Saturday, May 7, 2011

I think we are all correct - America is racist.

I watched an interesting take on PJTV, about how the liberal left and Democratic party have taken to refer to all dissent as 'racist'.

Tony Katz (The Conversation), discusses the political label, "racers" - those that call all dissent 'racism'.

I think the problem is that there are two conflicting definitions in play for the concept of racism.

I think there is a racially-oriented agenda within the African-American community, that the liberal left is promoting. Agenda issues include affirmative action, avenging historical prejudices, biases, and harm.

This, any conflict with that political agenda actually is racist.

The version of racism I learned was an over-riding bias or prejudice one holds, that acts against others solely on the basis of their apparent or real race.

At Racism:

1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

PJTV discusses personal opinions of individuals, and whether, as a group, non-liberals share a common antipathy toward black or African-American people. Which appears to not be the case.

Hatred of white people, on the other hand, seems to be a shared and common hatred and prejudice among a sizable and vocal part of the black and liberal communities. So the conservative right is content to point at the racism of the left as being the cause of the miscommunication.

At the same time, the agenda of the left is discounted by the right, earning a blanket condemnation for racism of those same conservatives.

The part that bothers me most is that some rude and disrespectful leaders on many sides use the distrust and enmity to further their own personal financial and political ambition. It seems that calmness and communication will resolve the enmity.

Time wounds all heels. (Isaac Asimov)