Malcolm X quoted some years ago of a tentative solution to the Black and White problem in America. In that quote he informed us that we should, “Let sincere White individuals find all other White people they can who feel as they do- and let them form their own all-White groups, to work trying to convert other White people who are thinking and acting so racist. Let sincere Whites go and teach non-violence to White people! We will meanwhile be working among our own kind, in our own Black communities- showing and teaching Black men in ways that only other Black men can- that the Black man has got to help himself. Working separately, the sincere White people and sincere Black people actually will be working together. In our mutual sincerity we might be able to show a road to the salvation of America’s very soul.”
Thus, I have to agree with him. Although I often write about the ills that invade the Black community and the individuals who impose them; I believe that it is imperative to further inform that there are decent White people who will stand up for what is right. As I reflect back on last week’s editorial entitled, The Worst Kind of Negro is One who doesn’t know he is One, I was inspired to write about a man who I consider to be a decent human being. On several occasions I have witnessed Senator John McCain stand up for individuals in instances that he really did not benefit from in any kind of way.
Senator John McCain was President Barack Obama’s opposing presidential candidate in the 2008 election. Obviously, one would anticipate that an opposing candidate would warrant negative attention or publicity on a running mate.
However, Republican presidential candidate Senator McCain did not capitalize off of the opportunity to diminish Obama’s character when the opportunity presented itself.
One example of Senator McCain’s character was displayed in a town hall meeting where his own supporters were attempting to mock Obama. An older White woman stated that she did not want Obama to be president because he was Arab. Senator McCain immediately corrected her and stated that he was not at all, but instead a decent family man of whom just happened to be his opponent.
Deadline USA records another incident where an attendee asked, “Doesn’t he (Obama) know that we still live under a constitution?” and McCain’s response was, “I am absolutely convinced of it. I just believe, my friends, that there is a fundamental difference in philosophy and about the role of government. That is why we have competition for public office and competition amongst parties, and competition about different ideas and vision for the future of America. I’m convinced the president is absolutely sincere in his beliefs.”
If that wasn’t enough Senator McCain further gained my respect for standing up for Huma Abedin who is a Muslim-American and longtime aide to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, in a recent speech. Obviously, she has been accused of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Part of his speech revealed that he has “every confidence in Huma’s loyalty to our country, and everyone else should as well.” “I hope these ugly and unfortunate attacks on her can be immediately brought to an end and put behind us before any further damage is done to a woman, an American, of genuine patriotism and love of country.”
Ultimately, I will conclude by stating that I believe that Senator John McCain is a decent human being regardless of his color.
I believe in giving honor and respect to those of whom it is due. I will even go as far to say if Senator John McCain was to run for the office of presidency, I would vote for him.