A few weeks ago I addressed the question: is the orange man (Trump) the racist his opponents have continually claimed he is? https://seek-the-truth.com/2021/04/07/who-is-a-racist/. I start today from the premise that he is not. I don’t claim Trump never said a suspect thing (he has said many), and I don’t claim he has never said things that could be interpreted as racist; looking through the right prism, it is easy to confirm your suspicions about him. However, I provided evidence that his opponents have deliberately manipulated and misconstrued the evidence against him, all of which, were we in a court of law would be thrown out on objection. I provided alternative and plausible explanations that Trump himself provided in response to the charges against him, and I provided testimonies of people who know him well or have interacted directly with him.
I have for years taken personally such charges of racism, well before Trump ever came on scene. Trump is not the embodiment of racism; he is simply the latest target. The message has not changed in the last thirty or more years. What the media said about Trump and race the last five years is no different than what they said about my own views and my positions for as long as I can remember. Throughout the years, I have settled on principled positions after taking time to understand and reason through the facts and then I listened to public personalities who know nothing about nothing come up with illogical or non-existent reasons to label my beliefs and my positions racist. I watched as public figures who I respected or voted for were lied about and labeled racist for the express purpose of destroying their characters. Once labeled a racist, everything you say and everything you stand for is tarnished, whether those other things have anything to do with race or not.
I also watched as people who should have been with us on the issues ran away out of fear of being labeled a racist. Sticks and stones be damned; any association with racism is feared by the faint-of-heart, and this is one of the biggest fears people (and businesses), especially those in the public eye, have today. They want people like me to cower; they want to convince us to keep our opinions to ourselves. We can be tolerated if we just stay quiet. Well, I refuse to do that. It’s another principled stand.
Trump, for all his many faults and the unnecessary drama he brought, simply became a proxy for millions like me. He said what he thought about the issues and he didn’t hide or reverse course when they tarred him with the racist label, a label he and millions more of us don’t deserve. We didn’t agree with everything Trump said, but we agreed the simple slogan “Make America Great Again” is a worthy aspiration, no less so than a slogan like “Hope and Change” which was never subject to any such mocking. There is nothing racist about making America great. Maybe Trump didn’t always live up to that aspiration, but we believe in the potential of America, and we believe he believed in it. Instead, his opponents in the media attempted to convince us that this simple slogan was itself racist, and so people wearing MAGA hats were attacked because of, you know, racism. My son would wear his MAGA hat to a Trump rally, but he doesn’t wear it to Lowe’s Hardware, well, because some people just wouldn’t understand.
Is America Actually Racist?
Millions us believe that the United States has uniquely stood out as a force for good throughout its history. However, there is the blight of slavery in our history. But slavery existed in every civilization prior to ours and even still in many so-called civilized nations today (e.g. China and North Korea). In addition, we ended slavery. Western Civilization should be given immense credit for finally ending and discrediting this practice, but instead we are fed nonsense by people who know nothing of history and who say that slavery is in our DNA and that America was built on slavery and that America has never abandoned its racist roots and has simply moved on to newer and more subtle forms of slavery today. We have celebrities with large followings telling us that modern-day sports are some new form of slavery, and the push back is exceptionally mild to say the least. We have editors at the New York Times who tell us the United States true founding was not in 1776, but rather in 1619 when slaves came to America, and we have wealthy philanthropists like Oprah Winfrey who agree with all this and support teaching this ahistorical nonsense in our public schools.
Nonetheless, it is true that after slavery was ended, a new form of racism prevailed in America for many years, but then we ended that too. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, an overwhelming majority of Americans recognized the righteousness of the Civil Rights movement, and they ended systemic racism. But some just can’t accept the notion that the battle was won. They must maintain the struggle to maintain their importance. So, in the last fifty plus years we have created more and more government offices to fight whatever vestiges of racism remain. Every major corporation today has an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion office. The EDI folks can’t fix too many problems because they might work themselves out of a job; they must find more racism and create more programs to fight it in order to justify their existence. Throughout my lifetime, I have never understood how a program like “Affirmative Action” which in itself discriminates against people based on their race is somehow a cure to our racist past. We are going to cure racism with more racism? Didn’t we learn in kindergarten that two wrongs don’t make a right?
The activists today call themselves the “anti-racists” and if you disagree with them and their tactics, well then you must be a racist. After all, how can you not be against racism like they are? But they are phonies, just like the folks in Antifa, who claim to be against facism but are actually quite the facists. Today’s anti-racists are also Marxists at heart and they work race into Marxist philosophy. I am sure most people don’t realize the BLM founders have declared themselves to be “trained Marxists” BLM co-founder describes herself as ‘trained Marxist’ (nypost.com) These BLM leaders are more devoted to Marxism than they are to fixing racial injustices.
Karl Marx separated everyone into the bourgeoise and the proletariat. You are with one group or the other. You are either for the revolution and one of the righteous or you are not. The Marxists today separate us by race and by identity. Marx said the proletariat was the oppressed group, but identity politics today defines new oppressed groups: first and foremost non-whites, along with women, gays, transgenders and others. You are righteous if you belong to an oppressed group or if you stand in solidarity with them, say by declaring your “white privilege”. Otherwise, you are one of the oppressors and must be denounced as a racist.
It is your group identity that matters to the Marxists. If you stand with the oppressed group, you are good. Dr. King famously said the content of your character should define you, but your individuality no longer matters to the anti-racists Marxists. The color of your skin (or the group you identify with), which Dr. King said should not matter, is all that matters to the anti-racists.
Marx also said to use “any means necessary” to overthrow the ruling class. He even advocated for “despotic measures” for a period, but if you criticize any of their despotic measures, then you must be a racist. Consequently, everything and everyone today’s Marxist (i.e. Leftists and the media) doesn’t like is racist. If you don’t use their lingo and you support any of what they call our current systems of oppression, you are a racist. Therefore, the list of racist things is never ending. MAGA is racist. Climate change and hurricanes are racist. COVID is racist. School choice is racist. Voter ID is racist. Guns are racist. Your gas guzzling Chevy Tahoe is racist. The police are racist. Trump is racist. The founding fathers were racist. All Republicans, and everything they stand for are racist, except, of course, when they do something our media likes, and then they are no longer racist, but only until they oppose the revolution on some other issue. Rumpelstiltskin claimed he could turn straw into gold and we have similar charlatans today who try to turn every issue into the political gold of racism.
You see, once an issue is reduced to being racist, they’ve won the argument because we have a significant majority among us who are not smart enough or motivated enough to contradict these race baiters, and we have many more who know better but are afraid to oppose them, and we have those who know better but like winning too much to speak up. The new definition of racism, white supremacy, and the like is any action which the anti-racists disagree with. They discredit their opponents and their views by labeling them racist. Maybe they can shame you into changing your mind. The carrot is that you will no longer be considered racist; you will be accepted and you will be elevated to anti-racist status. And once you’ve been accepted into that society, it doesn’t matter if the positions you take are true or make sense, only that you are inoculated from the racist tag. This is how the game is played and it has become the most effective strategy for winning political arguments. If more of us spoke out against this nonsense, their house of cards would fall.
These folks attack the entire American system, present and past, as racist. It doesn’t matter that they have developed their own power structure which has its own systemic problems, including a new brand form of systemic racism. They paint with broad brushes because there are millions who don’t buy into their twisted logic. These broad brush attacks come from the top of that Leftist power structure. Here are a couple of egregious examples of such broad brush attacks:
- Let’s remember that tens of millions of people voted for the status quo, even when it meant supporting lies, hate, chaos, and division. We’ve got a lot of work to do to reach out to these folks in the years ahead and connect with them on what unites us.— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) November 7, 2020
- Speaking at a fundraiser in New York City on Friday, Hillary Clinton said half of Donald Trump’s supporters belong in a “basket of deplorables” characterized by “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic” views.
Isn’t it ironic that they claim to be fighting racism, which is basically denigrating everyone in a particular group without regard to their individual character, yet they use the exact same tactic to denigrate their political opponents by lumping them all together in this fashion? I didn’t vote for lies, hate, chaos, and division, and I am not a racist, sexist, homophobe, xenophone, or Islamophobe, nor do we have tens of millions of such people in America. Quit lying about us.
The Post Racial President
With the 2008 election of Obama, the issue of race was catapulted to the main stage with a vengeance. I distinctly remember listening to election night commentary that America was once again showing its racist roots because Southern states like Alabama and Louisiana were voting overwhelmingly against Obama. I remember the so-called “conservative” pundit on the panel didn’t even raise an eyebrow at this comment. I knew we were in trouble then and we’ve been descending further down the rabbit hole ever since. I thought Obama was a nice enough person, but I didn’t believe most of the things he said and I didn’t like his policies, so I didn’t vote for him. If he were allowed to run again, I still wouldn’t vote for him. That doesn’t make me or anyone else who voted against him a racist.
For eight years, if you opposed Obama’s policy on anything, you risked being called a racist. I remember Republicans didn’t want to extend the national debt limit, an issue which has nothing to do with race, but our media turned it into a racial issue. Republicans, you see, had approved of this during administrations of other (white) presidents. They claimed race was the only possible motivation for Obama’s opponents to vote against him on this issue. Never mind that the national debt was also opposed by prior legislatures when other (white) presidents proposed it. No, the only relevant fact is that it was opposed when the one black president proposed it, because it is the one fact that can advance the anti-racist narrative. I would like to take race out of the equation altogether, but the anti-racists simply won’t allow that. When Republicans wanted to defund Obamacare, they were once again called racist. I remember hearing repeatedly that Obamacare is already the law, so the only reason not to fund it once again has something to do with race and dislike of Obama. But the national debt limit is also the law, so why not oppose a change to it based on that same principle?
If we quit injecting race into these issues, we might actually have a debate on the merits. We should insist on discussing the merits first before pretending we can discern motivations, but the anti-racists don’t want that because it’s too much work to come up with real arguments to support their cause, especially when they call fall back on the tried and true method of labeling their opponents as racist.
A Good Example (Voter ID)
I am not saying that racism doesn’t exist. Every form of sin exists and will always exist. But what I am saying is that the demand for racism far outstrips the actual supply. Pretending we can expiate all forms of racism in our lifetime is like tilting at windmills. Even still, finding racism in America during my lifetime is hard. You know the anti-racists are struggling when they invent newer and more obscure forms of racism in order to convince us to maintain the fight and justify their existence.
For example, for as long as I can remember, they’ve been trying convince us that “voter ID” is racist–and they have done a pretty good job of it because many people now believe it is.–or at least they pretend to believe it is. If you believe this notion yourself, stop and think, how exactly is voter ID racist? Voter ID could be considered racist only if people of one race are more capable of voting with an ID than people of other races. In an era where so many basic activities we partake in require an ID, do you really believe that there are a large percentage of people, particularly people of a certain race, who are incapable of obtaining an ID and using it to vote? Who do you know that doesn’t have an ID and who do you know that has an ID but is incapable of using it to vote? It’s not a real problem.
Those who tell us that voter ID laws are racist are actually saying that one race is less capable of obtaining an ID and if they manage to obtain an ID, they are less capable of using it correctly in order to vote. That notion itself is racist. By their logic, people like me who believe people of one race are just as capable of voting with an ID as people of any other race, are somehow the racists and people like them who seek to convince us that people of a certain race are less capable of voting are somehow the ones who are fighting racism. Where is the logic in that? They are the ones propagating racism. They are the ones who won’t let go of the issue. They are the ones who are dividing us by race. They are the ones who have abandoned Dr. King’s vision that we judge everyone by the content of our character, not the color of our skin.
Eldridge Cleaver was one of the founders of the Black Panthers movement in the 60’s. He had this to say about the white man:
- Rape was an insurrectionary act. It delighted me that I was defying and trampling upon the white man’s law, upon his system of values, and that I was defiling his women—and this point, I believe, was the most satisfying to me because I was very resentful over the historical fact of how the white man has used the black woman. I felt I was getting revenge.”—Eldridge Cleaver
I am sure he was really a fine individual in all other aspects. He was sent to prison for his crimes, but while in prison he wrote a best-selling book, Soul on Ice. He and his revolutionary compatriots set the groundwork for the new race relations in America and the revolutionaries of today aren’t any better. Let’s look at some more recent examples:
Nick Cannon, a TV celebrity, last year called white people savages and animals. https://www.tmz.com/2020/07/14/nick-cannon-accused-black-supremacist-white-people-animals-savages/. There was only mild condemnation for this and earlier anti-Semitic comments, because Cannon, who is black and part of an oppressed group cannot possibly be considered a racist himself.
Nicole Hannah Jones, a New York Times writer, who has gained prominence with her “1619 project” called the white race “barbaric devils”: https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/06/26/founder-of-controversial-1619-project-called-white-race-barbaric-devils-in-1995-letter-939663’ She still works at the New York Times and is now collaborating with Oprah Winfrey on a 1619 project film. The 1619 project is a rewriting of American history which claims that America was founded not in 1776 but in 1619 with the introduction of slaves into the American colonies. She claims all of American history can find its roots in slavery and oppression. According to her, nothing else in American history besides slavery matters. It is foundational and seminal in her opinion. Her account is absolute garbage, but she was rewarded with Pulitzer prize for her writing.
Tim Kane, former Vice Presidential candidate, claims that the U.S. invented slavery: https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/06/what-tim-kaine-gets-wrong-about-slavery-and-why-it-matters/ He said nothing about the fact that America and Western Civilization were the first to abolish slavery, an institution that has existed since the start of civilization, nothing about Lincoln, Franklin, Hamilton, Adams, Mercy Warren, and others who were passionate abolitionists.
Here is a prime example of what happens when ordinary people, a teacher in this instance, listen to these public figures and try to put their ideas into practice. This teacher tells the police officer who stopped her, that he is “a Mexican racist who wants to be white but will never be white”. This police officer politely tolerates her as she also tells him he is a “murderer”. If someone were coming to murder me I wouldn’t try hurling insults like this, but this is what you get when people simply parrot the nonsense that is being spouted today:
And where there is such racism, there is often anti-Semitism to boot. A Philadelphia Eagles player recently said: “Hitler was right about the Jews”. A few people, but not enough, have spoken out against him, certainly, not as many as spoke out about Drew Brees when he said he was proud of the American flag and his grandfathers who fought in the war. https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/eagles/philly-jewish-sports-hall-fame-reaches-out-desean-jackson
Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan is openly anti-Semitic as well, having called Jews “termites” and “blood-suckers”.
Farrakhan also has problems with the white race: “The God who taught me calls the white man the skunk of the planet earth.”. Yet, Barrack Obama accepted his endorsement and has a long relationship with Farrakhan: Obama’s Farrakhan Problem | The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
There is anti-Christian sentiment as well among this Marxist ideology. Shaun King, an American journalist, recently called for the destruction of statues of Jesus.
When the anti-racists start acting like racists themselves, few in the media have much to say about it. This contradiction doesn’t further the Marxist agenda, so they ignore it. Here is an example of what is happening in our universities who support the anti-racist policies and its talking points. In this clip the woman says: “If ya’ll didn’t know, this is the MSC, and frankly there are just too many white people in here and this is a space for people of color.” Does this sound racist to you?
A NY public school principal sent a pamphlet on the 8 white identities to all parents. 8 White Identities: Principal Sends Home Controversial Pamphlet (dailydot.com). Where do you fall on this scale? I don’t identify with any of the choices myself. This seems blatantly racist to me. Who do I complain to about the systemic racism of educators like this principal?
If you push back against this racial nonsense, this new and ugly form of racism, then they come after you and label you the racist. Like Marx said use “any means necessary” to win the war:
Here is more craziness. Try to determine why a black actress cannot portray another black woman and when she does this is somehow racist. I am just trying to follow their logic, but there doesn’t appear to be any logic: Conservative host gives his take on why a black woman …
As Stu explained, “We have entered a new era of racism.”
The Babylon Bee is also trying to follow the logic and they’ve explained it via satire about as well as anyone could:
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton uses this Leftist’s own words to debunk the anti-racist narrative. Ms. Gupta said in the past “All Americans are racist and we all have racial biases”. “All Americans” obviously includes Ms. Gupta as well, so Cotton asks what are her biases? She cannot answer the question, yet she still condemns others for their racism. Ms. Gupta also said every institution in America is racist, so Cotton asks her what institutions in the current Biden Administration are racist? In five minutes, Cotton thoroughly exposes the racist hustle as a complete farce. Skip over the initial discussion on drugs and go to the two-minute mark. This is well worth your time. Remember too that this woman was confirmed to a high position in the U.S. Department of Justice. That does not help me sleep well at night.
I bet you didn’t know that re-opening schools in California could be considered racist. One school board member says so. I would have fired this person for these comments, but then maybe that would be considered racist in itself.
And then the same argument was made again in another California school district: California teachers union head says state reopening plan ‘propagating structural racism’ – Washington Times
I might understand better if one were to say that closing schools was racist. After all, there were Civil Rights battles in order to get black kids into school. Going to school is a good thing, right? Does anyone remember what happened in Little Rock Arkansas in 1957? https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/the-1957-crisis-at-central-high.htm
Here’s another one with the schools. How is this not racist?
Here is one particularly egregious excerpt from the above article: Kelly said the letter then accuses white mothers of “raising culturally deprived children who think black death is okay.”
How is it okay to make such blanket statements about whites? My parents did not raise me to hate blacks or any other group and my wife and I are not raising our kids to hate either, yet such outrageous statements are routinely made and not condemned by our major, one-channel, media.
I’ve never watched the TV show The Bachelor, but this is apparently the latest bastion of racism or what passes for racism today. One of the women on the show attended an Antebellum costume party at her sorority a few years earlier. Somehow Antebellum costume parties have been added to the list of racist things because, as you know by now, everything is racist. In any case, the bachelor who picked her during the show said she should be given grace and not criticized for this innocuous past experience. The host of the show then stood up for both of them. Then, it all unraveled as the Twitter world fought back. The bachelor after pressure from the Twitter world reversed course and went after the girl and the host and the host gets fired. Really? This is the definition of racism today? All the attacks on whites are fine, but this is racist? https://reason.com/2021/02/16/chris-harrison-cancel-culture-bachelor-rachael-kirkconnell/. If you disagree with these anti-racists, then you are a racist. If you agree with them, you cannot possibly be racist.
Like I said earlier, corporations have bought into this nonsense too, I think because they too desperately want to avoid the racist label. Coca-cola has training for their employees which tells them to be “less white”. I have no idea how to be less white, nor do I care to know.
Actually, we’ve been told as whites to stay in our lane. These same Marxist race police told us “cultural appropriation” is a bad thing. For instance, we are told a non-gay actor cannot portray a gay person and so he is made to apologize to Hollywood. A white restaurateur in Seattle is run out of business for opening a Mexican restaurant. How dare she? The message from Coca-Cola is that we need to be “less white” which I suppose means being more black or Asian or Mexican or something. But when someone tries do something outside the white lane, they are castigated for “cultural appropriation”. The double standard is so stark.
Here is a good method for determining if a statement is racist. Wherever there is the word “white” substitute the word “black” and vice versa. If the statement is not racist with either word, then both statements are innocuous (or at least in the context of racism). If the statement is racist with one or the other word, then both statements are racist. This means you must not rationalize and you must have a consistent standard. That’s often hard for many.
Let’s end this with a couple of clips of people speaking common sense and pushing back on the ridiculous narrative, one is from a well known person and another from a common folk like us: