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Yes, Race Matters.

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1Does race really matter? This question is posed a lot in the conservative blogosphere. This is never a question I hear liberal commentators ask each other. It’s obvious that to liberals race does matter…a lot. It’s the first quality that they seem to observe, often. Criticize Obama? Well, you must be a racist. Black teen killed by non-Black? Clearly it was a hate crime because the victim was Black! Breitbart.com’s Joel Pollack daring to raise alarms about Critical Race Theory? Racism, obviously. The only time race doesn’t seem to matter to liberals is when it works to prove the opposite of their accusations. Pollack’s wife is Black, but whatever…racist! Many conservatives are Black but still – racism!

The Trayvon Martin case has brought renewed tensions to the race issue, helped along by eager hustlers like Al Sharpton. For liberal America the case was further proof that we still have a long way to go to reach race equality. For many conservatives it elicited surprise that we are still so angry about the issue of race in this country today, over 50 years after the civil rights movement. I’ve received many comments from people in light of the Martin case expressing confusion and frustration. One commenter said “I’ve been shocked to see how this whole thing has become such a huge deal. Why do we still look at each other as this race or that? When I look at a person I truly don’t see the color of their skin. We should all be colorblind…” This comment is completely representative of many, many others I have heard about race in the last few weeks.

So…does race really matter?

As a Black conservative woman, my answer is “Yes! It does.” Understandably this will make many conservatives feel uncomfortable. Conservative America has been the butt of blatantly cruel and false accusations of racism for decades now. Their words are routinely twisted and misrepresented in the media and Hollywood complex. The meme of “racist conservative” has led many of us to shy away from uncomfortable conversations about race. But I fear that in our attempts to pull our society away from the “race first” hysteria of outlets like MSNBC, some conservatives have pulled too far in the other direction. We completely discount the role of race in our society in our attempts to be “colorblind”. I think race does matter. I do think it’s important. In this world race is intimately tied to culture, and culture is what gives the human race it’s flavoring. Have you ever been to a cookout at a black family’s house? It’s a whole lot different from going to a cookout with a White family. Is that because of income level or education? Not really. It’s because of race, which inevitably leads to culture.

I don’t want our society to be colorblind. I am perfectly fine with anyone noticing that I am a Black woman. I’m proud of my heritage. I’m proud of the amazing contributions the Black community has made in building this blessed and prosperous country. Our community has faced incredible odds, discrimination and oppression, while at the same time becoming extremely influential in areas that set the tone for the general American culture, such as the arts and education. All the racial adversity, the struggles – it all added up to an incredibly rich and vibrant culture. I don’t want to ignore that richness in the name of being “colorblind”. I believe the same goes for other race communities as well. To me, diversity doesn’t just mean a bunch of people of all different races in the same place, it means many distinct cultures coming together and sharing their unique experiences/gifts. I don’t want my Asian friends to be just like me. I love learning about their stories and traditions. Their race actually gives them a specific perspective on American life that I just don’t have. Their race does matter to me, because it informs their views and how they relate to those around them and american society in general.

I appreciate so much my White friends who tell me race doesn’t matter to them. They are good people and they just want to be able to see others for the “content of their character” . But if I’m being honest, sometimes it also bothers me when they say things like that. What they don’t understand is that for most black people race does matter. It isn’t just about “Black power” and lingering issues from our enslaved ancestors. It’s about the way we laugh, what we laugh about; how we socialize, worship, recreate; it’s about how we eat, how we communicate, how we raise our families. All of these things hold within them hundreds of years of experiences and development. And of course that holds true for all racial communities. Sometimes, when a White friend says they want everyone to ignore race, it feels like they are saying we should ignore culture too; and what many people may not realize is that for Black people, their culture is a great source of pride, despite the failings and troubles of our community in recent decades.

I’m certainly not saying it’s wrong to see folks outside of their racial designations; but the controversial Derbyshire piece from a few weeks ago got me thinking about this whole idea of race and conversations surrounding race. His piece was disturbing but it made me think – if I were ever going to have a real, open discussion on black/white race relations I would want a guy like that in on it. Why? Because he said uncomfortable things. At least he admitted how he really felt. It’s hard to have the uncomfortable conversations in today’s climate. If you don’t hold the “right” views you are immediately shot down and ridiculed. That doesn’t leave much room for honesty. I’d like for us to be able to really have those cringe-worthy talks, where people say what they really think even if it sounds crazy or offensive. How can we challenge misperceptions and prejudice if no one is willing to take the risk of opening the dialogue? How can we truly become a post-racial America if no one is willing to tell the truth about our differences, similarities, and all the awkward things in between?

Race does matter. It’s okay to see race, because it means acknowledging culture. It just shouldn’t be the first thing we see, and it shouldn’t be where we get stuck.

crossposted at kiradavis.net

How A Racist Calculates

Found this in a post that said Trayvon would still be alive, if “he was a white kid”.  If you comment, please do so respectfully.  No vulgarity and no racism.

David Horsey, Los Angeles Times

“This is not about black nor white, but of right and wrong. Had Trayvon Martin been a white kid walking home in the rain he would still be alive. That makes this an act of racism, which is both very sad and wrong. They need to put Zimmerman behind bars.

A Treatise: The REAL Legacy of Racism in America

Over at Townhall.com  editor

Erika Johnsen asks  this question:

What possible motivations could liberals have for subverting this into a racial issue?

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My initial reaction to that question was an emotional….ARE YOU KIDDIN’?, so I allowed my systolic to abate some and continue here. Judging from the picture of Ms. Johnsen I saw on the source page for this video located here… http://townhall.com/tipsheet/erikajohnsen/2011/08/13/pelosi_on_par_with_sheila_jackson_lee_why_this_president
…I’d have to observe that she is a by-product of the progressive education that started in the post war 5os and successfully progressed in the civil rights 60s to become the then democratic agenda.
I always refer to it as
 The-Not-So-Great-Society,
a quite intentional spoof on the alleged Great Society of  “Grandpa Lyndon” Baines Johnson, known as simply LBJ. Johnson was a bigtime and well-experienced Texas congressional power-broker who was thrust into the presidency by circumstance. The circumstance of the assassination of JFK. He was to make a very intentional and calculated decision along with his congressional cohorts back then to do something unique to sustain his future power ambitions. Oh! To be sure it had no formal name or program description attached to it, but the pattern I will  lay out for you is proof of such as a clandestine agenda.
The democrats* made the term “target group” a new phrase in the political lexicon. Never before in America had a political party actually set out upon an unstated and unpublicized course to whore for the vote of an entire race of people by so defining them. It was so successful that they used it to accomplish the same ends with Latinos later on and still continuing to today. It was then that, for that simple gateway to continuing power…THE VOTE, those democrats morphed into demonRATs , selling their collective souls to the political Devil in them. Their methodology was simple. Go forth and select black leaders among the people whom they would tempt to the appeal of future power to help spread among their own people the subliminal suggestion that “whitey” OWED THEM. That’s right! For the younger generation that was exactly how it started. At the same time liberal whites started chortling about how blacks had been dehumanized and taken advantage of for toooo looonnng and that now was the time to right that horrible wrong and “power to the people” was born. They, back then, sowed the seeds of what was called “white guilt” among not just liberals, but by extension among the entire white population. Was there a modicum of truth to their story. You betcha! Racism against blacks did indeed existed in the South openly and in the North in the shadows, but it DID exist. However, in demonRATrick politics unlike in real life the sins of the fathers ARE borne by the sons (…and daughters too).
Having acknowledged that, back then people should have asked themselves what can we reasonably and correctly do to right that wrong. They did, but only briefly so, and from that genuine concern arose Dr. Martin Luther King and a very select few who legitimately sought to change things in America. LBJ and his race-mongering allies depended upon this and became their best friends USING THEM AND THAT AGENDA with a pervasive evil heretofore not known in politics became federal government policy. King and his original dedicated group, all religious leaders, never sought  “affirmative action” or “repatriations” for past abuses heaped upon blacks. They ONLY sought a brotherhood with whites and the Guarantee of Equal Opportunity.  SOME…who walked arm-in-arm with him back then were politicians of color and they reacted differently and started aligning with the LBJs of that time, the white power-brokers,  seeing great personal aggandisement for themselves in the future of black racist politics. Can you spell B-L-A-C-K  C-O-N-G-R-E-S-S-I-O-N-A-L  C-A-U-C-U-S ?  Sadly they were to be drawn into the fold by younger political activists seeking not justice, but revenge. One Stokely Carmichael headed the Student Non-violent Co-ordinating Committee, known by the shorter acronym of SNCC, but that was destined to morph into the much more aggressive outlets of the H. Rap Browns and Eldridge Cleavers and Muhammad Xs and “Limbo Louie” Farrakhans and that ilk of the times to spread the message of “Get whitey’ to the young. That was key.
I’m from New York and it was a hotbed of black radical action with the more violent fringe groups represented by the Five Percenters and the Simbas, groups unknown to the white mainstream in suburbia, but very defining for young, black, ghettoized youths confined to those inner-city, liberal financed and built, urban ghettos. The message of energy to kinetic political action had to be transmitted by violent emotionalism to the black young to become an effective recruitment tool for the white democratic racist politicians and by extension their naive “sheeple” the  white liberal,  general population who saw only a “do-good” agenda building up a head of steam. They became the “useful fools” for a completely Machevellian protocol that continues today. An unrelenting corruption of the black soul that has, as sure as a cancerous malignancy, infected blacks with a GENERATIONAL parasitic dependency upon the government for everything from cradle to grave. For those few like myself who speak this truth openly we are branded by THEM as “racists” and “bigots”, but we wear those vilifications as badges of honor for advocating for THE TRUTH. It’s a civic responsibility to DO NO LESS.
If one is black and poor today he/she needs to ask themself some questions.
Am I better off today by being an urban black, ghettoized to the same federal housing project slums as 50 years ago?
Why is it that when I look about me I see a sub-culture that thrives on black on black demonization and crime?
Why is it that black gangs have emerged for the young that wreak territorial violence upon other blacks?
Why when I look around me do I see drug addled black youth all about me?
Why does my entertainment, music and culture revile my very being?
Why do my black brothers walk about glorying in the appearance of slovenly bums?
Why are bastard children now more prevalent than ever among blacks?
Have I improved my lot by being a poor black in suburbia now?
I’ll close my making a very serious rhetorical observation.
Why is it that I, an older, white American, is the one asking these questions that ALL blacks should be asking themselves? Especially now, more than ever, when that same  black racism is being used by a half- black president, the first one in the history of these United States.
What a sorry commentary upon how uncrupulous white liberal politicians were to use RACE to strip away any hint of a positive self-image from generations of black Americans and the transition is now SO COMPLETE THAT THEY DON’T EVEN REALIZE WHAT HAPPENED!
Note:
* Indicates my lowercase descriptive of the former “loyal opposition” Democrats, who by this very agenda became permanent  lowercase characters on the American political machine. Ultimately they finally swung far-left morphing into the current-day decriptive I coined for them of demonRATs. I strongly suggest you adopt that to describe them as it is so very accurate.