Racism today is all in the hustle
Racism will never go away. As long as people look different, bigots will always find a reason to hate others. But today it’ s harder to know what true racism is because we’re too quick to call everyone, everything or organization racist. I agree with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ recent remarks Americans are more sensitive to race today than they were during the Civil Rights Movement.
Speaking to students at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Thomas, who is often maligned by the liberal media for being black and a Republican, lamented:
“My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. Now, name a day it doesn’t come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah.”
During the Civil Rights Movement, blacks fought to end racism in America and now many people, particularly blacks, are fighting to keep it alive. Self-appointed “black leaders” like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have made handsome livings accusing companies of racism and demanding hush money be donated to their organizations whether the accusations are true or not.
Sharpton is particularly adroit at making money off hustling lies in the name of racism. Sharpton encouraged Tawana Brawley to accuse white men of raping her even though he knew Brawley was lying. In 1988, People magazine referred to Sharpton as “a disgrace.” Today, Sharpton works as a well-paid MSNBC host.
Before George Zimmerman was arrested by the Sanford, Florida police for allegedly killing Trayvon Martin, Sharpton and Jackson, among others, accused Zimmerman of being a racist, who killed Martin because he was black. This racist hype pressured the Florida State Attorney Angela Corey to bring charges against Zimmerman, which the prosecution could not prove in court.
Unfounded claims of racism have created a lucrative market for lawyers and others. Martin’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the homeowners association for the neighborhood where Zimmerman lived and Martin was killed. Without admitting wrong- doing, the homeowners association settled with the Martin family reportedly for over $1 million. Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump was paid legal fees for filing the suit and representing the Martins in the Zimmerman trial.
Some blacks go hunting for racism where there isn’t a remote possibility it exists. During the 2012 presidential election, MSNBC host Toure Neblett accused GOP nominee Mitt Romney of engaging in the “niggerization” of President Barack Obama when Romney referred to Obama as running an angry campaign. Neblett lept to the conclusion Romney’s remark was racist because Obama was black and “an angry black man” is a racial stereotype. But the president is black and did run an angry campaign.
As Shelby Steele writes in his book A Dream Deferred, post civil rights, blacks in politics, business and academia have enriched themselves by playing the race card. “If you give a black problem a racial cause, you can turn the business of solving it into a monopoly for blacks,” notes Steele.
After passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, black studies departments at colleges like corporate diversity programs proliferated in America to provide jobs for blacks and inoculate organizations against discrimination lawsuits and from being called racist. Nearly every major corporation has a diversity department populated by blacks. Black studies departments create jobs at colleges for black professors like Princeton Professor Cornel West. One of West’s books is Race Matters. To be “intellectually honest,” West should say race matters to keep him employed.
You’ll never see a white professor teaching black studies. Why? Black professors teach other subjects why can’t people from other races teach black studies? Black history or literature can be taught in existing history or literature departments of colleges. There’s no need for “black studies” because they aren’t a study.
Liberal news organizations enjoy suggesting something or someone is racist too because it boosts ratings, which increase advertising dollars. Steele observed: “For blacks, racism is power. For whites it is vulnerability.” Many of my white friends tell me daily, they are careful not to criticize Obama in certain public forums or discussions for fear of being called racist.
For blacks like Sharpton, Jackson and West, who’ve made a handsome living off shaming whites as racists, what have they done to help solve the problems plaguing blacks? Blacks aren’t graduating from college at the rate of whites despite affirmative action programs over the past 40 years. What has all their discussions on race over decades done to address the higher incarceration rates among blacks? More than 50% of blacks are in federal prisons but blacks represent only 13% of the population? What have these “black leaders” done about the 72% of out of wedlock black birth rate? Nothing. Yet their race baiting pays the bills and that’s all that matters.