Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

January 20, 2009

Why Is It So Difficult For Some People to Accept Responsibility for Crimes They Profit From?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 7:12 pm

Ordinairly I wouldn’t waste so much time with morally obtuse types whose smug self-congratualtory sense of superioirity usually disguises something uglier–otherise why so defensive. But since yesterday was King Day and today a unique Inaugural I just refuse to allow their sleazy reasoning to go unanswered.

Viz. This commenter:

Comment:
“Enabling  a victimhood mentality is immoral, no matter how fashionable it might be. If you feel  some sense of guilt,  it was indoctrinated into you.  Those responsible for slavery should be held accountable.  But to attempt to make those who have absolutely no part in it feel guilty is perverse – and just plain wrong.”

I love the self-righteousness of having “absolutely no part in it.” America is a wealthy country part of whose wealth and strength–that you benefit from even now–was built up on the backs of horrendously immoral slave labor. If you came here (as my grandarents did) after slavery was ended, it doesn’t mean you didn’t enjoy the privileges that were so sickeningly conferred on you by the shabby theft of people’s labor and souls before you arrived. This has nothing to do with “victim mentality”. It has a lot to do with morally numb mentality (yours).

Your desire to claim “absolute” purity for yourself is deluded and shows evidence of an utter lack of moral sensitivity. I’m glad for your sake this simple mindedness allows you to live in selfish, untroubled comfort. Good for you! You don’t have to care about anything that happened in this coutnry you batten on before the great moment of your arrival. You don’t have to be concerned about its history. I’m sure you’d be happy and unconcerned living prosperously in Germany or Japan. I ‘m in awe of your obtuse absence of conscience. Life must be easier for you. Others are troubled by the complexity of our history, but not you, you couldn’t be more simplemindedly self satisfied. Congrtulations on your lack of annoying scruples and your flat-lined sense of history. Yours must be a vey comfortable (if intellectually imoverished) existence.

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7 Comments »

  1. You don’t seem to want to discuss this rationally or make any effort to understand the other side of the argument, so your sarcastic posts read almost like satire.

    Rather than regurgitate my arguments from your prior post, I’ll just remind you that if you think ad hominem attacks and (rather witless) attempts to belittle those willing to sacrifice their time to read your posts are a way to increase your readership, you’re sadly mistaken.

    I’ll just add that there is something very odd about the notion that Obama, whose not-too-distant ancestry includes slave-owners, is supposed to assuage (but only somewhat, I guess) the guilt I should feel for something my ancestors (as far back as I can tell) never engaged in. Simply because of the color of my skin.

    Now what do we call judging people by the color of their skin?

    Comment by Rob — January 20, 2009 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

  2. Seeing Jackie Robinson steal home or listening to Marian Anderson sing or watching President Obama take the oath: these are triumphs of the human spirit that we can all share, they are liberating even for an hour.

    Comment by charlie finch — January 21, 2009 @ 2:30 am | Reply

  3. That you revert to personal attacks is quite telling. Continue to indulge your own misguided sense of moral superiority if you must, but at the end of the day, the fact remains that assuming personal responsibility is the only way up and out.

    Do yourself a favor and spend some time reading Shelby Steele, Thomas Sowell, or Walter E. Williams. They speak to the of the form of racism that you embrace.

    Comment by RE — January 21, 2009 @ 4:55 am | Reply

  4. correction. that should read –

    Do yourself a favor and spend some time reading Shelby Steele, Thomas Sowell, or Walter E. Williams. They speak to the form of racism that you embrace.

    Comment by RE — January 21, 2009 @ 5:31 am | Reply

  5. Anyone who knows Ron’s work knows that not having all the answers is his modus operandi, often maddeningly so. His trumpet is uncertain. That even at this hour of collective liberation (enveloping the reluctant, too!) Ron picks through the shards of Jim Crow demonstrates not moral superiority but a moral quest far more painful for Ron than his obstreporous readers.

    Comment by charlie finch — January 21, 2009 @ 7:58 am | Reply

  6. And every country on Earth has benefitted in some way from America’s wealth; medical and technological advances, economic activity, disaster relief, liberation from tyrants, do these all bear the collective guilt as well?

    Comment by Anton — January 21, 2009 @ 8:23 am | Reply

  7. Even the descendants of the slaves have profited from slavery, by your assumptions. They inherited the America that slavery helped to build, but were never slaves themselves.

    Should black Americans feel guilty about slavery? Your position becomes ridiculous when subjected to logic.

    Comment by Evil Pundit — January 21, 2009 @ 2:16 pm | Reply


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