April 18th, 2011 - A Nation Of Race Cowards
Last year the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder (the worst Attorney General in our nation’s history, mind you) made a brilliantly true statement that had nothing to do with being the chief law enforcement officer of the land.
“On the issue of race,” he, an African-American, said, “we have become a nation of cowards.”
Bravo. Regardless of how he meant it, the words are true beyond debate and doubt.
We are a racist nation. Human beings are a bigoted people. These are facts, and until we have the courage to acknowledge publicly and loudly these truths, we will continue to struggle with our addiction to hate and intolerance. Just as with an alcoholic who refuses to admit he has a problem, we as a nation not only refuse to admit who we are by nature, but also who human beings are by creation; and rather than walk further towards the light we continue to retreat away from openness on the issue of race; for we are afraid. Through political correctness, intimidation, hate speech laws and misguided policies we have created a nation of lying racists as opposed to the overt racists that ran this country just 5 decades ago.
We have not made progress on the issue of race in America, we have made a lateral move that has produced just as many victims of completely different travesties and tragedies with equally devastating results.
In the 1950s we publicly beat, lynched and killed African Americans. In the 21st century we destroy their spirit and their soul through victimization politics by making sure they know from the time they are born that they are at a disadvantage and the only way they’ll be able to achieve anything in America is either through luck or handouts. Crushing someone’s spirit is, to me, no different than crushing their skull. Led by the “Great Society” movement of LBJ’s American in the 1960s, America created a land which said to the poor (the overwhelming majority of whom were African American at the time), “here is a handout bred and born of guilt. We call it welfare. We, as a nation that pities you will be responsible for your wellbeing since you are incapable of doing so.” The Great Society is perhaps the greatest failure in American history and its’ most cruel. Just at the time we were releasing African Americans from their final physical restraints in our culture, we were placing new ones on their heart and their mind and their spirit. This reminds me of the countless victims of emotional abuse throughout history who would ultimately scream “I’d rather you just hit me.” http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard40.html
In the 1950s we still refused most African Americans the basic right to own their own land in America. In the 1970s we passed the Community Reinvestment Act, rejuvenated with vigor in the 1990s, which ordered American banks to sell homes to poor, minority families even though those families couldn’t actually afford the homes. Today, those families are destitute and broken. Many are homeless. The cruelty of allowing someone to taste the American dream not through their own dedication, hard work and commitment but rather through a nation’s guilt and pity, only to rip it away from them a decade later is, to me, no more humane than stopping them at the gate and saying, “sorry, you’re not welcome here.” http://www.businessinsider.com/the-cra-debate-a-users-guide-2009-6
In the 1950s we openly and proudly used racial slurs to identify people with dark skin. Today, we do it privately amongst not mixed company, but familiar company. But we still do it. In fact, I would argue, we do it more than ever for while Caucasians in America have become afraid and even unsure of what to call a person of color, people of color have become brazen about calling themselves the very racial slurs that others are told are hateful. The “N” word is said and uttered now in America more than it ever was in Mississippi in 1955. Just turn on a radio. If that is your definition of progress, then you have a very warped view of the world.
Which, sadly is the exact truth and problem. Americans, especially white Americans, have a warped, twisted, untrue view of their country in which they demand that we have become a better, more tolerant, more civilized, more welcoming, more understanding nation. We feel this way because we must, for the truth is so painful and such a condemnation of who we are as a people that many of us do not bear the strength it would take to confront reality.
So we lie. And we hide and whisper and pretend not to see what is happening right in front of us. That is not progress, that is cowardice.
We lie about who were are as humans. We are bigots. All of us, everyone, has a group or type of people that stirs within us ignorant hate, judgment and vitriol. Whether it be a race, a gender or something more accepted, yet equally as cruel we are all bigots. I see an obese person and I immediately judge him or her to be self-loathing, lazy, gross and pathetic. That’s bigotry. As is any Catholic who mocks a Baptist for their “version” of the same religion, any American who sees someone in a turban and says to themselves “terrorist,” and any pack of cackling hens at the playground on a Tuesday afternoon who sees a man with a camera and immediately reports him to the police for being a pedophile. That last one is a true story. Turns out the man was just a single dad taking pictures of his own kid, but that doesn’t make the story any less bigoted. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread372025/pg1
We also lie about not just who we are, but what we are. We are born predisposed to be attracted to things that look familiar. From there, we are either taught to broaden our horizons or maintain our myopic view, perhaps reinforced through fear and ignorance. Countless studies throughout time have solidified this fact, yet countless people today refuse to even acknowledge their validity. When babies are asked to choose dolls whose skin color is either identical to their own or completely different, they choose their own. When babies are given the choice of rushing towards the welcoming arms of a human who looks like them, or one who looks “different,” they choose the one who looks like them. We are born to gravitate towards the familiar and eschew the different. This makes sense, yet people continue to dismiss it. Racism is ignorance, and we are no more ignorant than when we are born. We know nothing; and therefore the challenge of bigotry and racism becomes a simultaneous march of seemingly opposing values. It is absolutely true that you can teach someone to be a bigot. However, it is also fundamentally necessary that we teach each of us from the beginning to remove our predisposition towards being afraid of people that look different from us. It is only through accepting both of these truths that we will make progress.
Sadly, we seem to have a very long way to go. Throughout the decades, scientists have done similar tests to the ones described above with older children, ranging from toddlers to adolescents, with rather disturbing trends. As kids grow up, they still tend to choose the dolls that mirror their skin color when asked to pick “their favorite.” More disturbingly, however, is the re-enforcement of the first major study of this kind done almost 100 years ago, with near identical results today.
In 1939, an African American doctor named Kenneth Clark tested hundreds of children between the ages of 6 and 9 by placing them in front of a white doll and a black doll. The kids were asked a series of questions, most notably to “pick the doll that is bad.” The overwhelming majority of white and black kids chose the black dolls as representing “bad.” http://abagond.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/the-clark-doll-experiment/
Nearly a century later, if we had made progress on the issue, we would be able to show tangible results to that point. Yet we can’t. For here we are, in 2011, and kids still feel the same way as we continue to tell the nation that African Americans are “bad.” We don’t do it today through water hoses and German Shepherds, we do it today through affirmative action, pity and guilt. Some call that progress, I call it pitiful that in the 21st century African American kids still choose the darker skin dolls when asked to pick the “bad” one. In countless studies done across the nation by everyone ranging from scientists to media, people were literally hoping to show that we had made some progress against the belief that “black is bad,” yet in almost every single study there was no progress. Whether it was in Harlem, North Carolina, or a national sample, white and African American children identified blacks as “bad.”
One quick note; the only study I could find dissimilar to the dozens that mirror those I have linked you to above was one study done by Good Morning America, using no scientific basis or oversight, involving a whopping 19 kids. In my opinion, it’s pretty safe we can all ignore that one, but in the interest of full disclosure, I thought I should mention it.http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=7213714&page=1
So let’s review. Babies are born with a desire to gravitate towards the familiar and avoid the unknown and the different. This is a fact, thus making it incumbent upon us to recognize our responsibility to remove the fear of people who look different from the very beginning. Black babies prefer black dolls, but years later, black 6 year olds describe the black doll as the one that represents what is “bad.” That is the result of a lack of education, an onslaught of negativity and mental oppression, and the constant refrain from both white and black Americans that blacks are less of a people. It should sicken you, but instead most of you react by pretending that it’s not true. When we tried to have this discussion last week on the show, the calls and emails were so emblematic of my assertion that no one wants to be correct any longer, they just want to be “right,” that I didn’t even bother pursuing the topic. You can’t have a conversation with people who refuse to acknowledge the truth, whether it be overwhelmingly circumstantial or literally provable. One idiot actually sent me an email claiming that the idea that babies are born with preconceived notions had been disproven by “philosophy.” Philosophy? Are you fucking kidding me?
Until we stop insisting that our misguided policies and mindsets of the past half century have resulted in a more accepting, more equal, more tolerant nation on the issue of race, we will never truly move forward. We are, perhaps more racist now than ever before, we are simply more civilized about it. Those who define a nation that chooses to quietly, in the shadows, conduct its racism as opposed tom in the streets of the south are simply not serious people. They are more concerned about their own self worth and the appearance of their nation than they are with facts. While white America has been told to hide its racism (but still maintain it), black America has been told that any criticism of any person of their race is, by definition, racism. How, in a nation with such asinine rules will we ever move forward towards a day when we truly judge a person on the content of their character, and not on the color of their skin?