Thursday, June 11, 2020

Random Thoughts On Racism

These are just random thoughts regarding race. My internal dialogue. Some of these thoughts may certainly be controversial but that is OK with me because (like you) I am just trying to figure this out.

The media and politicians have been saying for decades that we need to have a conversation about race. Then they point out statements from people they believe are racist. The only reason you would call someone a racist is to silence them, to prevent a conversation. It makes no sense.

If you hear someone make a racist remark don't you want to keep them talking to show them how hurtful those remarks might be the black community. Silence is the best friend of racism.

Many prominent figures and ordinary citizens have been intimidated into silence, people are unsure of what truly is a racist remark. At the very least you might want to get clarification to understand what the offending party actually meant before shouting racist. Words that might seem racist on the first pass may not be racist at all.

My way of determining if words are racist is to turn those words around and apply the same meaning to my race. If I find it offensive than it is most likely racist.

Are the police really at the heart of the current protest and riots or is this an attempt deflect blame away from the real culprit?

What role does white guilt play in all of this? If you feel guilty about your race doesn't it imply that you feel your race is superior.

What role does white privilege play in this, if you feel that you were born with white privilege doesn't that imply that you feel that your race is superior?

Isn't it racist for white politicians to say we can save you from racism? The implication is that black people are incapable of saving themselves.

Is it possible to be friends with a racist or someone you believe to be a racist?

What is institutional or systemic racism? Nice words but what do they really mean? Words like this make it seem like all police or all white people are guilty of racism. Could that even possibly be true.?

What responsibility does the black community have, if any to solve the race relations problems? At first, this might be construed as a racist thought but when you think about it I honestly believe this might be one of the most important questions on the table.

I believe the media wants to keep the people in a constant hypercritical state on race, politics, environment, and health. They also want people divided and this is evident by their perpetual use of labels.

How much culpability does the media have, if any regarding race?

As much as I want to stay away from politics on this issue it is like ignoring the elephant in the room.

The Civil Rights Bill was passed in the USA in 1964 and it was necessary and good things followed.
  • Ended segregation of public places, including schools, housing, etc
  • Banned employment discrimination
  • It paved the way for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968
Lyndon Johnson is credited with passing the Civil Rights Act and it is well documented that he was a racist, this seems to be poetic irony. The truth is, without JFK the Civil Rights Bill would never have seen the light of day.

We have been languishing in a stalemate on race for the last 30 years. I don't believe the USA has moved forward or backward.

The Civil Rights Bill married the black voter to the Democrat party. Since 1965 the Democrats have never received less than 85% of the black vote.

Isn't one of the definitions of insanity doing the same thing over and over and each time expecting a different outcome?

Why does the black community vote overwhelmingly for democrats who are vehemently opposed to school choice.  Why won't the democrats allow minority children access to the best schools? 

Why does the black community vote overwhelmingly for democrats who strongly advocating for open borders. Don't these immigrants take jobs away from blacks and keep wages low. 

Does the Democrat party really believe they "own" the black vote and have they gotten so complacent that they make no effort to earn that vote?

Won't defunding the police hurt minorities in the inner city the most? It seems beyond crazy but I need to try to understand what it all means.

How much, if any of the rioting is all about people trying to get rid of Trump.

Many people have adopted a policy of "worse is better," why?

What does the silent majority think and when will they speak. When they do what will they say?

Are politics and white guilt enabling the black community?

Does ANTIFA care about race or are they just using the black community to further their own agenda? I believe they could care less about race.

Does the Black Lives Matter Organization really care about race or do they have a political agenda? I struggle with this because they clearly do care about race and they are very politically driven. Then the question becomes do they only care about Black lives when they die at the hands of police or do they care about all black lives?
Am I willing to give BLM organization a pass because I am white?

Everyone seems so intolerant of opposing views do we even stand a chance at any type of dialogue. Silence keeps everything in a static position.

What is the end game? A better society, socialism or to overthrow the government and remake in someone else's vision. If so whose vision and why?

What can I do in my daily life to help eliminate racism?

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