What Is Fair? July 8, 2010Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
Main Entry: fair
1 : characterized by honesty and justice : free from self-interest, deception, injustice, or favoritism fair and impartial tribunal>
2 : reasonable as a basis for exchange fair wage> fair valuation>
3 : consistent with merit or importance
4 : conforming with established laws or standards : being in accordance with a person’s rights under the law —fair·ly adverb —fair·ness noun
This definition is from Dictionary.com. For a four-letter word, it took up a huge page of definitions and explanations, and a whole slew of examples, and this little snip is just one bit from about 2/3 down the page.
With all the meanings and definitions of “fair” there are floating around out there, it’s no surprise that so many people have so many ideas about “what’s fair.” Aside from business dealings, I don’t remember the Bible mentioning “fairness,” or demanding it of its believers. Peace, love, humility, and joy are all mentioned at length, but there are only some references to fairness in business practices and legal judgments mentioned there.
So, how does “fairness” come to be such an embolism in the language these days? Why are we always having to do things “just to make it fair,” not do things that “aren’t fair,” or being warned against anything that smacks of “unfairness” in our dealings with others?
And, who’s to judge what’s “fair” or not? You and I? Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid? What’s “fair” about affirmative action, in which Blacks are given preference for education, employment, and benefits?
Prior to the Civil Rights act in the Sixties, Black families in the United States were mostly intact. Fathers were home, mothers were home, and they were all American citizens with all the same opportunities as other Americans. Blacks who were willing to work hard and follow the rules achieved as much of the “American Dream” as most of the rest of us. Most of us didn’t live in the lap of luxury, but we weren’t starving, we had roofs over our heads and clothes on our backs, and education and opportunity were there for all of us. And we all shared in the fruits of the labors of the nation. Now, THAT was fair.
Speaking of Black families, has anybody seen a mature Black man around here anywhere? It seems like all we see are women, children, and young (angry) men, but so few mature men that their absence is noticeable. Please don’t tell me they are all serving time.
We can’t even say “Black families,” today, because the disintegration of the intact nuclear family among Blacks is almost complete. Where before, fathers lived at home, and all (or most) of a mother’s children had the same father, today, promisucity is the rule, and dad is absent, mostly because he was never really in the picture in the first place. Young mothers have numerous children, all by different fathers.
The opportunities are still there, but the quality of life has been deliberately destroyed for these Americans, and they are now paying the price in crime, poverty, and lost hope. What’s “fair” about any of that? Especially in view of the fact that there are certain people among them who deliberately and maliciously prevent them, through harrangues and ignorant propaganda, from stepping forth to claim their rightful share of the opportunities America offers. These evil people use the situation they created to keep their victims from ever learning the truth, climbing out of their poverty, and benefitting from the opportnities.
What they claim is “fair” is dragging most Black people down, by the simple weight of the rhetoric these race hustlers and poverty pimps force onto an unsuspecting Black population. All they know how to do is to live DOWN to the “expectations” of these race hustlers.
They tell them they have no future, no chance to make anything of themselves, and that White people like me are keeping them in that situation, and these charlatans are making money destroying their own people while they are at their destructive work. I hope they like warm climates, because I have my own opinions about where these no-goodniks are going to be spending their eternity.
No, there’s nothing “fair” about the situation in America today. But it’s not the fault of the nation. If you want to see who’s responsible for the loss of dignity, opportunity, and prosperity among American Black families today, you need look no further than the hallowed halls of Congress.
Hey, Washington! You are NOT playing FAIR!