience and identity. I, too, would describe myself as an American who enjoys a good hot dog from time to time.
I am a woman who did girly things growing up. I am a mother, wife, writer, and combat veteran; I grew up in a two-parent family with minimal means; I’m a sexual assault survivor and conservative, and I have an unhealthy love of chocolate ice cream.
We are all more than just one or two traits and can best define ourselves by getting to know each other beyond our skin color and chromosomes.
Explain to me how the likes of Herman Cain, Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, etc. could be the most successful people in the world if systemic racism were real and an obstacle to success.
Also, if you forgot pic.twitter.com/Tgnos0K2Ra
— GOP is broken (@nozkcb) August 27, 2020
In 2007 Mr. Remember when Tyson explained his views on racism in America:
“… Many complain about the state of race relations, and I have direct, empirical evidence that it’s much better today than it was 10 years ago – and my worst stories don’t compare to the ones my parents could tell when they were growing up.”
What a powerful statement; Strange that now you think racism is the worst it has been in years. Mr. How is it that 15 years after Tyson’s statement, we are more racially divided than we’ve seen in decades?
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I argue that a misguided cult of diversity, equality and inclusion is holding us back. The push to demand equality and equal outcomes for everyone has yet to hit the mark on what makes America great and helps lift up the marginalized.
Mr. Tyson explains:
“Not all are equal. That’s why we take tests. Some do better than others, and some slack off, and others outperform them. All are not equal in everything.”
Oh my goodness, what a revolutionary thought!
I don’t believe Meghan Markle has experienced actual racism from the royal family.
I think what really happened was she wasn’t showered with praise and adoration from them and she interpreted it as “racism”.
Typical narcissistic behavior…
— Zeek Arkham 🇺🇸 (@ZeekArkham) January 9, 2023
I have a dream
Now, don’t get it twisted; During the interview, Mr. Tyson spoke about past and present moments in his life and career where he was unfortunately caught up in racism. And anyone with any sense of living in the real world would agree that racism continues to plague our society and many of our institutions; I witnessed quite a bit when I was in uniform.
But how we tried to fight apartheid was wrong. Another Dr. King’s speech is worth noting, a ‘where do we go from here’ speech.
In this speech, Dr. King pointed out that black children are “one to three years behind whites” and that communities of color receive significantly less federal funding than other communities. So where do we go from here Dr. The answer to King’s question is that we as a country and a society need to get back to teaching our children, white and black, the basics.
It is important to note that while blacks are twice as likely as whites to live below the poverty line, the number of whites living below the poverty line is 15.8 million compared to blacks, who number about 8.6 million. So our focus as a nation should not be on skin color but on improving socioeconomic factors to provide greater access to opportunities for everyone regardless of skin color.
I also have a dream. I dream that my two children will one day live in a country where they are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I was a liberal in my 30s. I’ve become more conservative/libertarian as I’ve gotten older. I never shook the basic truth of MLK’s speech of my dreams. Imagine my shock to find that such a belief is now considered racist by some. pic.twitter.com/jTeL2oJoEg
— Charles Scott (@CharlesScott78) January 9, 2023
As it stands now, I fear they are likely to be judged as children of racial privilege who do not deserve to have worked. And that’s not progress; It is a nightmare.
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