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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 Rise of Mark Robinson and the Benefit to North Carolina

He will win the governorship of North Carolina, be an excellent governor, and have a greater political future ahead of him

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Mark Robinson, if you are not aware, is currently North Carolina’s lieutenant governor. He is someone who made himself a success, despite coming from a background of extreme hardship. He was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, the 9th of 10 children. His upbringing, amidst alcoholism and domestic violence, was nowhere near what you would want for a growing child.

Onward and Upward

Robinson’s mother imbued in her children a sense of responsibility, and let them know in actions and words that perseverance, hard work, and devotion to God would be their best ticket to a rewarding life. Robinson absorbed the message at an early age.

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Among the many stops in his personal journey, he served as a medical specialist in the Army reserves. He also worked in manufacturing, and then ran a small business with his wife. When the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) was passed his small business and career endeavors dissolved.

At one point, nearly 20 years ago, he had to declare bankruptcy. Despite his financial hardships he soldiered on. Eventually, he became North Carolina’s first Black lieutenant governor. As such, he has traveled extensively throughout the state, talking to people of every race, profession, trade, income level, education level, and inclination.

Now is the Time

Robinson knows the people of North Carolina perhaps as well as anyone could. Once he decided to run for governor a wellspring of voters emerged eager to see him succeed, because they know the man. Married for now 30+ years, with two children and two grandchildren, Robinson has vowed to be the education governor and the business enterprise governor that North Carolina wants and needs.

In the coming weeks and months, however, much of what you read about Robinson in the mainstream press will ignore his accomplishments, his vision, and the fundamental reasons that so many North Carolinians of all races want him to be the next governor.

The Left is so pathetically predictable that I can tell you with complete accuracy how they respond to Black conservatives. On cue, without missing a beat, the day after Mark Robinson won the Republican primary for governor in North Carolina, the vicious press, putting in overtime, went to work. Nine of 10 articles that you would encounter on Mark Robinson were complete hit jobs, taking his words and phrases out of context.

The same was true on the internet. Google, among the most evil companies that has ever appeared on Earth, with their oh-so-mysterious algorithms, made sure that nothing good was said about Mark Robinson until about the 12th listing. Even then, Google followed with more hit pieces.

We All Know Exactly Why

Why does the Left so thoroughly despise Black conservatives? Why does the Left disparage them at every turn, such as Jason Whitlock, Star Parker, Condoleezza Rice, Alan Keyes, Larry Elder, Candace Owens, Allen West, and Senator Tim Scott? Because the mere existence of a Black conservative upsets everything that the Left stands for, such as “keeping Blacks in their place,” ensuring they never dare to leave the liberal plantation, and hoping that they don’t have an original political thought.

Traditionally, Democrats retained many Black voters at the national, state, and local level through campaign promises, while never consistently delivering on them. And now, as we approach November 2024, they are losing their grip. Survey after survey reveals that Donald Trump is gaining major ground among Black voters, other minorities, young people, and suburban women.

The press will nitpick about statements Robinson made years and decades ago. They’ll claim he’s an anti-Semite. They’ll say he is ‘against his own people.’ They will attempt to demonize him. Don’t fall for any of it.

Making His Mark

Robinson spoke at CPAC 2024 and, while he only had 12 minutes, he brought down the house. At another gathering, he spoke for less than 90 seconds about why reparations are a bad idea. He laid out in the most logical manner why people today who claim they deserve reparations are the ones who owe others, mainly the Black pioneers who came before them. It is a brilliant piece of rhetoric that everyone, everywhere should hear.

Mark Robinson is the candidate whose time is now. He will win the governorship of North Carolina, be an excellent governor, and have a greater political future ahead of him. Donald Trump strongly endorsed him and one can foresee a time in which Robinson will have important business to do in Washington, DC.

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A World of Possibilities for Each Of Us

Let us be free to like what we like and not have others be the gatekeepers of our intellectual pursuits

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I read a remarkable Letter to the Editor in a college newspaper, from a young black student. The point of his letter was so amazing and its insights so profound that it needs to be shared across the country for everyone, of all races.

This student wrote that, as a black male, it would inaccurate to make judgments about him without knowing him personally. He highlighted, for example, that while he likes some rap music, he much prefers traditional rock and roll, and even an occasional country song.

Is Your Bias Showing?

He wrote that if you think a black student should not like country music then your bias is showing. Why couldn’t a student, of any race or ethnicity, enjoy a particular type of music even if it’s not traditionally ascribed to his or her particular group? Who is in control here?

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He likes historical novels, modern novels, biographies, and autobiographies. He was captivated by a biography about the Wright Brothers. He enjoys poetry and finds the poems from many writers to be relevant to him, from Maya Angelou to Carl Sandberg.

He suggests that there is a world of possibilities when it comes to entertainment, music, and literature. Why, he asks, must we be confined to the narrow band of choices that others, particularly within our own races and ethnicities, suggest that we adhere to? Who decides what is best for all members of a particular group? On what do they base their decisions?

Who Chooses?

Who determined that venturing outside of such restrictive limits is somehow being a traitor to one’s group? And what does it mean to even be a traitor when it comes to literature, history, music, and so on?

He pointed out in the most eloquent of terms that following the dictates of a small section of the populace and adhering to the stereotypes that prevail are extremely limiting to one’s personal freedom and an attack on one’s individuality and, potentially, creativity.

With so many experiences and possibilities that one can enjoy, he ponders, why limit yourself, especially at the age of 19, 20, or 21 to predefined, limiting confines?

No Free for All

I marveled at this young man’s wisdom which seems to transcend his years. I certainly was not as wise and perceptive myself at that age.

Over the next few days, I was eager to see if there would be any responses to his letter. Surely, he’s going to get some blowback. Someone of his own race will tell him that he needs to get “back in his lane.” Someone will tell him he’s “not acting black,” or not black enough. Somebody else will say that he’s been brainwashed, probably from an early age and he’s trying to capitulate to the predominant Caucasian culture. Someone might call him an “Uncle Tom.”

While I was monitoring the publication, actually nothing was said of his letter. I hoped maybe somebody else, or lots of somebody else’s, understood the man’s viewpoint. They could see the wisdom in his observations. I thought perhaps someone would comment in that direction, but that didn’t happen either.

Free to Choose

In the larger sense, it’s a shame that blacks and other minorities, as well as Caucasians, are supposed to act this way or that way. Hispanics are supposed to prefer this versus that. Asians are supposed to do this versus that. Why, exactly, do these illegitimate confines continue to rule the perceptions of vast numbers of our population?

Why can’t we be free to like what we like, to prefer what we prefer, and have others not be the gatekeepers of our intellectual pursuits?

I have no knowledge of this young man and how he has fared in his studies and overall life. I surmise that whatever he’s doing, whether it’s continuing in his education, landing a job, entering the military, volunteering, traveling, or simply taking time off, he will continue to pursue his interests and remain unique.

Bound for Success

Hopefully, he’ll continue to sidestep unwarranted, prevailing norms that dictate what he can like, think, and be. May we all strive to have such personal freedom.

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