Racism: poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race; the belief that some races of people are better than others.
Have you noticed we’ve stopped talking about ways to overcome racism? We appear to have allowed the problem to overwhelm any consideration of solutions. Most of our talk these days focuses on making accusations, on race-baiting, and on using race as a way to control or demonize or manipulate others. Moron talk in the NFL consumes the air waves, not as a basis for exploring remedies, but merely for entertainment value. Racism is no longer a social ill. It’s a political weapon.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. never pulled a punch speaking about injustice; but he didn’t leave it there, like so many do today. No, instead, he moved the discussion forward, emphasizing two parallel subjects: non-violent activism and racial reconciliation.
Why did he do that? Moved by the Spirit, he was an agent of true progress, a patriot and a man of God, interested in everyone’s betterment regardless of race. He urged us to live up to our ideals and form a more perfect union, saying that character was far more important that skin pigment. That’s where our focus should remain.
Do we have that kind of leadership today?
In 2008, there was a glimmer of hope. Even though I knew Barack Obama was a dyed-in-the-wool communist and radical community organizer hostile to America and Christianity, when he spoke about race back then, I was inspired. He spoke about having the tough conversations. He challenged black men to take responsibility. He asked that we all engage in a new conversation about our prejudices and honestly work out our differences for the sake of future generations. He sang the glories of our Constitution and our Founding principles.
Now we know it was all smoke and mirrors, just another head fake. Now we understand that his only purpose was to salvage his campaign because his prospects had dimmed given revelations about Jeremiah “Goddamn America” Wright. Now we realize that Obama sat under Wright’s authority for 20 years applauding teaching that encouraged fear, bigotry, division, and hatred. Now we perceive that Wright and Obama are people willing to aggravate racial tensions to achieve political goals.
Today. we understand that Obama’s hostility toward whites, planted in him at an early age, was brought to full flower by the likes of Saul Alinsky and Jeremiah Wright; that Obama’s hostility and prejudicial thinking toward whites is as racist as any hostility directed toward blacks by white racists. And never forget, Obama called his own grandmother a racist, calling her a ‘typical white person’ when she expressed fear of blacks. (Read Obama’s books. He tells you flat out what he thinks about whites.)
His tragedy is this: he is so steeped in this rancorous thinking that it imprisons him. Notice how he never takes responsibility and never acknowledges fault; yet he is quick to demonize all opposition. He cannot change his mind or truly apologize because he believes he is thoroughly correct. His distinct lack of humility is what makes him especially dangerous. Worse, he displays a lack of conscience. People are just pawns.
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