Before reading my thoughts below, please view this racist video from University of Minnesota-Duluth if you haven’t already. I believe it is one of the most blatant expositions of cynical progressive racism since reconstruction. It has no intellectual or moral authority, and is nothing more than a vacuous propagandistic screed by the uninformed useful idiot brigades for their fascist masters.
This is so bad, I’m not even sure at this point where to start. Every single statement is uninformed and absent of intellectual and moral authority. This video may be the single most spectacular example of epic stupidity in history. I don’t know that I’ll be able to come up with enough negative adjectives to not sound redundant and still be accurate. It is a truly and deeply pathetic display of world-class asinine rhetoric. Ripping the video apart should be loads of fun. Well, it would be, if it weren’t such a serious problem in American culture, discourse and public policy.
In my book, America Ascendant: Getting America back on track by putting the federal government back in its place (this book is not currently available, I’m updating it for a second edition), I wrote:
The problem with race relations in the United States is the concept of race relations itself. As long as we continue to relate to one another on the basis of race we will continue to have these problems.
That statement still seems to me so self-evident that I’m forever perplexed by everyone’s failure to see it. It could not be more simple. Perhaps that simplicity is the problem. Or is it? Maybe the problem is something a lot more insidious and disgusting than not understanding the simple truth.
Below I take each of the statements made in the video and respond accordingly:
What do you mean we’re lucky to be white?… It’s not luck, it’s privilege.
Actually, it’s genetics, dumbass.
Privileged that people see us, not a color.
White is defined as “the presence of all color”. If you want no color, that’s black. If you think people don’t see you as “white” and not just as a person, you’re an idiot. The only people who have learned not to see color are, for the most part, white people. Many in the racial politics industry complain about that as well. So, in essence, it’s the people who see color that are the racists.
I was once asked by a young Hispanic woman that I worked with at the time about something we heard on a radio news program: “As a Latina, I’m not sure what I think of that. What do you, as a white man, think of that?” I wasn’t sure how to answer her. I gave her my opinion, then informed her that my thought process on this, or anything else, didn’t include any consideration related to my ethnicity or skin color. “Most of us just don’t think that way,” I told her. The idea of not including her ethnicity in her thought process had never occurred to her. That is racism.
Privileged that we don’t get stared at when we walk into the room.
Happens to me every day.
Privileged that we don’t get followed by security when we go shopping.
When I was younger it happened to me a lot. Now it happens to my son probably as often as anyone else, and he doesn’t dress like a gangster.
Privileged that we don’t get pulled over when we’re in the wrong neighborhood.
I made a wrong turn once and got pulled over almost right away. The black cop asked me, “what is a white guy doing around here?” It turns out there was a crack street just down the block, and the only white guys that came around were addicts looking for crack. The worst part is, I was in a marked company vehicle. One false impression by that cop and I could have lost my job, and even worse.
Another time I was sitting in a friend’s car near my house. There were four of us in the car, all of us in our early 20′s. We were doing the inevitable, “what should we do tonight?” “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” routine when a blue Camaro pulled up. Two guys got out with guns and rousted us from the car. They were plain clothes cops. They searched the car and found nothing. That really pissed them off. They assaulted two of us that night, both kicked in a bad place. One while spread eagle on the ground, and me when in the position up against the car after he searched me, all the time his partner with his gun to my head. I wasn’t in the wrong neighborhood, I was in my neighborhood. The worst part of that one is, these guys weren’t even from our police department, they were from another city. Bad shit can happen to anyone at any time. Get over it.
We’re privileged because society was set up for us, and our silence keeps it in place.
Actually, we set this society up not necessarily for us, though it obviously was set up by us. Going back even to the beginning of our nation there have always been those who believe that “all men are created equal.” While that promise wasn’t completely fulfilled for too long a time, it was fulfilled. In fact, the price of opening up our society to everyone was very high. The price of ending slavery was over 600,000 lives. Almost all of them were white. This society was set up by us, and since it’s inception we’ve striven to include everyone in it who wishes to participate. If you refuse to participate, or if you are of a mind to change it into something it is not, that’s your problem, and no, it’s not ever going to happen.
Everyone is more than welcome to fully participate in American society, and many of all races and backgrounds do exactly that. If you feel you are excluded, that’s most likely because of your own refusal to participate. Our society is based on civil behavior and the rule of law. If you can’t accept that, it’s your problem. As for that “our silence keeps it in place” statement, I’m not sure what that is supposed to mean. It appears to be just more thoughtless nonsense. What silence?
We’re privileged, and that’s unfair
First, we’re no more privileged than anyone else in America. If you doubt that, come live in my neighborhood for just a couple of days. The first time you go to the grocery store you’ll see just how privileged you really are. The difference between you and me is stark and, actually, pretty amazing. I have more in common with a black or Hispanic conservative than any white liberal. What does that tell you? Are those people privileged as well? Stop trying to use race, or anything else for that matter, as a lever for your asinine fascist agenda. It makes you look like an idiot, and that stupid writing on your face isn’t helping either.
This is America. We’re all privileged. If you doubt it, try living anywhere else. Or, re-elect Obama or any other progressive and see what happens. The privileges are there for anyone to take advantage of, but they won’t be for long if we keep going the way we’re going now. As far as that “unfair” crack goes, that’s the cop-out of a lazy mind. All in all, life is unfair to everyone, everywhere, and always has been. You should have gotten over it by the time you were twelve. That you haven’t says more about you than even the moronic assertions of your racist video.