Fear of “Racism”
Years ago, the Maryland State Police dismissed half the members of an elite drug interdiction team because more than 70% of the cars it stopped to search were driven by blacks. Civil rights groups had complained that the team was racist. But its action in stopping black drivers was not racism. It was statistics. The fact is, most of the drug couriers on 1-95, where the anti-drug team focused its work; were black.
Racism is the favorite accusation of the Politically Correct — the cultural Marxists. They use that accusation whenever they can, because most people have become afraid of it. In Washington, if a politician is accused of “racism,” he usually crawls and grovels in an orgy of apologies to whatever group he deemed to have offended. Virtually no one asks whether the accusation has merit.
What is racism – real racism? It is an irrational belief in the inherent inferiority of a racial or ethnic group, an inferiority that infects all members of a group. This definition has three parts.
First; to be racist, a belief or an action must be irrational. If the belief or action is rational, if it reflects facts, then it is not racism. For example, it is not racism for police to stop and question a group of black teenagers driving through a wealthy black or white or Asian neighborhood. Crime statistics tell us they probably are not there to study the architecture. Similarly, it is not racism to say that most cities or countries governed by blacks are governed poorly. It is an observable fact — observable both in this country and in Africa.
When the Cultural Marxists denounce observations such as these as “racist” – and they do – despite the fact that such observations reflect what we see with our own eyes, they play a dangerous game. If racism is defined to include facts, then it would be based in fact. To the degree it is based in fact, it would be true. And if it were true it would be good not evil.
A valid definition of racism also says it must label an ethnic group or race as inherently inferior. Are there differences among races and ethnic groups? Of course there are. We observe such differences all the time. There is an old saying in Europe that Heaven has English police, French cooks, German mechanics, Italian lovers, and it is all run by the Swiss.
Hell, in contrast, has German police, English cooks, French mechanics, Swiss lovers, and the whole thing is run by the Italians. Is that saying “racist?”
Political correctness would say “YES” and try to make it “forbidden speech.” But the saying is not racist. First, it reflects what people have observed over time which is to say, reality.
Second, it does not suggest the differences are inherent, that is genetic. Obviously, the differences are cultural which does not mean they are easy to change. Third, it does not suggest any group is inferior at everything, merely that, as groups, Europeans have different strengths and weaknesses.
That leads to the third element in the correct definition of racism. Real racism presumes every individual shares the characteristics of the group he comes from. But that belief does not reflect reality, because individual variation is always wider than group norms. There are excellent French mechanics, and nasty English policemen. Wise people judge other individuals as individuals, not as members of any group.
Today, American politics is overrun by phony accusations of “racism.” Real racism should be a concern. But when the Politically Correct try to forbid discussion of and action against black crime by yelling “racism,” our answer should be, “Bunk! We’re not living in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. The problem today is not white racism, but bad behavior by too many blacks, toward other blacks as well as toward everybody else.
Will either the Democrats or the Republicans dare to laugh false charges of racism off the political stage? No. On the contrary, both lick the feet of anyone who raises a cry of “racism” against them. If we want to sweep the “racism” bogeyman away, we need a party with the courage to talk about the facts.