Est. May 2008

10 March, 2015

Isms

A day or so ago, Colin Powell was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos.  During this interview, Mr. Powell said that 'many Republicans were still racist and that there was a “dark vein” of intolerance that ran through much of the nation.'

He went on:

“We’ve come a long way, but there’s a long way to go,” he said, ABC News reported. “And we have to change the hearts and minds of Americans. And I see progress, especially in the younger generation. … But we still now have hurdles that we have to get over.”
Yes, we still have hurdles to get over; we wouldn't, though, if certain people (some call them race-baiters, some call them 'race-card-players', some call them 'race-pimps') didn't continue to shove the goal-posts back further and further with absurd accusations of 'racism'.

What do I mean by 'absurd accusations'?  Well, as Michelle Malkin points out, '[y]ou can't say "niggardly" or “black holes” or “chink in the armor” without provoking protests or risking your job. You can’t invoke the Constitution or call without being accused of hatred. And now, you can’t goof around at a high school basketball game in silly costumes without the world accusing you of “racial insensitivity.”  You also, according to Mother Jones, eat three meals a day – that's racist, too.  Oh, and sports teams with Indian mascots and names?  That's racist, too

In fact, it certainly seems these days that everything's racist

So how, exactly, are we supposed to reach the goal of 'no racism' when each and every day we add some new (and often absolutely ridiculous) form of 'racism' to the list?  We can't, of course.

And I think that's the point.  You see, the day we actually conquer racism is the day a certain group of people who've made racism their bread and butter will find themselves without a cash-cow.

If you study history, you discover that we pretty much defeated racism in the 1960's with the Civil Rights and Voting Acts.  Of course, there was a slow transition period as people who felt it perfectly acceptable to force black people to the back of the bus, to drink from specially designated water fountains, to sit in specially designated areas in public venues; to hunt down and hang black people from trees, to burn crosses on their front lawns and burn down their homes and churches; to keep them segregated in their own enclaves, schools, and businesses either learned the error of their ways or died off.  And certainly, there are a few people even today who maintain that black people are somehow inferior to white people.  But when you read the news – or listen to that 'certain group of people' I mentioned earlier (and you know who they are, I'm sure) – there are racists under every rock, behind every bush and tree, in every police department, office building, manufacturing plant, government office, grocery store, and so on and so forth, in the nation.

And that's demonstrably a big steaming pile.  But it pays the members of that 'certain group of people' to maintain the fiction – and pays well, from what I've heard and read.  So it's important to keep the notion of rampant racism alive.

Therefore, black holes are racist, 'niggardly' is racist, three meals a day is racist, and so on and so forth.

And because of this kind of ridiculousness, the base and vicious idea of racism is turned into a caricature, a farce, a joke.  And, like the boy who cried wolf, people are beginning to hear the words 'racist' and 'racism' and are beginning to tune it out.

And when real racism rears its ugly head, nobody's going to pay attention.

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