I decided to re-post a portion of Andrew Sumereau's article Real Racism which I read over at American Thinker this morning. But I am honestly pretty sick and tired of race talk. I thought we were entering a post-racial America. But he said some things that I think are worthy of repeating and I want to have a record of them here:
"An honest assessment of the last election must conclude that Obama got more votes because of the color of his skin than were cast against him for it.
In fact, the sin of hatred as understood by the term "racism" is no more prevalent today than any other symptom of the fall of man. To call our society "racist" is no different or more nonsensical than calling it "slothful", "greedy", "proud", or "covetous." Human beings are imperfect......
But of course the charges of "racism" and endless calls for "dialogue" about race are more about power grabs, money and intimidation than sin. The race industry thrives on empty rhetoric and phantom threats to maintain a position of legitimacy. And the intimidation works, like nothing that has gone before. The pejorative label "racist" is to be feared above all else. Thus universities and corporations feel compelled to fund and house diversity bureaucracies promulgating the absurdity of eliminating racism by attempting to magnify and infuse race as a factor in every human interaction....
Real racism camouflages itself in the righteousness of modern liberalism. Clothing itself in virtuous reaction to ancient wrongs, the liberal mind scoffs at the reality evinced in Patrick Moynahan's famous warning of the "dumbing down of deviancy" or as more delicately put by Bush the Younger as the "soft bigotry of low expectations." Assessing objectively the pathologies of culture and destabilizing tendencies, attitudes, and behavior are off-limits. Serious inquiries must take pre-ordained paths or else. (Trivia question: Dr. James Watson - genius who discovered DNA? or idiotic quack?) One thing is clear. Only orthodoxy will be accepted in this realm.
Deplorably, the "real" racism of the racism industry trivializes the evil of actual racism, the ethnic hatred based on skin color, tribe, religion and culture that wreak havoc around the globe. (Especially on the continent of Africa, a fact virtually ignored by complacent self described African-Americans.) If the race-baiters noticed the horrific destruction of Zimbabwe done by Mugabe, turning the breadbasket of Africa into a desolate wasteland through anti-white policies, it somehow has not engendered the outrage that a city comptroller's use of the word "niggardly" to describe budget policies did on the insensitivity scale. Actual racism fosters poverty, injustice, and war. Fake racism makes headlines.
Power and money trump racism in America by a very, very long shot. The race industry fosters influence, jobs, contracts, and suasion. The type of people, nominal liberals, who get thrills from a black-skinned President, should recognize the assumptions they bring with their enthusiasm.
Real racism in America presupposes the inadequacy of dark-skinned Americans and the inherent ignominy of whites; it reveals itself in a self-satisfied nostalgia for redemptive struggle and refusal to accept present realities.
America is a nation that has proven itself to be beyond the pitfalls of endemic and debilitating so-called racism. A civil war and a civil rights movement were the necessary purgation and trials to bear in bringing us to our present condition. It is time to delight in the common good, recognize the efforts of our forbears, and start to judge individuals by the size of their hearts and the strength of their characters." (Source)
As Black American's we have been told "Never Forget" but somehow never forgetting has taken on a different meaning for us than it has other groups and that's unfortunate.