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Blacks Given "A Great Leg Up"?

By The Reverend Published: July 17, 2010

Here are a few thoughts from a standard-issue Tea Partier. See if you tend to agree with what Ron Wright of Kansas City says about blacks in America....

Those like him who complain about President Barack Obama are accused of racism, lamented the semi-retired music teacher from Lee’s Summit.

“If I was a black man, I’d get down on my knees and thank God for slavery. Otherwise, I could be dying of AIDS now in Africa.”

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“I wish slavery had never happened,” he said. “But there are some black people alive today who have never suffered one day what the people who were black went through in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. Has somebody said something stupid or done something stupid? Yes, there have been incidents.

“But with everything that has been done in this country legally and socially for the black man, it’s almost like they’ve been given a great leg up.”

It seems to me that I've often read comments here and on King's site that reflect thinking similar to Mr. Wright's above. Could be wrong, because I can't plumb the depths of what commenters are thinking and what motivates them to say what they say.

So, let's take a test.

Do you think blacks are better off today for having been slaves in America for a couple hundred years?

Have American blacks been given "a great leg up"?

When answering, please explain the reasoning behind your answer.

Thanks in advance...The Reverend.

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