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Charles Butler Called an Uncle Tom by Cong. Diane Watson His Response Is A History Lesson
The Education of a Black Congresswoman and other Blacks with the same mentality
Charles Butler, Talk Show Host
Sunday, August 04, 2013
|Mr. Butler educates former Congresswoman Diane Watson, of Los Angeles about the historically significance of Harriett Beecher Stowe’s book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. Black Americans everywhere that are tired of being called Uncle Tom because they are successful and seek to improve themselves by pursuing the American Dream should use this blog.
I read this letter (email) to the Jerry Doyle listening audience Friday, October 18, 2013 on Talk Radio Network. I had numerous requests to post it so here it is! Pass it around.
Email From: Congresswoman Diane Watson dated July 19, 2013
Please do not ever blog me again. Your views are not worth the paper they are printed on. You have your right to your views, but I have the right to reject them! “Uncle Tom” comes to mind when I read your opinions. D. Watson
My Response to Former Congressman Diane Watson dated July 20, 2013
Dear Ms. Watson,
I want to thank you for taking the time and courtesy to respond to my blog on the events of the last the few weeks being a wakeup call to Black America, to start acting like Americans, instead of second class citizens.
This letter is your “Man in the Mirror” moment, so please take a few moments to read it to the end. My old friend Cong. J.C. Watts says, “the truth hurts before it helps.” I still want to schedule an interview with you for my book.
It is with great honor and humbleness that my blog moved you to reflect that (in your words) “Uncle Tom” comes to mind when I read your opinions.” It only confirms that you like most Blacks, who use the term disparagingly, have never taken the time to read the book!
A person of your esteemed stature, having served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, 20 years in the California Senate, a graduate of UCLA, and earning a PhD from Claremont, must surely know the historical and political significance of the book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin. By Harriett Beecher Stowe”
Let me share a brief history of the power of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in American history. The book was the catalyst for renewed national interest in the Abolitionist Movement. It fueled John Brown and other Abolitionists calls for ending slavery by radical means (including Fredrick Douglas, and William Lloyd Garrison). John Brown’s raid of the Harper’s Ferry Arsenal was answering a call for an armed rebellion among slaves, poor whites, and indentured servants by the papers and tabloids of the day. The founders of the Republican Party used the book as a focal point and rallying cry for recruiting members. This led to abolitionist John Fremont “almost” being elected POTUS in 1856, the election of President Abraham Lincoln in 1860, and the events that lead to the end of the institution of American Slavery. The events were: The Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, Depression equality, Post World War II Integration, the Great Migration, and The Civil Rights Movement! I am humbled to be referred to as an Uncle Tom by you and others, thank you very much.
It is understandable why you and others Blacks do not bestow the “Uncle Tom” moniker on the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, President Obama, Eric Holder, Zimmerman haters, Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, Sr., because they are truly unworthy of the title let me elucidate:
Most Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are terrified to uphold their sworn oath, to represent the people of their districts. As whole CBC members, congressional districts rival the poorest, most violence-filled, and most destitute areas in the world. How does supporting the Illegal Immigration Reform Bill S-744, of which will allow 40M and their family members will be given the legal right to work in America. Most of them are poor, unskilled, grade school educated or illiterate people. Does Immigration Reform benefit Black or Americans? No, it does not. The hasty retreat last week by the CBC, after my blog ans radio appearances, from supporting SB 744, to reconsidering their position shows their lack of understanding the real issues of illegals on Blacks. Immigration and Illegal Immigration has always hindered the integration and assimilation of Black Americans into mainstream America i.e. well-paying jobs, well-heeled communities and the formation of viable businesses.
I have watched over the years while the CBC let President Clinton and Obama defund economic and capital market programs to Africa. President Obama has attacked Historically Black colleges and Universities for years and is defunding them without a word of protest from the CBC, it is disgraceful. The CBC has allowed the mergers of major companies with proven histories of racial discrimination to attain congressionally approved mergers in spite of their redlining practices, the merger of Nation’s Bank and Bank of America is an excellent example. Black businesses being virtually excluded from the participation in federal contracting a good examples are: The $300B Iraq/Afghanistan war, The federally funded $15B O’Hare Modernization Project (OMP), (where Hispanics received 25%, women 15% and Black 0.5% of the contract and not a whimper) and illegal construction workers were bussed in from Los Angeles.
Why haven:t the CBC called for an investigation of the Department of Transportation. Let us be clear most CBC members are not Uncle Tom’s, they are Sambo’s as a group, and you can tell them I said it. Many of their Congressional Districts are being overrun with illegal Latinos and non-citizens will vote them out of office in the next two terms in Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, and in the NYC areas. When we lost Adam Clayton Powell, Mickey Leland, Julian Dixon, Barbara Jordan, and J.C. Watts, we lost the best Blacks in the House of Representatives.
Ms. Watson, you and others should really direct the name calling at President Obama, because in your vernacular, he is an Uncle Tom, but the proper analogy would be a Sambo, given his actions toward Blacks his entire scholastic and professional career. Just a few asides that you can Google. Mr. Obama in March of 2009 took $85M from HBCUs and disrespected the college presidents lobbying him in D.C. to reinstate the funds. He said in Black Enterprise magazine August 2012 that he didn’t have an agenda for Black Americans, but he had one for LBGTs, Immigration Reform, Jewish Americans, Arab Americans, Muslim Americans, Arabs in the Middle East, Insurance companies, fundraiser bundlers, etc…
One of the few times I ever agreed with Rev Jackson was his description of Obama, in his open microphone remark. Rev. Jackson, complaining about Barack “talking down to black people,” especially clean cut middle class Blacks, as if they were from the ghetto. The perfect example was Obama’s 2013 Morehouse commencement speech, which would have been more appropriate for homeboys and gang bangers on Chicago’s Southside. It was embarrassing for the graduates, their parents and families, and students of the esteemed Black male institution. I forgot Barack is only “half-black” in his own words so Morehouse holds no special place with him. “I do not know anything about the African American experience,” is what Barack and A.G. Eric Holder are noted for saying when referred to as African American.
I will sum up Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton in one adjective, Anachronisms. They are channeling America through a 50-year-old prism, and moving backwards at full speed with funding from the pro-immigration and pro-LBGT groups.
Ms. Watson, Mr. Zimmerman is not a racist! And young Trayvon Martin was not a thug! Zimmerman made some terrible choices, the first getting out of the SUV, second not following the tenets of Neighborhood Watch, and finally shooting Mr. Martin. The Sanford, FL State Prosecutors office over charged him, to purposely to lose the case. I believe that it should have been a manslaughter charge and not murder. Zimmerman was not a hate mongering racist zealot.
Profiling is survival in high crime areas or any time you are out of your home. Black youth in hoodies are killing people for no reason except they have a gun and you do not. When I see any Black youth in hip-hop gear, I get very defensive. The Civil Rights Movement was not about poor ignorant Blacks, it was about the dignified Black Middle class, like Rosa Parks, not welfare mothers. Fast-forward 2013 and ghetto-minded Blacks thinking it is their right to wear “pseudo-ethnic” clothing that includes pants showing the crack of their rear-ends into downtown white cloth restaurants and flaunt the ghetto mannerisms in public places without consequences. The CRM was about to the integration of the Black middle class that sought assimilation and attainment of the American Dream.
Immigration Reform for Foreign born, illegal Latinos and Asians should, have been the focus of the misguided Trayvon Martin protestors and weekend-marchers. These are the people designated to replace them for employment. Blacks should have marched with us atwww.dcmarchforjobs.com last Monday. Marching for the non-existent claim of racism against a man that made some horrible decisions that resulted in Mr. Martin’s death but had probably mentored and worked with more Black youth/children than 99% of his protestors is CRAZY!
I do not have the time to finish the outing of the detrimental policies Democrats imposed on the country in 1960’s and decimated the Black family as Daniel Moynihan concluded of then-President Johnson’s Great Society policies. The next time we visit a topic it will be to educate you on Democrats from Andrew Johnson to Barack Obama in terms of presidents’ detrimental policies effecting Black issues, including Jim Crow, Gun bans for Blacks, Terrorizing by KKK, and Woodrow Wilson racist policies of segregation. The Benign Neglect of Black America by the Democratic Party through to Obama is devastating. The Great Society policies of Johnson, Drug Infestation, The War on Drugs, Three Strikes legislation, and the glamorization and monetizing of Hip Hop of Urban Terrorists by Liberals in Hollywood and Washington, D.C., replacement by Hispanics in the Presidential Cabinet, educational institutions, all employment and workplace issues.
With Black on Black crime rampant 64%, Black unemployment 40% in real numbers, U-6 Blacks <25 with college degree 32% unemployed, 72% of Black children born out-of-wedlock and you think I am looking at the issues wrongly. The questions you should ask youself is what is my character, values and morals.
Lastly. Ms. Watson I suggest you take a short drive down Crenshaw Blvd., La Brea Ave., or through your old South Central District and tell me you are not scared of the people on the street. or being struck by a stray bullet or carjacked by a Black person. It is not the KKK doing the raping, wanton killing and destroying the American Dream for our children and communities, I think it is The Bro’s!
Best regards, Charles Butler
P.S. and F.Y.I. — In March of this year, we had a pleasant exchange at the Post and Beam restaurant with my friend Clarence Harris. You shared with me that you pushed the term African American into the national spotlight along with “Race baiter Supreme” Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. The term African-American was created in 1986 by pseudo black intellectuals) for native-born Blacks, and is absurd and an insult to our ancestors who built this great nation over the last 400 years. We have no connection to Africa other than skin color and you can find our shades in India, China, and throughout Asian countries.
Africans of all socio-economic levels think the term African-American instead of Black Americans is inappropriate, unintelligent, and downright laughable, but I did not share that opinion with you. Barack Obama is by own admission “not a native African American”; he has stated on many occasions “my father was from Kenya and my mother from Kansas, I don’t know anything about the African American experience.” Barack and Teresa Heinz Kerry are African Americans, you and I are descendants of Africans sold and stolen into the harshest form of human bondage on earth, the institution of American Slavery.
Your colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus where so inept and worried about collecting their paycheck twice a month they would not support the effort to build the Smithsonian National Museum African American History and Culture. It took a white Texan, President George W. Bush declared to make the NMAAHC a reality on his watch. I know that Eleanor Norton Holmes and Lerone Bennett tried their best to waylay the President Bush’s NMAAHC commission report. President Bush visited the NMAAHC commission, thanked them for their time, and told them he was signing the legislation to build it with or without their help. In 2003, George W. Bush signed the bills for the NMAAHC and the MLK monument on the Mall, not Clinton, Obama, or Carter.
At this point, you will have to look at the person in the mirror and reflect on how and when you became so miseducated about history, politics, capitalism, legislation, and the pursuit of the American Dream deferred for Black Americans again under a half-black POTUS and an impotent Congressional Black Caucus. Pres. Obama met recently with the CBC for a third time in five years in May for a business meeting, and not a Photo Op, right?
The Blog That Started It All
From: Diane Watson mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:48 AM To: Charles Butler Subject: Re: Blog July 18 Think About It This Way
Mr. Butler, Please do not ever blog me again. Your views are not worth the paper they are printed on. You have your right to your views, but I have the right to reject them! “Uncle Tom” comes to mind when I read your opinions. D. Watson
On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM, Charles Butler <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: This post was republished to The Take with Charles Butler at 9:24:04 AM 7/24/2013 Wake Up Folks, And Get Real!
Immigration Reform, Zimmerman Verdict, and SCOTUS Voting Rights Ruling Should Be a Wake Up Call To America and Especially Black America
Blogged by Charles Butler Dated July 18, 2013
Well now, is the time for Black America to start listening to oices of reason, given the latest series of decisions that involve race? I have long stated that it is time for Black Americans to act like the rest of America, and start to behave in a manner designed for success, instead of “Shock Whitey of the late 1960’s.” What does that mean? Black folks know exactly what I am talking about from a cultural perspective. Our dignified, conservative, hard-working manner was co-opted in 1968 with the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, the so-called revolutionaries, were nothing more than womanizers, and power hungry egomaniacs. When Dr. King and Blacks moved their socio-economic attitudes to the left under the influence of Bayard Rustin, Harry Belafonte and other socialist of the day, the decline of Black America and America began.
My favorite quote is by Whitney Young, the former President of the National Urban League “A person’s liberalism seems to be related to the distance they are gun ban, abortion, free market, and immigration reform advocates. Black America must decide the direction of the community as a whole. I feel that individuals will continue to prosper in continue to blame black on black violence, drugs, and high dropout rates, high out of wedlock births on “Whitey”? On the other hand, will they conclude enough is enough and Black Americans will again institute the values and morals that saw us through, Slavery, The Civil War, Reconstruction, The Civil Rights Movement, and hopefully through an Obama Post-racial America?
Several, recent issues of concern to America and Black America:
- The SCOTUS ruling on the voting rights act.
- The affirmative action case at the University of Texas.
- The not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman
Let us take a moment to succinctly review several key points about each of these incidents. When liberal pundits and the black so-called leadership have referred to the SCOTUS ruling on the voting rights act, they perpetrated falsehoods. They often claim that the voting rights act was struck down, and that this would leave the door open for Jim Crow policies to resume with states’ rights. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth in that SCOTUS sent the case back to the state and asked Congress to rewrite section 5 of the voting rights act to be more reflective of the present, then the situation 50 years ago.
The affirmative action case at the University of Texas is very interesting in that no one brings up the discussion about the blatant inequalities and educational opportunities, environments, and access when discussing these Affirmative Action cases. They do not ask any black Americans that have benefited from affirmative action. Even more incredible is the egalitarian attitudes of individuals that will not consult with Sec. George Schultz, who was an architect of affirmative action in 1972 in the Nixon Administration, and practiced it in the 50’s and 60’s during his tenure as the University of Chicago business school. Nor do advocates or proponents of affirmative action consult with the authors of a book called “the shape of the river,” by William Bowen, and Derek Bok, former presidents of Ivy League institutions. Who had some interesting conclusions about admitting Black students? They concluded that Black college graduations are more active and contribute more to their communities, employment, and the country than their white counterparts, while being admitted with lower test scores, having lowers grades from educational institutions.
The not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman was correct in that, it was not second-degree murder by a racist zealot. The liberal media, media pundits of all persuasions tried to betray the shooting as racially motivated from the beginning. Yes, Mr. Zimmerman made some tragic mistakes by not obeying the 911 operator, and leaving his vehicle with a loaded weapon. Mr. Zimmerman, as LA police officer Mark Fuhrman charged, “was a police wannabe.”
The incidents that followed were tragic and could have been avoided, if Mr. Zimmerman HAD NOT left his SUV and followed the instructions of 911 operations. However, to make the case into a race issue was inappropriate, unsubstantiated, unconscionable, and un-American given the facts about Mr. Zimmerman’s life or the facts of the case at this point. The State’s Attorney Office in the case should have charged Zimmerman with manslaughter instead of manslaughter or reckless discharge of a weapon.
We have become a society that rewards the lack of achievement, as a badge of honor. Remember blonde-haired women and surf dudes were portrayed in movies as scatter-brained, now they are celebrities. While criticizing, punishing and ostracizing those who attain a level of achievement and goals higher than other Blacks in their respective communities do. The names often heard are sellouts, Oreo, Uppity, Bourgeoisie, and the all too familiar Uncle Tom claim. Black Americans need to start acting like Americans, proud, brash, arrogant, and strong when it comes to obtaining an education, dissipating in sports, and pursuing whatever they perceive the American dream to be.
I am tired of the race baiters who call themselves leaders, but are nothing more than loudmouth charlatans looking for a payday, from La Raza, the unions, or government for themselves and their families. Black Americans should be focusing on jobs instead of marching Trayvon Martin given Black unemployment is almost 40% across-the-board. Black Americans should focus on immigration reform and the fact that the Congressional Black Caucus is looking to replace them as workers with foreign-born workers.
Black America should look at how Democrats have created a substandard educational and living environment for the them and their children for generations in the name of social progress and social justice. It does not work.
My conclusion is that until Americans, and specifically Black Americans begin to focus on individual success, group achievement is impossible. Black America especially needs to focus on getting back to conservative values and morals to attain success and achievement.
One of the greatest civil rights leaders of our times was Whitney Young; he once said, “I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular,” Young once said. “But I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an fective voice of the voiceless, an effective hope of the hopeless.” Where is a voice like that?