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July 28, 2009

The Eyes of the Beholder

Farrell Keough

What an interesting week of racism. First we had a non-hearing on the confirmation of a proposed Supreme Court justice. And most recently we had the President of the United States defending a Harvard scholar for incendiary statements toward a policeman. It seems we have finally reached a point where racism is acceptable in some circles, as long as it is the ‘right’ kind of racism.


Most will remember the timeless sentiments of Judge Sonia Sotomayor when she stated: "…I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." And this was not some isolated sentiment, but rather one Ms. Sotomayor has noted on several occasions.


While this did garner some national attention, it did not rise to the level of discrediting someone from sitting on the final appeals court in our nation. In fact, it was just this kind of attitude, someone having ‘empathy’ over a strict adherence to the law, which led to Ms. Sotomayor’s nomination. That the perspective of empathy now trumps observance to the precepts of the law is how someone with such racist perspectives has become acceptable.


This national shift in perspective was prominently displayed most recently when President Barack Obama, unaware of the ‘facts,’ declared the Cambridge (MA) police acted “stupidly” when they arrested a man breaking into his own home. Of course, the reasoning was based on the ‘fact’ that the man arrested was black and the arresting officer was white.  Hence, it stands to reason that the officer was racist and in the wrong. Of course, this flawed reasoning was incorrect and the officer was not the one displaying racist attitudes and actions.


We all have read the myriad information about these events, but have you stopped to consider the overall psychology change? While we know there is a double standard for conservatives – especially if they are white – this goes well beyond two sets of rules. A new paradigm has been established and virtually codified.


White people have been so beaten down by potentially racist implications, (remember the Trent Lott apology tour after Strom Thurman’s 100th birthday – it is doubtful Senator Lott meant he wanted a return to the racist South) that any statement can now be twisted to have bigoted overtures. The facts no longer matter, nor does the context. Only the accusation matters and it is a ‘guilt before proven innocent’ scenario.


But, having a racist attitude toward white people is now not only acceptable, but almost a prerequisite in liberal circles. And, this racism is so deeply imbedded it is not even recognized. Many in this arena of the new acceptable racism are completely unaware of their infection. They view life based upon color and gender only.


In a recent committee hearing, Senator Barbara Boxer “was speaking to panelist Harry C. Alford, the president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce.” His perspective did not fit that of other political groups. Rather than accepting Mr. Alford’s group on its merit, Senator Boxer only referenced other ‘black’ political organizations as a rebuttal.


Mr. Alford noted: "All that's condescending and I don't like it. It's racial. I don't like it. I take offense to it. As an African-American and a veteran of this country, I take offense to that!"


"You're quoting some other black man. Why don't you quote some other Asian ... or ... you are being racial here. And I think you're getting to a path here that's going to explode."


So, what can we take away from this revealing pattern that is playing out? Many elitist liberals are racist. Sounds like a harsh statement, but the facts are bearing it out.


When dealing with the white public, many elitist liberals immediately assume they are racists – guilty before being proven innocent and how does one prove they are not racist?


When a person of color makes disparaging statements about white people, that is fully acceptable to many elitist liberals. One has to wonder what level of racism is acceptable and at what point they will finally determine a line where no racism is acceptable.


Finally, many elitist liberals view the black population as an isolated group that does not have the capability to stand on its own. They, the black population, must only be compared with other blacks and their arguments or perspectives do not merit comparison with the general population.


Considering we now have a black President of the United States, one must wonder how the elitist liberals truly view his abilities. If their deep-seated racism affects these documented occurrences to such levels, how can they possibly view their Commander-In-Chief through different eyes?


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