I don’t know about you, but in my post-racial America, I’m a gosh-darned coward about all things black and white. I know it to be true, because Attorney General Eric Holder–the first African-American Attorney General, don’tcha know!–told me as much.
I don’t know about you, but in my post-racial America, even that dastardly heat in the desert southwest discriminates based on skin color. I know it to be true, because researchers at Arizona State University found that less-affluent, predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods in the Phoenix metro area were unfairly focused upon by the desert heat due to lack of trees, an abundance of pavement, and high population density.
I don’t know about you, but in my post-racial America, the high-occupancy-vehicle lanes in northern Virginia are as racist as the day is long. I know it to be true, because the geniuses at Arlington County took their are they drunk? logic straight to the courts, filing suit a little more than a year ago which asserting that the HOV lanes–use of which requires nothing more than a car, and three people in it–unfairly benefit wealthy white drivers while discriminating against minorities.
According to the Rev. Al Sharpton, if I take umbrage with the charges of racism, either as an ordinary white guy or as an ordinary white guy on behalf of the desert heat or the HOV lane, that alone makes me a racist. Seriously. Take a look at this interview from a few years ago, uncovered by Duane Lester at All American Blogger:
In case you didn’t recognize him, that’s Rev. Sharpton. The black guy. The fellow Sharpton is talking to is a British reporter who, after covering one of Sharpton’s speaking engagements at his National Action Network, was called a “white devil” by one of Sharpton’s followers leaving the building. Oh, they’re just about as tolerant as he is!
The reporter asked the good Reverend exactly how he should handle being derided as, essentially, the evil white man whose heavy and oppressive hand kept Harlem looking as it does. Sharpton responded by laying blame at the feet of the reporter, saying that if the comment bothered the reporter, perhaps “there’s a little devil in you that you’re not too sure about.”
Now, I don’t want to skirt the issue, lest I be deemed a coward, and I don’t want to be overly aggressive, lest by repudiating the charges of racism I be labeled as a racist myself, but something needs to be said.
As Duane Lester points out, “[i]t was the NAACP that recently “passed a resolution to condemn extremist elements within the Tea Party, calling on Tea Party leaders to repudiate those in their ranks who use racist language in their signs and speeches,” and yet Sharpton himself condones, and has condoned for years, the use of racist language and the use of race in general as a political tool. In the video, as pointed out by Duane Lester, he overtly rationalizes and tolerates hate speech while simultaneously blaming the victim of said hate speech for daring to be offended by it.
What Sharpton and others like him need to realize is that it is this very culture of political correctness, this movement toward unnecessary divisiveness in the name of diversity which cultivates the reticence, real or perceived, among Americans to openly discuss matters of race, not the other way around.
Racism will be found where we want to find it. For some, that may be in the high-occupancy lanes on I-95. For others, it might be outside the National Action Network immediately following words of encouragement by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Any way you slice it, however, this unhealthy focus on wholly manufactured racial strife does nothing but cheapen and divert the debate away from the issues that actually do affect our daily lives, not to mention that the ones hurt most by Sharpton’s campaign to find racism in everything are the ones who are actually, truly, in reality being subject to race discrimination at school or at work or anywhere in between.
If the folks who follow pinstriped race-baiters like Al Sharpton took the same amount of time they currently spend absorbing black nationalism and hate speech directed at us cowardly white devils and instead invested it in actually looking at the cause of what is happening in their communities, I believe that more and more you would find the black community not only repudiating Sharpton, but repudiating statism as well. Instead, however, they stand in long lines in dilapidated city centers just for the chance to register to receive “Obama money.” Instead, however, they continue to perpetuate the same cycle of feigned oppression and feigned victimhood which conceals a political ideology Hell bent on keeping them down for the benefit of those who claim to champion their cause.
Sharpton and his ilk are the problem. We all know that. What we need to convey is that the power of the individual is the solution.
I don’t know about you, but in my post-racial America, hate speech is hate speech no matter who it came from. And I don’t know about you, but in my post-racial America, there’s a well-educated black family living in the second floor residence at the White House — if they can overcome a nation full of white devils and cowards, anybody can. Regardless of what Al Sharpton says.