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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Who Is the Racist?

            There are people who most likely will consider me to be a racist simply because I am writing this post. It seems that too many people start calling “racist” whenever they cannot win the intellectual debate. In many cases, no one has been a racist, but someone decides to bring up racism because they have no other argument. 

There are numerous cases to which I could refer, but the Donald Trump tweet about Baltimore is one of the most recent. I personally do not see anything remotely racist about the following tweet from the President as reported by The Blaze. As you can see for yourself, there is no reference to the color of anyone’s skin, hair, culture, or way of life. It is simply a statement of facts as far as I can see.

Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA….

… As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming[‘s] District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.

Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!

            Where is the racism? I see nothing racist in calling out Cummings and all other elected officials who have allowed Baltimore to get and/or to stay in this condition. Trump is absolutely correct when he says that “No human being would want to live there.” The thought of living in a rat-infested area is abhorrent to me. I go ballistic when one little shrew gets in my house, so I can only imagine what it would be like to have rats roaming in one’s home.

            Last fall I was in New York City with my daughters on a girl’s trip. We were hiking the Highline trail and were about thirty feet in the air above the streets of the city. My daughters were taking pictures, and I took the time to look over the edge and into a railroad storage yard. There in plain sight was a big, black rat – looked to be about the size of a large cat – scurrying across the yard. I was fascinated to see the animal – but only because I was safely thirty feet in the air. I might have died of a heart attack if I had met one on the street because I think that I might be more frightened of rats and other rodents than I am bears.

            The Blaze article has some interesting information and includes several videos. You can judge for yourself whether the President was stating facts or being racist.

            I may also be called a racist because economist Walter E. Williams is a hero in my eyes. I like him because he is willing to state facts and does not seem to care if he is politically correct in doing so. He is old enough to have seen real racism, and he describes some of the things that he knew about and maybe seen.

            Williams titled his article “Being a Racist Is Easy Today” and begins it with these words, “Years ago, it was hard to be a racist.” He mentions the white gown and pointy hat of the Ku Klux Klan and the burning of crosses, using axe handles to keep black customers away from businesses and “Bull” Connor using fire hoses to control civil rights demonstrators. He mentions several other truly racist words and behaviors, and then says, “Today, all that has changed. To be a racist today takes little effort.”

            Williams says that one can be called a racist for calling for across-the-board tax cuts, developing a “Contract with America,” or a whole set of “microaggressions.” He says, “Perhaps the easiest way to be labeled a racist is to suggest that a wall be built on our border with Mexico in order to keep people from Mexico and points south from entering our nation illegally.”

Also, a slam-dunk charge of racism is to say that the standard practice of separating children from parents is Nazi-like.

But imagine you are stopped with your child in the car and charged with a DUI in any of our 50 states. You’re going to be arrested and your child taken to protective child services. The identical practice on our southern border becomes racism….

The bottom line is that when leftists have no other winning argument, they falsely accuse others of racism. Republicans cower at the charge and often give the leftists what they want.

Black Americans who are octogenarians, or nearly so, need to explain what true racism is, not to correct white liberals but to inform young black people.

            Here is Williams doing what he does best: being bluntly honest and plain-spoken. He is intelligent enough to know that hiding the truth only prolongs correction of the problem. People of all colors could learn a lot from Williams if they would just pay attention to what he says.

            I am intelligent enough to know that racism does exist, but it should not. No matter our color, we are spirit children of the same Heavenly Father. Just as there are bigots and idiots in every race, there are also good, beautiful, honorable, intelligent people in every race. When we look for the good in people, we can see it clearly.

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