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21st Century Racisim

White Insensitivity

Favoring one race over another is a natural part of human nature. As a black man, it is natural for me to find black woman more attractive than woman of another race. It is also natural for me to feel more comfortable around black people more so than people of another race. It is also natural for me to identify with other black people more so than people of other races. It’s natural to assume we share more in common. In certain situations I can’t help but favor one race over another. But does that favoritism manifest itself into racism?

Racism can be defined as a policy or principle that allows one race to dominate, control, or suppress another race. As much as my ego may want to disagree, I seriously doubt if my dating or social preferences comes at the expense of another race. Besides, although it may be my preference to date black women, I’ve had the experience of dating a number of other races. My social life isn’t solely driven by my preference of black people.
With a good amount of certainty, it can be logically concluded that if I ran a company I doubt very seriously that I would operate off any assumption remotely similar to one that claims that one race is better at any particular job than any other race. As an employer, my racial preference doesn’t manifest into an employment policy. My preference wouldn’t keep me from finding the best person for the job at hand and for the company as a whole.

Racism doesn’t allow for such discretion. The big problem with a racist is the fact that the perpetrator is so willing to allow their personal, racial preference to carry so much weight in the day-to-day decision making process. It doesn’t take much imagination to understand the effect a racist employer can have on a community. If only white people are allowed to work or are allowed to have the best jobs, it is only a matter of time before that racist employment policy leads to an economic policy that stands on a foundation of racism where only the white people would have the disposable income to afford luxury items which in itself leads to a racist policy of who deserves the attention and service in a retail environment. This cascading set of proverbial dominos will continue to fall throughout the social structure.

Racisms effect on law enforcement is notorious. How many minorities are subjected to the prejudices of a police officer, law enforcement agent, or government prosecutor who has a passion for a case is driven by a narrowly focused desire to apprehend a minority while turning a blind eye to a white law breaker? How many journalist and commentators work to defend the policies that protect the white establishment? How many doctors and nurses treat minority patients with less enthusiasm for their white charges? How many teachers, principals, deans, counselors, and other educators work to develop white students while letting minority students to slip by or, worse, slip out?

Similarly, it doesn’t take much imagination to understand the damage a politician can inflict on a community with a similar policy towards racial preferences. Government policies that favor white people in education, employment, legislation, representation, law, immigration, housing, military service, business ownership, and in any other area that falls under the jurisdiction of government. The higher the level of public office, the more widespread the damage from a racist policy can be.

Imagine a Supreme Court that feels that minorities are not completely equal to the white population. Imagine the impact a director of a federal agency responsible for the safety of citizens who feels that minorities cannot be trusted and should be stopped and searched at the whim of law enforcement. Imagine a commander-in-chief who turns his back on a minority population during a natural disaster.

George Wallace made the infamous quotation, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever”. As the Governor of the great state of Alabama George Wallace made it state policy that racism was a fact of life for residents of the state. Did blacks suffer under such a racist policy? Then Governor Wallace stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama before he would allow a black to enroll.

Let us fast forward to the present. 21st century politicians regularly flaunt their thinly veiled contempt for non-whites. The “macaca” slur of Senator Allen is only the latest in a long line of racially insensitive remarks. The Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond was immensely popular with South Carolina even though he is credited for saying, “And I want to tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that there’s not enough troops in the Army to force the Southern people to break down segregation and admit the nigger race into our theatres, into our swimming pools, into our homes and into our churches.”

Trent Lott praised Strom Thurmond for his Dixiecrat reputation saying, “When Strom Thurmond ran for President, we [the people of Mississippi] voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”

The conservative magazine National Review referred to Jesse Helms as prejudiced against blacks, yet he remained very popular with the residents of North Carolina. Senator Robert Byrd was a card carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan in his youth.

The mother of the President of the United States said of the black victims of Katrina, “Almost everyone I’ve talked to says, ‘we’re gonna move to Houston.’ What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality, and so many of the people in the arenas here, you know, were underprivileged anyway. This is working very well for them.”

And while we’re on the subject of the President, let’s examine the racial record of George W. Bush. Mr. Bush has publicly admitted his disdain for affirmative action and civil rights laws. Mr. Bush waited until the sixth year of his presidency to meet with representatives of the NAACP (dangerously close to becoming the first President in a generation to shun the organization).

The non-politicians who feel free to make statements that are racially provocative are even more numerous. Former Education Secretary William Bennett is on record for saying that aborting “every black baby in this country” would reduce the crime rate. White House Press Secretary Tony Snow feigns surprise when blacks react to a comment he makes referring to an issue as a “tar baby” on his first day on the job. Just a few weeks later republican Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts uses the “tar baby” phrase and acts like he never knew people found the term insensitive. FOX news commentator John Gibson urges white people to have more babies to counter the growing number of minority immigrants. Pat Buchanan calls for an immediate end to immigration in order to preserve the dominance of the white race in America in his recently released book “State of Emergency”. FOX so called news commentator Bill O’Reilly makes it a point to defend aristocratic white privilege and white authority on a regular basis. Rush Limbaugh does much more than his fair share of defending racial bigotry. It’s no wonder that many minorities feel disenfranchised.

Now here’s a question, how much influence do these public figures have on public opinion? How much influence do their arguably racist policies have on the masses? How much damage can they inflict on the minority community? How much comfort does the general white population get from these celebrities? These people and many more just like them are popular because many of the masses can identify with their line of thinking. Many conservative and moderate whites agree with a public persona that closely mimics their personal interest and the interest of their white peers. Woe to the individual that disagrees with or challenges their group thought. Not many non-whites have the ability to affect the public with the same fervor as these knowledgeable pundits.

A white golfer looses to a black man in a championship tournament. The white man, obviously disappointed, is recorded before a camera making a suggestion to serve friend chicken and watermelon at the dinner to celebrate the new minority champion. The statement was obviously a racial slur in the poorest of taste. But what’s most surprising is not the slur itself, but the number of people calling in to radio talk shows defending the racist.

A nationally syndicated and wildly popular television show about cops performing their duties shows car chases on a regular basis as part of the program. The narrator routinely refers to minority suspects as thugs and culprits while the white suspects are referred to as being distraught and in need of help.

Many people like to claim that blacks and other minorities are just as racist as white people. But the definition of racism is a policy or principle that allows one race to dominate, control, or suppress another race. It’s a fact that not too many white people fear the racist minority individual. Minorities aren’t represented on the air waves with a daily, nationally syndicated radio shows specifically designed to promote racism. The individual on the corner that has the bitter disposition towards the white establishment really doesn’t have much of a chance to influence the masses. I seriously doubt if the brother or sister will get a chance to air his or her opinion on anything that resembles the Rush Limbaugh show or the O’Reilly Factor.

The vast majority of famous minority pundits are on record bending over backwards trying to win the approval of the white establishment. Many of our famous minority contemporaries will choose to blame their impoverished racial peers for their lack of an education or wealth. Many claim that if we just make sure that our children got good grades then they too will be successful. But the truth of the matter isn’t how high their grades are, but how well they toe the line of those in power. Many minorities are successful because they make it a point not to rock the boat. Many choose to distance themselves from their contemporaries in order to achieve financial success at the expense of their ancestor’s cultural integrity.

History shows that a society that insists on being divided by those who have and those who have not cannot last indefinitely. The clock is ticking towards the inevitable end of this hyper-aristocratic so-called culture. If our chain of social order is only as strong as the weakest link, then this chain is dangerously thin and weak along the majority of its length. Instead of the population working to better uniform the strength of the chain, we are steadily working to strengthen the strong parts while continuing to weaken the weak parts. Are there any pundits out there willing to tell me how we will survive?

Sunday, March 25, 2007 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Culture, Black Men, Black People, Philosophy, Racism, White Privilege

1 Comment »

  1. As a black man, it is natural for me to find black woman more attractive than woman of another race

    I am a white man, I also find black woman more attractive than a white woman 🙂

    greetings from Germany

    tom

    Comment by tom | Wednesday, December 26, 2007 | Reply


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