Is racism the worst thing in the world?
No. Yet, you’d think it was if you live in America. I’m so glad I’m headed for Tajikistan where they don’t yell racism whenever they lose. It’s sad when you have to go to the former Soviet Union to escape group-think.
When the Ten Commandments were written, racism was not in the top ten. In fact, throughout human history, most people have liked their own ethnic group more than others. Until the last 60 years or so, that was not a problem. It was like death and taxes–just a fact of life. In fact, anyone who didn’t like their own group the best was kind of weird. Even if you were in a different ethnic group, you couldn’t really trust anyone who didn’t like their own group best. It was just the natural way of things.
Now this thing called “racism” seems to have trumped all other sins. In fact, it seems to be the only real sin left, for some people. But it only applies to a few people. Many define racism such that no one except Anglos can be racists. In fact, racism is just a tool to get Anglos in line. Nowadays, whenever an Anglo does something you don’t like, you can get him to backpedal real quick by just yelling racism. Even if he doesn’t do anything, you can just make something up and he’ll still have to spend all his time defending himself and you win.
Yelling “Racism” is such a powerful tactic. I’m surprised there isn’t a manual published advising people on how to use it for personal advancement.
Righteous anger is the best part, though. This self-righteous, true-believer look comes over the face of people when they accuse others of racism. You can make your anger into something positive when you are say you are fighting racism. Almost as strong as the righteous anger of those fighting anti-Semitism. Except yellling racism gives you an excuse for crime.
See a pick-up flying a Confederate flag? You will get off if you shoot the driver. Not satisfied with the outcome of a court case? Burn cars and buildings and your community will be rewarded with urban renewal grants.
Yelling “Racism” has become so insidious a trend in America, it reminds me of the 50s. Then you could accuse someone of being a communist and immediately they were on the defensive. If they denied it, well of course they would deny it. That didn’t mean they weren’t really communist underneath. And maybe they didn’t even realize they were. Maybe they were unconscious communists. The anti-communists won that battle. Noone wants to be a communist today. Now they are doing the same thing with “socialism.” And some would like to do the same with “progressive.”
I can’t wait until someone starts to use the term “institutional socialism.” Institutional racism says: if the preferred ethnically group isn’t in control, its because of racism. I guess institutional socialism will mean: if a rich businessman isn’t in control, its because of socialism.
To insure I offend the true-believers on both sides: calling someone socialist is the same qualitatively as calling someone a racist. It’s name-calling. It’s putting your enemies on the defensive. It’s the far right’s version of Alinsky organizing methods.
Yelling racism is far more effective than yelling socialism, though. A socialist can repent and become a capitalist. No Anglo can ever repent enough to not be an Anglo.
I’m not sure why people don’t see “yelling racism” as the insidious cancer it is. Maybe when the first black incumbent President is defeated fairly and riots break out in the streets . . . Maybe then people will start to root out this cancer.
Maybe then they will realize how it is destroying America. How implementation of affirmative action programs tracks very closely with the decline of American manufacturing and American education.
Until we just ignore those who yell racism, our country will continue to decline.
Of course, we’ve got a long way to go before we reach the level of Haiti. The second country (after the US) to throw off its colonial masters was Haiti. But Haiti went all the way. They also raped and killed all the French and most of the mulattos who were half-French. They have now been independent for over 200 years and they are the poorest country in the hemisphere. But their modern apologists still blame racism.
We haven’t reached that point yet, but doesn’t it look like we are headed that way?