The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Thursday, July 18, 2019


"Racist!" ... "White Supremacist!" ... "Racist!" ... "White Supremacist!" ... "Racist!" ... "White Supremacist!" ... after a while this vicious accusation against those who are neither becomes nothing more than a tedious epithet. But according to far too many on the Left, if you have opposing views on open borders and border enforcement in general, if you think that the politics of victimization is wrong, if you argue that slavery reparations are ill-conceived and nothing more than an attempt to pander, if you say something innocuous that is later arbitrarily called a "dog whistle," if you oppose school busing based on its long, failed history, if you suggest that education and family structure may have more than a little to do with the 'wealth gap,' you are a "racist." And if you say these things too frequently or too publicly or too loudly, you're a "white supremacist." At least that's what the Left keeps telling us.

Roger Simon summarizes nicely:
To say that the Democrats are obsessed with race these days is the equivalent of saying the sky is blue.

I'm a racist. You're a racist. Donald Trump's a racist. Nancy Pelosi was a racist until she attacked Trump for racism. Your neighbor's a racist. Your insurance broker's a racist. Your dentist's a racist as well as your periodontist. All white males are racist. Some white females are racists, especially those married to white males. Everywhere a racist.

Never mind that many of those people have no history of racism. It doesn't matter. Never mind that their families came here in 1923 to flee the Armenian Holocaust or mass starvation in Ukraine, they owe reparations for slavery. It's all about racism—yours.

The Dems' presidential campaigns are based around proving the other man or woman is more of a racist and vice versa, or about showing you're not so racist as people say you are, even if you are or even if you pretended to be a race you weren't. And don't you dare criticize Ilhan Omar or you're a triple-racist even if her ideas are more racist than anyone else's. Got it?
Yep, got it. Hard-left Democrats (at this point a rapidly growing minority of the party) have decided that the ultimate in moral preening is to label anyone, or for that matter, any thing (think: border barriers), as racist. After all, they think that their moral acuity at identifying and calling out a "racist" is superior to anyone else's, meaning that they live on a higher moral plain than us common folks.

Simon goes on the quote an 2005 interview on 60 Minutes in which Mike Wallace asks Morgan Freeman about Black History Month. Wallace is shocked when Freeman calls it "Ridiculous." The following interchange occurs a bit later in the interview:
WALLACE: How are we going to get rid of racism until...?

FREEMAN: Stop talking about it. I'm going to stop calling you a white man. And I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You`re not going to say, "I know this white guy named Mike Wallace." Hear what I'm saying?
Many of us do, but many, many Democrats do not. Because they see everything through a racial lens, they can't "Stop talking about it."

When good people (progressive or conservative) look at a person, they see that person, not a color. If the person says or does something good, they deserve and get praise. But if a person says or does something idiotic or vicious or just plain wrong, they deserve criticism. Their color doesn't matter—they said something idiotic or vicious or just plain wrong. If they are a person of color, they are NOT protected from criticism, and criticism of them is NOT "racist."

But when far too many progressives see a person, it's pretty apparent they see white or brown or black. In fact, color apparently rules their thinking to such an extent that they can't seem to get past it. In a way, that's a form of soft racism.

But Freeman's story doesn't end there. Again from Simon:
Unfortunately, not long after the sane comments by Mr. Freeman, Barack Obama was elected and what seemed at first to be the end or diminishment of racism went the other way. The scab kept being picked, by Eric Holder and Obama himself. They couldn't let go of it. Soon enough, Morgan Freeman walked back what he said under the sadness of peer pressure.

And now we are where we are—in the land of AOC and Omar—every one of us racists until we die. The revolution eats its own.
But not until it feasts on all of the rest of us first.


John Hinderacker summarizes much of this when he writes:
The idea that politicians may or may not be subject to criticism or disagreement depending on their skin color is so un-American, and so profoundly stupid, that it is hard to imagine that anyone could assert it. Yet we live in such degraded times that one-third of Democrats are willing to tell pollsters that is what they believe.
It's awfully hard to give up the soft racism of the 'person-of-color' protective force field, but the Democrats might want to consider it. After all, they're so concerned about 'American Values' and all that.