‘Jeremiah Wright isn’t a racist. You need to be in power to be a racist.’ That is the cry from the left as their constant charges of racism against the right are met with notions of Jeremiah Wright. Is this true? Can you really not be racist unless you have a measure of power against those of whom you are ‘subjugating’? This issue is not complex. If you hate or have a bias against an entire race of people without cause, you are a racist. Rush Limbaugh is not a racist because he doesn’t like Obama. Al Sharpton is not a racist because he dislikes George Bush. Let’s get that out of the way first and foremost.
Now moving on to Jeremiah Wright. Jeremiah Wright is a racist because he makes remarks like ‘Hillary doesn’t know what’s it like to be a black man. Hillary ain’t never been called a *N-word*’. This man’s constant bringing race into a supposedly spiritual event on Sundays makes the Gospel of Jesus Christ into a mockery and turns church into a platform for ‘hate whitey’ speech.
But if this was an isolated remark, it would be okay. But when the man professes great admiration for James Cone, who said this:
“Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community … Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love. ”
(from William R Jones, “Divine Racism: The Unacknowledged Threshold Issue for Black Theology, in African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology”)
That raises some eyebrows does it not? Cone is a racist straight up. You can’t tell me that just because one perceives oneself to be subjugated or oppressed that you cannot be racist. To tell me that you can be racist because you are not in power takes a leap of irrationality that I’m not willing to take.
But it doesn’t end there. Race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson make their livelihood off of stoking the ‘victim card’ for black people. There are many blacks that will take issue with them and have. Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Bill Cosby, Walter Williams, Alan Keyes, and Ken Blackwell come to mind as black people that have made success for themselves without hustlers like Shaprton and Jackson and haven’t played the victim card. There are more just like them. Letting people succeed based on their merit is not racist, it is American.
Which brings me to my next point. Affirmative Action is racist. Yes, you heard me. There’s very few who are willing to tackle this subject without the fear of reprisal and chants of ‘racist, racist’. Affirmative takes a large measure of the qualifications of the applicant out and places in it’s stead the color of the applicant. Take for instance the New Haven firefighters. Qualified white firemen that worked hard and risked their lives every day were denied promotions due to the fact that not enough minority candidates passed the test for promotion. Thank heavens the Supreme Court ultimately decided in favor of those brave men. Affirmative Action is a drain on our system and rewards not hard work, but color. Here’s a question, if you were in a burning building, would you want an unqualified white person trying to save you or a black person that was trained in those situations? Or if you were being held hostage, would you want an unqualified black marksmen trying to snipe the hostage taker? I want the most qualified marksmen regardless of color. Affirmative Action if used in such cases, could kill me. What say you about that Al or Jesse?
But I digress, saying that a minority can’t be racist is insane. If someone took a gun and shot you and your family shouting slurs about you being white, or brown or any other color, wouldn’t that be racist in undertone? A black person hating a white person because he or she is white is no less evil than a white person hating a black person because he or she is black. I’m pulling no punches. As a shout-out to my friends in academia, here’s looking at you Hippie Professor, the academia’s definition of racism just doesn’t fly in the real world.