Back when I was growing up in the 50’s and early 60’s, the term “racist” actually meant something. Today we throw the word around so casually that it’s virtually lost its meaning for most people. So just exactly what is a “racist”?
Webster defines racism as follows:
: racial prejudice or discrimination
I’ve NEVER thought of myself as a racist, and yet I’ve been accused of being one on this blog when I’ve written that I believed blacks in America have been duped and suckered into voting in virtual lockstep for Democrats in exchange for affirmative action programs and free “stuff”. I don’t know how any casual observer could perceive it any other way. If that makes me a racist, well then I wear that as a badge of honor. It hasn’t changed the way I look at blacks as individuals. I’ve been hoping for nearly half a century that MLK’s dream would come true, and we would get to a point where everyone would judge others by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. I’m still waiting for that to happen, and, in fact, it appears we’re drifting farther away from that ideal rather than toward it. Much of our current problems, IMO, can be laid at the feet of the current administration. Never in my lifetime has there been a president who has been more divisive, particularly along racial lines, than this president. What a poor record for one who was touted as being the first “post racial president.
As I said in a comment in a previous thread, my overall experience with other races, particular blacks, has been pretty good. I graduated from high school in 1963, a year before the Civil Rights Act was passed. Democrats held substantial majorities in Congress back then, and it wouldn’t have passed had not a substantial majority of Republicans voted for it. All that was eclipsed a year or two later with LBJ’s Great Society and War on Poverty, two of the most massive government wealth transfer mechanisms every seen at that time. Those two programs were the lynch pins in the Left’s effort to destroy the black family. OK, let me rephrase that and give Progressives the benefit of the doubt that their initial goal was not to destroy the black family. The destruction of the black family was simply an unintended consequence of the Left’s effort to create a solid block of reliable votes. Regardless of the initial motivation, the destruction of the black family is the root of many of our current societal problems.
Prior to high school graduation, I’ll have to admit, my exposure to interaction with blacks was pretty limited. I didn’t dislike them or not get along with them; I just didn’t interact with them much. Most of the blacks in Fort Wayne, Indiana where I grew up went to one inner-city high school – Central High (since converted into a vocational center for the Fort Wayne Community Schools) We played them in basketball — they beat us — we shook their hands, end of story. As I got out into world, I began to interact more with other races, but still I don’t recall ever encountering any of the types of problems we see today. It just never dawned on me to treat someone differently because of the color of his or her skin.
So just exactly what is racism in modern terms? Is it something that can eventually be overcome. Will our kids do a better job than we’ve done, or is it going to take a race war before we finally move on? It’s pretty obvious, from discussions about the recent Trayvon Martin incident, that our resident Progressives see it through a completely different lens than do our Conservatives and Libertarians. Let’s see if we can have a civilized discussion about it.