Skip to comments.5 Reasons That Shouting "Racism" Doesn't Work Anymore
Posted on 03/23/2012 4:53:19 AM PDT by Kaslin
Because of slavery (Democrats did it), KKK violence (Democrats did it), segregation (Democrats did it), Jim Crow laws (Democrats did it) and other historic abuses heaped on black Americans in our country by the Democratic Party and its supporters, America has been a bit oversensitive about race for the last few decades. Of course, the political party responsible for all of that racism is now the one shouting, "You're a racist," and trying to pit different racial groups against each other. That might seem ironic at first glance, but if you think about it, it's actually par for the course. Since its founding, the Democratic Party has always tried to generate racial strife; it just uses a little different strategy today than it did in the past. Unfortunately for Democrats, the race card just doesn't work as well as it did in the good old days. There was a time when a condemnation by Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton produced actual fear as opposed to eye rolls and laughter. It wasn't so long ago that being called racist was a threat, as opposed to just being more of an annoyance today. That has only changed in the last few years for a few select reasons.
1) Barack Obama won the presidency. Like him or not, Barack Obama's election was a historic moment. He turned out to be the Jackie Robinson of the American presidency. Unfortunately, this time around, Jackie Robinson hit .162, couldn't field, and spent way too much time golfing and speechifying instead of doing his job. Still, it was a historic moment. For the first time, the leader of the free world was black. Fifty years ago, during the civil rights era, that would have been unthinkable. So, the moment Obama was elected, people started asking the obvious question, "How serious of a problem can racism still be in the United States if a black man can be elected President?" The honest answer to that question is, "Not very."
2) Black Americans have become much more prominent in the Republican Party. Despite what you hear from the Left, the Republican Party has never, at any point in its history, been a racist party. Yet and still, because black Americans have voted so heavily for the Democrats, there just weren't a lot of black Republicans and thus, there were few prominent black Republicans. This has started to change. Clarence Thomas is the only black Supreme Court Justice. Colin Powell and Condi Rice both took turns at Secretary of State under George W. Bush. Michael Steele was the first black RNC Chairman. Walter Williams fills in for Rush Limbaugh. Tim Scott, who was endorsed by the Tea Party, was elected to Congress in South Carolina. Congressman Allen West was the keynote speaker for CPAC in 2011. Thomas Sowell was voted the most liked conservative in America by conservative bloggers. Herman Cain is not only wildly popular; for awhile he was the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination. There are now enough prominent black Republicans to completely refute the idea that Republicans are racist to any open minded person.
3) The double standard has become too big to ignore. Democrats incessantly say and do things that would be called "racism" if they were done by Republicans. When Harry Reid can tout Obama because he has "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one, Chris Mathews tells people he forgot Obama "was black tonight for an hour," and Joe Biden can claim that Obama is the "first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy, without any repercussions, people get the message. There are two completely different standards for racism; one applies to liberals and the other applies to conservatives. When "racism" becomes just another arbitrary term that has more to do with politics than hating black people, you can't expect people to take it all that seriously except in the most egregious cases.
4) It has become widely acknowledged that shouting racism is a political tactic. We're long past the time when there's an assumption of good motives when someone cries "racism." People have come to realize it's usually about politics. Some people on the Left have become very open about that.
Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having ones opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness. Mary Frances Berry
You can tell that other Americans are picking up on that message when you see Tea Partiers carrying placards that say, "It doesn't matter what this sign says, you'll call it racism anyway."
The politicalization of the word "racism" is a shame because it does still exist. Unfortunately, for every real racist incident, there are 100 phony political cries of "racism" designed to benefit the Democratic Party and put money in the pockets of race hustlers like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the NAACP.
5) "Racism" has been so overused. Since Barack Obama has been elected, the cries of racism have been fast and furious. This is not a surprise given the Democratic tactic of chalking up every conflict between a black liberal and a white conservative to racism. Still, it's ridiculous on its face. Barack Obama is the most powerful man in the world and liberals act as if he's a poor sharecropper being pushed around by, well -- a Democrat, since Democrats were actually the racists who bullied sharecroppers. Getting beyond that, the cries of "racism" have become so incessant that they've almost become background noise. Anybody who opposes Barack Obama? Must be racist. Are you a Tea Partier? Must be a racist. You think Michelle Obama's butt looks big in that dress? Must be a racist. Even little kids who read fairy tales know you can only cry "wolf" so many times before people stop believing you.
Charles Manson's Helter Skelter:
"Helter Skelter would begin, according to one of Charlie's devotees, 'with the black man going into white people's homes and ripping off the white people, physically destroying them. A couple of spades from Watts would come up into the Bel Air and Beverly Hills district...and just really wipe some people out, just cutting bodies up and smearing blood and writing things on the wall in blood...all kinds of super-atrocious crimes that would really make the white man mad...until there was open revolution in the streets, until they finally won and took over. Then the black man would assume the white man's karma. He would then be the establishment'..."
" Charlie and the Family would survive this racial holocaust because they would be hiding in the desert safe from the turmoil of the cities. ... Afterwards, when the black man failed at keeping power, Charlie's Family, which they estimated would have multiplied to 144,000 by that time, would then take over from the black man and rule the cities."
Allies in War
By David Horowitz
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, September 17, 2001:
In 1969, Ayers and his wife convened a "War Council" in Flint Michigan, whose purpose was to launch a military front inside the United States with the purpose of helping Third World revolutionaries conquer and destroy it.
Taking charge of the podium, dressed in a high-heeled boots and a leather mini-skirt her signature uniform Dorhn incited the assembled radicals to join the war against "Amerikkka" and create chaos and destruction in the "belly of the beast."
Her voice rising to a fevered pitch, Dohrn raised three fingers in a "fork salute" to mass murderer Charles Manson whom she proposed as a symbol to her troops. Referring to the helpless victims of the Manson Family as the "Tate Eight" (the most famous was actress Sharon Tate) Dohrn shouted:
Dig It. First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, they even shoved a fork into a victims stomach! Wild!
Article: Allies in War -by David Horowitz
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, September 17, 2001
From Wikipedia, with references at site:
"In 1951, [Reverend Jim] Jones (Jonestown) began attending communist meetings and rallies in Indianapolis. Jones became flustered at harassment he received during the McCarthy Hearings, particularly, regarding meetings between Jones and his mother with Paul Robeson. This, among other things, provoked a seminal moment for Jones where he asked himself "how can I demonstrate my Marxism? The thought was, infiltrate the church.""
"In the summer of 1977, Jones and most of the 900 members of the People's Temple moved to Guyana from San Francisco after media pressure built. Jones left the same night that an editor at New West magazine read Jones an article by Marshall Kilduff to be published detailing allegations by former Temple members. Jones named the settlement Jonestown after himself.
Jones purported to establish Jonestown as a benevolent model communist community stating, 'I believe were the purest communists there are.'  Jones' wife, Marceline, described Jonestown as "dedicated to live for socialism, total economic and racial and social equality. We are here living communally." Jones wanted to construct a model community to show others and stated that Prime Minister of Guyana Forbes Burnham 'couldnt rave enough about us, uh, the wonderful things we do, the project, the model of socialism.' In that regard, like the restrictive emigration policies of the then Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea and other communist republics, Jones did not permit members to leave Jonestown.
Jones and several members argued that the group should commit "revolutionary suicide" by drinking cyanide-laced grape flavored Flavor Aid (often misidentified as Kool-Aid) along with a sedative.
One member, Christine Miller, dissents toward the beginning of the tape. When members apparently cried, Jones counseled "Stop this hysterics. This is not the way for people who are Socialists or Communists to die. No way for us to die. We must die with some dignity." Jones can be heard saying, "Don't be afraid to die" and, regarding death as "just stepping over into another plane" and that "[death is] a friend." At the end of the tape, Jones concludes: "We didn't commit suicide, we committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world." Children were given the drink first and families were told to lie down together. The mass suicide had been discussed in simulated events called "White Nights" on a regular basis, while members drank liquid Jones first told them was poison during at least one of those White Nights.
Thanks for the book recommendation. Looks interesting.
Here's a review from the link:
I was not raised as a racist nor have I been a racist in my 74+ years. Unfortunately I can no longer say that as on a daily basis I see nothing but “racist” pushed into my face. I am NOT agains’t all black people and I have a close personal friend who happens to be a negro. I would choose him as a friend long before some whites I know.
That being said, it is all those who keep pushing the black agenda at me.
It is not the color of ones skin (or race) that makes him a target of racism, it’s what is UNDER that skin, how he/she conducts themselves, functions in a “normal” society, obeys laws, works and practices his religon. To me, those are the people I respect. Guess then I can be considered a racist agains’t those of whatever color they display on the outside, be it black, white, yellow or green.
I have quite a few such friends whom I trust and respect over many others.