by John Hawkins | April 13, 2007 7:01 pm
Question: “Do you think racism was dying in the late 60s and would have been laid to rest in the bulk of society if only people would stop bringing it up?” — Christopher_Taylor
Answer: Racism did start dying back in the sixties and although it will never die, it’s on life support in this country. The Imus flap shows you that. Here we had a powerful left-of-center member of the media fired just because he used the phrase, “nappy headed hos.” Forty-five years ago, black people weren’t allowed to sit at the counter in restaurants, had to go to the back of the bus, weren’t allowed to go to school with white kids, and the n-bomb was dropped regularly and with impunity. That shows that there has been a big change for the better in our culture.
…..Which is why, if you think about it, most, but not all, of the racism-related flaps today are as piddly and insubstantial as the Imus flap. Why? Because the people from back in the sixties fighting against racism won their battles, not just legally, but culturally and yet, you have a lot of people who either don’t seem to realize it or take advantage of it for their own personal aggrandizement.
In addition to that, the Democratic Party has to keep pretending this is a racist country, because that’s how they keep black Americans voting for them at the polls even though most of them would be better served by voting Republican. I mean, look at cities like DC and New Orleans that have heavy black populations and are Democrat controlled from top to bottom. The Democrats who run those cities are completely incompetent, but because most black Americans have been conned into thinking Republicans are racists, they only have one option at the polls.
So, there are too many race hustlers, grievance mongers, and political hacks who benefit from being hypersensitive to racism to stop the “Racism is still a really big problem charade,” just yet.
But, on the upside, the farther we get away from the sixties, when blacks experienced real, daily, pervasive racism, the more likely we will be to have young black Americans who haven’t been scarred by racism and aren’t interested in being represented by a bunch of grievance hucksters. So, at this point, it isn’t really a matter of doing a better job of getting rid of racism, it’s a matter of waiting for people to realize that it really isn’t that big of a problem anymore.
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