If you Google “Dr. Walter E. Williams Amnesty Proclamation” you will find a forgiveness that grants forgiveness to all Americans of European descent who, along with their ancestors, may have discriminated against its people.
Dr Williams was a great African American educator, whom we sadly lost in December 2020. Here is a person who grew up thanks to the laws of Jim Crow and lived with a single mother until she married his love of high school when Walter was a teenager. Walter’s stepfather taught him a strong work ethic, sacrifice and respect, all qualities that theorists of the critical race abhor. These qualities propelled Walter to a 30-year career as a professor of economics at George Mason University.
The proclamation forgives and forgives all Americans of European descent. You don’t have white guilt anymore, so stay strong and do better, Dr Williams said. Here are the thoughts of a person who in the 1960s supported Malcolm X and not Dr Martin Luther King Jr. He also identified with a Marxist ideology until he learned that the free system business was color blind. Critical Race Theory (CRT) claims that our free enterprise system is oppressive and must be destroyed.
Dr. Williams loved America and the American Constitution. His proclamation is a challenge for America to solve our problems by looking through the windshield of our future by capitalizing on the progress we have made as a society of imperfect people working to make a more perfect union.
Dr Williams said America’s welfare system has done what slavery and Jim Crow laws could never do. That is, destroying the black family unit with a father and mother living together and raising their children. When the social protection system established rules to grant rights to low-income households, these rights were granted to households without a father. So, in fact, we paid the fathers to leave the house. Before the Civil Rights Act of the 1960s, 70% of African American families had a father living at home. Today, it is around 40% with paternal households. But Critical Race theorists believe fatherhood, as a requirement to help African American children achieve the American Dream as Dr. Williams did, is a racist thought.
Dr. Williams believed, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that we should judge each other by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. This belief system is anathema to theorists of the critical race. They believe that we are not color blind and that we should see people by the color of their skin. CRT is a reverse segregation system. We cannot go back to segregation of any kind.
President Biden ran with the signature message of unifying our country. Sadly, President Biden has decided to look in the rearview mirror of our past. He not only adopted disunity agendas like Project 1619 and CRT, but he also further divided our country by declaring America systematically racist. Biden canceled Project 1776, which is a program of historical facts sharing the blessings of our quest for a more perfect union.
But the most egregious policy Biden has adopted is to teach critical race theory to our military and to seek out those whom Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin considers to be extremists. The only quality that makes our military the most powerful fighting force in the world is their comradeship. As a corporal in the National Guard, I learned and experienced this comradeship. You might think that Sec. Austin knew it too. When you subject the military to a biased political point of view, you undermine that quality that allows one person to protect the life of another soldier in the heat of battle. I thought Biden’s promise was to unify this country and save America’s soul. So much for the campaign promises.
Communist China also applauds what President Biden is doing in calling our nation systematically racist. Biden is doing what China cannot. It takes away America’s moral authority to speak out against human rights abuses in China and other countries around the world. If the world thinks Biden thinks America is systematically racist, by what authority do we call another nation for its human rights violations?
Dr Williams answered the question Dr King asked 53 years ago. Where do we go from here? We forgive the sins of the past and look into the windshield of our future to make America a more perfect union.
Reverend Jonathan Hopkins said in a recent article (Monitor, May 15) that we should forgive ourselves for America’s past sins and celebrate the good. If we do this, we can get this train that was derailed by Project 1619 and Critical Race Theory back in motion.
In the spirit of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and Gloria Steinem to achieve 100% the belief that all human beings are created equal and that we are all endowed by our creator with the individual right to freedom to live and to pursuit of happiness.
(Joseph Mendola lives in Warner.)