Am I Racist?
So I have been pondering this question for a little while now. Am I racist? I don’t seem to be able to answer this without some deep soul searching. Which isn’t exactly a good sign. I consider being racist a pretty disgusting feature in a human being, so I am a little troubled. With this Toure character on MSNBC making a total fool of himself, I figured this would be a good time to discuss this. Below is the case against me so to speak:
- I have little to no sympathy for calls of racism in 2012. From my point 0f view in my lifetime, I would have to consider the civil rights movement a complete success. Racism isn’t tolerated. Period. I was born in 1980, so I was not even really taught that people are different. The concept of separate but equal is rather foreign to me. I understand that blacks were held in bondage from the founding of this country, and I feel that there should have been some major compensation for that. However, being white makes me somehow capable of being racist. I never owned slaves, nor did my family. We didn’t come to this country until the 1900s. Being that there are no slaves left in the US, and due to the civil rights movement bringing us to equal status, my sympathy for calls of racism is little to none.
- I believe that if there is perceived racism, not just true verifiable racism, this is one of the best countries in the world for options to combat it. There is not only a moral disdain for racism, but a whole plethora of options for people of color (I use that term because it is not only for African Americans, though not so much for white people) to get recompense for it. Everything from racial quotas in their favor, to double jeopardy trials (I have a real problem with wrongful death civil claims when people are found innocent of a crime in a criminal court).
- I believe that racial profiling works. There is a statistical correlation showing that crime is more prevalent in African American communities. I don’t believe that there is a racist component in this, even though there is cries of racism. I know that there is ways in statistics to show almost any result that you want. However, that does not mean that it is valid in all circumstances.
- We have the first black president. I believe that he was elected almost entirely on his skin color. Black folks would vote for the first black president without question, and a great deal of white folks found voting for him would be a washing away of the original sin of being white and de facto racist in the eyes of the left.