On Racism and Rabble Rousing

“(We need ) to destroy the historic culture, to destroy the systemic racism, to destroy, in specifics… all of the things that make it so difficult to hold someone accountable when a life, like George Floyd’s, is so wrongfully taken.” – Minnesota Governor Walz.

America is the most tolerant and beneficent nation in history. And it was a lot of work getting here.” Mark Levin, Former Assistant US Attorney General, Author, and XM Radio Host.


By David Rogers

I am a child of the sixties. I actually grew up in the Deep South. Raised in Atlanta, I remember times where “white only” drinking fountains actually existed. Despite having lived these realities first hand, I believe the concept of systemic racism is misdirection. Systems are not racist. Nations are not racist. People are racist, and when people with such predisposition reach positions of power, misery usually ensues.

On a global scale of racist tendencies, America, by comparison, is unsurpassed in its magnanimous tolerance (try being a Christian in Tehran).  It is failed leftist leadership, like in Minneapolis, that refuses to take any blame for current circumstances and points the finger at others instead of looking inward at longstanding failing policy.

Unfortunately, the actions of a contemptible few are being projected by agitating activists and politicians as a condemnation of the whole of America. This is deceptive and wrong. The behavior of police with George Floyd is inexcusable; despicable; criminal. We see heartache and abuse perpetrated by a few corrupt individuals. But those actions are arguably the fruits of years of progressive policy that allowed departmental discipline to descend so low. It is no coincidence these occurrences happen in primarily blue cities. The projection of “Racist America” is a divisive fabrication of the left, seeking to deflect blame away from themselves and onto a more easily culpable protagonist.

History reveals that if racism was ever baked into a “system”, it was the Jim Crow Democrats and their ilk that developed such policy. Our illustrious Governor in Minnesota might want to remember this, as the Ku Klux Klan, arguably the most racist organization in history, came about as a quasi-military enforcer of the Democratic Party to deny rights to Blacks in the South. The Civil rights Act of 1964, now the hallmark of racial equality legislation, received no votes at all from Southern Democrat Senators.

Having lived in twelve states I have experienced regional perspectives on the issue. Most would be surprised that my heritage along with the usual English and German, also includes 8% Hispanic, 1.5% Polynesian, and .5% Native American. What does such diversity mean? It simply makes me a fair-minded American. Along with every other person, regardless of race or gender, that seeks a better life under the umbrella of constitutional freedoms.

How can one declare systemic racism as an alibi for more localized and specific indiscretion? Because it is, and history supports this position. In Atlanta in the mid-Sixties, there were plenty of examples of racist individuals. A few of these were prominent and held office. Lines were drawn in a culture of segregation reinforced by the powerful elite. At the same time in my own circles, I heard little support for such structures.

When I move to New Jersey as a teenager in the seventies, all such racial lines disappeared. In my school group, who hung together outside of school and on weekends, we had White, Black, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Orthodox Jews, and Oriental. Nobody paid attention to or cared about such distinctions. We were just young people experiencing life together. We got along famously. Race was a non-issue. A true melting pot, the heart of America.

Racism per se, at least in a modern setting, is closer to anti-culturalism in its actual application. It is an attitude of “I do not like how certain people act, and I categorize those who look just so into my despised group”. It is a narrow, thoughtless perspective that excuses participants from actually doing the work of understanding one another. But such prejudices tend to occur in personal or small, like-minded group settings. Yet the fable of racist America is perpetrated by leftist Hollywood, liberal professors, and most of the media. If you repeat the message often enough, supposedly, it becomes the truth. However, it requires the many to falsely take the blame for the actions of a few, and unsupportable premise.

Some analysts have deconstructed this façade, such as Dinesh D’Souza in his book “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party”. His work gives actual historical context and directly contradicts the racist propaganda we are being fed regularly. He shows how the diatribe is designed as another “divide and conquers” scheme to weaken and separate Americans and establish Democrat power through identity politics.

Do not buy the hype. Mr. Floyd and his family will see justice. As inexcusable as these actions were, equally inexcusable is the notion of redirecting the affair and burning our communities down by blaming the attitudes of Americans as a whole for the sins of a few bad eggs. Ruining more lives is no solution. Most of us simply find that unacceptable and link arms with our neighbors, of any stripe, in sympathy with the Floyd family.

 

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