Saturday, May 31, 2008
American Racism, Not What You Would Think.
Keith here. This election process has brought to the forefront of my mind something I find very disturbing that is happening in our great land. It is blatant and outspoken racism. This racism has not been widely reported by the main stream media in the past. I am talking about the racism of the Black community against the White community.
Without trying to sound self-righteous or ignorant, I must say that racism baffles me. Perhaps it was growing up in Utah or perhaps it was my time in the military working with and developing relationships with black Americans, or may be it is just the new generation’s mindset, I just don’t get it. To me, skin color is as irrelevant as hair or eye color. Where the difference is legitimate can be found in cultures. I am not trying to stereotype and group all Blacks and all Whites. Obviously not all Blacks are racist, nor are all Whites. I am talking about the so called, self appointed “Black Leaders” and their supporters.
I know there is a history of racism. I have seen footage and read about the civil rights movement. Thankfully that ended before I was born. I understand that those that lived during that time may still feel hurt, and for good reason. It was evil and wrong. I also understand that there is still real racism against blacks. However, when white against black racism rears its ugly head, which thankfully is increasingly rare, blacks and whites together speak out against it, standing united to defeat any injustice or violence against innocents.
Unfortunately when the hatred and racism occurs against whites or non-blacks, it is either ignored or justified. During the Los Angeles riots of 1992 Congresswoman Maxine Waters described the violence in which 58 people were killed, many targeted for their race, as "a spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice." She defended the racial hatred that led a gang of black criminals to nearly beat to death white truck driver Reginald Denny, saying, "the anger in my district is … righteous…I'm just as angry as they are." She chanted the radical slogan "No justice, no peace" and dismissed the mass looting of Korean-owned stores by saying: "There were mothers who took this as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes…. They are not crooks." This is coming from a United States Congresswoman.
In more recent news, Barack Obama’s pastor and spiritual leader for 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, has been in the hot seat. With comments such as AIDs being invented by the US government to destroy the black community, God Damn America, the US of KKK A, he was initially given a pass. Obama tried to excuse his Pastor’s extreme views saying, "For the men and women of Rev. Wright's generation, the memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away; nor has the anger and the bitterness of those years. That anger may not get expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table." But, with more and more evidence and Wright’s publicity tour confirming his crazy, racist views, Obama had to denounce him due to public outcry. It was only after public outcry, not his own conscience or values. Now another whack job preacher at Obama’s church, a radical Catholic priest, is being denounced for racial remarks against Hillary Clinton. Now Obama has decided to leave his church after 20 years. He would not renounce the church. It just became a political liability. Who is this guy? What does he really believe? Why did he sit and listen to those racist diatribes for 20 years if he did not support that rhetoric? This is a major candidate for President of the United States!
It seems on every Sunday morning political program such as Meet the Press or This Week, when race is brought up, there is a liberal willing to excuse these racist, extreme views. Imagine if John McCain sat in the pew listening to a white supremacist. What would people say about McCain’s judgment? What would the public outcry be like?
I am tired of the double standard. I have never owned any slaves. I have never lynched anyone. I have never hurt or demeaned any black American. I have never called a black person "Nigger". In fact, the only time I hear that word it is coming out of a black persons mouth. Yet I am responsible for slavery and Jim Crow because of my skin color. Somehow I am keeping the black community down. I am tired of being accused of racism if I disagree with any “black” position. If politicians or pundits speak out against Affirmative Action, they are labeled racists. When Bill Cosby dared speak out about black families needing to do better teaching their children values and self-respect, he was criticized. Blacks who dare go against the main stream ideology, are labeled “Uncle Toms”. And when Obama loses this election, you wait and see, they will blame it on racism, not ideological difference and his lack of experience.
Racism is wrong on every level. Black-White, White-Black, you name it, it’s wrong. From our past struggle with racism in America to the Apartheid of South Africa, to Hitler’s pursuit of the Aryan master race, and in nearly every other countries past with this evil, we have made large strides in the right direction. It is unfortunate that it is being excused, justified and spread in the black communities of America. People like Maxine Waters, Jeremiah Wright, Lewis Fericon, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have made lucrative careers out of spreading divisiveness and hatred under the guise of equality and injustice. I hope that, in time, the younger generations will overcome the urge to blame others for their struggles and problems, which tend to be self inflicted. I look forward to the day that hating someone based on skin will go the way of the Dodo. We are better than this.
Nearly all of us agree that people should be treated equally. I also believe we should treat racists equally. White, Black, Brown or Red, racists of all colors should be treated with the same scrutiny and opposition.
We will never be free of racism if we insist on making race an issue. This comes in many forms. Affirmative action is state sponsored discrimination. It is privileging groups based on skin color. It always bothers me to see "Race" on applications or other forms. What difference does it make? I always check "Other". Black Entertainment Television, The National Black Caucus, National Associaton for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, (isn't it ironic that "colored" is now considered politically incorrect), National Latino Caucus, Miss Black America, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, all these things and so many more only divide us. Can you imagine the outrage if a group attempted to form a White group of any kind. There would be riots. At some point we all need to rally together and just be Americans. Furthermore, with the mixing of races, what constitutes a Black person or Asian person? Do you have to be more 50% or more to be accepted in a "club"? It is so small and stupid.
It will take honest, courageous minority leaders to change minds and break down the divisive status quo.
As a wise Republican once said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
So do I.
Posted by Candice@The Fellas and I at 3:21 PM