Racism institutionalized at the state level against blacks prior to the Civil Rights era has been replaced by racism institutionalized at the federal level against whites in the current era.
Racism is an ugly form of stereotyping which presupposes one knows all one need know merely from the color of another’s skin. Those who engage in its practice deny themselves the ability to approach others with an open mind to exchange ideas and discover new friendships. Those who experience it are denied the ability to succeed on their own merit and subjected to abuse from those less capable.
Prior to the Civil Rights era, segregation was the law strictly enforced at the state level throughout much of the country. Blacks were forced to use separate facilities, eat in separate dining rooms, and attend separate but ostensibly equal schools while routinely denied the right to vote through poll taxes and literacy tests. Interracial marriage was strictly forbidden and segregation even extended to the military where blacks were grouped into special colored units and confined to duties such as cooking and cleaning in service to the white units or sent to the front in especially dangerous missions for which they were poorly trained and equipped.
After World War II, a new generation of black leaders began working to change the culture of segregation in America led by the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others who sought to shame America into casting off the onus of racial segregation through nonviolent protest. Their goal was to open opportunities for blacks to achieve the American Dream without having to endure the extra obstacles segregation placed in their path. Their movement succeeded in passage of landmark federal legislation in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that banned discrimination based on “race, color, religion, and national origin” in employment practices and public accommodations and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that restored and protected voting rights.
Since that time, discrimination widely practiced on a routine basis without a second thought by Americans has become unacceptable to the point of public humiliation and the risk of being socially ostracized. Americans by and large renounced the culture of discrimination and blacks have enjoyed unprecedented access to equal opportunity in the intervening years. The process has not always been a smooth one, and there have been many changes to which Americans have had to become comfortable.
With the assassination of Dr. King, a new generation of civil rights leaders emerged to take control of the movement and reshape it from its original mission of securing civil rights to one of achieving the illusion of perfection while recasting blacks as a class of victims whose ills were perpetrated by the legacy of slavery endured in the past. Personal responsibility among blacks was abolished as any bad behavior was excused by the legacy of slavery and blacks became financially dependent upon the federal government whose leaders practiced the soft bigotry of low expectations in caring for a class of Americans convinced of their victim status.
Black political power was concentrated in specially created majority minority districts which were then conveniently ignored precisely because they had little impact on any other district. Black leaders learned to play the race card to seize the moral initiative of any argument and silence their critics who attempted to point out the destruction being wrought upon the black population through this policy of growing dependence upon the government at the expense of personal responsibility. Jesse Jackson, once a protégé of Dr. King, shamelessly transformed the movement to an extortion racket offering racial protection to corporations in exchange for cash. The threat of being labeled racially insensitive quickly focused the weak-kneed managers of these public companies on the benefits of paying to have the trouble suddenly disappear much like the threat of having their business burn down forced shop owners to pay protection to the Mafia in an earlier time.
Al Sharpton muscled his way onto the racial gravy train leading a march for justice in the infamous Tawana Brawley hoax in which she claimed to have been repeatedly raped by a gang of white men to avoid punishment from her parents for running away from home. The overwhelming racial animosity stirred up by Sharpton at the beginning of this case was never matched by the subsequent finding that the entire episode had been a hoax, and many still believe the original racial allegations. Since then, Sharpton has never missed an opportunity to fan the flames of racial animosity for a modest fee and the attending publicity which serves to facilitate his status as a champion of civil rights.
The election of America’s first black president was presented as a chance for America to finally move past racial issues and put the shameful legacy of segregation behind us. President Obama has shamelessly stirred up racial animosity to levels not seen since the 1950s at every opportunity to bolster his sagging popularity and distract from his failures as president. Obama interjects race into every issue as he is incapable of viewing reality through anything but a racial lens. With Obama and these other black leaders, race lurks in places we never knew existed until they conveniently and enthusiastically point them out.
The legacy of this has been the alienation of white America fed up with the constant accusation that it is perpetually racist and never given credit for the tremendous progress made in removing the obstacle of segregation and the massive cultural changes it has endured to make this possible. Federal laws passed to invalidate segregation against blacks at the state level have given way to segregation against whites at the federal level. Whites are now the only class of Americans against which it is both legal and accepted to discriminate. Blacks have become the most racist group in America judging us whites by the color of our skin rather than the content of our character. Whites are routinely subjected to vicious and violent attacks in a modern form of lynching known as the knockout game in which gangs of blacks randomly attack a white person with a violent punch to the face designed to render the victim unconscious in a single blow.
Black-on-white crime is routinely ignored by the media preferring to hype the stereotype of racist white America through the sensationalizing of much rarer white-on-black incidents. The death of thuggish attacker Trayvon Martin at the hands of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in an act of self-defense prompted a firestorm of media attention falsely portraying Martin as an innocent child brutally murdered by Zimmerman. Underreported were the details which emerged later in the form of photos and texts recovered from Martin’s cell phone that more accurately showed him to be a thuggish “gansta” involved in drugs and criminal activity. The media engaged in character assassination by altering portions of the 911 call to falsely portray Zimmerman as a racist, and to cast doubt on his description of the events of that night.
Since the Zimmerman case, Americans have learned of the horrific killing of Australian baseball standout Chris Lane in rural Duncan, Oklahoma at the hands of three black teens attempting to relieve their narcissistic boredom through a racist killing. We’ve also learned of the brutal murder of 88-year-old World War II veteran Delbert Belton of Spokane, Washington beaten to death by two black teens in a fit of racial animosity. Americans are outraged by the inconsistent coverage of black-on-white crime, and their cynicism is boiling over to erase the gains made by Dr. King and threaten a return to the racial animosity of decades past. The silence from the race hustlers and poverty pimps in these two cases is deafening as their hypocrisy is laid bare for the world to see. There are no calls for gun control legislation or condemnations of white racism as progressives are unable to spin these tragedies into momentum for action. Those such as Jackson, Sharpton, Oprah, and Obama are forced to confront their failure to address the systemic problems of the black underclass exacerbated by their pursuit of narrow self-interests at the expanse of the black community.
To their detriment, blacks have marched in lockstep with the progressives supporting their agenda at the expense of the black population. Abortion was promoted by Margaret Sanger as a way of dealing with the inconvenience of the unwanted immigrant and black underclass through racial genocide ostensibly supported by the unscientific nostrums of eugenics and currently made possible through the Planned Parenthood chain of clinics. Welfare, Medicaid, the Food Stamp program, and affirmative action are just a few of the myriad forms of government dependence engineered by progressives to keep blacks dependent upon government largesse at the expense of their ability to succeed on their own.
The designation of blacks as a special protected class in violation of the Constitution’s equal protection clause and at the expense of whites has completed the transformation from state level institutionalized racism against blacks to federal level institutionalized racism against whites. White America has made tremendous strides in overcoming their shameful past of segregation and racism, but the refusal of blacks to admit any progress has been made, along with their insistence on remaining mired in the past of 1965, is erasing any gains made and threatens to return us to the racial animosity of that era.