One of the last callers on the Sean Hannity radio show this evening was a black man who made the comment (which I have heard hundreds of times from my well-intentioned familiars) that "as a black person, you have to be twice as good and work twice as hard as your white colleagues in order to advance in our society". Personally, I don't believe this is true. You don't have to work twice as hard or be twice as good to get ahead in this world. Look at Barack Obama! As Mini-me said to my husband when he admonished her to study twice as hard as her classmates... Why would you have to study twice as hard to maintain good grades unless you are twice as dumb? She has a point. I am in no way suggesting that racism does not exist, but the idea of working twice as hard has just become a well-worn tired cliche that folks have grown accustomed to reciting. What's funny is these same people will quickly say "What God has for me is for me". Is God Sovereign or do you have to work "twice" as hard? (I hear DJBA now saying "CBW, that's a false dichotomy")
Shelby Steele wrote and Op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today entitled Why the GOP Can't Win Minorities he writes:
"American minorities of color -- especially blacks -- are often born into grievance-focused identities. The idea of grievance will seem to define them in some eternal way, and it will link them atavistically to a community of loved ones. To separate from grievance -- to say simply that one is no longer racially aggrieved -- will surely feel like an act of betrayal that threatens to cut one off from community, family and history. So, paradoxically, a certain chauvinism develops around one's sense of grievance. Today the feeling of being aggrieved by American bigotry is far more a matter of identity than of actual aggrievement"
Identity is key here. As a black person one is considered a race traitor if they are not yoked with this racial grievance. I don't want my daughter to carry unnecessary burdens. I expect her to work hard because she has a strong work ethic--not out of fear of not being rewarded for a job well done. One can not quantify being twice as good (unless you are an athlete and that's God given ability) and if you are twice as good as another then chances are no else thinks so. Truth be told no one is working twice as hard to get ahead and if you are then it's because you are twice as incapable. Ya'll (meaning people who recite this foolishness) ought to stop lying.