The Rules of Gold and Silver and Bronze and Iron
THERE ARE PEOPLE for whom the golden rule should not apply. These are persons who will treat you dirty after you do them good. They will assign blame to you because your generosity didn’t go as far as they’d hoped, and they’ll speak as if they’d be better off if you did not exist. Such beings shouldn’t have the benefit of the golden rule twice, if they betray its spirit the first time.
Blacks generally fall into this category.
They aren’t worthy of the rule of gold, whereby we would treat them as we’d have them treat us. They won’t.
Nor are they worthy of the rule of silver, whereby we don’t do unto them what we don’t want them doing to us. They’ll do it to us anyway.
The proper way for Whites to behave in their dealings with Blacks is either according to the rule of bronze — do unto them as they did unto you — or, if things escalate to war, the rule of iron: do unto them such that they will no longer have the ability to do unto us.
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