Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Anne Wortham, American Educator

Subject: Anne Wortham

This educated person is obviously very real and fears for the loss of her freedom and ours. 


The article written below by Anne Wortham is very worthwhile reading.  I wish all Americans would read it.  The first part tells of her background.  Her article is below the picture.

ANNE WORTHAM –  American Educator
 Anne Wortham is Associate Professor of Sociology  at Illinois State University and continuing Visiting  Scholar at Stanford University 's Hoover Institution. She  is a member of the American Sociological   Association and the American Philosophical   Association.
She has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty  Fellow, and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the  Year by the National Association for Equal Opportunity  in Higher Education.
 In fall 1988 she was one of a select group of  intellectuals who were featured in Bill Moyer's  television series, "A World of Ideas." The transcript of  her conversation with Moyers has been published in his  book, "A World of  Ideas".  
Dr. Wortham is author of "The Other Side of  Racism:  A Philosophical Study of Black Race  Consciousness" which analyzes how race consciousness is  transformed into political strategies and policy  issues.

She has published numerous articles on the  implications of individual rights for civil rights  policy, and is currently writing a book on theories of  social and cultural marginality.
Recently,  she has published articles on the significance of  multiculturalism and Afrocentricism in education, the  politics of victimization and the social and  political impact of political correctness.  Shortly  after an interview in 2004, she was  awarded  tenure. 
This short article by her is  something
to  absorb.

Fellow  Americans,

Please know:  I am Black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack  Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul's name as my choice for president. Most importantly, I am not race  conscious.  I do not require a Black president to  know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth  living.  I do not require a Black president to love the ideal of America .

I cannot join you in your  celebration.  I feel no elation.  There is no smile on my face.  I am not jumping with  joy. There are no tears of triumph in my eyes.  For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have  to deny all that I know about the requirements of human  flourishing and survival - all that I know about the  history of the United States of America , all  that  I know about American race relations, and all that I  know about Barack Obama as a politician.  I would have to deny the nature of the "change"  that Obama asserts has come to America .

Most  importantly, I would have to abnegate my certain understanding that you have chosen to sprint down  the road to serfdom that we have been on for over a  century.  I would have to pretend that individual  liberty has no value for the success of a human  life.  I would have to evade your rejection of the  slender reed of capitalism on which your success and  mine depend.  I would have to think it somehow  rational that 94 percent of the 12 million Blacks in  this country voted for a man because he looks like them  (that Blacks  are permitted to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared  "progressive" whites who voted for him because he  doesn't look like them.

I would have to wipe my  mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people  who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill  posts in his administration - political intellectuals  like my former colleagues at the Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

I would have to  believe that "fairness" is equivalent of justice.   I would have to believe that man who asks me to "go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service  of sacrifice" is speaking in my interest.  I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the "bottom up," and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force.   I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.

Finally, Americans, I would have to erase from my consciousness the scene of 125,000 screaming,  crying, cheering people in Grant Park, Chicago irrationally chanting "Yes We Can!"  Finally, I would have to wipe all  memory of all the times I have heard politicians, pundits, journalists, editorialists, bloggers and intellectuals declare that capitalism is dead - and no one, including especially Alan Greenspan, objected to their assumption that the particular version of the anti-capitalistic mentality that they want to replace with their own version of anti-capitalism is anything remotely  equivalent to capitalism.

So you have made  history, Americans.  You and your children have elected a Black man to the office of the president of  the United States, the wounded giant of the world.   The battle between John Wayne and Jane Fonda is over - and that Fonda won.  Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern must be very happy men.  Jimmie Carter, too. And the Kennedys have at last gotten their Kennedy look-a-like.  The self-righteous welfare statists in the suburbs can feel warm moments of satisfaction for having elected a Black person.

So, toast yourselves: 60s countercultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois bohemians.   Toast yourselves, Black America.  Shout your glee Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley.  You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a Black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to - Do Something!  You now have someone who has picked up the baton of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society.  But you have also foolishly traded your  freedom and mine - what little there is left - for the chance to feel good.
There is nothing  in me that can share your happy obliviousness.

There are two types of folks living today. One that remembers the Carter era and the other is about to learn about it.
God, please help us all.

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