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Tuesday, August 4, A.D. 2009
Craig Bodeker’s Conversation

Perhaps in response to Eric Holder’s plea, independent filmmaker Craig Bodeker has created a short documentary titled A Conversation about Race. In it, Bodeker explores what he calls “disconnects” in Americans’ treatment of race.

On the film’s web site, you may watch some excerpts. Here is one:

I hate to see people uncomfortable, but I did enjoy the aging hippie’s response. She is so iconic of her age. You know her, don’t you?

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, August 4, A.D. 2009
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What this shows is the results of 50 years of brain washing. All of the white people interviewed were obviously not thinking straight, and a number of the blacks were not either.

I see little hope for improvement in race relations in the US. I think we are coming to a time when there will have to be a physical separation of the races as the only way to live in peace. I am old enough to have lived during the time much maligned as “Jim Crow.” Actually, race relations were pretty good at that time, far better than they are today. During that time, the races were largely separated, and the black society was able to function far better than it does today. The black church was alive, the black families were intact, out-of-wedlock births were far lower than today, and most blacks worked. On the whole, they were a happy-go-lucky group of people, rather improvident, but doing pretty well under the sheltering wing of white society. The havoc wrought by integration has been a disaster. It has destroyed black families, put countless women and children on welfare and made men redundant. The forced educational integration has pushed black children to compete with whites with whom they simply cannot complete intellectually (on the average, no specifics). All this hass done is to create a rage and sense of inferiority that was not there previously. To say it was a mistake is a gross understatement.

Posted by Dr.D on Wednesday, August 12, A.D. 2009

Dr. D.,

Thank you for your comments. I am currently vacationing in Saint Louis where I have had little web access. However, I have had many opportunities to witness “urban blight” in yet another city—quite a charming one, at that. It is always sad to see neighborhoods decay.

Regarding your post, I doubt that integration has been the cause of our current mess. If white Americans had kept their standards and expectations rather than going down the multiculti self-hatred path, then such decadence in black America would not have happened even with integration. A confident and sane American civilization transformed 19th century peasants into stable, productive, bourgeois citizens that embraced W.A.S.P. culture. That is a sustainable social model. I’m not a neoconservative, but culture does matter.

Posted by Joseph from Arimathea on Thursday, August 13, A.D. 2009

Joseph,

It is certainly not my intention to blame all of the ills of America on integration. If you thought that, then I have miscommunicated.

There are two separate issues here. One is how the blacks have been affected, and I think that is largely the result of stirring up dissatisfaction through forced integration. That is the issue I spoke to primarily in the previous comment.

The second issue is what has happened to white America. We have been under a relentless attack from the Left for about 55 years. In that time, the Left has taken over public education totally, from kindergarten through college. Political correctness has come into public life to an extent to a degree that I would have never believed possible. The sexual revolution of the 1960s stood society on its collective ear, and it has never recovered. The Vietnam war came along, and it was immensely unpopular, so much so that the retuning soldier were shunned. This had never happened before in American history.

The big question is “why did all of this happen?” I think it is because the nation lost its sense of purpose. Up through about 1955, America had a sense that it was doing God’s work, it was carrying out God’s will here on earth. I don’t mean to say that the President opened each Cabinet meeting with a prayer (maybe he did, I don’t know), but I think that there was a general sense in the nation that we were God’s people, doing His work. With the sexual revolution of the 1960s, there was a massive rejection of God, and the American people as a whole no longer cared about God. But then they were no longer God’s people doing God’s work either. They had lost their mission on earth, and it remains lost to this day, as I see it.

In what I have written the previous paragraph, I clearly do not mean each and every particular American. I am only speaking of what I think happened to the national psyche, the corporate mind.

Posted by Dr.D on Sunday, August 16, A.D. 2009
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