Here’s a brief speech I gave at a rally hosted by the Abundant Life Fellowship on Saturday. The rally was in support of an exhibition of Craig Bodeker’s A Conversation about Race documentary and the speech is a challenge to Americans to begin having a serious and open conversation.
When our country is changing as rapidly as it is, don’t we have an obligation to talk openly and honestly about every aspect of that change? In 1950, less than 5% of American children were born out of wedlock; now over one in three are. In 1950, less than 250,000 Americans were imprisoned; now that number is soaring past 2.5 million. America’s children are less literate and academically competitive with every passing decade.
Everybody agrees that race is a major factor in all these trends. Nobody disputes that Hispanics have more children out of wedlock. Nobody disputes that Blacks are imprisoned more frequently. Nobody disputes that minorities are falling behind in our nations’ schools. What’s disputed is the reason. But we can’t really call it a dispute, since only one side is allowed to speak. The voices of advocacy for White Americans are ignored, shouted down, or even silenced.
They say that we need to have a conversation about race, but they won’t allow voices in support of White Americans to participate in the conversation. When only one side is allowed to speak, then it’s not a conversation: it’s a lecture. We at the Council of Conservative Citizens invite anybody, with any politics, of any race, to join us in a conversation about race. We believe that our case is strong enough to hold its own in a civil and open exchange of ideas.
So, what will it be, America? Will you join the conversation? If not now, when? In 1950, America was nearly 90% White. Already, right now, America’s nurseries are majority minority. White Americans are still in the majority, but only because Whites who were born in 1950 are still around. In only three more decades, they’ll be gone and our majority will be gone. In less than a century, a nation spanning a Continent will have replaced its people with a different people. Some say that’s a tragedy and some say that’s diversity. At the very least, I say that it’s time to have a conversation about it.