There almost was a Duke of Arkansas. Scottish financier John Law got close to French Royalty back in 1721 after cooking up a scheme to get that nation out of debt. His apparent success gained him a charter to manage the Louisiana Territory for 25 years. He set aside a 12-square mile concession for himself along the Arkansas River about 25 miles from where it meets the Mississippi.
Law’s financing, however, was based on promises that could not be fulfilled and his dream collapsed. If he had succeeded though, his concession would have been a duchy and he would have been Duke of Arkansas.
John Law Duke Of Arkansas William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-10-20
White Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter — Virtue signaling has swamped our society in the last few weeks. It’s disgusting, divisive and destructive. Want to have some fun? Ask an acquaintance who is posturing how “black lives matter” to say “white lives matter.”
We can say black lives matter. It’s easy. We believe it. Most of our readers do too.
But can our critics say “white lives matter”? It should be easy. Three simple words. You can say or write it in less than a second. Saying it creates unity and eases division. But for some strange reason, the ones most loudly shouting BLM can’t even whisper WLM.
Why? Because they want division and hate unity.
Racism is vile. Again, we and most of our readers believe this.
Racism is the belief that one ethnicity should have less civil rights than others. Repeat, it is vile.
Ironically, this means that those are racists who hold that a black professional and family should get race-based privileges unavailable to a white working two jobs in the sticks.
This doesn’t mean that the professional with dark skin shouldn’t have a higher income and nicer home if effort and talent warrant it. It just means he shouldn’t get special set-asides, tuition breaks for his kids or any other pigmentation advantage
Those who claim otherwise are, literally, racists.
The why to end racial division in our nation — and it is an artificially created division — is to declare racial distinction no longer exists. What would seem so hard to so many is so easy one’s noodle should be baked when the simplicity dawns.
Just say no “black people” exist. Then say no “white people” exist. Only people exist.
Noodle baked yet?
Ahhh but what about bigots who hold power and choose not to go along?
When George Floyd died in torment crying for mercy after a cop kneeled on his neck for eight minutes despite his arm being in restraints, we were sickened and outraged. Why? Because we didn’t see Floyd as a “black man”. We saw him as us. If we saw him as “black man”, maybe we would just shrug. Tough break buddy.
But we saw him as a fellow human and we were and are outraged. Yeah, people with light pigmentation get abused by authority too. It actually happened quit a bit in the old countries from which we come and about which we have generational memory. Not so much in America, which is why we love her but it still happens. Ask Aaron Swartz or Vicki Weaver. Well, you can’t because they are dead but it happens.
So when a bigot with authority abuses someone unjustly and we no longer see the abused as “black” or “white” but human, that bigot faces a united people rather than a divided one. It’s at that point the sick and evil lose.
All lives matter. Say it. It’s not hard.
White Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter