TOWARD A COLOR-BLIND SOCIETY
By: Kevin Tuma
This marks my second essay on race. It may be the last. I don't enjoy
stirring up or hurting the feelings of people who are confused--and I really don't like
playing games with people who enjoy stirring the confusion.
Despite the fact that I personally have nothing to gain by broaching this
volatile, touchy subject, the reason I have felt inwardly compelled to write something
about race has been twofold:
One: For several years, I have been watching racism grow on
the Internet. It has been swelling like a thundercloud. Cyberspace allows a perfect
temperature setting for race hatred to bloat and balloon, like yeast dough.
Two: I recognize that race hucksters--charlatans--black supremacists, like
Al Sharpton--are fueling the fires of bigotry, when bigotry really doesn't need any more
Unlike last time, I am going to temporarily put aside Marxism, Left, and
Right, and simply talk about Black and White. Marxism is decidedly peripheral to all this,
and it hovers in predatory fashion like a vulture around contemporary racial issues. But
the root issues can be made simpler. Race can be addressed without playing the Marxist
shell game. To do so, however, requires courage. It requires courage on the part of whites
because they will be shouted down by angry people. It requires courage on the part of
blacks, because if they stand apart from the dominant Left wing of the civil rights
movement, they'll be dehumanized as Uncle Toms..Aunt Jemimas..coconuts...Oreos.
Nevertheless, there has to be some sort of meaningful dialogue between blacks and whites.
Whites are basically not allowed to discuss race...and that is one of the
larger problems. We are only allowed to marginally address racial issues if we ingratiate
ourselves with people like Jesse Jackson or Julian Bond. If we discuss civil rights ideas
or leaders in any critical fashion, we are instantly labeled racists. If we point out
race-baiters, we are labeled race-baiters ourselves, by subtle manipulators of character
Some targets never fully recover from such smears. Pat Buchanan, for
example--a genial, honest, decent man who has been unfortunate enough to offend various
protected minority groups with his politics--is regarded by many people as a "known
racist". This is in spite of the fact that, when he ran for President in 2000, he
chose a black female schoolteacher as his running mate. And then there is David Horowitz,
the outspoken neoconservative, who ignited a firestorm of controversy with his essay
"Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Blacks are a Bad Idea for Blacks and Racist,
Too." While it's true that the controversial column contained a few arrogant
assumptions, the 'racist' part that his hysterical, outraged critics alluded to simply was
Facts rarely seem to matter anymore with these accusations. In the 1500s,
if a person was labeled a "heretic"--whether innocent or guilty--he was
automatically in a lot of hot water. Today the label is "racist". The word will
slowly and gradually lose its sting, however...because it is so frequently misused. And
authentic racism--the real kind---is growing.
For every Pat Buchanan or David Horowitz who is run through with the
poison dagger of false racial accusations, there are thousands of literate white people
who are silently growing angry enough to abandon all reasonable attitudes toward race.
Every media incident that downgrades the credibility of civil rights leaders adds to their
numbers. Many whites will eventually become genuine racists...and they won't bother to
take up any arguments with civil rights advocates or debate the finer points--they will
simply dismiss black people, using the "N" word. And they will probably never
Reparations will do the same thing--only on a massive scale. Tens of
millions will be alienated, and the moral high ground that civil rights once held will be
flushed down the toilet forever.
If that happens, it won't be social progress.
After over 40 years of civil rights, racism is on the rise. White racism
is on the rise. Black racism is on the rise. White racism feeds black racism, and black
racism feeds white racism. The relationship between blacks and whites is obviously
regressing. All racism is based on resentment, and all political mechanisms of racism are
based on revenge.
Just as violence begets violence, racism begets more racism. A good
synonym for racism would be vendetta.
It was resentment--based on the ungodly massacres of the Civil War, and
the carpetbagging excesses of Reconstruction--that drove to the development of the Ku Klux
Klan, and fueled much of the historical anger of white southerners against black people.
And now it is group resentment, based on the past cruelties of slavery and the above group
dynamics, that fuels the anger of many black people against white southerners, against the
Founding Fathers, and against traditional America. That anger is manifest in the drive to
force reparations for slavery and to ban any tolerance of Confederate history or heritage
in public places. If the intolerance stopped at the borders of the Deep South, it would be
a regional problem, but it doesn't stop there.
Political correctness is the death of culture. It is thought control. It
is censorship. For Americans, who are supposedly living in the freest country on Earth, it
should be an outrage. If it manifests itself in government programs, as it is now doing in
the case of Civil War monuments, it is unchecked tyranny. Worst of all are Academia's
racially-PC attacks upon our Founding Fathers. Any country which dissembles its historical
origins and its past has no future.
What we must wish for, in the interests of national self-preservation, is
an end to racism in America. In order for that to happen, the politics of vendetta must
end first. Special treatment must end; affirmative action must be put aside. Group
equality should be a goal, instead of paybacks for past wrongs. Communication between
blacks and whites as equals, as fellow individuals, should ensue. If there is equality and
there is real communication, eventually there may be sincere mutual respect between the
races. These things are largely absent now, in our racially recidivist nation.
The principles of a color-blind society are very simple. People of all
colors are equal. There are no hyphenated Americans. You are either an American, or you
are not..there are no special labels.
When a color-blind individual looks upon a black man, he doesn't see a
mentally inferior victim who deserves money, help, and privileges to make up for the
suffering of his ancestors--he sees a man. An ordinary human being. With all the
opportunities he needs to get ahead residing between his ears.
Bigots should be considered to be exactly what they are...ignorant, angry
people. This applies equally to black bigots as well as white ones.
In a color-blind society, people are never to be denied opportunities
based on the color of their skin. That includes not only black people, but yellow people,
red people, brown people..and white people. People are judged fit for leadership based on
the strength of their backbones and the power of their brains, and are they awarded
opportunities based on a quaint, old fashioned concept called "competition".
There are no group presumptions. It is not assumed that one race has more
money or power than another race, or that anyone has the right to correct any such
imbalances by using other peoples' money. There are no social programs used to repay past
injustices by creating new injustice. Grievances from the past--however tragic they may
be--are not corrected by using the philosophy "two wrongs do make a right".
People are not expected to correct social inequities that occurred long before their
grandparents were born. Logic prevails.
We can have racial understanding, without the interference of the
government's machinegun, and without the dehumanization of groups that have divergent
opinions--if we can all learn to act like adults, and to embrace civilization. We need
We need humanity and decency to develop between the races.
Kevin Tuma is an editorial cartoonist for CNSNews.com and a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
Kevin Tuma can be reached at Delcomico@attbi.com
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