In light of the recent Atheism+ nonsense, I think we’ve done feminism to death so it’s time to take a look at another of their bullet points, this time being racism. I am absolutely, positively, undeniably opposed to racism, but as with feminism, I’m not out looking for black rights or hispanic rights, I’m out looking for equal rights for all. But bring that up and you’ll be branded a racist by many civil rights crusaders. Denying that minorities deserve special, extra rights somehow means that you hate them with a passion. That’s absurd.
Sorry, but in the modern world, the only rational definition for racism is “taking into consideration someone’s skin color in making a judgement of that individual, positively or negatively”. Anyone who does, in any fashion, is a racist. It doesn’t matter if you have the power to do anything about it, it doesn’t matter if anyone ever knows about it, you’re still a racist. The guy in the corner who silently hates Eskimos is a racist, even if nobody ever discovers that fact. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, two infamous race-baiters, are racists. They consider people’s skin color and actively attempt to use it against them, or to give others excuses for bad behavior. In fact, I think the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida has revealed that the country isn’t as post-racist as it would like to think, as far too many people, upon hearing very little information about the event, immediately sprang to the conclusion that it must have been racially motivated.
Unfortunately, race-baiting is very typical on the left, they rely on the notion that every white person hates blacks… except for them, of course, and that racism is rampant in this country and only the liberal mindset can ever solve the problem. This is, of course, ridiculous because some of the most blatant racism around comes from the left and they work very hard to cover it up or redefine the term out of existence.
The fact is, there are an awful lot of blacks out there who are extremely racist. People like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson make their living race-baiting, trying desperately to tie every “bad” thing that happens to blacks to white hatred. I’m not going to address whether any specific instance of racism is warranted, based on personal experience, or not because that doesn’t matter. No one has any excuse for hating someone else solely on the basis of their skin color. Not blacks, not whites, not American Indians, not hispanics, not anyone. The idea that someone can think “you’re <fill in the blank>, therefore I hate you or think differently of you” is absurd and we ought to do away with the idea that anyone can get away with it.
Now let me say that there are some very limited and specific reasons that certain people can and ought to take race into account. Medical doctors certainly have to because different races have different risk factors for disease. Sickle-cell anemia is prevalent in black patients, moreso than in those of other races. Multiple sclerosis is more common in whites than in blacks. There’s an entire field of medicine called Pharmacogenomics, which studies race-related pharmacology and there are drugs, specifically things like the heart drug BiBil, which are licenced specifically for black patients. These things are intended to save lives, not to judge the quality of any individual group of people and thus are specifically excused from charges of racism. It is no more racist to recognize real genetic differences between races than it is sexist to understand real physical differences between men and women. These things exist, we deal with them and so long as we don’t treat one side significantly differently than the other, we’ve got equality.
However, the more I see liberals, the more I realize that they don’t really want equality. They want revenge against whatever side used to have more power. They want revenge on men. They want revenge on whites. They want revenge on the wealthy. Hell, they want to string up wealthy white men! They don’t want the sides to be equal, they want the formerly downtrodden to get theirs and then some, usually without having to do any serious work achieving it.
I want women to have equal pay for equal work, I just want them to do equal work to get it. I want blacks to get the same jobs as equivalently skilled whites, I just want them to actually have the same skills. I want equality of opportunity, not what the liberals dream about, equality of outcome. Isn’t that what the American dream is all about? Being given the chance to make something of yourself if you work hard?
I want people to work hard and be responsible and make the right choices and most of all, I want people to succeed. Not because they’re black or white, rich or poor, male or female, gay or straight, but because they did their best and they worked their hardest and they made something of themselves. Nobody ought to be handed success on a silver platter no matter how their ancestors were treated. The time to whine about things is over. The time to get off your ass and work is now.