If being American means anything, it means respecting a common ideal that, notwithstanding endemic instances of favoritism, with hard work, self reliance, enterprising application, and enlightened empathetic grounding, every citizen has a reasonable chance to fulfill and contribute to a worthwhile life.
To be American, however, is not to entitle every possibly contrived minority to be supported by fellow citizens in lifestyles of adolescent sloth, decadence, or familial irresponsibility. And, to be American does not mean that any American, on account of color or origin, is owed, or “owes," reparations or legislatively detailed fairness to any other on account of experiences or interpretations of wrongs of bygone generations.
No doubt, there are philosophies, societies, nations, and cultures that espouse contrariwise. However, those who share such beliefs would do well to emigrate, because such beliefs are antithetical to what is most fundamental to American culture.
While the “dominant culture” of America often shows favoritism, it does not exclude from success those who take American ideals to heart. All things being relatively equal, it could be appropriate to take needs of diversity into affirmative account. But simply because there are “different ways of perceiving the world” is hardly reason for Americans to “change” an essential element of what has facilitated America's greatness.
No logic, science, or philosophy “proves” that “different ways of perceiving the world” should be allowed to shove aside or replace the American way. Rather, to imply the contrary is insulting to Americans, who are insulted by notions of reparations based on no reasonable limit to all manner of identity politics.
No responsible American I know feels the least obligation to support wallowing in self pity. And few among liberals seem willing to actually part directly with their own time or money just to mollify individual grievance mongers.
ENOUGH! IT IS LONG PAST TIME FOR GRIEVANCE MONGERS TO GROW UP!***********
For “DIS-EDUCATION,” not education, see http://academic.udayton.edu/race/02rights/repara.htm :
“Opponents of reparations have been intolerant and even insulting to reparationists, evidencing an overt disrespect for their position. That intolerance was created in an Ethnocentricity Laboratory, which recognizes "one way" which is by popular acceptance "the right way." Opponents of reparations should understand that there are different ways of perceiving the world, and that those different perceptions, in this case the African-American consciousness, can have a profound impact on the analysis of the issue of reparations.”
Comment: Well, now, everyone gets their own cross to bear, do they not? Onions, anyone?