Rudy Giuliani has been making the rounds with a message that is both racist and completely wrong. Giuliani’s contention, repeated by Donald Trump is that the name, Black Lives Matter is inherently racist.
As one pundit suggested, Giuliani is at his best when he keeps his mouth shut.
We’re not going to get into Trump’s comments here, he’s just an idiot. In 1993 he claimed that he was a victim of racism because he wasn’t afforded the same tax breaks in his casinos as were Native Americans.
A lot of people seem to be talking about racism these days, especially in the last year. Two main factors have raised the issue of racism in our society and we’re going to talk about them in just a minute. First, we should know what we’re talking about.
Racism is and always has been one of the many prerogatives of white people. We’re just lucky that way.
Racism is a belief that one race (yours) is superior to another race, other races or all other races. Except for the simians in the Planet of the Apes movies, only the white race has maintained this belief throughout history.
From the Romans to the British colonists to modern day America, white people have an innate sense of superiority over black people. You can deny it to me, but don’t deny it to yourself.
On the other hand, I’ve never heard even the angriest of the angry black men I’ve known say that they thought their race was superior to any other race. Not white, not brown, not yellow.
Even the colors, black, yellow and brown are used as pejoratives to describe those not of the white race. White people rule, that makes us the oppressors. There is no such thing as reverse racism. It’s just a twisted concoction to confuse the issue and deflect reality.
There is racial hatred, make no mistake about that. Black people felt then and feel now that they have been mistreated by the white race for hundreds of years. History is history. That, however is not racism.
I resent Germans because of what their parents and grandparents did to my people during the Holocaust. Does that make me a racist? I think not.
So, now that we’ve got our terminology straight Mayor Jew Lee Ani, let’s look at those factors stirring up all this talk about racism.
One motivating factor for groups like Black Lives Matter is the cell phone. Everyone who has one is an amateur videographer.
Before the ubiquitous cell phone video, cops could say a suspect resisted arrest, pulled a gun, came at them with a knife or acted in an otherwise menacing fashion. With that suspect dead, there was no one to question the veracity of the police reports.
Michael Slager discovered those videos could be problematic, especially when one contradicted his report of the shooting death of Walter Scott last April in South Carolina.
Nothing rallies the troops like proof that a man was killed in cold blood by a cop.
This is not an indictment of cops. Their job is tough and split second decisions made under duress and pumping adrenaline can be disastrous. For those who don’t know what it’s like to face the dangers of police duty on a daily basis, we need to put ourselves in their shoes.
We also need to put ourselves in the shoes of a black man, walking down the street or stopped for a broken tail light (the oldest ploy in the book). Would we succumb to our fears, to our outrage?
We tend to deify cops, but they are people like us, like our neighbors. Some stumble, some fall. We were outraged at the suspected shooting death of “GI” Joe Gliniewicz last year in Fox Lake, IL until we learned that he was a crooked cop who killed himself.
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump is the other factor stirring up racial conflict. His message is clear and it is strident. It is not about compassion or unity or any of those other warm, fuzzy things. He is either a racist or he’s willing to stir up racial hatred for his own personal gain. Either one can lead this nation down the road to disaster.
If you’ve been able to convince yourself that the things he says are not what he really means, you need to hit yourself in the head with a hammer. That is the only reality check that might work to dispel your fantasies.
Barack Obama has also been a fly in the ointment of racial harmony, though his only transgression is being black. He was declared the worst president in history before he even took office. Barack Obama scratched the surface of racial hatred and unleashed a sleeping monster.
It was both incomprehensible and unacceptable to white people to have a black man in the White House. Everything he said and everything he did was wrong and, as Senator Mitch McConnell pledged before President Obama took office, white people were going to do everything in their power to make his presidency a failure.
Racism in America is about the hatred and resentment white people feel toward black people. Saying otherwise doesn’t make it so.
COMING TOMORROW: Don’t kid yourself, all lives don’t matter
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