Elder Patriot – The Chicago Tribune reported that School District U46 board member Traci O’Neal Ellis wrote, “That flag means nothing more than toilet paper to me.”
When pressed to retract her analogy O’Neal Ellis wouldn’t. Instead she wrote in a Facebook post that the American flag serves as a “false symbol of hope.”
The more she wrote the more she exposed how ignorant, and hate-filled she is.
“I cannot be embarrassed by righteous truth. Whether anyone wants to accept it or not, my experience in America is vastly different than that of white people. This is true for most people of color. Unfortunately, many people are arrogant enough to deny the lived experiences of black people.
“The flag and the anthem are symbols in this country of freedom and ‘justice and liberty’ for all. Yet that is a blatant lie for black folks. “You may not agree that our protest is righteous. That is YOUR RIGHT. But FREE SPEECH is not only reserved for conservative white people.”
Her rant should disqualify her for public office because at the root of every leader should be the belief that we all fight under the same flag. Every person’s experiences are different.
Growing up Jewish was no walk in the park when many fellow Americans held them in contempt for being the impetus that drew us into WWII and put their children, husbands and brothers at risk.
Italians similarly suffered after WWII.
Ultimately, their successful integration came not from government mandates, quotas or set-asides (there were none) but because they kicked the door down by proving their excellence.
The argument that everyone can recognize a black person as soon as they enter a room and so racism is immediately at play does not pass the smell test. The plight of Japanese Americans during WWII has been well documented because they were and remain easily identifiable.
The fact is until blacks stop allowing the race card to be against themselves they’ll be dooming many of the youth within their communities to following a less successful life than they otherwise may have achieved.
Ms. O’Neal Ellis would do to review the facts before she opens her mouth in the future. Blacks in American have the highest standard of living of blacks anywhere in the world. Even the blacks who spat on the free education that “conservative white people” paid for still, through Welfare, Housing Assistance, Food Stamps, Obamacare, have a higher standard of living than the vast majority of black people anywhere in the world – for not working!
Here’s something else to chew on Ms. O’Neal Ellis, you have no idea what it’s like to be white, to have paid three million dollars in taxes in your life only to watch your child be denied entrance to their school of choice in favor of a beneficiary of affirmative action and to be called selfish for financially helping a community that oft times refuses to help itself.
You have no idea what it’s like to pay $60,000 a year for your child’s education while someone else pays a fraction of that (or, even nothing at all) to attend the same classes and receive the same degree.
We all carry our own crosses Ms. O’Neal Ellis but one thing cannot be denied, we are all in this game together and as a teammate you suck!
For all of our warts as a country our flag has stood as a symbol of hope that American patriots deemed worth dying for. Though I would never deny the contribution of blacks to America’s military efforts, by far whites have disproportionately fought for the very freedoms you enjoy today.
In fact, it was the almost entirely white U.S. military that defeated the Democrat led Confederate States of America. Six hundred thousand men died under that flag for a cause – your cause, I presume.
Race baiting, hate-filled, ignoramuses like you only delay the arrival of racial harmony by building emotional walls instead of bridges to understanding.