We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
America owes no special debt to its black citizens - or to any of its citizens. If any American does not feel fortunate as hell to be here, they should depart - while bearing in mind that half the world would move here if they could. Maybe Webb, an accidental Senator (due to macaca) felt he had to say that for political purposes.
But although Webb, a Dem, does not vote in ways with which I agree, I give him credit for his thought crimes in his op-ed: He seems to believe that all Americans ought to be regarded equally in law and government regardless of the vagaries of skin tone or ethnic background. I agree with that radical postition.
Webb makes the stunning statement:
"The injustices endured by black Americans at the hands of their own government have no parallel in our history..."
I guess he's not familiar with Apartheid, The Final Solution, Turkeys treatment of the Armenians, Stalin's and Mao's treatment of their citizens (and on and on).
Then at the same time he bleats on about he has fought for "fairness", he voted to tax some people's "Cadillac" health care plans (that would be you or me if we are (un)lucky enough to have that type of plan) but not others (i.e. if you are in a union).