Yesterday I linked to Thomas Sowell’s article on the results of “race-hustling.” Sadly, there are some people who are obsessed with their or other people’s skin color, like that means anything. And this includes government or educational affirmative action programs which base some of their hiring or admissions on the race of the applicant, an unintended consequence of which is the discriminating against someone else based on his or her skin color.
And, as Sowell has noted in the article and in his past articles, many news media outlets refuse to identify the race of the black perpetrators and white victims of racially motivated violence, while the news outlets would enthusiastically publish the races if they were reversed. The mere fact that there are black youths in the cities who are gathering together to form mobs and beating up on innocents and with racial motivations is certainly not a result of all the affirmative action programs and LBJ’s Great Society, as much as they are probably more a result of racist and revenge-mongering attitudes of the race hustlers of the Left. (Some outspoken examples of that have included The Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Shrapnel.)
But some of those race hustlers and race-baiters on the Left are not all people of color — some are white as well. For example, MSNBC propaganda host Chris Matthews played a clip of Sen. Ted Cruz speaking before some supporters outside of Washington saying that it was “great to be back in America” (after being in Washington). While Cruz was obviously implying that the pols and the bureaucracy in DC are “not America” (and in fact, in my opinion, are an occupying foreign regime) and are out of touch with what America is really supposed to stand for, Matthews immediately concluded that Cruz was implying it was great to be back in “white America.” But only a fool could make such a conclusion, or someone who knows full well what Cruz meant but was intentionally putting a racial aspect to it to continue that false label of “racist” on the Tea Partiers.
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights activists made a lot of progress during the 1960s in getting governments to repeal their Jim Crow laws which specifically discriminated against people of color, by law, and which punished private businesses who had multi-racial and -ethnic customers, especially in the south. Unfortunately, as I pointed out in this post, the 1964 Civil Rights Act included not only public policies and government-owned institutions but privately-owned businesses and functions as well. That was one area in which the Act itself became a means of some people having the power to violate the rights and property rights of others. The distinction between private and public property was now further blurred, much to the delight of the covetous Left.
And yes, there are the Archie Bunkers of the world but certainly not as many as there used to be. However, over the past 12 years the many current Archie Bunkers, such as U.S. Rep. Peter King, have taken their obvious racist attitudes out on the Muslim populations overseas and Arabic or Muslim members of society here in the U.S. Those particular targets of racism are acceptable in the mainstream of ignorant vengeful American “exceptionalists” who believe that Americans are superior over other peoples and have a right to inflict violence and murder on the “terrorists,” i.e. foreigners who retaliate against the U.S. government’s wars of aggression and occupations.
And in our more modern times there are whole government police departments who are notorious for their official policies of discrimination especially against people of color and Muslims or those of Middle-Eastern features. The NYPD is one of those departments, in their illegal surveillance of Muslims and their illegal stop-and-frisks of innocent youths mostly black and Hispanics.
A recent example of racist NYPD behavior was the arrest of the 19-year-old black college student who had purchased a very expensive belt at Barneys in New York. The arrest was based on the assumption that because he was young and black that therefore he could not have afforded the purchase. He is now suing Barneys and the NYPD. But he really should sue the actual officers involved and not the department, as local taxpayers should not have to pay for the racist unlawful arrests by government police officers. And another young black shopper, a 21-year-old nursing student, is also suing the NYPD for their abusive and racist treatment, merely because she was a black woman purchasing a very expensive item at Barneys.
Now, if I had a son who worked for the NYPD and who treated presumably innocent young people this way, I’d probably give him a good what fer, as Jed Clampett would say (and I’m against spanking, as I’ve already stated). But I digress.
So, there are anti-color/ethnic racists and there are racists on the Left. One problem is that a lot of ignorant people such as the MSNBC host mentioned above have this apparent need to spread lies, based on race, about others with whom they disagree on the issues. For example, a lot of people on the Left and conservatives as well smeared Ron Paul as ‘racist” based solely on those “newsletters” that had been written by someone else but under his name. The leftists smeared Dr. Paul mainly because they don’t like his opposition to economic interventionism and central planning, and the conservatives smeared him because he opposes immoral wars of aggression and occupations that they support. But neither side seemed to actually hear what Dr. Paul had to say on the matter, and they didn’t seem to want to know that as a physician he treated many low-income folks free of charge. And he did that regardless of what their skin color happened to be, but just because he’s basically a good guy. And minorities would have benefited much more from a President Ron Paul’s actual policies than they do now from the current White House invader.
The root cause of racism is this compulsion that many people seem to have to view others as members of groups, not as individuals, and making false assumptions of those people based on their group-membership status or characteristics. As Dr. Paul himself had pointed out,
Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans only as members of groups and never as individuals. Racists believe that all individual who share superficial physical characteristics are alike; as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called “diversity” actually perpetuate racism. Their intense focus on race is inherently racist, because it views individuals only as members of racial groups….
The true antidote to racism is liberty.
So what we really need is liberty, the freedom to do our shopping or walking along a street or being at the airport without being harassed or unlawfully arrested by government security people, as well as the freedom to associate or not associate with others.
As Thomas DiLorenzo referenced in his article today, on the various leftists who believe that opponents of central planning and authoritarianism are in some way “racist” or “confederates,” all we really want is the freedom to live our lives, and be left alone by the government, regardless of our skin color. It’s really not too much to ask.