There once was a time when racism meant treating people of color badly. Bad behavior, superior attitudes, unfair discrimination on the basis of ethnicity or color was racist, plain and simple. At one sad time in America, those behaviors and attitudes were common.
Fortunately, things have changed. I know literally thousands of Americans, and without exception, those I know reject racist behaviors and attitudes as ugly, heinous, and unacceptable. I believe the overwhelming majority of Americans agree, and by overwhelming I’m talking in the 95% plus range.
So why is calling someone a racist the left’s favorite political device these days?
I suspect because so many of us agree that racism is despicable.
Barack Obama started it. He was masterful using race to polarize the electorate. His calculation was obvious. If 95% of voters consider racism evil, and you convince those voters the other party’s candidates are racists, you not only win, you cause a massive realignment of partisan loyalty.
Obama was successful enough that the rest of the Democratic elites – including the media, academia, and unions – have not only doubled down, they have put nearly all their eggs in the race basket.
But the fact is their constant cries of racism are self-projection. They’re the ones who judge, divide, and award based on skin color.
When a former Bernie Sanders spokesperson, a black woman, was asked who she thought should lead the Democrat National Committee she said, “we don’t need white people leading the Democratic Party right now.” In other words, whites aren’t welcome in the leadership of the Democratic Party, yet I’d bet you tomorrow morning’s coffee that if you called her a racist, she’d loudly deny it.
At the University of California in Berkeley, black and Hispanic students blocked white and Asian kids from getting to class. Their demand? Safe spaces segregated by race. Really, segregation based on race? Isn’t that racist?
The pollsters at Rasmussen report in a poll published July 17 that 32% of Democrats think any white criticism of non-white politicians is racist. Wow, we can’t even criticize the policy positions of a politician without it being racist.
Currently, Donald Trump and the Squad (AOC’s group of 4 far left women newly elected to Congress) are in a Twitter fight over his comment that those who have nothing good to say about America should move.
To me, it sounds a lot like the sentiment we frequently heard back in the ’60’s directed to mostly white protesters by mostly white non-protesters. “Love It or Leave It.” Yet every mainstream news outlet in America were quick to parrot the left’s insistence that Trump’s comments were certain proof of his racist beliefs.
AP reported that President Trump’s “racist tweets toward four Democratic congresswomen of color” were making race relations in America worse. An ABC News headline announced, “Black voters say they will remember Trump’s racist tweets.” The Washington Post affirmed a “political crisis caused by Trump’s racist tweets.” Nearly every mainstream news outlet produced similar stories. They got the chance to repeat all those stories when Pelosi and Congressional Democrats passed a resolution condemning Trump’s “racist” comments.
And all that propaganda worked. A recent Morning Consult Poll affirmed that 58% of voters believe Trump’s tweets were racist. It shows exactly how the left and the media can work together to “prove” something without evidence.
Now I don’t pretend to be able to read Donald Trump’s mind – or anyone else’s – but why assume his comments were racist? Dig into his business background and you might find a lot of things you don’t like, but there is NO evidence of racism in his hiring, pay scales, contracting, etc…
The left points at his opposition to illegal immigration. But when Trump talks about illegal immigration, his supporters don’t hear racism, they hear someone who will keep America safe from drug cartels, human traffickers, and gang members. They hear someone who wants to protect American jobs from unfair competition by those here illegally. They hear someone concerned about the future of our culture and our values.
Another evidence the left uses to make the race case is his early prohibition against visitors from countries well known for sponsoring Islamic terror. Again, why does that prohibition have anything to do with race — or even religion? Maybe it is what he claimed it was at the time, an attempt to minimize the chance of terrorism. Let’s not forget 9-11, and virtually every other terrorist attack in Europe or the U.S. since then. They weren’t done by white guys strung out on moonshine or meth, but by Islamic extremists who hate the west generally and American freedom specifically.
“Racism” is batted around today more than a baseball at batting practice. But 99% of the time it is the left who uses it as ugly name calling. Why? Because ultimately they have nothing positive to say that Americans can support. And they know it. So they call anyone who disagrees with them a racist.
And, hey, you don’t even have to be white. AOC’s chief of staff said recently that anyone who works to avoid radically changing the system is working to keep racism in place – including members of the Congressional black caucus!
But let’s be honest. After 60 years it should be clear Lyndon Johnson’s trillion dollar Great Society hasn’t worked. Life for minorities by many measures has actually gotten worse. It’s not that too little tax money was spent, it’s that those dollars were spent incorrectly. Marrying minorities to government, and isolating them from the wider culture and economy, did them a huge disservice.
Given that reality, is it really racist to advocate for a stronger private sector that creates more jobs for blacks and Hispanics, or higher wages, or safer neighborhoods, or for better schools? That’s what Donald Trump and conservatives are working for.
The real racists are those Democrats who continue to perpetrate a massive hoax on the black community that government is the answer to all their problems. Democrats have lied, cheated, and abused our brothers and sisters of color.
Historically speaking, it was the Republican Abraham Lincoln who ended slavery and the Democrats who founded the KKK. The rhetoric and the issues have changed, but the results have not. Democrat policies of big government, job-killing regulations, anti-growth tax schemes, and union dominated schools lock minorities into inequality and poverty. It just goes to show the more things change, the more they stay the same. 150 years later, Democrats are still the real racists.
(VIDEO: Who Are the Racists by Prager University)