The following are my personal thoughts on the current state of racism in America.
I am hard-pressed to think of anything I detest more than racism. Racism at its core is immoral and represents the worst of human nature.
I consider myself a tolerant person on most things. I am able to have amicable relationships with Liberals and others who think differently than me. Sure, we disagree on politics, but at the end of the day, our friendship is more important.
However, there’s one group of people that I simply won’t tolerate: Racists.
Racist come in all size and forms. In America, we think of racism as being strictly white people hating people of color. However, there are plenty of racists who are black and hate white people; that is still racism. Racism exists all throughout the world, and it has for as long as different races have interacted with one another. It is not an exclusively American problem.
Our country has had its share of problems with race, no doubt. But we have been able to overcome them and now live during the least-racist time in our history, regardless of what social justice proponents might say.
As a conservative, I believe that an individual should be judged by their actions, not their race, gender, or religious background. I believe in protecting the rights enshrined in the Constitution that are eloquently outlined in the Declaration of Independence.
Dr. Martin Luther King once said: “When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. All men, yes black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed unalienable rights. The principles they enshrined in our founding documents would outlive them. Those principles served as a template for the emancipation of the slaves, and the end of segregation.
Fredrick Douglass once referred to the Constitution as the “LIBERTY document” and referred to it often when advocating for freedom for slaves. Defending the LIBERTY document is at the core of why I write for a living. It is a pleasure to wake up every morning and advocate for the rights of the individual.
That includes all Americans, regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, or any other factor.
Many on the Left like to paint conservatives as racists and bigots. It is a political maneuver intended to create a class of victims that they can exploit at the ballot box. Identity politics is a tactic of the Left that further divides the country and puts Americans into boxes, removing the uniqueness of the individual.
It is a return to a sort of tribal warfare that existed for most of human history.
They paint President Trump as a racist, which isn’t true. They say that when he speaks on race, he is sending a dog whistle out to his supporters. That is absurd. If I believed that Trump was a racist, I would never have voted for him, and neither would many of his supporters.
I am not saying that there aren’t racists in this country. Unfortunately, there are. However, they are a tiny fraction of the population, and we should all be grateful that they are such a small group.
Sometimes, during the course of my day, I peruse the comment sections of articles I have written, and I occasionally find a racist comment or two. I am always very disappointed to find those hateful comments, and I’m sure most of you are as well. I am not sure how somebody could read something I have written and think to right a racist comment. Clearly that person missed the point of what I wrote, regardless of the subject. I disagree with prominent African Americans on many issues, but it’s because of their POLICIES, not because of their race. NONE of those differences of opinion are undergirded by racial prejudice.
For example, I disagreed with nearly every decision Barack Obama made as president. I have written many articles over the years expressing my displeasure with the former president, who I regard as one of the worst presidents in the history of the republic. Yet, none of my dislike for him has to do with the color of his skin; it is purely on ideological grounds.
I wish we could all just turn down the anger a little bit in this country and debate our differences without getting personal. I try to do this on a daily basis. I know I am not perfect and I have fallen short of this standard plenty of times. Like many of you reading this, I get upset with the political Leftists in this country and it is difficult to restrain my anger.
But that anger is no excuse for racism and bigotry because then we become the very thing the Left accuses us of being.
Racism is un-American, and we should all do our part to drive it out, whether on the Right or the Left.
And a comments section is as good a place to start as any…