When I think of racism I think in terms of Rosa Parks and the pain of being in the midst of that dark time in American culture. Parks refused a bus driver’s order to give up her seat to a white passenger. It is said that she became “tired of giving in.” The image of a black man being overpowered and abused, even killed by a group of lowlife thugs lurks there in my grasp of the vileness of racism. There are countless other examples of this evil affecting various ethnicities throughout history.
For the average, thinking individual the definition of racism is fairly straightforward. Good, decent folk know it when they see it and act appropriately to limit its impact.
Sadly the term racism is now quite commonplace. It has taken on a new, much broader, enlightened definition, one developed by those with little concept or concern for the real meaning of the word or the suffering of those directly affected. Politically left leaning, these liberal “thinkers” self righteously diminish the affect of actual racism for their own self aggrandizement.
“Look at me. I found racism. I must be a good person.” It is not unlike the boy who cried wolf.
The often fraudulent accusations actually show disrespect for real victims who truly have experienced racial injustice.
Today, racism is just another word parroted by the left. It is like a bumper sticker announcing the latest band wagon to which they have hitched a ride. These lost souls, motivated by a constant need to improve their self image, have a misguided view of one of humanity’s major failings. Determined to stamp it out, they go in search of racism finding it most frequently where none exists.
The new racism is everywhere. It is a big component of political discourse. It even shows up in what most would see as harmless email humor. The self appointed societal guardians are so well trained they can identify racism at the click of a mouse.
Free speech is yielding too much ground to this political correctness. You must be cautious of what you say and about whom you say it unless, of course, you are mocking Christians. There is no shame or chastisement for that. Whatever you do though, never ever poke fun at Muslims.
If the accusers are to be believed, racism is only practiced by conservative Tea Party types, mostly those who disagree with President Obama’s purposeful destruction of the economy. It is typical now to dismiss the many who share their deep concern about a miserably inept president with the dismissive, “They’re all just racists.”
No, they are not. They are citizens pained over the destruction of their country by an inexperienced, thin skinned, narcissistic, weak, extreme Socialist who does not believe in a proud, strong, prosperous America. They do not wish to see their country destroyed just to be rebuild it in a way that is wholly un-American.
I can speak to this personally having been accused of racism where Obama is concerned even though I have absolutely no interest in his color. My support of Herman Cain, (who is fully black since we’re on the topic), for nominee and hopefully President elect, should alert my accusers to that truth. It does not. My transgression has nothing to do with race. It is about me not drinking the Obama Kool-Aid, ergo, I must be a racist.
For liberals, especially those not well versed on the topics for which they hold strong opinion, the only tool in their kit bag is name calling. It is one of the cornerstones of liberalism. If you have no idea of what you’re talking about, if you have no sensible argument to present in support of your position, act like a grade school bully. Simply label whomever you disagree with by whatever negative monicker (sexist, homophobe, racist, etc) best covers for the argument you are incapable of making.
So. . .did you hear about the blonde, the Muslim and the gay guy who walk into a bar?
You’re an amazing writer and as always ‘hit the nail on the head’.
Love reading your articles – Keep it up!
Thank you Ann. I appreciate your words of support.