Skip to comments.Who Is 'Racist'? (Thomas Sowell)
Posted on 04/23/2012 8:34:09 AM PDT by jazusamo
Whatever the ultimate outcome of the case against George Zimmerman for his shooting of Trayvon Martin, what has happened already is enough to turn the stomach of anyone who believes in either truth or justice.
An amazing proportion of the media has given us a painful demonstration of the thinking and lack of thinking that prevailed back in the days of the old Jim Crow South, where complexion counted more than facts in determining how people were treated.
One of the first things presented in the media was a transcript of a conversation between George Zimmerman and a police dispatcher. The last line in most of the transcripts shown on TV was that of the police dispatcher telling Zimmerman not to continue following Trayvon Martin.
That became the basis of many media criticisms of Zimmerman for continuing to follow him. Only later did I see a transcript of that conversation on the Sean Hannity program that included Zimmerman's reply to the police dispatcher: "O.K."
That reply removed the only basis for assuming that Zimmerman did in fact continue to follow Trayvon Martin. At this point, neither I nor the people who assumed that he continued to follow the teenager have any basis in fact for believing that he did or didn't.
Why was that reply edited out by so many in the media? Because too many people in the media see their role as filtering and slanting the news to fit their own vision of the world. The issue is not one of being "fair" to "both sides" but, more fundamentally, of being honest with their audience.
NBC News carried the editing even further, removing one of the police dispatcher's questions, to which Zimmerman was responding, in order to feed the vision of Zimmerman as a racist.
In the same vein were the repeated references to Zimmerman as a "white Hispanic." Zimmerman is half-white. So is Barack Obama. But does anyone refer to Obama as a "white African"?
All these verbal games grow out of the notion that complexion tells you who is to be blamed and who is not. It is a dangerous game because race is no game. If the tragic history of the old Jim Crow South in this country is not enough to show that, the history of racial and ethnic tragedies is written in blood in countries around the world. Millions have lost their lives because they looked different, talked differently or belonged to a different religion.
In the midst of the Florida tragedy, there was a book published with the unwieldy title, "No Matter What ... They'll Call This Book Racist." Obviously it was written well before the shooting in Florida, but its message that there is rampant hypocrisy and irrationality in public discussions of race could not have been better timed.
Author Harry Stein, a self-described "reformed white liberal," raised by parents who were even further left, exposes the illogic and outright fraudulence that lies behind so much of what is said about race in the media, in politics and in our educational institutions.
He asks a very fundamental question: "Why, even after the Duke University rape fiasco, does the media continue to give credence to every charge of racism?"
Harry Stein credits Shelby Steele's book "White Guilt" with opening his eyes to one of the sources of many counterproductive things said and done about race today namely, guilt about what was done to blacks and other minorities in the past.
Let us talk sense, like adults. Nothing that is done to George Zimmerman justly or unjustly will unlynch a single black man who was tortured and killed in the Jim Crow South for a crime he didn't commit.
Letting hoodlums get away with hoodlumism today does not undo a single injustice of the past. It is not even a favor to the hoodlums, for many of whom hoodlumism is just the first step on a path that leads to the penitentiary, and maybe to the execution chamber.
Winston Churchill said, "If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." He wasn't talking about racial issues, but what he said applies especially where race is involved.
Once Dr. Sowell has spoken, there’s really very little left to be said.
Amen, he sure nailed this.
Black hoodlums mostly oppress other blacks. When White Liberals push for letting hoodlums get away with hoodlumism, they are basically punishing black communities. This is, in my opinion, a way of keeping the black man "in his place". Black neighborhoods cannot thrive if they are consumed by lawlessness. Democrats have always been trying to keep black men down. They are doing it still today.
Democrats are, and have always been the festering pustule of racism in America.
It seems that the only way people who are “Racist” can ‘win’ an argument, in by injecting race into the argument.
A person lives in a community, and is a part of the coumminty watch. On his rounds, he is legally armed with a sidearm, which is is authorized to carry. He spies an individual acting ‘unusual’ and proceeds to follow this person, he calls 911 and reports this individual.
He is attacked, has his head pounded against the sidewalk, and uses his sidearm to defend his life, thus killing the attacker.
Those are the basic facts. The fact that the attacker is Black, and the ‘victim’ is hispanic are really unimportant. My view wouldn’t change, no matter what the racial background of the characters were. One person was a champion for good, the other a champion of evil.
It's a shame Biden doesn't think Sowell is good looking, and Sowell is not interested in personal power. Otherwise, we might have a president who is patriotic and capable as well as "articulate and bright and clean".
This is exactly what the charge of “racist” is about these days - silencing speech that is truth, oppositional and exposes the left.
Time to laugh at the charges of both “racism” and “McCarthyism”.
The left needs to be hung with their communist sympathies and have to deal with defending them.
Now imagine if someone like Mark Steyn wrote this.
Except for the hatred for America, the Klansmen of long ago would fit right in with today's Democrats. They'd probably even be impressed with the cleverness of using liberal indoctrination to get blacks to keep each other where the Klan thinks they belong, and to get blacks to do far more killing of each other than the Klan ever did. I'm disgusted by liberals who are not ashamed of what they do to the groups they pretend to help.
Koran-Burning Pastor To Hold Rally For George Zimmerman
Yep, but the leftists hate Dr. Sowell for speaking out, they just can’t say much about it.
“In the same vein were the repeated references to Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic.” Zimmerman is half-white. So is Barack Obama. But does anyone refer to Obama as a “white African”?”
I had exactly the same question. As Mr. Sowells says, the media in this country is so sold out to their world view that truth and justice have taken a back seat. I am very worried for my children and grand children.
Pastor Terry Jones says Zimmerman told him not to come To Sanford
It is the plantation and its inhabitants that are racist, Dr. Sowell.
Every one on it, those who run and those who reside on it are the racists of America.
Is “Pastor” Terry Jones’s picture in the dictionary to illustrate “attention whore”?
He wasn't "on his rounds." He was on his way to Target and happened to spot Trayvon.
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