There is some interesting conversation in the comments today about racism. As my loyal fans know I predicted all this in April of ’08 when I was blogging for John Nolte at Dirty Harry’s Place, http://dirtyharrysplace.com/?p=1371 (I know I have many fans, just as loyal, who may not have discovered my brilliance until after April of ’08. I highly recommend they follow the link.)
Are there people who judge others based on skin color? Sure. We all know this. Are whites more likely to do this than blacks? It doesn’t appear so. Read the linked post for evidence, or, simply look at President Obama’s polling numbers. His numbers have fluctuated with white voters, based on current events. There is much less fluctuation with black voters. Hmmm… Are rural, small town or southern folk more likely to judge by skin color than urban elites? No. Folks like Chris Matthews, Bill Maher, and the entire staff of the New York Times are obsessed with skin color. This view of the world (racism), is so ingrained in how they think they project it on all of America. They are convinced we all must think as they do too, so they ascribe racism to every action they see across this great land. Unbeknownst to them, most of us are really just trying to figure out how to pay the rent and wondering why we can no longer buy the light bulbs we prefer.
For decades we’ve been told there is a large majority of Americans who are secretly, privately racist. Well, how do you prove or disprove that? The definition states they are secretive about it, so how could you prove the theory wrong? I know I wasn’t secretly, privately wishing ill of anyone, but how do I know what the guy next door is secretly, privately doing?
Well, lately I’ve been asking myself the same question millions of Americans are asking. If a majority of voters elected Barack Obama President, and obviously were not racist on that day (pulling a voting lever in privacy), why would they be racist now? If the folks in Cleveland embraced LeBron James before he publicly made them look like fools why would they judge him based on his skin color now? If O.J. Simpson made millions off endorsements and acting jobs prior to killing his ex-wife, why would his fans hate him for his skin color now? If Tea Party people are racist why do they love Allen West? If FoxNews is run by racists why do they employ more black pundits and reporters than any other major network? On August 28th this year there was a huge news story about two opposing rallies in Washington D.C.. One was hosted by Glenn Beck, the other by Reverend Al Sharpton. Who do both men work for? FoxNews! Yet hundreds of pundits repeat the meme that FoxNews is racist.
We are learning a great deal about racism in this country and we see that some people do not seem able to see beyond race, no matter what evidence is put before them. That truly is racism. I genuinely feel sorry for those people but we can no longer be slowed by them. The rest of us are moving on.