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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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Leftists Romanticize the Settling of the Americas, While Loathing the Emergence of the U.S.

On every continent, in every nation, for all of human history, “good” people and “bad” people have existed

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In their naive and ultra-simplistic worldview the Left sees only there is ‘good’ and there is ‘bad,’ and they’ll be the judge of that. Their soft spot for Native Americans includes a ready-made narrative about the absolute nobility of our earlier continental inhabitants.

Early inhabitants of North America originally migrated from Siberia over the probable land bridge at the Bering Strait, through Alaska and Canada, to what is now the United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America. These “Native Americans” preceded European explorers arriving in the 15th century.

Displaying many admirable traits, individually and collectively, Native Americans have been showcased with the rise of political correctness. That Native Americans, per se, did not represent a unified, homogeneous people is overlooked. More than 1000 nations occupied North America from the middle of the first millennium. To this day, 574 Indian tribes are legally recognized by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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Few Close Encounters

As happens with people everywhere, some nations – referred to as tribes – were peace-loving. Some were warring. Some respected nature; some did not. Many of the peace-loving characteristics we ascribe to Native American nations might actually be attributed to the curious fact that they hardly ever encountered each other.

Native American nations rarely interacted with each other unless they sought out one another to do battle or to trade. Until the introduction of the horse, brought over by Europeans, it was rare for a member of one tribe to see someone from another tribe.

Years back, I visited an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., which showed that during the 100-year period when Native Americans relied heavily upon horses for mobility, roughly 1785 to 1885, some tribes engaged in hellish warfare with each other. Without being provoked, some nations decimated other peace-loving nations, and braves earned respect by committing barbarous acts against members of other tribes. Captives were turned into slaves. Entire villages were raped and plundered, as they had been in Central America since at least 500 A.D.

Slaughtering Each Other is Okay?

Native Americans often butchered one another, took slaves, made the conquered pay tribute, and forced the attractive women to be concubines. The Lakotas, mythologized in Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves, hacked off the limbs and scalps of those whom they slaughtered. They proudly exhibited such trophies with their tribe, particularly with the women, who held victory celebrations that included parading with severed limbs on sticks and dancing about with them hoisted high.

The poor braves who returned without such trophies felt ostracism and a bitter social sting from the tribe’s women. These women would make the warriors’ lives hell on earth until they “proved” themselves, and then re-proved themselves by murdering more braves of other tribes and hacking off more limbs. Among some nations, continual warfare was a way of life. Living peacefully with other nations was not within the norms of their culture.

Predictably, Ken Burns’ PBS series The West gives short shrift to long-standing, gross incidences of Native American inhumanities to each other. Meanwhile, the uber-leftist Burns highlighted the transgressions of the imperious white man. What political agenda is was he promoting?

Politically Correct Slaughter

Do historically, or geographically, related peoples have a “justifiable” right to brutalize each other? Is it politically “incorrect” that the technologically and tactically superior Spaniards, whether led by Cortes or Desoto, were more efficient at man’s inhumanity to man?

Before modern Europeans ever set foot in North America, Native Americans bestowed horrific carnage upon each other. Aztec artifacts reveal battles between warring factions as hostile as any in history. Entire villages, including babies, were wiped out. Unspeakable horrors were committed for power, glory, and riches. Rape was followed by dismemberment (of the living, no less) and decapitation.

Comanche, Pawnee, Creek, Haida, and Tlingit, among many other tribes, enslaved those who they captured in battle. The Incas engaged in regular rituals of human sacrifice. The Aztecs might eat the hearts or livers of their enemies, in some cases, actually plucking out the hearts or livers of live victims, known as vivisection. The victors felt it made them stronger.

To Generalize is To Deceive

Why call attention to decapitation, dismemberment, consumption of human organs, and vivisection? It is not to cast aspersions on any peoples, but to hone our present-day observations. When one makes sweeping generalizations about groups, it is stereotyping, even if the stereotype is presumably “positive.”

On every continent, in every nation, and at every locale, for all of human history, both “good” people and “bad” people have existed, to the complete denial or utter ignorance of Leftists.

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Cancel-free: The Charmed Lives of Offensive Democrats

The American Left is teaming with hypocritical womanizers, homophobes, and anti-white racists, all of whom receive a free pass

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Pretend that you’re the governor of some state, perhaps out in the Midwest. Seven different women have come forward accusing you of sexually harassing or molesting them. Suppose, as well, that you happen to be a Republican.

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As successful as you might have been in holding on to your post for the first six accusations, how long would you last after the seventh woman has come forward?

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Any level headed person would conclude that you wouldn’t be able to hang on for long. The press would hammer you every day. People on your staff would rebel. Those who exert any type of influence in your state’s legislative body would go on the warpath, and insist that you resign immediately.

You’d have significant trouble working with elected officials, heads of agencies and commissions, and your own staff. CNN and MSNBC would feature you as a nightly topic. Yet, Andrew Cuomo can hang on for months, and possibly even for the duration of his elected term. Why? He is a Democrat.

The Joy of Being Joy Reid

Suppose that you become a nightly news anchor for a major TV network. A short time thereafter, it is revealed that you’ve made highly questionable, homophobic, even vicious statements and blog posts within the past decade. At your network, how quickly would you be asked to resign? A day? A week?

If you’re able to retain your post, what would your relationship be with your existing staff, some of whom represent the type of people that you so ungraciously disparaged in your posts? What would your relationship be with the studio and broadcast executives? What about your audience? Would they  seek your removal?

Suppose, however, that your name is Joy Reid. You are a black woman in America, and have made statements in your blog, “The Reid Report” where you have openly “mocked public figures for their perceived femininity and gayness.” Worse, you have sought to expose political opponents whom you believed to be homosexual.

Cancel-Free and Lovin’ It

Many months pass and the din dies down. While your reputation has been tarnished, the Public Broadcasting System, de facto, has granted that you will continue on in your post. No real harm, right? After all, it’s been 10 years, and presumably you’re a better person now, eh? Yet, others at other stations, who made less derogatory comments, far more that ten years ago, have been terminated.

As a ‘woman of color’ in America, a Democrat, a liberal, a progressive, and one who supports the Left, you are immune from being dislodged from your position. You would have to murder somebody, live, on air, before your position would be in jeopardy. Anything that has occurred off of the air will be downplayed.

Soon, your transgression will be swept under the rug. Your deed will never completely disappear, because the Internet is eternal. However, the impact and  ramifications of your transgression can be reduced to the bare minimum.

A Caucasian-hating Asian

Your big day arrives: you land a prime position at the New York Times, “the newspaper of record.” The prestige that goes along with your role is enormous. You are on the advisory committee for the editorial opinion page: You decide what makes it into print and what does not, and you get to shape what is printed.

Before you officially begin, serious allegations about you have surfaced. You’ve made inflammatory statements, insulting older white Caucasians. You have said, verbatim, “Oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.”

You have tweeted, “Dumb*ss f*cking white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs p-ssing on fire hydrants” and, “White people have stopped breeding. You’ll all go extinct soon. This was my plan all along.”

How long would it take your employer to fire you, even before your first day? Your name, however, is Sarah Jeong. You are an Asian-American, part of a protected class, a Democrat, and a progressive who is highly supportive of Leftist causes. Despite all that is known about your past, the Times embraces you.

State of Disgrace

After a mercifully short stay, deputy editor Kate Kingsbury said, “Sarah decided to leave the editorial board in August. But we’re glad to still have her journalism and insights around technology in our pages through her work as a contributor.”

This is the state of the American Left today, an ideology teaming with hypocritical womanizers, homophobes, and anti-white racists. As if in The Twilight Zone, these people receive a free pass: They are Democrats, a special class and part of the upper tier in our two-tier level of justice and “social” justice.

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