Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton have become multimillionaires many times over thanks to the grievance and victimization industries. They even have their very own television network to perpetuate the idea that it is impossible for black Americans to get ahead and become successful in whatever it is they choose to do in life in America. In the 1950’s, there was a Communist lurking around every corner. If you listen to MSNBC for any length of time, you will be convinced that there is a racist who will jump out at you from behind every shrub and bush in the nation.
The new face of black victimization is Goldie Taylor. Goldie Taylor is probably not a household name. Perhaps that is the goal here. She is obviously hoping that social media will change that. The website Twitchy published a tweet from Taylor on Saturday that went something like this, “Been black every day of my life. I don’t know this liberty you speak of.” This tidbit came in the middle of a rant on the Cliven Bundy ranch case.
So Goldie does not think she has any freedom in America? Let’s take a look at Goldie’s background shall we? She was born in University City, Missouri, one of the most culturally and racially diverse suburbs of St. Louis. Goldie grew up in rougher, poorer East St. Louis across the river in Illinois. Her father was murdered in November of 1973 when Goldie was 5. It left her mother alone to raise Goldie and her siblings alone. Granted that is a tough start for any one. But Goldie persevered.
The family moved to Atlanta where Goldie graduated from Emory University with degrees in Political Science and international Affairs. She has written for such publications as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marie Claire magazine, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, and EbonyJet.com. She is a regular contributor for MSNBC, CNN, and HLN. She has also worked for Sara Lee Corporation as Director of Global Communications and Public Affairs, and served as External Affairs Executive for several Fortune 500 companies. As if this were not an impressive enough resume, Goldie even did a stint in the U.S Marine Corps. So, let’s make sure we are all on the same page. Goldie has never experienced any freedom or liberty? She has never been given a chance to experience any of the endless opportunities that America has to offer??
Well, let’s take a look at how different her life might have been if she had been born some 150 plus years ago, possibly further south than Atlanta. First of all, she would have been born as a slave, because well, more than likely, that is exactly what she would have been. She most certainly would not be the educated woman she is today. That is because it was illegal to teach slaves to read and write. She would have possibly had to tolerate daily beatings, leaving horrific scars on her body. No Obamacare to cover that. She might have spent her days behind a plow and a mule team. Being female, not only would she have been responsible for her work in the fields, but when that was done she would have had cooking and washing to tend to before she could lie down on the dirt floor of her cabin. If she was lucky, she might have a blanket. Then there was the constant threat of sexual assault and rape. And if she was under the thumb of an especially cruel owner, she might even be force to “breed” with another slave in order to supplement her owner’s stable of human chattel.
America is by no means a perfect nation. It is made up of imperfect humans and therefore does not have a flawless past. But we have recognized our wrongdoings and have done our best to correct them. For Goldie Taylor to say that she has never experienced freedom in America is a slap in the face to all of her ancestors who endured all of the things listed above and have gone on to rise above racism and discrimination. Would she say that such prominent black Americans like Dr. Ben Carson, Justice Clarence Thomas, Condoleezza Rice – the list goes on and on – have not had the freedom and liberty to rise to the top of their chosen fields?
What about Goldie herself? She is educated, successful, has written and worked for some of the most prominent names in television and print. Was she not free to pursue those avenues? What about her time in the Marine Corps? Countless black men and women have also served this nation in the military, defending our nation, her values and ideals. Those men and women, along with their fellow soldiers, be they white, Hispanic, Jewish, or any other ethnic origin, sacrificed, often with their lives, so that Goldie Taylor could have the freedom and liberty that we speak of to rattle off such incomprehensible ignorance.
Note to Goldie: freedom and liberty have always been there. They come in every color ever invented, not just black and white. Maybe you would see that if you paid more attention.