Tisdale’s Topics:Respect yo’self!

Reprint: June 16-22, 2005

In the dark days of abject segregation, when black folks had absolutely no rights that whites were bound to respect, and, moreover, black people had better act as though they had no rights, even when they knew differently. I’m 78 years old, and I remember those days, quite well! Years ago conservative columnist Westbrook Pegler, himself an old line segregationist, nevertheless recognized the impossible circumstance this fate-worse-than-death imposed on self respecting blacks. Pegler wrote, “If I were a Negro, I would live in a constant state of fury” because of the indignities being heaped upon black Americans by other races in this country. We no longer suffer indignities heaped upon us by other races, but indeed by our own! If there was ever an angry class war being waged, it is the struggle between black haves in Jackson and the black have nots here! The so-called black intellectuals, the preachers and teachers, no longer use their skills and educations to advance the race but to get over on uneducated blacks by selling them out! It’s the way that England’s lords behaved during Shakespeare’s time. Oliver Goldsmith wrote: “Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey. Where wealth accumulates and men decay!” There is, of course, the biblical injunction that we love one another, even as God loves us. However, late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers. We ought to be ashamed! Selah!

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