Racism Obliterated by….?

Few will argue that racism has been one of, if not “the,” most egregious agitators in U.S. history. It has throughout our 260 years destroyed families, destroyed towns and cities, has started wars (that were wars), and inflated crime statistics while it lays bare those who choose to allow it to control their lives.

Abraham Lincoln started the Civil War to free slaves and abolish slavery. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other Civil Rights leaders marched, dodged physical violence as best as possible, and protested all of the tools of slavery during the ’60s, 70’s, 80’s and continue through today. Laws were passed, segregation was obliterated “legally” across the nation, “equal justice under the law” was espoused by all who recognized racism’s devastation.

But racism is still among us.

But There’s Hope!

Social Justice Warriors like New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have taken up the challenge to obliterate racism. How? He started his war this past week in New York schools.

The New York City mayor announced sweeping changes to the way in the city’s top public schools consider applicants in an attempt to diversify, or as some unhinged proponents of his plan put it, “desegregate” these schools. Essentially, admissions will focus less on grades and more on skin color.

The dirty little secret of his proposal is that it is Asian students, not white students, who dominate admissions to these schools and who will bear the brunt of de Blasio’s abject racism. He’s a leader in this army against discrimination in the Big Apple.

That’s right: a new “army” of Americans who have taken as their sole cause the eradication of racism permanently from our country. How are they doing it? By using a tool that in ITSELF is as dangerous as is racism: Elitism.

Elitism is the belief or notion that individuals who form an elite — a select group of people perceived as having an intrinsic quality, high intellect, wealth, special skills, or experience — are more likely to be constructive to society as a whole, and therefore deserve influence or authority more significant than that of others. The term Elitism may be used to describe a situation in which power is concentrated in the hands of a limited number of people.

And those in the U.S. who number among these social justice warriors claim to have the sole power (and the exclusive weaponry in hand) to eradicate racism. No place is this “Elitism” better illustrated than in affluent schools — and not just Ivy League Universities. Many of today’s educators at all levels have accepted the “anointing” of some divine ability to determine what and who IS racist and how to “fix” it. FOX News gave us a perfect example:

One of NYC’s poshest private schools is in an uproar over an anti-racist manifesto signed by dozens of faculty members with a comprehensive list of demands.

The Dalton School — which boasts stars Anderson Cooper, Christian Slater, and Claire Danes as alumni — is wrestling with eight pages of “proposals” to overhaul the staffing, curriculum, and treatment of black students. Yearly tuition for grades K-12 at the Upper East Side institution is $54,180 a year.

The proposals grew out of the George Floyd police-brutality protests and long-simmering student complaints of racism at the prestigious school. But some parents say the backlash has become oppressive.

“My ancestors experienced white supremacy by being slaughtered,” a Jewish parent told The Post.  “The idea that being white automatically means you are privileged or a white supremacist is ridiculous. My child comes from people who had to fight for everything they got.

“It’s just about skin color now.”

This proves that America’s social engineers have gotten it wrong for generations. Racism happens only because rich people have failed to use the power they’ve possessed all along to “level the playing field” in the nation. It’s a simple fix: Elitists keep the resources to straighten all of our social ills. It’s not racial disparity that is our number one social issue and great divider. It’s that white Elitists have shirked the mandate to “fix” racism, and they could do so all along.

The wide-ranging faculty demands include:

  • Hiring 12 full-time diversity officers and multiple  psychologists to support students “coping with race-based traumatic stress.”
  • Assigning a staffer dedicated to black students who have “complaints or face disciplinary action” and a full-time advocate to help black kids “navigate a predominantly white institution.”
  • Paying the student debt of black staffers upon hiring them.
  • Requiring courses that focus on “Black liberation” and “challenges to white supremacy.” 
  • Compensating any student of color who appears in Dalton promotional material.
  • Abolishing high-level academic courses by 2023 if the performance of black students is not on par with non-blacks.
  • Requiring “anti-racism” statements from all staffers.
  • Overhauling the entire curriculum, reading lists, and student plays to reflect diversity and social justice themes.
  • Divesting from companies that “criminalize or dehumanize” black people, including private prisons and tech firms that manufacture police equipment or weapons.
  • Donating 50 percent of all fundraising dollars to NYC public schools if Dalton is not representative of the city regarding gender, race, socioeconomic background, and immigration status by 2025.

Dalton officials said the document is just “a set of thought-starters created last summer by a group of faculty and staff responding to Dalton’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution.

One NYC insider piped up about the Dalton claim: “This isn’t just Dalton, but one of the most extreme examples. There’s ritualistic self-abasement these private schools feel they have to subject themselves to.”

Sources said that Dalton kids were made to watch a PBS video called Being 12, in which “white kids are shamed for the sin of their skin color and told they are complicit in perpetuating racism.”

A Dalton fourth-grade play featured a role for a “Racist Cop,” the insider said, adding that the faculty petition includes a demand that every school play has anti-racist narratives. “I’m told even ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is out these days. It’s a white man trying to save a black man. Can’t have that sort of racial paternalizing.”

Here’s how this “rich school” Elitism is played out: “The rich parents play the game. They go along with every progressive fad conjured up by the administration and faculty. Many embrace them.”

But the Dalton parent who spoke up predicted that 30 to 40 percent of parents of kids in the Class of 2025 would pull them out of the school and transfer them due to the manifesto.

Making the situation tenser, some Dalton parents are fuming over the school’s resistance to reopening classrooms since the COVID-19 outbreak, remaining fully remote. In contrast, other private and public schools have resumed some or all in-person instruction.

“We are, in short, frustrated and confused and better hope to understand the school’s thought processes behind the virtual model it has adopted,” a group of parents describing themselves as physicians wrote in a letter to head of school Jim Best, Bloomberg reported in early October.

A petition signed by more than 70 lower-school parents asked for the return of on-campus classes, Bloomberg reported. “Zoom-school is not Dalton,” it said.

But that petition was seen by some as racist because faculty of color were more likely to live in the outer boroughs or neighborhoods with high rates of COVID-19!

The Cure

So what’s the cure for Racism? In a $50,000+ per year “rich-kid” New York City private school, it’s Elitism. These rich parents have discovered not that THEY are in any way a problem in this social and economic and skin color conundrum. THEY have the answer: Whiteness. Yep, Whiteness has split the nation for 260 years. And if there is ever going to be universal harmony among Americans, white people will be forced to deal with the reason for racism: it’s because a bunch of people are white! And only white people can be racist.

No, Elitism and Elitist are NOT the problem. In fact, THEY are the ones that found the answer. And because they discovered the source for racism, they certainly are the ones anointed to eliminate it.

Before you spit out a mouthful of coffee laughing, consider this:

By the definition of Elitism (quoted above), it results when people who fit that class recognize that they are the enlightened ones and authorized to prove it to all those in their world. They act elite: they buy elite real estate, drive elite vehicles, vacation in elite spots all over the globe, brag constantly about all they have and who they are. They do so to prove to those in their world they are worthy and empowered as are NO others!

Recognizing all this does NOT fix it. These elites must set straight everyone in their world. The fundamental truth they must sell: “If you’re white, you’re controlled by Whiteness. And you MUST rely on us to cure that disease.”

What does that process look like? Look at Dalton in NYC. Then look at what is being taught in our classrooms today across the nation — not only in Ivy League universities, private schools and college prep institutions, but in our public elementary, middle, and high schools.

It’s not just in our education institutions. It permeates our news and social media worlds. It controls our government. Look at Hollywood! Elitism is everywhere, and so too is Whiteness!

As you puzzle through this story during your day today, let your mind run wild with thoughts of how this Elitism is playing out in your world. If you’re white, you’ll probably (if you haven’t already) ask yourself if you’re guilty of what the Dalton inner circle are certain is your crime. Your Whiteness has cursed you to a world of racism from which only Elitists can save you. You MUST listen to them; you MUST believe all they say is true; you MUST change all the things in your life they tell you are incorrigible evidence of your racism; you have NO hope of redemption unless you grab your very own cat-o’-nine-tails to whip and flagellate your back three times a die to punish yourself for being white.

What else is necessary to “cure” your Whiteness? I don’t know — they haven’t said yet. The Dalton Manifesto is only eight pages. I’m sure it’s only Part I. We’ll get the remainder when they know we need it.

Don’t you get it? There’s no truth in this nightmare. It was concocted for the same reason we are living in a world controlled by those who weaponized a pandemic that has put millions out of work, out of school, and closed hundreds of thousands of businesses, many which are gone forever. “If you don’t stay at home, not only are you going to die, you’ll kill everyone you breathe toward!”

Why do we let that happen? We’ve given up control of our lives to others that convinced you and I THEY are Elites. Because they ARE who they say they are, we must believe them and we must do as told.

Have you done that because you’re White or because you are afflicted with Whiteness? No, if you’ve done it is because you chose to do it. And choosing to do what others say to do has NOTHING to do with Whiteness or racism. It comes from listening to and believing what we are told by people we have categorized as Elitists and therefore are worthy of our benign support for all they say.

Summary

You MUST take control of your life. You MUST center your mind and guide those in your family back toward the life objectives which YOU in tandem with those family members determine are best for you all.

We ALL must take control of the marketplace of ideas we choose to absorb daily. What are the sources of information to which we turn? Who do we consider worthy of our resources? What end results are we looking to achieve on our own. Are those OUR objectives or objectives of others?

I respected my father when I was a kid. He was a master at numerous things: a handyman, builder, problem solver, organizer, and a great story teller. Much of those elements from his life I wanted in mine.

I couldn’t paint a blank wall and make it look correct, yet alone build a wall! My wife will confirm I am no handyman. When we have moved to a new house multiple times in the 45 years of marriage, she makes me leave and take the kids while she organizes the move and instructs the movers. I go NUTS trying to operate a move and drive her MORE nuts.

But I have things in my life I’ve developed through choices I made which my father never had. Am I a failure because I cannot paint or build or tell stories or organize meetings? Certainly not. And I’m not evil just because I’m different from him.

Why have we allowed others to place a value our lives, our thoughts and ideas, and to determine what niche in which we should live? Why have we left some convince us of our evilness because of our skin color alone?

Racism is everywhere. Whiteness is in all of us that are white. Evil surrounds us just as good surrounds us. Is a person someone called a racist a racist just because they’ve been labeled such? Is a person evil because someone says so? That’s the world in which Elitists live. Elitism controls every aspect of their lives and therefore it should control your life, too.

Take a gander every day at those in your world with whom you interface. Determine where they are in their thinking, not to change anything about you, but to best know how to interface with them in correct terms.

In no circumstances be anyone who you are not!

I’m an old white guy. I’m NOT evil because I’m white. I can’t control that. What I can control is how I act in my life and how I act regarding others. It’s those choices which we consciously make that determine our value in our worlds, not the opinions of others.

We determined long ago to teach our children who they really are, who we are, and what are our values. We gave the three of them a mandate to be who they choose to be. All three are good people with good lives, good values, and are masters regarding relationships with others. We “showed” them those values. “They” chose those. No one mandated they had to make those choices.

Our world has too many who have chosen to voluntarily live in the same world as do those Dalton Elitist parents in New York. I cannot fathom how out of control their lives must be.

Think about those students at Dalton that live in that environment! Imagine being a non-white kid there. But imagine being a white student at Dalton and imagine how you are daily berated for being evil just because of your skin color.

I thought we ended all that with the Civil War.

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The Fallacy of Systemic Racism

We certainly are taking a chance to discuss this the hottest topic during the U.S. racial unrest that is devastating cities from coast to coast. But it is essential to understand the truth about this most divisive term being tossed about by millions of Americans. And they are doing so without understanding the truth about it.

I’ll charge right in: Systemic Racism is a Myth

“Systemic”

If we start at the beginning of this, we must begin with the meaning of the term “Systemic.” Definition: “of or relating to systems or a system; relating to or affecting the entire body of a system.”

“The body of a system.” 

This part of the definition is what has captured the attention of those who have taken the term “Systemic Racism” to use as a tool — a political tool. But their doing so is a huge mistake. Why? Let’s examine another definition: “System.”

A System is “A set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network; a complex whole.”

In the context of the actual constitution of a system, even though a system is comprised of numerous elements, NO system of any kind is a living, breathing human being. And every component within a system must be placed by someone.

“Someone”

This is where this conversation went off the rails decades ago. Follow along with this thought pattern:

  1. Can we see the wind? No, we cannot see the wind. But we know it’s there.
  2. How do we know the wind is there? We see leaves and limbs blowing. We watch as kites are swept to and fro in the sky by the wind. We just saw the devastation by Hurricane Laura of southwest Louisiana.
  3. We NEVER see the wind itself. We see the results of the things that wind impacts.

Let’s change gears for a moment and start with Part II:

  1. Can we see racism? No, we cannot “see” racism. But we know it’s there.
  2. How do we know racism is around us? We see inequities between people of different races. We watch disparity among races permeates almost every area of our lives. We see how racism results in unfairness, anger, hatred, and even violence.
  3. We NEVER see racism itself. We see the results of the things that racism impacts.

Wind and racism are two very different things. They just happen to share these few things in common. Their comparisons here are to simply show that each is controlled, but controlled in different ways.

The wind is NOT controlled by people, though there have been bountiful attempts by many through generations to mitigate the impact that wind makes on all of us and our entire world. Much of its impact is devastating: floods result from wind, property is destroyed by wind, the shapes of land and vegetation are altered by the wind. But wind itself cannot be controlled by humans. The wind is a force of nature.

Racism is vastly different than wind. Racism is NOT a force of nature. While racism’s impact on Earth is undoubtedly devastating, and we see it play out all around every day, racism, unlike wind, IS controlled by people. Just as with wind, racism overwhelms almost all people whom it touches. Some, however, never really recognize it. For those, racism is just another feeling or sense that does not play a large role in their lives. But it positively impacts the lives of millions of people who are daily confronted with racism in their varying lifestyles.

There are people who live in a part of the world that sees very few problems from the wind. The fact that they don’t experience hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods doesn’t change the reality of wind — wind still exists. Wind simply doesn’t impact their lives the same way wind impacts the lives of those who live next to oceans.

The similarities between wind and racism end at this point: For Racism to DO what racism does, there must be a human involved. Wind does its damage as merely being a natural occurrence. Racism to act requires that “Someone.”

The “Human” Element of Racism

If you don’t get anything in this discussion other than this one thing, PLEASE dig deeply into this: racism to exist in action always results from a CHOICE a human makes.

  • Racism is NOT biological;
  • Racism never just “happens;”
  • Racism never “jumps” on anybody;
  • Racism is learned;
  • Racism, in many ways, is created in humans in a similar fashion;
  • Racism MUST be invited and accepted and adopted by people.

So in the context of this discussion that is titled The Fallacy of Systemic Racism,” why is “Systemic Racism” a fallacy?

Racism requires human adoption and acceptance. And Systems have NO human abilities!

Examples of “systems” that are being accused of being racist

  • Institutions of Higher Learning;
  • The Banking System;
  • The Healthcare System;
  • The U.S. Justice Department;
  • The State Department;
  • The Public Primary and Secondary Education systems;
  • Local and state Law Enforcement systems;
  • The Entertainment Industry;
  • Commercial Airlines;

And the list can be added to forever.

Nuts and Bolts of Racism

Racism is solely a human trait and is controlled (and even allowed to exist) by humans. There is NO school — pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, middle school, high school, or college that is racist: NOT ONE! But there are certainly people who attend, work at, and teach at each of these that ARE racists. And they are racists because they CHOOSE to be. No one can make another person racist.

Racism is a cousin of numerous other faults: idolatry, hate, anger, bitterness, theft, cheating, even murder.

  • The Daycare to which you take your baby is NOT itself racist. But there may be racists who work there;
  • The elementary school your child or grandchild attends is NOT itself racist. But there may be racists who work there;
  • The grocery store where you shop is NOT itself racist. But there may be racists who work there;
  • Your local police department is NOT itself racist. But there may be racists who drive patrol cars and give out tickets which work there;
  • The FBI is NOT itself racist. But there may be racists who work in the J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington and work in FBI field offices around the world;
  • The Commercial Airline Industry is NOT itself racist. But there may be racists who are ticket and gate agents, baggage handlers, pilots, and flight attendants who work there;
  • The hospitals and clinics in your city are NOT themselves racist. But there may be racists who work there;
  • The church you attend is NOT itself racist. But there may be racists who are attendees or who work there;
  • The automobile dealership from which you purchased and services your car is NOT itself racist. But there may be racists who work in the service, parts, sales, and management there.

Two things must occur in each case of racism: there MUST be a human. And humans MUST voluntarily accept racism and make it part of their mindset for it to do any harm.

Summary

Realizing this should make life a bit simpler for you in regards to how to deal with racism. But there’s one element we haven’t touched on yet:

Racism is not unlike any negative occurrence or characteristic which people can grab and use as weapons. And they certainly do!

And creating a foil to use as a racism tool makes it much easier to weaponize. And humanizing institutions makes the use of racism that much easier. Want an example? Listen to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker from a Democrat Presidential debate:

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The weaponization of racism is best illustrated in our political world today by that short debate question answer by Sen. Cory Booker. He called the President a racist and a White Supremacist. He then used a “system:” the “Criminal Justice System” to use as a political weapon to further his political causes.

Booker referenced the “systemic racism” of the criminal justice system that has for nearly thirty years unjustly and in racist fashion tore apart members of the African American community who were abused by U.S. Criminal Justice System’s laws and penalties: laws that were NOT passed or approved by the Criminal Justice System, but by PEOPLE — legislators who craft and pass laws — “HUMANS PASS LAWS THAT CONTAIN RACIST PRINCIPLES AND PENALITIES!

It is quite ironic today to hear former VP Joe Biden and his vice-presidential running mate Sen. Kamala Harris.. They both always call (as did Booker) President Trump a racist and White Supremacist. They have weaponized those terms to use against their political enemy: Donald Trump. The word “racist” has become the “go-to” insult with which to end an argument, especially in a public statement. We see it happen quite often: two politicians began a discussion that becomes an argument about specific political policies. When one feels the other is not performing in a “politically correct manner,” he or she plays the trump card: “You’re racist!” End of conversation.

Folks, racism exists, but NOT in systems or institutions. It certainly shows up there. But its existence and constant appearances are in people who are a part of these entities that have been labeled as being “Systemically Racist,” when no such entity exists. That is simply a lazy way for someone who feels they are losing an argument to simply use a “gotcha” to end it by claiming some type of moral victory over an opponent.

President Trump recently showed the perfect example of how a system cannot be racist. Remember the specific model used by Sen. Booker in that debate question answer: The Criminal Justice System. That system has never itself been racist. But was devised by and operated by many people who held racism as part of their mindset. Isn’t it ironic that the most egregious Crime Bill passed in the U.S. in 1994 was authored and pushed through be Senator Joe Biden? The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that was called most often the “three strikes you’re out” law, was the result of years of work by Biden, who oversaw the Senate Judiciary Committee. It was to crack down on the escalation in the nation of crimes of all kinds.

Politically, the legislation was also a chance for Democrats to wrestle the issue of crime away from Republicans. Biden has for years bragged continuously about how tough the law is, how it brought back the death penalty, how it incarcerated people for two and three times more jail time than ever before. Tens of thousands of African Americans suffered at the hands of the “three strikes you’re out” provision. That meant that a person who was convicted three times, even for minor drug offenses, would be sentenced to life! Donald Trump changed that with the new Crime Bill passed by Congress that no president or Congress since Bill Clinton could get done!

“Systemic Racism” is nothing more than a term to allow politicians to use another weapon against opponents for which there is no defense. And those on the Left have perfected its use. The sad thing is that their doing so has, in some way, softened the understanding and justifiable angst for TRUE racism in people! Pointing at a system — like the Criminal Justice System — deflects the anger one might have for the fact that humans created racism in that and other systems to weaponize and use against their opponents.

Sadly, most who lose that battle are those who have been targeted by racism for generations and who have done absolutely nothing to deserve what has been used against them.

Can we end racism? If so, how can we?

I never say, “Never.” But simply because of human nature and the fact that racism is a choice that a person must volunteer to hold, I am sad to say I think racism will be with us for another 260 years. What we CAN do is recognize the abuses of labeling companies, institutions, and systems as racist and begin teaching that racism requires humans to make it exist at all. If we can somehow get humans to recognize how it exists and that if they reject racism themselves, it can be eliminated in all those who choose.

Truly, however, I feel the only way that might ever happen is through a “God thing.” And I believe that, with God, anything is possible!

The Art of the Deal

After months of trying to frame the narrative of the nationwide unrest as “peaceful protesting,” as President Obama called it, or ignoring it entirely, Democrats have discovered a new way to label it: the riots are violent, and they’re Trump’s fault. After all, when Joe Biden decided to escape his basement, he was looking for some new “schtick” that he can use to let everyone know that HE’s the champion of anti-violence while Trump is the ringmaster of “pillage and burn!”

Joe Biden jumped on this new storyline during a campaign speech in Pittsburgh on Monday, telling voters that Trump is “stoking violence in our cities.”

“This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can’t stop the violence — because for years he has fomented it,” Biden claimed.

This is probably the most dishonest scheme the Democrats have ever created. Remember, the series of protests across the country — which often turned violent after nightfall — started in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. They were supposedly about police brutality and racist tendencies to attack African Americans. This all gave birth to the “Defund the Police” movement.

In Atlanta, rioters burned a Wendy’s after police shot Rayshard Brooks in the back in a parking lot. People burned businesses in Kenosha after the shooting of Jacob Blake. Protesters and rioters may have turned on President Trump because they view him as the leader of a broken system. But one thing is missing about this fairytale of anarchy: If Trump is the source of it all, what did he suddenly change that started the fires and devastation?

To listen to Democrats explain the riots, they were peaceful until white supremacist Trump supporters got involved. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler called ANTIFA violence in Portland a “myth” when he was confronted on a D.C. street about it. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser bragged in her Democratic National Convention speech about creating “Black Lives Matter Plaza” in Washington, D.C. for the protesters. But the Mayor conveniently forgot that some of those protesters set fire to the historic St John’s church outside of the White House.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan  described her city’s “autonomous zone,” which was snatched from Seattle authorities by armed protesters, as a place that would usher in a “Summer of Love.” That is where a black teenager would later be shot dead, in a “block party atmosphere.” Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to the toppling of a statue of Christopher Columbus by giving a wave of her hand: “People will do what they do.”

Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley took it further than did her fellow lawmakers. She urged more “unrest in the streets” during an MSNBC interview in August. No one blamed her for the Americans who were pulled out of their cars and beaten for daring to drive on streets blocked by protesters.

Then there is Senator Kamala Harris who is now Biden’s cohort — his Vice President running mate. Harris promoted a bail fund intended for protesters in Minnesota. Simply helping lawbreakers raise money from fellow Americans to bail them out of jail for committing crimes of all kinds is bad enough. It’s even worse when you look at the individuals who received those funds. One went on to assault a bar owner who was left with a traumatic brain injury after his release. Another was charged with stabbing a friend for refusing sex, a third was charged with sexual assault and kidnapping, and a fourth was charged with shooting at police. Great peaceful, law-abiding folks to help with bail money, right?

Biden was really powerful in attacking the violence in our streets in a speech in early June. But while lashing out at those who perpetrated the violence, he blamed Trump and the police for escalating tensions. His verbal assault on law officers AND the President was as crazy then as it is now.

Trump repeatedly offered federal assistance to governors and mayors as their cities were burned and looted. He continually and publicly made it clear to those mayors and governors, “All you have to do is call and we’ll send help immediately that will stop it all very quickly.” Many Americans are beginning to sense that Biden wanted to allow the unrest and violence to continue because he and other Democrats felt it gave them voter support.

The Democrats in charge of those cities must have thought the same thing! Almost all continually told President Trump to “mind your own business and stay in Washington.” They didn’t need his help. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler wrote in a letter to Trump on August 28, “We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery. When you sent the Feds to Portland last month, you made the situation far worse.” Ted apparently forgot that the looters were destroying the $200 million federal courthouse in Portland and Ted’s police force was not stopping the ANTIFA thugs from fire-bombing the building almost nightly.

The following night, weeks after federal troops left the area, a Trump supporter was shot by a member of ANTIFA. Protesters looted stores and set fires near the building in which Wheeler lives.

There’s a huge price to pay for letting all this rioting, looting, burning, and other types of destruction continue unabated. Homicide rates in 27 major American cities were up 21 percent from May to June.

After three months of all this chaos and mayhem — that showed little signs of slowing — locals began to take up arms to defend their families and their properties from destruction. Theirs’ was a response to violence they deemed necessary because their city government under Ted Wheeler — who is not just the Mayor but the Police Commissioner, too — refused to keep the city, its citizens, and its property safe.

Citizens who watched as police around the country were told to stand down or were chased and burned out of their own precincts cannot be blamed for taking matters into their own hands when the state failed them. Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who was used as proof that Trump was aiding and abetting violent right-wingers, claims he was protecting a local business when he was chased and attacked by rioters who tried to take his weapon.

Don’t you find it curious that Joe Biden, who several months before became the certain Democrat Party presidential nominee — said NOTHING about the violence? And then, suddenly as if someone said, “Hey Joe: we’ve got to start blaming Trump for all this. The people are getting upset and are beginning to grumble against we Democrats,” Joe on cue began placing the blame squarely on Trump.

Here’s the Democrats’ conundrum:

  • The polls are no longer in the Democrats’ favor.
  • Support for Black Lives Matter has plummeted in swing states.
  • Biden is underperforming when compared to Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
  • Even Minnesota looks like it could be in play for Trump.
  • These are all states where high turnout in rural and suburban areas — whose residents likely fear riots coming to their streets — could hand the election to Trump.
  • The Biden campaign has obviously noticed all this and realized that allowing Trump to take control of the anti-violence message is a losing strategy.

So, here comes Uncle Joe! He began asking people if they feel safer under Trump and begins painting the picture of a death-spiral for America: “Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?”

Summary

When I was in the car business right out of college, I learned that in a negotiation — an interface between two people who are trying to induce the other to believe what they’re being told more than they believe what they’re trying to get the OTHER to believe — when an offer is made, the first party to even speak about the specifics will lose the negotiation! 

You know what? That happened almost every time I as a salesman began a price negotiation with a car buyer. Guess what: it happens in politics as well!

Joe Biden and the Democrat Party thought that sitting in the weeds while watching America burn with violence would give them a real advantage among voters. What they failed to understand was Donald Trump knew that Americans were not so stupid as to think that HE (or any other Republicans for that matter) could possibly have any control of the atmosphere of violence in any of these Democrat-controlled cities and states! So Mr. Trump just quietly stood by and made sure all knew that “all they have to do is call and ask me and we’ll end their violence and restore peace in their cities and states immediately.”

Of course they laughed and lashed-out at the President. “We don’t need your help! You’ll just make matters worse. Stay outta my town!”

Guess what? The Biden campaign and the DNC waited too long. They were hoping there would be some type of Armageddon blowup that would expose to the World that Donald Trump was an inept politician who simply let anarchists take over the United States!

Suddenly, the truth slapped them all in the faces at the same time: Trump has quietly let everyone know over and over, he can fix this. And because we haven’t even talked about it or even stated it exists, Americans are beginning to think that Joe, Kamala, and the other Democrats want this to result in the devastation of our major cities just to try and make Trump look bad!

You know what? I’m beginning to believe that’s just what they wanted.

But then, the Biden handlers made that sales fatal mistake: they sent Joe out to speak to the public about the violence. And, sure enough, he did exactly what Americans expected him to do: he blamed all the violence on the President.

This race is over, folks. The Democrats lost. Joe Biden lost. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer lost.

They were beaten by a salesman who learned long ago that when a sales “final offer” is made in a negotiation, the first one to blink loses. And they blinked.

Obviously, none of them read the “Art of the Deal” written by that great salesman who lives in the White House.

Trump didn’t need to read it: he wrote it.

“white” Folks Ain’t Woke — Until Now

Just when we get to the point where we in America think we have things all together and we understand everything, we don’t. Just when we think we’ve reached a point where everyone knows how to address people of every race, ethnicity, religion, economic status, we don’t. But God knows we certainly know what it is to be Woke! You are not going to believe this, but the “real” journalists in our media have just turned the corner on exactly how to prove one is Woke: it’s how you spell two critical words in the English language.

What you are about to read will probably turn your face red — if not red then white, and your temperature will skyrocket. But here’s a critical promise you MUST make before continuing to read: don’t stop reading until you get all the way to the end! If you will not commit to that, simply click off this story and go to CNN or MSDNC online! It’s a story written by a reporter named Jarvis Dupont. We’ll tell you about Mr. Dupont at the completion of his offering to us all today. (Don’t forget: you MUST read all the way through)

Jarvis Dupont

The Associated Press — without question the oldest and formerly most reputable national newsprint disseminator — recently posted an announcement on their website detailing their decision to capitalize the “B” in Black when used in the context of race and culture.”These changes align with the long-standing capitalization of other racial and ethnic identifiers such as Latino, Asian American, and Native American,” writes AP’s Vice President for Standards, John Daniszewski in a blog post on the AP website.

The following day a further announcement was made explaining why they had taken the decision to continue to use a lowercase “w” in “white” when used in the same context.

Predictably, this has upset a lot of white people (or as I like to call them “racists”) who obviously cannot understand that when it comes to race, they really need to stay in their lane and get used to not “capitalizing” (haha!) from the labor of Black and Minority Ethnic people.

“There was clear desire and reason to capitalize Black,” explains Daniszewski in a second blog post. “Most notably, people who are Black have strong historical and cultural commonalities, even if they are from different parts of the world and even if they now live in different parts of the world. There is, at this time, less support for capitalizing white. White people generally do not share the same history and culture, or the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color.”

What John Daniszewski is saying here is that white people come from a wide range of cultures and social backgrounds, whereas Black people are one homogenous group with the same outlook and experiences and only one distinct identity: Black. Every Black person I know enjoys rap music and supports Black Lives Matter. I am fairly sure of this. When it comes to white people, their likes and dislikes are all over the place. You just can’t pin them down to anything specific. It’s like trying to nail ants to a wall. Horrible mess.

“We agree that white people’s skin color plays into systemic inequalities and injustices, and we want our journalism to robustly explore those problems,” Daniszewski continues.

From this, we can deduce that although white people come from many different cultures and backgrounds and experience no meaningful shared experience regarding their skin color…they DO share a propensity towards slave-ownership, white privilege and racism due to their, well, skin color. This makes perfect sense. white people benefit universally from Black slavery, they each have a duty to accept and dismantle their white privilege, they need to recognize the injustices that their lack of melanin have brought against Black people and strive to make amends. Only last week I made my grandfather go to his nearest KFC and apologize to any Black people he came across (apparently they can’t get enough of fried chicken which is another shared experience of theirs) for the death of George Floyd. He’s 83 and suffers from dementia, so he ended up telling a black Labrador that he killed George Foreman. The Labrador didn’t seem to pay him much heed but I still feel this was a valuable step towards making reparations.

So with all this in mind, I fully support the non-capitalization of the word ‘white’ when used in conversations surrounding race issues. white people need bringing down a fair few pegs, and this would be a damn good start. In fact, I think it would benefit us greatly if we took this a bit further and have outlined a few suggestions for a less white-oriented society:

  • Petition paint companies to not capitalize the word “white” on any of their products;
  • Create a typeface that automatically makes the “w” smaller when used before the letters “h”, “i,” “t,” and “e;”
  • Get rid of the “w” altogether so that the term “hite people” contains fewer letters than “Black people;”
  • Force editors to print the word “Black” in gold lettering on all magazine and newspaper articles, and have the word “white” handwritten in cheap crayon;
  • Completely remove the word “white” as a descriptive term, so that when we are discussing matters of race, the conversation becomes centered on “people,” and “Black people.”
  • Capitalize every letter in “Black” on everything everywhere to address the inequality and oppression BLACK people deal with every day.

I feel confident that we will begin to make huge strides towards true racial equality once we learn to treat people differently according to our preconceived notions regarding their skin color, and I would like to thank the Associated Press for taking that first brave step.

Summary

No doubt at some point during the Jarvis Dupont story you felt some disgust, probably some anger, and certainly screamed at your computer screen. You probably thought something like this: “How can this guy — and how can the Associated Press relent to the ‘Woke-Mongers’ and bow to the Black Lives Matter and do something so trivial which is nothing more than symbolic at best with NO substance?”

Jarvis Dupont

I’ll answer your question and give you some context this way: Jarvis Dupont is a fictional character who is either “a” person or “some” people who via Twitter have in large part headed this Social Justice Culture that pretty much totally controls the United States! Supposedly, Jarvis, fake-pictured to the left, is a transgender woman who exclusively uses Twitter to spread the LGTBQI, Woke, BLM, message using racial, ethnic, and bigotted language.

The Associated Press decision to, in all reports, keep the word “white” lower-case while capitalizing “Black” is true. USA Today and its network of 260 media outlets announced the plan to do the same last week. NBC News, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times are expected to follow suit quickly.

I could rant and rave about every part of this: the use of a fake transgender Twitter character, lighting ANOTHER fire of racial anger spelling “Black” and “white” in all reporting to disparage all white people, certainly pours gasoline on an already raging inferno.

Isn’t this what the U.S. needed in the shadows of the vilest racial violence and political upheaval of the last 50 years? It’s as if some political terrorist leader sitting at a table with henchman having a beer and laughing said, “What else can we do to create news to perpetuate the already existing hatred, anger, and divisiveness so this chaos will continue and even get worse? Hey, let’s think of something we can get Jarvis to dump on Twitter that will take this to an even higher level!”

Maybe that terrorist leader is Jarvis Dupont! Maybe, it’s George Soros or Barack Obama or Joe Biden or Vladimir Putin. Heck, it might even be Hillary. But whoever it is and whatever their plan is it has certainly succeeded so far. The fires of hatred and anger burn brightly in many of our major cities. Sadly, it appears that REAL violence might break out quickly in deadly fashion.

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Definition of Systemic Racism in Sociology

We are inundated today with discussions about racism, white privilege, systemic and institutional racism, racist white elites and so much more. Much of this talk is scary, impossible to understand, full of allegations, and always delivered from perspectives of anger, retribution, and hatred. Of course, cries for reparations are escalating so rapidly and loudly it’s impossible to get facts sufficient to understand what this is all about.

We will hear after this story today on TNN Live  at 9:00 AM Central a conversation with Dr. Walter Williams and Ben Shapiro explaining what and why these cries are getting close to unbearable. Dr. Williams is an African American economist who for decades has studied, absorbed personally and professionally all of these things and knows the ins and outs as an educated and professional. He brings clarity to our anxiousness to grasp exactly what is going on in this growing social and racial contest that few understand.

What follows is an explanation of exactly what is being taught regarding White Supremacy, all kinds of racism, but specifically Systemic Racism. 

Buckle-up! It will put you back on your heels. But this is all happening all across the U.S. and Europe today. And if it has not arrived in your town, your kid’s school, your church or your company yet, it will soon. But we ALL need to understand exactly what makes this uneasiness so that as, when, and while we face this, we can make educated decisions.

Systemic Racism

Systemic racism is both a theoretical concept and a reality. As a theory, it is premised on the research-supported claim that the United States was founded as a racist society, that racism is thus embedded in all social institutions, structures, and social relations within our society. Rooted in a racist foundation, systemic racism today is composed of intersecting, overlapping, and codependent racist institutions, policies, practices, ideas, and behaviors that give an unjust amount of resources, rights, and power to white people while denying them to people of color.

Definition of Systemic Racism 

Developed by sociologist Joe Feagin, systemic racism is a popular way of explaining, within the social sciences and humanities, the significance of race and racism both historically and in today’s world. Feagin describes the concept and the realities attached to it in his well-researched and readable book, “Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations.” In it, Feagin uses historical evidence and demographic statistics to create a theory that asserts that the United States was founded in racism since the Constitution classified black people as the property of whites. Feagin illustrates that the legal recognition of racialized slavery is a cornerstone of a racist social system in which resources and rights were and are unjustly given to white people and unjustly denied to people of color.

The theory of systemic racism accounts for individual, institutional, and structural forms of racism. The development of this theory was influenced by other scholars of race, including Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Oliver Cox, Anna Julia Cooper, Kwame Ture, Frantz Fanon, and Patricia Hill Collins, among others.

Feagin defines systemic racism in the introduction to “Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations:”

“Systemic racism includes the complex array of antiblack practices, the unjustly gained political-economic power of whites, the continuing economic and other resource inequalities along racial lines, and the white racist ideologies and attitudes created to maintain and rationalize white privilege and power. Systemic here means that the core racist realities are manifested in each of society’s major parts […] each major part of U.S. society—the economy, politics, education, religion, the family—reflects the fundamental reality of systemic racism.”

While Feagin developed the theory based on the history and reality of anti-black racism in the U.S., it is usefully applied to understanding how racism functions generally, both within the U.S. and around the world.

Elaborating on the definition quoted above, Feagin uses historical data in his book to illustrate that systemic racism is primarily composed of seven major elements, which we will review here.

The Impoverishment of People of Color and Enrichment of White People 

Feagin explains that the undeserved impoverishment of people of color (POC), which is the basis of the undeserved enrichment of white people, is one of the core aspects of systemic racism. In the U.S. this includes the role that black slavery played in creating an unjust wealth for white people, their businesses, and their families. It also includes the way white people exploited labor throughout the European colonies prior to the founding of the United States. These historical practices created a social system that had racist economic inequality built into its foundation and was followed through the years in numerous ways, like the practice of “redlining” that prevented POC from buying homes that would allow their family wealth to grow while protecting and stewarding the family wealth of white people. Undeserved impoverishment also results from POC being forced into unfavorable mortgage rates, being channeled by unequal opportunities for education into low-wage jobs, and being paid less than white people for doing the same jobs.

There is no more telling proof of the undeserved impoverishment of POC and the undeserved enrichment of white people than the massive difference in the average wealth of white versus black and Latino families.

Vested Group Interests Among White People 

Within a racist society, white people enjoy many privileges denied to POC. Among these is the way that vested group interests among powerful whites and “ordinary whites” allow white people to benefit from a white racial identity without even identifying it as such. This manifests in support among white people for political candidates who are white, and for laws and political and economic policies that work to reproduce a social system that is racist and has racist outcomes. For example, white people as a majority have historically opposed or eliminated diversity-increasing programs within education and jobs, and ethnic studies courses that better represent the racial history and reality of the U.S. In cases like these, white people in power and ordinary white people have suggested that programs like these are “hostile” or examples of “reverse racism.” In fact, the way white people wield political power in the protection of their interests and at the expense of others, without ever claiming to do so, maintains and reproduces a racist society.

Alienating Racist Relations Between White People and POC 

In the U.S., white people hold most positions of power. A look at the membership of Congress, the leadership of colleges and universities, and the top management of corporations makes this clear. In this context, in which white people hold political, economic, cultural, and social power, the racist views and assumptions that course through U.S. society shape the way those in power interact with POC. This leads to a serious and well-documented problem of routine discrimination in all areas of life, and the frequent dehumanization and marginalization of POC, including hate crimes, which serves to alienate them from society and hurt their overall life chances. Examples include discrimination against POC and preferential treatment of white students among university professors, more frequent and severe punishment of black students in K-12 schools, and racist police practices, among many others.

Ultimately, alienating racist relations makes it difficult for people of different races to recognize their commonalities, and to achieve solidarity in fighting broader patterns of inequality that affect the vast majority of people in society, regardless of their race.

The Costs and Burdens of Racism Are Borne by POC 

In his book, Feagin points out with historical documentation that the costs and burdens of racism are disproportionately borne by people of color and by black people especially. Having to bear these unjust costs and burdens is a core aspect of systemic racism. These include shorter life spans, limited income and wealth potential, impacted family structure as a result of mass incarceration of blacks and Latinos, limited access to educational resources and political participation, state-sanctioned killing by police, and the psychological, emotional, and community tolls of living with less, and being seen as “less than.” POC are also expected by white people to bear the burden of explaining, proving, and fixing racism, though it is, in fact, white people who are primarily responsible for perpetrating and perpetuating it.

The Racial Power of White Elites 

While all white people and even many POC play a part in perpetuating systemic racism, it is important to recognize the powerful role played by white elites in maintaining this system. White elites, often unconsciously, work to perpetuate systemic racism via politics, law, educational institutions, the economy, and racist representations and the underrepresentation of people of color in mass media. This is also known as white supremacy. For this reason, it is important that the public hold white elites accountable for combatting racism and fostering equality. It is equally important that those who hold positions of power within society reflect the racial diversity of the U.S.

The Power of Racist Ideas, Assumptions, and World Views 

Racist ideology—the collection of ideas, assumptions, and worldviews—is a key component of systemic racism and plays a key role in its reproduction. Racist ideology often asserts that whites are superior to people of color for biological or cultural reasons, and manifests in stereotypes, prejudices, and popular myths and beliefs. These typically include positive images of whiteness in contrast to negative images associated with people of color, such as civility versus brutishness, chaste and pure versus hyper-sexualized, and intelligent and driven versus stupid and lazy.

Sociologists recognize that ideology informs our actions and interactions with others, so it follows that racist ideology fosters racism throughout all aspects of society. This happens regardless of whether the person acting in racist ways is aware of doing so.

Resistance to Racism 

Finally, Feagin recognizes that resistance to racism is an important feature of systemic racism. Racism has never been passively accepted by those who suffer it, and so systemic racism is always accompanied by acts of resistance that might manifest as protest, political campaigns, legal battles, resisting white authority figures, and speaking back against racist stereotypes, beliefs, and language. The white backlash that typically follows resistance, like countering “black lives matter” with “all lives matter” or “blue lives matter,” does the work of limiting the effects of resistance and maintaining a racist system.

Systemic Racism Is All Around Us and Within Us 

Feagin’s theory and all of the research he and many other social scientists have conducted over 100 years illustrate that racism is in fact built into the foundation of U.S. society and that it has over time come to infuse all aspects of it. It is present in our laws, our politics, our economy; in our social institutions; and in how we think and act, whether consciously or subconsciously. It’s all around us and inside of us, and for this reason, resistance to racism must also be everywhere if we are to combat it.

 

Actor Terry Crews Feels to BLM Only ”Some” Black Lives Matter

This Cancel Culture and Elitism we’ve talked about for several years at TruthNewsNetwork is consuming our world. Every day we see example after example of how frustrating it is to be caught up in a conundrum that puts you in the bullseye of those who have taken command of the determination of everything and everybody regarding saying and doing the “right” thing. It’s bad enough that anyone has to even think about such silliness. But your having to do so just to survive in your chosen career or to maintain friendships or keep your job is nasty. And it’s not based on what you DO, but based solely on what someone who controls the rules of Social Elitism can with a snap of the fingers put you in a good place or send you to “Hell on Earth” with no regard at all for the truth of any matter. The substance has been deleted and replaced by Social Elitism. And those in charge control far more of this nation today than they did just two weeks ago. And if things don’t change, in 90 days, they will be telling everyone what cereal to eat for breakfast and what color bowl from which to eat it!

That may seem to be a joke, but it’s no joke. Today more than ever, the jobs, friendships, family relationships as well as friends, business associates and fellow employees are more than ever before being forced to embrace a set of fundaments, standards, rules, how to’s and how not to’s that regulate every process of being “acceptable” within all these overlapping circles. Additionally, the social elitists that control the circle in which you find yourself have the power to at any time, for whatever reason, and without any justification, put the word out. You’ll not only find yourself thrown to the curb, but without any knowledge of your doing anything wrong! You’ll never know in advance what you are supposed to and not supposed to do.

Today’s craziness has evolved into schizophrenic paranoia: everyone is afraid of saying anything for fear of saying the wrong thing. And few even know what the right and wrong thing to say are!

Social Elitism Now Dominates Hollywood

Actor and comedian Terry Crews is taking heat for criticizing the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization over its tendency to hone in on police brutality and ignore far more significant issues in the black community. He recently tweeted that he wants to make sure “black lives matter” doesn’t turn into “black lives matter more.” Predictably, he was met by reactionary shrieks of “Uncle Tom” and “coon.”

Crews appeared on CNN on Monday night to explain his objections to BLM, and instead received a lecture from Don Lemon about the grievous errors in his line of thinking. After informing the movie star that he (Lemon) has “skin as tough as an armadillo” thanks to his soapbox at CNN, Lemon told Crews that “if you want an All Black Lives Matter movement that talks about gun violence,” then he should “start that movement with that name.”

“The Black Lives Matter movement is about police brutality and injustice in that manner, not about what’s happening in black neighborhoods,” Lemon said smugly.

Crews tried to explain that the Black Lives Matter movement is no longer solely about police brutality, as the organization’s website admits, but was repeatedly interrupted. Lemon, of course, had to keep his viewers from hearing the truth: that an organization purportedly dedicated to making black lives matter only actually cares about some black lives.

According to a database compiled by the Washington Post, only nine unarmed black people were killed by police in 2019. At least half of those incidents occurred after the unarmed individual attacked the police officer on the scene. This figure hardly compares to the thousands of African Americans affected by violent crime, largely perpetrated by other African Americans.

As a matter of fact, between recent crime waves in major cities and innocent black folks like David Dorn losing their lives in the wake of riots and looting, BLM and the related #DefundThePolice movement may be responsible for many more than nine deaths by the end of the summer. An eight-year-old girl was shot to death over the weekend in Atlanta near Wendy’s where Rashard Brooks was killed.

Cockburn suggests that Black Lives Matter should change its name to “0.00001 percent of Black Lives Matter” — “0.00001BLM,” for short.

Not Smart To Mess With Terry

BLM’s hypocrisy doesn’t end with claiming to want to lift black people while ignoring interracial crime. The organization is also against one of the most proven ways to reduce poverty and violence: fatherhood. BLM explicitly opposes traditional two-parent families: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

Even the progressive left’s radical gender ideology seems to be more critical to BLM than reducing violence and providing stable homes for black children. “We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum,” the organization also says on its website.

Like the leaders of Black Lives Matter, prominent politicians are failing to take responsibility for the uptick in crime over the past several weeks. Just as Don Lemon attacked Terry Crews for mentioning negative trends outside of police brutality, Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago shifted the blame to firearms: ‘Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun.”

Crews perfectly captured this phenomenon in another one of his recent tweets, writing, “There are ‘gatekeepers of Blackness’ within our own community who decide who’s Black and who’s not. I have often been called out for not being ‘black enough.’ How can that be?” (Crews is happily married to a mixed-racial wife)

Welcome to 2020, Mr. Crews. Anyone who questions the far-left agenda of groups like BLM will be shut down, black or not.

Rather than give you more of Don Lemon’s whipping of Terry Crews from his CNN show Monday night, we decided to call on Rob Smith of The First to break it down with an actual segment of that confrontation for yourself. Rob is an African-American journalist and is conservative. This piece includes a portion of the Crews interview which shows you just how black elites in media treat those of their own race who dare to make sense of the obvious that none of the BLM supporters from the black community want to accept: that Black Lives Matter only cares about Black Lives when those lives fit their peculiar narrative that details any opportunities to diminish any white person or group of white people, or, in Terry’s case, any black person who doesn’t toe the BLM line:

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I cannot go without saying this: Terry Crews is not only an outstanding actor, but he’s also an African American man who made it out of some nasty spots in Flint, Michigan growing up. He chose to put aside all the petty racial partisanship in favor of working hard, working smart, honing his skills, and pursuing his dreams of becoming a successful actor. He made his own breaks. He did that by consciously refusing to allow the black environment in the U.S. to flood him with thoughts of victimhood. He took responsibility to make his life what it is today by not letting the elitist perspective dominate his thinking.

These babies were shot last week and died. Where is BLM on saving These lives?

Terry certainly is NOT a sellout or an Uncle Tom. He’s a smart, sensitive, and thoughtful American. He believes strongly in personal accountability and responsibility for one’s own life.

That’s too much for Don Lemon. After all, CNN has mastered the art of putting people in front of their cameras, who are mediocre at best at their craft. But they are all masters of denigration: the denigration of anyone and any group that refuses to accept being a mirror image of what someone else — ANYONE else — thinks they should be.

Lemon’s insistence that BLM is ONLY protesting against police violence is grossly false. His doing so repeatedly in Terry Crews’ face is an insult to every black person in America.

Sadly, Lemon has a big microphone. Fortunately, however, very few people watch him make a fool of himself every weeknight. And Terry Crews did it masterfully by just allowing Don to speak. Lemon’s little more than an empty suit. And his ratings confirm that again and again.

I bet all three of his fans got a kick watching Lemon insult Terry Crews.

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The “Cancel Culture”

It’s become so convoluted, so broad and wide, so misrepresented that most Americans do not understand what Cancel Culture is, what its purposes are, and what is its basis.

Some are quick to respond by saying “The U.S. founders were almost all slave owners. We demand that their evils are erased from history books and they are no longer honored! After all, they committed the most egregious acts any man can force on another: slavery. The fact that a white man would own a black man and that the black man had absolutely no rights at all is the opposite of what Americans have studied in U.S. history for more than 200 years. It’s all lies!”

Watching and listening to people who tag themselves as “authorities” on racial rights and wrongs resonates deeply with many folks — those who vaguely remember the horrors in Europe and Asia in World War II where nations ruled by despots portrayed REAL racism on people who were different colors, different cultures, sometimes different languages, and religions. But THOSE tyrants didn’t just tear down statues selectively chosen by a few as being eligible for cancellation, they slaughtered people with whom they disagreed: men, women, and children. More than six million Jews were shot, burned to death, gassed, or starved. All of those happened in places scattered throughout Europe.

Do American minorities have some unilateral right to destroy the history of the racial injustices, not only injustices around us today, but injustices from every part of America’s history? Does that even make sense?

Before we go any further, one African American man became so enraged at today’s “Cancel Culture” he boiled over. Listen to his words describing his thoughts and feelings:

For What and Whom IS History?

The subject in college that I hated most was American history — not because it wasn’t important and not because I didn’t enjoy learning the details about our nation, but because every professor I had in four different American history courses concentrated almost solely on specific dates! Their exams were not about the history of which we learned, it was as if they wanted to trip us up for not remembering exact dates. Maybe the exact dates are not so important. But the context of time and life in the U.S. at those specific times IS critical to our understanding.

When my children went through the same dilemma, their much older Dad explained that I felt the exact same way when I was in college. What was different from the way my professors explained was this: I told our children that every important American history event never happened in a vacuum. Life around each event was far more important to understand than just each historical event by itself.

We all live in context. Our laws are made in the context of the day. What was meaningless in 1965 may be critical to address in a law today. What today prompts a law probably would have been insignificant and certainly not important in 1965.

History is to give us all not only a few details of a few events from our past. It is to give us the understanding of how and what initiated those historical acts, learning the details of those acts themselves, and putting them each in historical context as was applicable when each occurred and then to compare each with today’s America.

The Holocaust

Not only the Jewish people, but people from every ethnicity, nationality, and culture have at least heard of the Holocaust. The Holocaust did NOT occur in a vacuum either. It was not initiated by one or two events but from a generation of elitism in Germany that included gross racism against Jews by German nationals. I don’t want to be cold or harsh in saying this, but today’s cries by the Leftist media and many political activists of systemic racism are totally wrong. Germany in the late 1930s and early 1940s WAS systemically racist. What’s the difference?

The government of  Nazi Germany fanned the fires of racism with laws, policies, regulations, and even social structure to continually fan the fires of racism among the people. But then Hitler’s government became aggressive actions to target not just a few Jews embedded among the German people but to force Jews out of their homes, jobs, and even neighborhoods to segregate Jews to keep them separate from Germans.

The “Final Solution” — or the plan to rid Germany of Jews — began with the Wannsee Conference.

In 1942, a group of high-ranking Nazi officials meet and calmly discuss the logistics of the “Final Solution,” the elimination of Jews from Germany. Along with notorious figures such as Adolf Eichmann (Gerd Böckmann), a number of lesser-known officers like Reinhard Heydrich (Dietrich Mattausch) debate plans of whether to reform the Jews, ship them elsewhere or simply end their lives. The actual minutes of the meeting were taken from each attendee to be destroyed. But, years later, it was discovered that one attendee kept the notes. From those notes came the movie that told the entire story of the planned extermination of six million Jews to rid Germany of them entirely. That movie, Conspiracy, is available today and can be viewed at several online streaming services. (I highly recommend it to all who want the REAL version of Germany’s World War II)

Erase History?

One can destroy some of the representations of historical events. That’s what horrifies most Americans watching evening news today. Statues, monuments, even buildings, many of which have been in existence for 200 years are being defaced and destroyed by “Cancel Culture’s” minions. Why? It’s foolish for one to believe history can be erased. It’s crazy to want to do that!

If any culture in modern history has a right to remove reminders of their history, it is the Jewish people. Their eradication by Nazis was as horrible and insidious as any other in World history. And Jews cringe even at the thought of anyone trying to erase that history. Why?

Remember: no historical event exists without context. The details of the context along with the historical events themselves are the greatest tools for building a future without repeating those horrors from the past.

Dachau was a Nazi concentration camp opened in March 1933, which was initially intended to hold political prisoners. It is located on the grounds of an abandoned munitions factory northeast of the medieval town of Dachau, about 16 km northwest of Munich in the state of Bavaria, in southern Germany. When the Allied forces invaded Dachau and saw the inhumanity of the slaughters of an estimated one million Jews there, every citizen — man, woman, and child — of that small town were forced to go to the concentration camp to view the remains of tens of thousands of Jews that died in the gas chambers. The bodies those people from Dachau Village were forced to see were just those that had not yet been incinerated in the ovens at that camp.

Why would our European allies force that on those German villagers? They knew that unless German civilians were witness to the travesties of the German army, no one would believe those stories.

That is history. Jews nor Germans would EVER think about destroying Dachau. In fact, it remains to this day in the exact same form in which it existed the day those Germans were forced to go view the carnage. Why would they leave it in place all these years? It was so horrible, one would think (like many today in the U.S.), “We want it gone! It illustrates some of the lowest depravity of man. Why would we even think about keeping it?”

Simple Answer: To keep historical events that when described in their context would keep generation after generation of Germans from ever thinking, “Nothing like that could ever happen here.” The context in which the horrors against the Jews were created is exactly what needs to be branded on the minds of every German from every future generation after World War II in perpetuity.

I’ve been to Dachau!

Its horrors are forever in my memory. I walked through the large room where Germans tricked prisoners by telling them they were going to get a shower. When they all entered that room, (about 200 at a time) the doors were closed and locked and the gas was turned on. It took about five minutes for them all to die.

After about ten minutes, the doors were opened, and German soldiers began to haul their bodies and stack them in the adjacent large room where three massive ovens stood ready to welcome tens of thousands of lifeless innocent Jews for their cremation.

Those ovens are forever stamped in my memory. And with those memories and the context of their creation, no one can ever convince me “That was horrendous! We need to destroy that Concentration Camp!” German people never thought their leaders would allow such devastation.

By the way, all German concentration camps from WW II were preserved for history.

What’s Different Here?

NOTHING!

It is not only unconscionable that a large group of Americans choose to destroy representations of the American Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and even the memories of the men and women who led and served in those and other important American events. What is their reasoning for doing so? “To erase the memories of those who instigated the atrocities of those events.”

Doing so is the definition of Lunacy!

There is no doubt slavery was and is a travesty. There is and never has been any justifiable purpose for any human owning another human. But thinking one can do anything to erase historical memories of events — both good AND bad — is actually stupid. Doing so WOULD steal a number of great learning opportunities from every future generation of Americans. And for what purpose?

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My youngest daughter had a Japanese classmate during her freshman year in college. That Japanese girl was horrified the first day in American history where the professor showed an old black and white film of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. That Japanese student actually got up and stormed from the class.

My daughter saw her later that day and asked why she was so upset. That Japanese student shared that ALL World War II history in Japan stated that World War II in the Pacific began when the United States bombed Tokyo! Nothing is Japanese history books even mentioned Pearl Harbor.

Cancel Culture is pure lunacy.

Instead, let’s be realistic, understanding that everyone must have the opportunity to see and hear all American history: even the bad. Someone more knowledgable than me once said, “If we don’t learn from our history we are doomed to repeat it.” Sure, there are parts of history I wish were different. But they weren’t different! And those bad things for which most Americans are ashamed they are part of our history, let’s learn from those and make certain none of that ever happens again.

Doesn’t that make better sense than just ignoring the reality of our past? My grandchildren and THEIR grandchildren need to know and understand slavery and its horrors — not to honor the evil, but to learn to never let it creep back into America again.

 

Here’s the Link for the Article: “319 Square Miles”

https://truthnewsnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/319-Square-Miles.pdf

Here’s the link to the video/audio played today on TNN Live Regarding the Truth about Today’s America:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBMEMuFW3Fo&fbclid=IwAR0FluBTSfV7TK7uN4dVqSjBxDQVo2pSuUALyt8g1QhvJSG6JlcLzoCkZfQ

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Pandemic, Racial War: The Church Weighs In

Editor’s note: Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has released this powerful letter today to President Trump warning him that the current crises over the coronavirus pandemic and the George Floyd riots are a part of the eternal spiritual struggle between the forces of good and evil. He encourages the president to continue the fight on behalf of the “children of light.” Read the letter here.

 

Sat Jun 6, 2020 – 11:59 am EST

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò
Holy Trinity Sunday

Mr. President,

In recent months we have been witnessing the formation of two opposing sides that I would call Biblical: the children of light and the children of darkness. The children of light constitute the most conspicuous part of humanity, while the children of darkness represent an absolute minority. And yet the former are the object of a sort of discrimination which places them in a situation of moral inferiority with respect to their adversaries, who often hold strategic positions in government, in politics, in the economy and in the media. In an apparently inexplicable way, the good are held hostage by the wicked and by those who help them either out of self-interest or fearfulness.

These two sides, which have a Biblical nature, follow the clear separation between the offspring of the Woman and the offspring of the Serpent. On the one hand there are those who, although they have a thousand defects and weaknesses, are motivated by the desire to do good, to be honest, to raise a family, to engage in work, to give prosperity to their homeland, to help the needy, and, in obedience to the Law of God, to merit the Kingdom of Heaven. On the other hand, there are those who serve themselves, who do not hold any moral principles, who want to demolish the family and the nation, exploit workers to make themselves unduly wealthy, foment internal divisions and wars, and accumulate power and money: for them the fallacious illusion of temporal well-being will one day – if they do not repent – yield to the terrible fate that awaits them, far from God, in eternal damnation.

In society, Mr. President, these two opposing realities co-exist as eternal enemies, just as God and Satan are eternal enemies. And it appears that the children of darkness – whom we may easily identify with the deep state which you wisely oppose and which is fiercely waging war against you in these days – have decided to show their cards, so to speak, by now revealing their plans. They seem to be so certain of already having everything under control that they have laid aside that circumspection that until now had at least partially concealed their true intentions. The investigations already under way will reveal the true responsibility of those who managed the Covid emergency not only in the area of health care but also in politics, the economy, and the media. We will probably find that in this colossal operation of social engineering there are people who have decided the fate of humanity, arrogating to themselves the right to act against the will of citizens and their representatives in the governments of nations.

We will also discover that the riots in these days were provoked by those who, seeing that the virus is inevitably fading and that the social alarm of the pandemic is waning, necessarily have had to provoke civil disturbances, because they would be followed by repression which, although legitimate, could be condemned as an unjustified aggression against the population. The same thing is also happening in Europe, in perfect synchrony. It is quite clear that the use of street protests is instrumental to the purposes of those who would like to see someone elected in the upcoming presidential elections who embodies the goals of the deep state and who expresses those goals faithfully and with conviction. It will not be surprising if, in a few months, we learn once again that hidden behind these acts of vandalism and violence there are those who hope to profit from the dissolution of the social order so as to build a world without freedom: Solve et Coagula, as the Masonic adage teaches.

Although it may seem disconcerting, the opposing alignments I have described are also found in religious circles. There are faithful Shepherds who care for the flock of Christ, but there are also mercenary infidels who seek to scatter the flock and hand the sheep over to be devoured by ravenous wolves. It is not surprising that these mercenaries are allies of the children of darkness and hate the children of light: just as there is a deep state, there is also a deep church that betrays its duties and forswears its proper commitments before God. Thus the Invisible Enemy, whom good rulers fight against in public affairs, is also fought against by good shepherds in the ecclesiastical sphere. It is a spiritual battle, which I spoke about in my recent Appeal which was published on May 8.

For the first time, the United States has in you a President who courageously defends the right to life, who is not ashamed to denounce the persecution of Christians throughout the world, who speaks of Jesus Christ and the right of citizens to freedom of worship. Your participation in the March for Life, and more recently your proclamation of the month of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, are actions that confirm which side you wish to fight on. And I dare to believe that both of us are on the same side in this battle, albeit with different weapons.

For this reason, I believe that the attack to which you were subjected after your visit to the National Shrine of Saint John Paul II is part of the orchestrated media narrative which seeks not to fight racism and bring social order, but to aggravate dispositions; not to bring justice, but to legitimize violence and crime; not to serve the truth, but to favor one political faction. And it is disconcerting that there are Bishops – such as those whom I recently denounced – who, by their words, prove that they are aligned on the opposing side. They are subservient to the deep state, to globalism, to aligned thought, to the New World Order which they invoke ever more frequently in the name of a universal brotherhood which has nothing Christian about it, but which evokes the Masonic ideals of those want to dominate the world by driving God out of the courts, out of schools, out of families, and perhaps even out of churches.

The American people are mature and have now understood how much the mainstream media does not want to spread the truth but seeks to silence and distort it, spreading the lie that is useful for the purposes of their masters. However, it is important that the good – who are the majority – wake up from their sluggishness and do not accept being deceived by a minority of dishonest people with unavowable purposes. It is necessary that the good, the children of light, come together and make their voices heard. What more effective way is there to do this, Mr. President, than by prayer, asking the Lord to protect you, the United States, and all of humanity from this enormous attack of the Enemy? Before the power of prayer, the deceptions of the children of darkness will collapse, their plots will be revealed, their betrayal will be shown, their frightening power will end in nothing, brought to light and exposed for what it is: an infernal deception.

Mr. President, my prayer is constantly turned to the beloved American nation, where I had the privilege and honor of being sent by Pope Benedict XVI as Apostolic Nuncio. In this dramatic and decisive hour for all of humanity, I am praying for you and also for all those who are at your side in the government of the United States. I trust that the American people are united with me and you in prayer to Almighty God.

United against the Invisible Enemy of all humanity, I bless you and the First Lady, the beloved American nation, and all men and women of good will.

Carlo Maria Viganò

Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana

Former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America

Is Minneapolis Peace Possible?

“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback tweeted. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in Power George Floyd.”

Former San Francisco 49er QB Colin Kaepernick delivered that message to all those who were part of the aftermath of the killing of a man in Minneapolis in a tragic encounter with four policemen. Video of the event clearly shows that the police grossly mishandled the confrontation with George Floyd, an African American. The video is absolute proof of excessive force in the encounter and George’s subsequent death. And Floyd was subdued, under control, and making no attempt to escape or harm police when he died.

Already three nights of violence have decimated downtown Minneapolis with stores looted and destroyed, several buildings burned to the ground and millions of dollars of destruction at the hands of demonstrators.

There is no doubt this man we killed in brutal fashion and killed needlessly. That issue should be a stand-alone. For outsiders such as Kaepernick to make such inflammatory comments as he did with no personal attachments, knowledge of, or any personal involvement serves absolutely no reasonable purpose in this travesty. In fact, Kaepernick’s statement will probably act like pouring gasoline on an already massive fire.

Those rioters and protestors use as justification for their pilfering from and destroying of stores the fact that systemic racism among the ranks of white policemen are the direct causes of Floyd’s death. You know what? That’s probably true. But who do these rioters punish for the unnecessary death of Floyd? Does their destruction of private property, the random theft from the store inventories they raided, and burning down an automotive parts store do anything to impact the injustice committed against Floyd.

Neither does the inflammatory threats of the former NFL Quarterback.

No doubt we in the U.S. have a rampant racist problem that is obviously embedded in our criminal justice system at every level. I’m certain it has been addressed in law enforcement in numerous places and at numerous times. But obviously, it has NOT been eradicated and seems to be thriving in Minneapolis. It MUST be addressed aggressively and done so quickly. The African American community does NOT trust white policemen – and justifiably so.

Added crime in no way can erase the crime of Floyd’s apparent murder. And rioting accomplishes nothing. Those actions only worsen the divide between justice and fairness. They certainly do nothing to stem criminal activity by either side: rioters AND the police. Actions like these playing out daily in Minnesota only make the possibilities of fixing this problem and removing those who insist to perpetually feed the fires of brutality and racism on increase the already near impossibility in which we live today. So what can be done?

Leadership – American leadership representing ALL Americans MUST come to the table, dropping all pretense and anger before sitting down. That’s a tough task to organize! I’m not certain it is even possible. But one thing I DO know: even IF reconciliation is possible, it will never occur around that table with guns drawn both verbally and literally. Violence has never begat peace in any situation. And it will not today.

“If” those in the minority community and those in law enforcement sincerely want to craft and implement a permanent racial peace, having such a summit is an absolute necessity. I’m not saying it will ever work. But no one will know unless honest attempts are made.

You know what? I don’t think those at that table should come from law enforcement nor racial activists, black or white. They need to represent rank-and-file Americans of color and white Americans who already love and daily interact with each other in the same world. Those Americans seem to be the ones most desirous of actual reconciliation and seem to want nothing but real peace. Accomplishing that requires no political or racial agenda.

Can that peace process be brokered? “Can” is possible “IF” enough people believe it is possible and will drop the anger and blame and victim-status to talk to and with each other in honesty and can do that without just talking “AT” each other.

Will that peace process be brokered? I’m not a soothsayer nor a prophet. But I will say honestly for it to happen will require a supernatural miracle. In our history, we’ve had a few of those. We certainly can have another. And we certainly need another.

One more thing MUST be part of an attempt for peace in Minneapolis: white cops nor a former NFL Quarterback need to be part of that conversation. Those people foregoing their political and racial perspectives will be at least part of the necessary miracle for such as an act like this to happen.

Missed in this tragedy of the death of George Floyd and the aftermath in Minneapolis are the feelings of his family members. I want you to watch and listen to the responses of questions from his two cousins. Contrast their words with those of one of the nation’s most recognizable Civil Rights attorneys:

There’s a stark contrast between the countenances and words of these two cousins and this attorney.

That alone is the heretofore insurmountable challenge of racial reconciliation in our nation. That’s going to take a miracle.

A “God” Miracle.

What Color is Racism?

This whole racism thing is getting out of hand. Politicians have normalized the practice of pandering to people of one race or another, changing their tune to say what they think the specific crowd to whom they’re speaking will consider being “good” for those of their ethnicity. In doing this, they seem to forget one thing: that practice in itself is racist!

Presumptive Democrat nominee for President Joe Biden slipped a bit at the end of a radio interview with an African American host. As the interview was concluding, Biden became a bit testy. In doing so, Biden slipped and may have shown something he’d prefer the world not know.

Appearing on the syndicated program “The Breakfast Club,” the Democratic presidential nominee told co-host Lenard McKelvey, known professionally as Charlamagne tha God, that there were “multiple” black women on his shortlist for VP. Biden has pledged that he will select a woman to be his running mate.

The conversation was initially for Biden to defend his record of helping African Americans and advancing civil rights and voting rights. As the interview was ending, Biden concluded by telling the black radio host that if he can’t decide whether to vote for Biden or Trump, then he “ain’t black.”

The African American community has gone nuts in response.

Just the Facts, Please!

Democrats claim that they have always supported equal rights for black Americans and that Republicans are racists who always oppose them.

Both claims are flat out lies. From its founding in 1854, the Republican Party led the fight to end slavery and then eradicate the racist Jim Crow system that held blacks down right up to securing the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Democrats opposed the Republicans at every turn.

So, let’s take an honest look at the history of civil rights in America. On the legislative level, congressional Republicans proposed, and Democrats opposed, a series of Reconstruction-era laws intended to elevate blacks, in particular, to force Southern states to enforce the Constitutional amendments extending full civil rights and voting rights to blacks. These included the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Reconstruction Act of 1867, the Enforcement Act of 1870, the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 and the Civil Rights Act of 1875.

Democrats consistently opposed legislative efforts to confer voting rights and other civil rights on blacks, including the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, and even the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

Here are the facts:

April 8, 1864

The 13th Amendment banning slavery passed the U.S. Senate 38 to 6, with 100% Republican support amid Democratic opposition.

January 31, 1865

The 13th Amendment banning slavery passed the U.S. House by a vote of 119 to 56 (with eight abstentions), with all 103 Republicans voting yes, along with 16 Democrats. Republican President Abraham Lincoln signed it, sent it on to the states, with final ratification on Dec. 18, 1865.

March 27, 1866

Democrat President Andrew Johnson vetoed a bill granting citizenship to blacks.

June 8, 1866

The U.S. Senate passed the Republicans’ 14th Amendment guaranteeing due process and equal protection of the law to all citizens. Nearly all Republicans voted yes, and 100% of Democrats voted no.

June 13, 1866

The U.S. House passed the U.S. Senate’s version of the Republican-sponsored 14th Amendment by a vote of 120 to 32. All Republicans voted yes.

January 10, 1878

U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduced the Susan B. Anthony amendment for women’s suffrage. The Democrat-controlled Senate defeated it repeatedly before the election of a Republican House and Senate that guaranteed its approval in 1919.

February 8, 1894

The Democrat Congress and Democrat President Grover Cleveland joined in repealing the Republicans’ Enforcement Act, which had enabled blacks to vote.

May 6, 1960

Republican President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960, expanding protections for blacks in voting. In the House, the measure was approved by 89% of Republicans and 52% of Democrats. After a Democrat filibuster, the Senate approved it 71-18. No Republicans opposed. All 18 “no” votes were from Democrats.

A History of Shame

The Democratic Party’s militant arm following the Civil War was the Ku Klux Klan, of which prominent Democratic West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd was a high official, as was Hugo Black, a Democrat. The latter became a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

For 88 years, Democrats in the South enforced a vicious Jim Crow system of outright discrimination against blacks, particularly measures aimed at preventing them from voting. They opposed Republican-sponsored civil rights legislation at the state and federal levels.

In 1964, a Republican U.S. Senate majority introduced and passed the Civil Rights Act despite a filibuster by Democratic senators.

Similarly, Republicans led the fight for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, when 94 % of GOP lawmakers in the House voted for it, while 27% of Democrat House members opposed it.

Today, Democrats would like us to forget that they were the party of Jim Crow, the Klan, and racists such as Woodrow Wilson, the globally-thinking progressive who, upon taking office as president, promptly segregated the U.S. Civil Service and instituted policies designed to discriminate against blacks and other minorities.

Democrats defended tooth and nail, a plantation-style racial spoils system right up to 1964, and then converted it into a federal version, with welfare policies that destroyed the black family and institutionalized dependence on government. To this day, the party promotes destructive, addictive welfare policies that keep its constituents dependent.

Summary

Do you realize that 300,000 white men died to set blacks free from slavery in the Civil War? I mention that fact for one reason only: racism has NO color. It never has. What’s tragic is that in the political world, we have allowed the use of weaponization of racism for political purposes. Instead of our confronting such cases and making public examples of such for our kids and grandkids, we sit quietly, shaking our heads. Shaking our heads won’t do anything.

“But…”

There’s always someone who, in such a conversation, feels compelled to correct statements like mine above. And those “buts” come from white and African-American “experts” on race.

I’m no expert. I’m just an old white guy from South Louisiana who grew up in a small town where we lived racially blended. We had no all-white or all-black schools. We just went to school. We participated in sports, sang in the choir, joined the debate team, and, for the most part, race seldom was a “big deal.” I discovered real racism when I moved to north Louisiana in 1970 right in the middle of desegregation. That’s when I discovered REAL racism.

I hate it. But more than that, I hate the fact that so many try to find ways to use it for personal benefit. Yes, it’s a “human thing” to try and make oneself seem superior to others. (That applies to much more than race, but that’s a story for another day)

A wise teacher once told me “insecure people feel compelled to make themselves look better by putting others down.” Is that part of racism? Again, I’m no expert. But it seems to me that is a HUGE part of this problem.

So how can we end this? Again, the answer to that is WAY above my pay grade. I can only deal with myself and those with whom I interact. I would NEVER say to a person of color, “I know how you feel.” I think that in itself is racist.

I hate when I hear a minority American blast white people saying, “You cannot know how we feel. That’s impossible! Only African-Americans understand.”

That’s true: to a point. But we should treat that the same way we treat many such characterizations of non-racial issues. I don’t need to know how it feels to drive a car off a cliff to know the results are going to be bad. I don’t need to know how it feels to have my legs ripped off by a Great White shark to know the outcome is probably death.

How should we deal with racism personally? 

I have racially blended family members who I adore. They are no less or more in any way than am I. But I accept there are things in their lives that I can never understand just as I have things they can never understand. Why? Because we ARE different. 

Racism ends when we choose to even consider that we “know” what they feel about certain things. If we can do that one person at a time, we will quickly move far down the road to handling racism.

I doubt we can ever eradicate racism. But what we can do is teach others in our circles of influence how to stop looking at those of different races with any perspective other than that of their being fellow humans.

Yes, they’re different! But so are we. Adopting this practice is NOT specific to people of one or two or three or four races. It applies to everyone.

Am I so naive to believe what I’ve said will be heard and adopted by many people, or ANY people? Absolutely not. We all struggle throughout our lives with finding and “doing the right things.” This is one of those.

What I DO know is that if we all — or even most of us — adopt that thought process, a world of social problems will melt away fairly quickly. Along with that melting would come the dissolution of social barriers which human nature dictates that we erect to keep distance between ourselves and others. The racial trust would begin to be adopted: slowly, but as results appear, it would happen.

And to determine where someone is in a paradoxical dilemma, just listen to them. After all, “The mouth speaketh from the abundance of the heart.” That includes presidential candidates, every other politician, and every other American, no matter race, creed, or social standing.

It begins with the determination of what’s in our hearts.

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