Professor Sowell notes an inspiring story to underline his description of The war against achievement where “Self-reliance is out, victimhood is in.”
“The very word “achievement” has been replaced by the word “privilege” in many writings of our times. Individuals or groups who have achieved more than others are called “privileged” individuals or groups, who are to be resented rather than emulated.”
“If the concept of achievement threatens the prevailing ideology, the reality of achievement despite having obstacles to overcome is a deadly threat. That is why the achievements of Asians in general — and of people like the young black man with no arms — make those on the left uneasy. It’s why the achievements of people who created their own businesses have to be undermined by the president of the United States.?
What would happen if Americans in general, or blacks in particular, started celebrating people like this armless young man, instead of trying to make heroes out of hoodlums? Many of us would find that promising and inspiring. It would be a political disaster for the left, though, which is why it is not likely to happen.”
Then there’s the George Zimmerman obsession – all over the media about his latest legal troubles. His prosecution was all about the false sanctification of a victim. Now it is about Zimmerman himself being a victim. Achievement in defending a neighborhood is the stuff for old time westerns. Now-a-days, the Lone Ranger is an oppressor of minorities and a brutal bully. Anyone who dares to build a business and create wealth is a target for venality. Who da’ hero?