I first want to preface this by saying that I am not a psychologist, sociologist, anthropologist or anything like that. These are my opinions and nothing more. This is just what I believe, you can take from that or not; it’s your choice.
In today’s society, “racism” is a big word; often times it’s used in areas where it clearly shouldn’t be. This is what I take from this: Should someone, say, a Klu Klux Klan member, start saying something about this or that, I just remember a Discovery Channel show I saw a few years ago and smile. Basically there was a massive famine, possibly caused by an ice age, which killed off a great deal of the wildlife including the “people” at that time. So essentially the “human race” at that time ended up living in a small area where it was the most temperate and life-sustaining: Africa. Eventually once things got better they started to migrate to Europe, Asia, etc. So when Mr. KKK stands up and talks about such-a-such nasty-name, I smile and say, “Hey dude, we’re all Africans.”
To me, the lesson in that is we’re all the same. Often, when I get upset at someone, it’s not because of race or gender or religion; it’s what that person is doing or saying. Usually, I see those on the Right follow that same pattern.
Let’s continue with a bit of history. When the human race began, it was solely about survival. Man killed for food or to prevent being killed. If another tribe came over the hill that had the same instincts and needs, usually it was survival vs. survival. The instinct that was developed was “Not us? Bad, they’re going to kill us.”
Over time they learned that they can develop food with grains and livestock, so they no longer needed to hunt as much to survive, and land became more important. The survival instinct then changed to “Not us? Bad, they’re here to take my land.” So you had farmers vs. say, the Mongols, for example.
Eventually they created communities to better their survival, which in turn led to leaders of those communities (warlords, kings, popes, governors, presidents) that could provide protection to “their people.” This led to borders, nations, states, and countries. The survival instinct changed to “Not us? Bad, they’re going to invade my country.” We then have the French not liking the British, not liking the Saxons, not liking the Turks, as well as Catholics, Protestants, Islamists, Jews, and on and on.
But then something developed. As the people of these lands grew, they found they could create their own goods and trade with others, whom they used to fear, and then get stuff they wanted. This helped to defray fears and allow for alliances and commerce. Capitalism! Who knew?! This created incentive to have products that others wanted to trade, and everyone could benefit.
To be fair, this also led to an ugly side, which is slavery. People were treated as a product and used as cheap labor to create other products. Even though slavery has been practiced throughout the world (and still is) using people of all races (and still does) the one that stands out is the slave trade between Africa and the United States, the cessation of which required a war to accomplish. Since the sole recipients of that experience were from Africa, the cause of said slave trade is said to be race. This, among other factors, led the survival instinct to “Not my race? Bad.”
Unfortunately, this also led to bad political and societal issues, such as the introduction of the Klu Klux Klan (Democrats who used terrorism on freed slaves), Jim Crowe laws (created and enforced by Democrats on freed African slaves), just to name a few. Now I mention that in specifically that way for a reason. At a certain point in history, politics became a useful tool, and eventually a weapon. Especially if you belonged to a specific group; groups which were unfortunately often divided down racial lines. They followed the third instinct I mentioned, “Irish need not apply,” ghettos such as Little Italy and unions forming to keep freed African slaves from working in the area. This eventually led to a war that displayed the end-result of this unchecked political instinct. The problem wasn’t that they learned that using race as a means for politics was bad, just “going that far” was. So the survival instinct changed to “Not my party? Bad.”
The reason I’m specifically mentioning Democrats is their history, a history they want people to forget. If I started to say how my beliefs were formed by listening to David Duke (a former Democrat, by the way) and that I believe that all African-Americans should be sterilized, would you continue to listen to me? I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t, yet if I told you that I actually lifted that from Margaret Sanger, creator of Planned Parenthood and renowned racist, is that ok? If you’re a Democrat reading this (I used to be one too), I’d ask why you are allowing these tactics to continue. In your name.
Somewhere along the line, Democrats changed their clothes and started saying they were for African-Americans and the other minorities all along, yet they still use the politics of race as those that Bull Conner (a Democrat enforcer) did. They engage in policies that sound sweet to minorities but end up impoverishing them and keeping them down, Lester Maddox (a Democrat Governor) would be proud.
My point is that from the beginning we’ve been taught this reflex, “don’t talk to strangers,” that make us flinch just a little when we meet the unknown. However, over time (survival to land to country to party) that “unknown” has changed its name. As we’ve progressed as a species, it’s gone from life-and-death-struggle to sticks-and-stones-may-break-my-bones. Currently, one political party is using that ingrained reflex for political power and gain, to silence opposition and push their agenda forward over reasonable objections, all because they cry out “Racism!” They take a political opponent’s every word and action and say that it must be “Racism!” (Exactly what is a “macaca” anyway?) He sneezed. “Racism!” She has a pulse. “Racism!”
Lastly, let me say that I do not have a problem with Barack Obama because he’s black. Or, wait, it’s half-black, right? Quarter? I forget. Whatever. It’s not about race. I have a problem with him because he’s wrong. I have a problem with him because he’s arrogant and condescending despite mounting evidence that he’s wrong, and he ignores it. I have a problem with him because he believes he’s above the will of the people and the rule of law to force a flawed and wrong system on everyone. I have a problem with an entire political party and culture that continuously prop him up with flawed premises all the while blaming those that are rightfully exposing the flaws. The Emperor has no clothes, yet instead of saying to the little boy “you’re right, I’ll get his robe,” they’re billy-clubbing the obviously RAAACIST kid. That is why I have a problem with Obama.
WWBD? – What Would Breitbart Do?