A prognostication: A number of readers will not like the following opinion. And a number will vehemently, hate it and deem it racist.
I recall a time when reasonable & rational exchanges were expected in debate of alternative perspectives. Today… I find a great number of people choose emotions, feelings to launch a tirade of a debate. You cannot argue or debate one’s feelings!
If I do not agree with whatever another’s perspective may be, I’m told that I am racist!
Meriam-Webster’s definition of racism is: a belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race; discrimination or prejudice
But, let’s adopt today’s colloquial definition of racism: the systemic oppression of any group to the social, economic, and political advantage of another OR whatever I don’t like about what you say, believe, like, think, support, perceive and so-on.
That implies everything from photo filters on smart phones to a zebra is racist!
And why is it “systemic”?! That would mean it’s fundamental to a predominant social, economic structure. Really!?!? Does THAT define America? I reject that notion! And our Constitution decries the same rejection!
I am amazed at the quick nature of a large pool of politicians & civic leaders who use that term more rapidly than “let’s fix that problem”! These are supposed to be learned in the Constitution & Civics principles.
Natalia Petrzela, a history teacher at the New School in Manhattan, has written a book entitled Fit Nation. She explains the fitness craze in America has its roots in a desire for white supremacy. White people decided to increase their fitness long-ago because, they figured, it would help support having more children and, thus, remain on top! Really! Where would a teacher with a Ph.D. obtain such a far-fetched notion?!
To my ears and pink-matter (brain), I believe people make-up this crap with the distinct possibility of their thesis being embraced by the same ’woke’ people who loosely use feelings as an argument for climate change debate!
It’s racist for a program called “Duck Dynasty” to be proffered BUT, “Queens” is off-limits. It’s not acceptable for (predominantly) white TV channels to exist but those of color are revered like BET, Cine, OWN, Bounce, Univision, Aspire, Afro, Telemundo, and more. Take a view of this Wendy’s TV commercial and ask yourself if the roles of the ‘teacher’ and class were reversed would it be hypocrisy or racist? I won’t touch awards programs!
Are you confused as to your racist posture? Here’s a handy gauge to assist.
You are a racist if you:
- Do not support BLM
- Like Darth Vader
- Are Christian
- Are a Constitutionalist
- Believe in open U.S. borders
- Use chopsticks
- Do/did not accept the COVID-19 shot
- Do not accept climate change dogma as presented
- Reject pronouns
- Believe in monotheism
- Underscore illegal alien amnesty
- Enjoyed reading “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
- Support immigration caps/limits/conditions
- Use Aunt Jemima products
- Support voter I.D. laws
- You are a white person
- Discount “critical race theory”
- Stand for & sing The National Anthem (the ONLY one)
- Disagree with “cancel culture”
- Say “God Bless America”
- Wishing someone a “Merry Christmas”
- Watch FOX news
- Shop Sprouts &/or Trader Joe’s
- Dislike “the View”
- Listening to Christmas Carols
- Referring to Miriam-Webster as a source to define words
- Learned Algebra, Geometry, Physics, Differential Equations…
- Think one’s gender is male or female from moment of birth
- Support student loans should be repaid by the borrower
The great Thomas Sowell (a recently-retired black conservative commentator) once observed that “[t]he word ‘racism’ is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything – and demanding evidence makes you a ‘racist.’”
My position: there’s only one race… The human race.
“What’s the difference between ignorance & apathy? …I don’t Know & I don’t care!” – Mother Goose & Grimm
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