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Is America Fundamentally Racist?

Vice President Kamala Harris condemned America as a racist, sexist, xenophobic country last week in Atlanta. Strong words that I am sure resonate with many.

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“Racism is real in America and it has always been.” ~ Vice President Kamala Harris

Vice President Kamala Harris condemned America as a racist, sexist, xenophobic country last week in Atlanta. Strong words that I am sure resonate with many. Is America fundamentally racist or have the mainstream media and politicians fashioned a template that paints a distorted picture of racism in America?

Are there White people who are racist? Absolutely. Are there Black people who are racist? Absolutely. Are there Asian people and Hispanic people who are racist? Absolutely. Are the vast majority of people in America racist? I don’t believe that.

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I spent last weekend doing security detail at a state basketball tournament in northern Alabama. Observing, I was struck by how race is viewed. It was an enlightening and sobering experience.

The venue for the weekend was for ten and under girls basketball teams from all over Alabama. There were all-Black teams and all-White teams. Periodically, they played one another as the tournament progressed.

The second game on Friday night was the first of several games that pitted a Black team against a White team. The referees were two older gentlemen, one Black and one White. As the game unfolded a girl on the all-Black team charged and physically ran over the White girl defending her. The White girl laid on the court clearly shook up and hurt. The White coach of the team ran out on the court and picked her up in his arms and carried her to the bench as he shouted about how this game was getting out of hand. The refs didn’t call a foul and didn’t warn the benches or the fans in the stands. The referees never took control of the game and it continued to intensify. The all-White team won the game in a close nailbiter. What was disturbing was how the Black coach, his wife, and the fans of the all-Black team reacted. They felt that the refs had blatantly favored the all-White team and robbed the all-Black team of a win. Even with two refs where one was Black and one was White.

Saturday night pitted another all-Black team against an all-White team. Two different teams than the combatants on Friday night. The referees were two middle-aged White people, one woman and one man. The game was close and intense. It was noticeably physical. The Black team was very athletic but lacked discipline. The White team was fundamentally sound and well coached. As the fouls added up against the Black team their fans began to berate the refs. It was clearly a heated situation from my viewpoint and as a security guard. The White team won a close game and as the final buzzer sounded the fans of the Black team headed towards the two White refs to surround them and confront them. I had to physically escort the refs out of the gym and the building to their vehicles. The Black fans felt that these two White refs had favored the all-White team. These refs were high-quality high school refs that had years of experience. They had no interest in who won or lost. They controlled the game on the court yet through the eyes of the Black fans they were judged as being racist in their calling of the basketball game.

Sunday brought one more match-up of an all-Black team against an all-White team. It was the semifinal game of the tournament. It pitted the all-Black team from Friday night against the all-White team from Saturday night. I already had a sense from a security perspective that this could be a powder keg. The referees were two middle-aged White men both with years of calling high school games throughout Alabama and at state finals. They both controlled the game on the court. Again, the fouls mounted on the all-Black team. At one point it was a ten to one discrepancy. The Black coach shouted at the refs about the foul discrepancy and he received a technical foul. His wife on the bench kept berating the refs and they warned the coach to calm his wife down or she would get a technical foul and be ejected from the building. She continued to swear and harass the refs ignoring the warnings and was ejected. I had to physically escort her out of the gym and building as she screamed verbal epithets at the refs. The all-White team won decisively in a very physical game. Yet again, the Black coach, his wife, and their fans viewed the loss through a lens of race.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

This past weekend made me think about race. I have never viewed people through a racial lens. I see people as they are. I judge people by the content of their character not the color of their skin.

I don’t believe America is fundamentally racist. What I observed this past weekend though made me think. Have the mainstream media and politicians fostered a narrative that racism is so prevalent that it has colored people’s perceptions and perspectives?

One can argue calls in a game. I have played plenty of sports throughout my life. A bad official is a bad official. There are bad officials throughout sports. The officials that refereed the game Friday night were just bad officials. They never took control of the game. The officials on Saturday and Sunday were quality referees. There was no bias or racism in their calls. From my perspective, they could have called a foul on every play. They didn’t because that would have stopped the flow of the game. Their calls were fair and accurate.

What I found disconcerting was the consistency with which these all-Black versus all-White games were viewed. To view these games through a lens of racism falls short of Martin Luther King’s dream. I didn’t detect any racism from the White people in that gym all weekend. What I observed was a distinct perception though by the Black coach, his wife, and the Black fans that judged and convicted the White refs as overtly racist in the way they called the games.

Maybe these Black people living in Alabama have seen the ugliest racism imaginable. That may explain their actions this past weekend but doesn’t excuse them. Whether their actions are understandable given the history of race relations here in Alabama to continue to judge people through a lens of race, no matter what the color of your skin, is unacceptable.

I believe the vast majority of people have moved past racism in everyday life. I think most Americans are generally good people who say live and let live. Unfortunately, there are some people in America who must continue to keep the perception of racism alive and burning. They wish to continue to divide America to conquer it. Divisiveness fosters anger and resentment. Anger and resentment leads to distrust. Continuing to proclaim racism as a fundamental problem in America only leads to more division and distrust and fails to unify our country. It’s long past time we ignore these people and institutions that seek to divide us through race and gender and judge people by the content of their character.

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Michael was born and raised in Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BA-History. He started writing a blog in January 2016 called, Conservative Thinker, and has written about politics, foreign policy, economics, and social issues with a historical perspective. He resides in Cullman, AL and enjoys hiking, photography, and traveling in his spare time. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @buckyboymike and follow his blog at www.conservativethinker.net.



 
 
 

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The Left Is Fueling a New Racism

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It’s my firm belief that the number of Americans holding racist views is small, whether white, black, or Hispanic. At this point in our history, the vast majority of Americans try to live up to the challenge delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We keep moving toward the hard-fought dream he envisioned of an America where a citizen’s character would mean more than the color of their skin.

We are a different country today. I’ve presented leadership programs to hundreds of companies over the last 40 years. I’ve seen the work they’ve done to embrace diversity and advance capable employees and leaders from all races. Many minority members have advanced and earned their rightful place in making this great American economy work. At a time we should be celebrating and furthering our progress, our American culture is under attack from the left. Angry race-baiters are doing everything they can to increase our racial divide through pushing the 1619 Project, CRT, and BLM. They make extreme racist claims with a clear goal—to expand the government gravy train that only racial “victims” can justify.

I lived in pre-civil rights Atlanta where there were separate schools, separate bathrooms, and the baseball team was the Atlanta Crackers! Today, it’s more likely that leftist blacks are the ones who want separate schools, separate rights, and special reparations for their race.

As one anonymous post asserted, “Only in America can an ethnic group of black awareness month, black holiday, black only colleges, black only dating sites, and black only bars and clubs…and turn around and call everyone else racists!” You don’t have to look far to find evidence of extreme black racist demands.

In California, the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee released a report calling on the city to pay every qualifying black California resident $5 million and absolve them of their outstanding personal debt. This is madness. California was a free state and did not condone slavery, but the committee is doing all it can to justify reparations: “While neither San Francisco, nor California, formally adopted the institution of chattel slavery, the tenets of segregation, white supremacy and systematic repression and exclusion of Black people were codified through legal and extralegal actions, social codes, and judicial enforcement.” To the left, this “failure” warrants millions of innocent California citizens being forced to pay higher taxes to fund exorbitant benefits to one race they haven’t abused in any way.

In Washington, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is proposing a law that could codify black racism in America. There is a common mantra in her political speeches: White America is defined by institutional racism, systemic racism, white supremacy, and white nationalism. She attacks “white” America and seems to see the clan in the face of every white citizen. Such general attacks are evidence of a new racism—black racism.

Read for yourself Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s proposed law, the Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023. The legislation promises to criminalize criticism of any minority that is subsequently used to incite anybody else to commit a hate crime. The law reads: “A conspiracy to engage in white supremacy inspired hate crimes shall be determined to exist between two or more persons, at least one of whom published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on ‘replacement theory,’ or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group could, as determined by a reasonable person, motivate actions by a person predisposed to engaging in a white supremacy inspired crime.”

This is a chilling attack on freedom of speech against one race—caucasians. In short, if you criticize a minority and another person states that your statement was all the motivation needed to do a hate crime, you may be jailed because your criticism “motivated” a hate crime you did not commit. Get the message—be silent and conform or we will put you away.

Black racism is real and just as evil as white racism. Both must be soundly rejected by responsible citizens. As a Christian, I affirm my Savior’s claim that all God’s children matter! No responsible citizen should be shamed into silence by the irresponsible racist attacks of the left. Be proud of yourself and of America. Whether black, brown or white, success as a small business person or advancement as a good employee had to be earned by hard work, long hours, and diligent sacrifice. As with Americans for generations, it was not handed to you. You didn’t depend on government handouts to get ahead, you had to find a way to earn your own American Dream.

Reparations will never happen! Politicians can’t even afford to fund the entitlements they’ve already promised. Special black racist demands are unethical, divisive, and risk fueling a new racism backlash. Politicians from the left keep making the promises to fuel racist anger and secure special interest donations and votes.

Don’t fall for their racist rants and demands. Depending on government entitlements is never the answer. Instead, get busy following the models and learning from citizens of all races who have made America work for themselves and their families.

Let’s reclaim the American Dream Martin Luther King, Jr. affirmed. Do not judge a fellow citizen by the color of their skin. Celebrate the character of the vast majority of good American citizens you meet. Keep rejecting racism of any kind. It’s time to stand proud and applaud hard work and success wherever we find it, no matter what the race. May it always be so in this great republic we treasure…America!

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Biden’s Call for Unity Rings Hollow

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It’s true that at Christmas we long for peace and a united voice of joy for the blessings we have as a country. The Christ child calling from a manger calls for love not division. In this season of joy, President Biden’s Christmas address called for unity and optimism for the year ahead.

He hoped his message would connect: “So, my hope this Christmas season is that we take a few moments of quiet reflection, find that stillness at the heart of Christmas, and look really look at each other, not as Democrats or Republicans, not as members of Team Red or Team Blue, as who we really are, fellow Americans, fellow human beings worthy being treated with dignity and respect.” Biden said that he wanted to “drain the poison” from “our politics.”

His words ring hollow at a time when he has repeatedly demonized his political opponents. Does he remember calling MAGA Republicans “domestic terrorists?” Is this the same president who last Christmas attacked those unvaccinated Americans who would usher in a “winter of severe illness and death.”

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If President Biden truly wants to bring more unity, he will need more than a Christmas speech. He will need to demonstrate a change of heart by reversing some of his divisive policies and hateful comments that are contributing to America remaining so divided:

Unite Americans by caring enough to secure our borders to protect us all from the drug infestation, the rampant human trafficking, and the influx of millions of undocumented aliens overwhelming our border cities. Help us be a welcoming country to those who legally earn the right to immigrate to this amazing country.

Unite Americans by caring enough to support an “all of the above” energy policy that capitalizes on both new innovations and our amazing natural resources to provide low-cost energy and fuels to help lower inflation, create new jobs, and stimulate our vibrant free-enterprise economy.

Unite Americans by focusing on the common rights and gifts of all our citizens refusing to divide us into special groups that divide us and allow any special treatment to any group. Demand that all Americans receive the same rights and privileges a free country must ensure to truly be fair.

Unite Americans by bringing back personal accountability and law in order to our cities, once again ensuring that those who do crimes serve time as required by law. Take a stand to protect and support the law-abiding citizens while ensuring that criminals are held accountable.

Unite Americans by caring enough to limit government spending, to cut unnecessary government programs, and ensure that hard-working Americans keep more of the money they have earned instead of facing higher taxes.

Unite Americans by calling for a return to the voting system that has served this country for 200 years—help build renewed trust by ensuring only citizens vote using paper ballots on the same election day America has always set aside to decide elections.

Unite Americans by renewing a commitment to free speech by protecting every Americans right to express their criticism of those in power, no matter what the party. Instead of silencing criticism, invite and honor healthy disagreement and vibrant debate. Let hate speech by an invitation to more speech to counter its divisive voice.

Unite Americans by challenging every citizen to be a caring neighbor who supports local charities and gives from their own pocket to help friends, family, and neighbors instead of expecting government to take money from their wealthier neighbors to fund their “charity.”

Finally, unite Americans by honoring and celebrating excellence in every race and gender by sharing stories of diverse people making a difference in every area of our lives. Instead of fostering government dependence by creating more entitlements, encourage people to learn from the millions of citizens who are still living their American Dream. Let them know that you believe America can work for every citizen willing to make it work!

Do these things Mr. President, and you just may have a united country in 2023!

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