Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Racism: One conservative perspective
One conservative writer addressing racism and Cheerios.
Kurt von Behrmann
America’s dirty little secret, actually it isn’t that small, is racism. The close relative to sexism, and it usually goes hand in hand with ethnic slurs and homophobia is still very much alive and well. It is not on life support. It is actually thriving in some parts of the U.S. Current events clearly demonstrate that the influence of prejudice is not vanishing.
Another aspect of racism, and it is every bit as awful, is the “race card.” There are more than one versions of this. There is the gender card, the handicapped card, the sexual orientation card. This is just the top ten list. I am certain there are more.
The concept behind race cards is that they are convenience tracks to special privileges. Like a get out of jail free cards, if something goes wrong, either perceived or real, they are easy ways to win arguments. You can have your way without explanation.
That is the perception.
The argument goes further in that it assumes there is a huge majority unfairly treated and that “cards” are unfair arsenal in an agenda hostile to the majority.
This is the concept.
The idea goes further that these “cards” exist in a society without inequity. The assumption is that past problems have been solved. It works under the erroneous view that the slate is now blank. There is no past and we are equal.
Apparently when it comes to gender equity in marriage in some sectors it is seen as going too far.
Living under the assumption that racism is just the complaints of an angry irrational mob that can’t have its way is an oversimplification that is ignoring the complex. The language of current political discourse cannot see the powerful subtle nuances of a perspective. Elements of reality that do not fit a convenient easily digestible sound bite are discarded. Any little, or small, element of reality that refutes and argument is never addressed. The points of view more often seen are incapable of comprehending questions. Facts are that do not support a point of view are not even addressed. Historical perspective is almost always absent. Particularly in arguments of race, the past is an inconvenience that does not need to be confronted.
The acceptance that racism is deceased if fueled by the idea that (in some areas) African-Americans are on a rampage to disseminate “civilized” Caucasian culture.
Viewed as an enemy to all things decent, Black equity is equated with an unraveling of the status quo. The argument sees any creation of equity as a threat.
For all the flag waving that we are proud, fearless and free, apparently we are collectively scared shitless of “Blacks with Guns.” Bring up racial equity and suddenly no one is either proud or fearless.
I can hear the misconceptions of what I have stated. So let me make this clear.
I fully support our men, women and gays in the armed forces. Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, African, I always make a point to “Thank them” for preserving and securing freedoms that allow me and others to write and express freely.
Yes, I sent items to make life easier for troops. I created art work that celebrates woman in combat. I created paintings that show the hard side of returning troops.
None of those works sold, but I am proud I did them. I would create them again.
There is constant criticism that anyone critical of America must be “Un–American.” I comment on this nation because I want a nation that really stands for Freedom, Equity and Pride. Equality, Brotherhood and Freedom, are not just words. They are ideals.
We also have a huge sign that says, “Give us your tired, your hungry, your huddled masses. But if you are Latino, or Black or from anyplace but Europe, stay home. Our culture is a country club reserved for the privileged few.
I have been called guilty of “hating white culture.” This makes me laugh.
My father was German, about as white as it gets. My Great Grandmother was of Anglican descent. It doesn’t get much whiter than the U.K, but that is changing as people from all parts of the former “British Empire,” are seeking opportunity in Europe.
Good for them.
Let me state, I have nothing but respect for German culture, art, intellect and achievement. I admire the Germans’ “little brothers,” the Brits for their fight for freedom during WWII. My mother sent “BUNDLES FOR BRITIAN, “ to fight National Socialism.
I am always amazed by neo nazis here. No one in Germany, with any sense. accepts Hitler as the savior of white culture. Let us not forget, Adolf Schickelgrubber wanted to destroy Germany after the war was lost because he felt the Germans did not deserver him. Blow up the country was Hitler’s answer to German defeat. Thank goodness for the Martial plan and reconstruction. Had Hitler had his way, there would be even more white blood shed.
He was hardly a savior for European Culture.
Another fact, Hitler would have gassed every neo nazi in the U.S. Tats, Rock and Roll and odd clothing would have meant instant extermination. The clean cut wholesome all American look was what he was after.
No self respecting German would ever celebrate Hitler. It is not allowed. It is one of those rare times when freedom of speech should be cut. We are simply too close to those events.
Back to racism, look at the recent cereal ad.
If you missed it, there is an ad showing a child or multi ethnic background. We see her father, who is clearly an African—American male married to a “WHITE” Woman.
Apparently actors playing a role are a threat to our “AMERICAN WAY” of life.
Alarm and protest greeted this ad.
The company putting out the ads refused to stop airing them.
Flying in the face of those opposed to interracial couples, the ad runs on today.
If we are so “racist free” why did this ad bring up such “anger?”
It makes no sense.
This goes back a few years, but it is an illustration of the problems we still have. I have reproduced a transcript of a phone in call received on the “Dr. Laura” radio program.
This phone call ended her career in Radio.
Should you be offended by the use of the “N—– Word,” it is used here to make a legitimate point.
Transcript of Dr. Laura’s 08/10 Radio Program:
Jade: “I’m having an issue with my husband where I’m starting to grow very resentful of him. I’m black and he’s white. We’ve been around some of his friends and family members who start making racist comments as if I’m not there or if I’m not black and my husband ignores those comments and it hurts my feelings.
LS Can you give me an example of a racist comment because sometimes people are hypersensitive…
Jade: Okay. Last night, good example, we had a neighbor come over and this neighbor every time he comes over it’s always a black comment. It’s oh well how do you black people like doing this and you black people really like doing that and for a long time I would ignore it, but last night it got to the point where it—
LS. I don’t think that’s racist—
Jade: Ah, well the stereo—
LS. I don’t think that’s racist. No—
Jade: The stereotype—
LS. No, no, no. I think that’s…Well, listen, without giving much thought a lot of folks voted for Obama simply because he was half black. It didn’t matter what he was going to do in office. It was a black thing. You gotta know that. That’s not a surprise. Not everything that somebody says — we had friends over the other day; we got about 35 people here — the guys who were gonna start playing basketball. I was going to go out and play basketball. My bodyguard and my dear friend is a black man. And I said, “White men can’t jump; I want you on my team.” That was racist? That was funny.
Jade: How ‘bout the N-word? Now the N-word’s been thrown around—
LS: Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO listen to a black comic and all you hear is nigger, nigger, nigger! I don’t get it. If anybody without enough melanin said it, it’s a horrible thing but when black people say it’s affectionate. It’s very confusing.
Not very “confusing,” “Doctor” Laura. When an African-American comedian says it, “its affectionate.” When the N-word spews from the mouth of the guy wearing the white sheets, it’s a reflection of an ugly level of racist hate.
Following a commercial break, we pick up with Jade’s response to Dr. Laura’s query about what she thought about over the break:
Jade: I was a little caught back by the N-word that you, I’d have to be honest with you, but my point is race relations—
LS: Oh, then I guess you don’t watch HBO or listen to any black comedians.
Jade: But that doesn’t make it right, I mean race is a big—
LS: My dear—
LS: My dear, the point I was trying to make—
Jade: Obama has been in office, race has been taken to another level that is unacceptable.
LS: Yeah, we got a black man as President and we have more complaining about racism than ever. I mean I think that’s hilarious.
Jade: But I think honestly because there’s more white people afraid of a black man taking over the nation—
LS: They’re afraid—
Jade: If you want to be honest about it—
LS: Dear they voted him in, only 12% of the population is black. Whites voted him in–
Jade: It’s the younger generation that did it. It wasn’t the older white people that did it—
LS: Okay. All right, all right. Chip on your shoulder. I can’t do much about that. Yeah I think you have too much sensitivity and not enough sense of humor–
Jade: It’s okay to say nigger?
LS: Oh it depends how it’s said—
Jade: Is it okay to say the word. Is it ever okay?
LS: It depends how it’s said. Black guys talkin’ to each other seem to think it’s okay.
Jade: But you’re not black. They’re not black. My husband is white—
LS: Oh I see, so a word is restricted to race. Got it. Can’t do much about that.
Jade: I can’t believe that someone like you is on the radio spewing out the nigger word and hope everybody who heard it—
LS: I didn’t spew out the nigger word—
Jade: You said, ‘nigger, nigger, nigger’ and—
LS: Right, I said that’s what you hear—
Jade: And I hope everybody heard it.
LS: Yes they did. But you—
Jade: I hope everybody heard it.
LS: They did and I’ll say it again, nigger, nigger, nigger is what you hear on HB—
Jade: And so what makes it—
LS: Why don’t you let me finish a sentence?
LS: Don’t take things out of context. Don’t NAACP me.
Jade: I know what the N-word means and I know it came from a white person and I know the white person made–
LS: All right, thank you very much. Thank you very much. Can’t have this argument. You know what? If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor then don’t marry out of your race. If you’re going to marry out of your race, people are going to say okay what do blacks think? What do whites think? What do Jews think? What do Catholics think? Of course there isn’t a one think per se, but in general there’s think. And what I just heard from Jade is a lot of what I hear from a lot of black think. And it’s really distressing and disturbing….I didn’t call anybody a nigger….Hypersensitivity…which is being bred by black activists. I really thought that once we had a black president, the attempts to demonize whites hating blacks would stop. But it seems to have grown, and I don’t get it. Yes I do. It’s all about power…
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Have we moved forward? You be the judge. I just presented a conservative view.