The Republican party was formed with an abolitionist platform resigned to end slavery and followed the victory of its first elected president by outlawing slavery, granting citizenship status to former slaves, providing them with the right to vote, and fighting for civil rights. The Democrat party was the original party of the Virginia plantations, fought against ending slavery, implemented Black Codes to restrict the rights of former slaves, provided a home for members of the Ku Klux Klan, instituted Jim Crow and segregation, and filibustered civil rights legislation in order to prevent black Americans from garnering equal rights. Granted, that was long ago, but to this day the Democrat party continues to keep people of color oppressed in a system of government dependency, to use race to perpetuate the narrative of blacks as victims, and to use the race card to raise racial tensions and divide Americans.
Racism can be defined as “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group.” While this typically has been directed toward minorities, and white supremacy has been a despicable stain on the history of a great nation, racism does not flow in only one direction. In fact, it is often those on the left, who claim to be anti-racist, who are the most racist among us. They simply choose to disparage, antagonize, and discriminate against white people, and so they do not consider their hateful words and actions to be racist. They are race baiters and dog whistlers, and proudly and frequently play the race card to further divide the American people in hopes of maintaining relevance and power.
In today’s woke environment, everything is about race, and anything outside of the liberal orthodoxy is considered racist. The woke mob needs to read “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and come to learn that the more they play the race card when it does not pertain to the situation, the less the people will come to believe them in true instances of racist discrimination. If everything is made to be about race, then we will see a desensitization of the public toward the scourge of true racism. While the claims of systemic racism and inherent racism are false narratives meant to promote disharmony and mislead the American people, there can be no argument that racism still exists in America, as it does all across the world. We will never eliminate the close-minded ignorance of those who wish to live in the dark, but we must always be vigilant when true racism rears its ugly head. We cannot effectively tackle racism if antiracist activists continue to so generally and vaguely apply the racism label to non-racist incidents and speech.
When Donald Trump commented on the deplorable conditions in Baltimore, including the extremely high poverty and crime rates, without any mention of race, he was immediately decried as racist. This was not a statement against the black people who call Baltimore home, but rather an indictment of the Democrat leadership that for decades has overseen the decline and perpetual calamity that is the condition of the city. However, as is their modus operandi, leftists claim racism to deflect from the underlying reasons for the struggles of the black community – bad liberal policies. Crime, poverty, out of wedlock births, decline of the family unit… all the result of white racism, rather than the truth that the dependency of the liberal welfare state, the war on wealth and class warfare, the anti-business economic policies, and the victimization of people of color by leftist politicians is responsible for their plight. By ignoring the role members of the black community have in determining their own situation, the left is perpetrating the worst kind of racism – holding people of color down by lowering standards and disempowering them.
Is it more racist to be honest and empower people of color to take control of their own lives, or to keep them dependent on government by claiming victimhood and removing any responsibility or accountability from the community?
In contrast, there was no outrage when Democrat Representative Ayanna Pressley said, "We don't need any more brown faces that don't want to be a brown voice. We don't need black faces that don't want to be a black voice.” In other words, if a person of color does not espouse the woke mantra, use racism as an excuse, and denounce the white man, and he or she accepts responsibility and accountability for his or her own circumstances, then that individual is not a “black voice.” This is similar to calling a person of color an “Uncle Tom,” insinuating that an opinion that differs from those of the race-baiters and civil rights charlatans of today’s woke movement makes one a traitor to the black people. As the leftists typically do, Pressley arrogantly dismisses those who do not speak as she does and disregards those opinions that differ from her own. I guess if you are woke, it is the color of one’s skin, and not the content of his or her character that defines an individual in today’s world. Was Martin Luther King Jr. just another brown or black face failing to be a black or brown voice?
What can be more racist than attacking a person of color for having different opinions and beliefs?
How about President Joe Biden? The man whose presidential campaign was saved from oblivion by massive black support in South Carolina, has not always been such a friend to people of color. He opposed busing to integrate schools in the 1970s, called school integration “the most racist concept,” and was a vocal proponent of policies leading to the mass incarceration of black men, whom he described as “predators,” in the 1990s. He even offered an amendment in 1975 that the NAACP called “an anti-black amendment,” aimed at removing components of the school integration process. Lest we forget, he was vice president when the country had the highest annual number of deportations and the cages were built to house migrant children. Is the president a racist? I don’t believe so. I believe he is just a typical politician who changes his position to strengthen his electoral prospects. However, according to the woke mob, how else could he be described? Think about how a republican with the same resume would be treated by the leftist activists, the socialists in the Democrat party, and their comrades in the mainstream media and printed press. Technically speaking, shouldn’t Biden be cancelled, just as they are trying to cancel George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln?
In 2008, then-Senator Joe Biden referred to Senator Obama as “the first sort of mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean.” Can you imagine if Donald Trump said that about Dr. Ben Carson, or Michigan senate-candidate John James? While campaigning for the presidency, he told black people that if they were having trouble figuring out whether or not to vote for him, then they “ain’t black.” Is it not racist to ostracize a member of a race on the basis of who he or she votes for? Or how about his rant during the 2012 campaign, when he told a black crowd that the Republicans were "going to put you all back in chains."
Has anyone ever used race as a weapon more effectively, while doing nothing for those they claim to stand up for, than Democrat politicians like Joe Biden?
Democrat Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock said that America “must repent for its worship of whiteness.” Liberals may claim that whiteness is not a derogatory racist term meant to implicate white supremacy, yet the National History of African American History and Culture defines whiteness as “the way that white people, their customs, culture, and beliefs operate as the standard by which all other groups are compared.” In other words, white people compare other races to their culture because they believe they are superior. Does that not invoke white supremacy? The museum also suggests, “Whiteness and the normalization of white racial identity throughout America's history have created a culture where nonwhite persons are seen as inferior or abnormal.” How is this not correlating whiteness with white supremacy? USA Today admits that “The term ‘whiteness’ has been in use for decades and is often connected with notions of white privilege and systemic racism.” Logic dictates that Warnock was painting the United States as a racist nation built on a foundation of white supremacy. Again, the far left ascribes guilt for every negative aspect of the plight of non-whites to racism and white supremacy.
Ask yourself, who is always trying to separate people by skin color? Who is always interjecting race into situations where it has no relevance? Who is always judging people based solely on the color of their skin? It’s not Republicans, it’s not conservatives…
Following the tragic shooting in Boulder, Colorado this month, and assuming the shooter was a white man, Democrat Representative Ilhan Omar tweeted, “The shooter's race or ethnicity seems front and center when they aren’t white. Otherwise, it’s just a mentally ill young man having a bad day. Narratives drive our responses to awful crimes committed against innocent people, pay attention to these responses and who is targeted.” Who is trying to drive a racist narrative here? This was a situation in which a troubled Syrian man, not a Caucasian, perpetrated a mass murder. It was not racially motivated, and had nothing to do with white supremacy, yet Omar and many on the left inserted race into a tragedy. The continuation of the false narrative of systemic racism empowers the left, garners support for the Democrat party, and fosters an environment conducive to expanding government power and limiting individual liberty. It does not help people of color, but actually hurts them. It is the left that continues to empower racism in America. It is their base of power.
Is it racist to try to eliminate the use of skin color as an excuse to keep people divided and to make efforts to reduce racial tensions, or to continue to use skin color to divide people and use it as a wedge to increase racial tensions?
The only way to eliminate racism is to eliminate those who keep it alive. Republican Representative Louie Gohmert raised the prospect of forcing the Democrats to live by their own standards,
“Efforts by Democrats to destroy all public traces of their own history of supporting slavery, the Confederacy, and segregation in an attempt to shift blame onto Republicans must no longer go unchallenged. It is time for Democrats to play by their own rules, and accept the standards they have forced onto everyone else. They must divest themselves of their name that has denied so many the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Their recent actions demand nothing less. Instead of canceling our culture and history, it’s time to #CancelDemocrats."
Perhaps Gohmert is right about the original party of slavery. If we are going to cancel Thomas Jefferson for owning slaves, should we not cancel the party that he formed in the 1790s, and which continued to support anti-black policies until late in the 20th century? If we are going to cancel the father of our country, George Washington, because he owned slaves, should we not cancel the party built on the backs of blacks in bondage, that fought to retain slavery, gave rise to the KKK, implemented Jim Crow and segregation, and fought to deny blacks the civil rights to which they are entitled? Democrats should beware of their support for the cancel culture, because if all reminders of a racist past are to be cancelled, the Democrat party should be the first to go.
No one can deny the existence of those who believe in white supremacy or those who refuse to accept that all people, regardless of skin color, belong to the same human race. They are the exception, however, not the rule, and they are not exclusive to the Republican party. There is no excuse for racism, prejudice, or discrimination of any kind. There wasn’t in 1800 when slaves were considered property, in Reconstruction of the 1860s and 1870s, when blacks were freed and granted rights as citizens, in the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s when segregation ended, or in present day America. However, claiming racism does not make it so. Using racism as an excuse for all problems does not heal a nation and does not empower the black community. Demonstrating reverse racism to fight racism is no virtue. Playing the race card without evidence of true intention of racist intent diminishes the impact of true racism. The loudest voice against a practice is often it's strongest practitioner. Such seems to be the case with racism.