Editor's note: This week RFFM.org will look at race relations in America. Beginning with Bill Zettler's column, we will try to shed light on the reasons for an ever-growing racial chasm in America.
From the Desk of Bill Zettler *
In a recent interview while discussing small business enterprises in black neighborhoods, Andrew Young said, "I think they've ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it's Arabs, very few black people own these stores."
You would think a baseball fan like Andrew Young would understand that no one would have settled for a measly triple when he could have easily had a 4 bagger – a home run - if he could have just slurred one more race. Yes, sir, he was rounding third, headed for home--when he lost his concentration. Jews on first, Koreans on second, Arabs on third and, jumping on home plate – maybe whites!
Thankfully, Young did us a politically incorrect favor by reminding us that white folks do not have a monopoly on racism. And Jesse Jackson must have been smiling knowing that Young’s gaffe will make his 1984 anti-Semitic comments about “Hymies” and “Hymietown” in a New York interview seem too pale in comparison.
I always find it curious that multi-millionaires like Mr. Young and Jesse Jackson complain a lot about lack of services in black neighborhoods, but never seem to find it profitable to invest their personal money, time and, occasionally, their life by investing in the hood. No sir, leave it to Jews, Koreans and Arabs to work 14 hour days, 7 days a week in crime-ridden neighborhoods--areas where Young and Jackson will never be found--unless there is a news camera present. If you can afford a million dollar town home in Georgetown, why risk your money in a store in south central LA? Leave that ugly job to the 4 baggers. And then complain about them.
So, Andy, how about writing a check for a storefront, then another for furniture and fixtures, then another for insurance, then another for inventory. That would be chump change for you, considering your Congressional pension, your U.N. Ambassador pension and your Atlanta mayoral pension. But, for most people, that investment would be their life savings or close to it. Then be prepared to stand behind the counter for endless hours to make sure neither you nor your people get ripped off. Oh, by the way, don’t bother wearing the typical Washington $100 silk power tie. The bulletproof vest will just cover it up.
And if you are wondering where all those young Jewish, Korean and Arab doctors and scientists come from, they come from families where parents did write checks and stand behind the counter--so their kids wouldn’t have to. And, of course, they did not have the very generous taxpayer-funded Congressional pension, U.N. Ambassador pension or the Atlanta mayoral pension. In fact, they pay the taxes that pay your pension.
So, Mr. Young, put your money where your mouth is. Get your checkbook out and show the Jews, Koreans and Arabs how to do it right. We’re waiting. My guess is we will be waiting forever.
* Bill Zettler is a contributing editor of RFFM.org.