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February 1, 2012

Get a clue

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Sometimes I despair. I’m beginning to think that if we worked as hard to make money as we do to stay ignorant we’d be rich indeed.

Do people really not know racism is a bad thing? Seriously? Maybe it’s just that they don’t know the definition of racism. Here it is, courtesy of the American Heritage Dictionary, 5th edition (yes, I do have it, and yes, it does weigh about sixty pounds, but how skinny did you think ten thousand new words would be?):

  1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character and ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
  2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

Seems simple enough to me. No big words. No highfalutin’ concepts. Don’t need a calculator or a map or a translator. So if it’s that simple, and we can see that being a racist is detrimental to our world, why don’t we just freaking stop it? Why do we insist on teaching our children that racism is Biblical, factual, and insurmountable?

You know why? Because every day we hear people like Rush Limbaugh say, “We need segregated buses. This is Obama’s America.” We read about emails sent by people like Carol Carter, State Committeewoman for Hillsborough County, FL: “I’m confused. How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, DC in one day in sub zero temps when 200,000 couldn’t get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?”

And of course you can’t go wrong talking about racism if you quote good old Newtie, who would have us know that Barack Obama is a “food stamp president,” and that African-Americans should be looking for jobs, not food stamps. Not only that, but he can’t understand why anyone should be offended by such statements. He is, after all, only addressing a painful subject that others won’t.

If all those people, those educated, in the public eye, people, think that kind of talk is okay, why should we? You know why? BECAUSE WE AREN’T STUPID, THAT’S WHY!

Everybody has a choice

Such moronic statements are the pathetic attempt of a little people to seem like bigger, more important people. From people like that, our children learn to make hurtful, absurd comments. Consider these:

“My parents said I could date anybody I wanted except Blacks and Jews.” (Said aloud. ALOUD. In a classroom).

“How can I be a racist? My best friend in high school was African-American. I even stayed at his house overnight.”

That’s not the most ridiculous thing students have ever said, bless their hearts, but it’s the one that might make a teacher want to kick that student’s butt up between her shoulder blades so she’d have to take off her stylish beret before she could—well, you know. And not that it happened to me. I’m just saying.

I am so tired of the idea that African-Americans are without intelligence, work ethic, or morals. Or that “white” is the default, and anyone who hopes to succeed has to conform to the white ideal.

That’s all ignorant, racist stupidity.

I know these things to be true:

  • Race has no basis in biology. It is a societal construct—that means we built it, brick by brick, and it can be torn down the same way
  • Race is absolutely political; whatever group is dominant will always make the rules
  • There is no divine or cosmic hierarchy of color with white at the top

If this is news to you, you might want to study up. I wasn’t born knowing them. I read a book. Or 10. Or 100. I can look at objective fact rather than being swayed by whatever anecdotal evidence the world might offer.

Oh, yeah. I know one more thing: racism is a choice.




1 Comment »

  1. Despair not, Carol. Just keep talking about it and we’ll tear it down, brick by brick.

    And the only name you actually called anyone as far as I can tell was “little.” You’re so kind.

    Newt only scares me when I listen to him talk. Easily solved.

    Thanks; this was the only Rx I needed today.


    Comment by Michelle — February 2, 2012 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

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