Wednesday, December 3, 2014

On Racism

I suppose that I will be called a racist. I am not. I am, however, a white guy who has some thoughts and observations on the subject. To some, that makes me a racist. But I have known and lived among unrepentant racists. I know who and what they are. 

Right from the get go, I will name five racists. They are, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, Eric Holder, and Barack Obama. The first three are blatant race baiters. They make their livelihood by stirring the ignorant hatred on both sides of the color line. They have no concern about the death and destruction that follows in their path. As long as they are front and center when the cameras are rolling, the cash keeps flowing into their coffers, and they don't get any blood on their shoes.

The last two, Holder and Obama, are more subtle. But they still see the world through the lens of racism. Mr. Holder has tools of awesome power to exert leverage on the situations that strike his fancy. Remember. One of his first actions as Attorney General was to abandon a case against the New Black Panthers where the prosecutor already had a confession. That definitely set the tone for his tenure in office. His immediate and very public intercession into the Ferguson situation further amplifies his departments focus under his leadership. I just wish he pursued criminal activity among government employees with equal vigor. 

And then there is President Obama. The man that promised to be the post racial President. The man that said he could not only heal the country but could even heal the world. These, as with most of his promises, have not worked out well. Every time a white cop got involved with a person of color in a situation that received publicity, Mr. Obama felt compelled to comment without the facts and assuming the police to be racist. Not his place to do that and not a wise move for the country. Just the fact that Al Sharpton is a White House adviser speaks volumes. Does Mr. Obama not understand that if the President speaks of the racial divide, he creates that divide. It is a self fulfilling prophecy.

  Are these people trying to start a race war? Louis Farrakhan admits that he is. But with the race baiters pouring kerosene on volatile situations and the administration fanning the flames, one has to wonder. Common sense would say that now would be a good time to step back from the fire and let things cool down. Increased violence will be to no ones benefit. But, in honesty, I think things may get worse before they get better. 

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