Here are some basic truths about racism. They’re much overlooked, but they remain as true as ever.
- It’s just as racist to vote for someone because of his race, as it is to vote against him for that reason. Many of former President Obama’s supporters were, let’s face it, racists.
- It’s just as racist to give a pass to someone because of his race, as it is to be suspicious of him for the same reason.
- It is just as racist to think automatically well of someone because of his race, as it is to think ill of him for the same reason.
- It’s just as racist to ascribe automatic nobility to someone because of his race, as it is to attribute venality to him for the same reason.
- It’s just as racist to like someone automatically because of his race, as it is to dislike him for the same reason.
But, why is it just as racist to discriminate in favor of someone because of his race, as it is to discriminate against him for that reason?
Simple: The above automatic acts, or states of mind, equally deny the individual under scrutiny his humanity. He cannot sink or swim on his own; or know how and who he is against a well-understood set of standards that apply equally to all. He cannot go above and beyond his race to achieve greatness. The race-disfavored always wonder: “How much better could I have done without all the pointless and enervating obstacles?” while the race-favored can never know to what extent their own merits and character led to their successes.
Finally, we have an example of this, and we openly labeled it “racism.” And we condemned it unanimously. It was in South Africa, where there was a system in place that openly discriminated in favor of white South Africans, and against black South Africans. The system, as most remember, was called “apartheid,” and the reason we in the west condemned it was because of both aspects — for and against — of the discrimination it perpetrated.
In any country, the race-disfavored always have to swim upstream, while the race-favored inevitably become infantilized. In the case of discrimination on the basis of race, both those favored and those disfavored always… lose.
The American Democrat Party is aggressively infantilizing black people who ought to be rising up en masse against this condescending hooey.
From an American public policy perspective, all these truths are uncomfortable only for Democrats. So, why again is the Republican party the only one tainted with racism? Racism is a problem, but not a Republican problem.