Opinion The new scarlet letter: R for racist
Stacey Abrams: Intent of new Georgia voting law 'racist'
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams and GOP Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) got into a heated exchange during a Senate hearing on Tuesday when discussing the recently passed Georgia voting law, with Abrams saying the "intent" of the reform package is racist.During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Cornyn asked Abrams if the law is "a racist piece of legislation.""I think there are components of it that are indeed racist because they use racial animus as a means of targeting the behaviors of certain voters to eliminate their participant and limit their participation in elections," Abrams responded.
Did you know a drawing of an evergreen tree could be considered racist?
That’s what concerned awhen debating a new school mascot. An objection was raised over the possibility of using a tree, lest it be seen as a reminder of lynching. If you’ve spent any time on social media or following politics for the last several years, you’ve heard similar racial hyperbole: This image is racist. That person is racist. are racist. This is racist cultural appropriation. The is Jim Crow 2.0.
Margaret Sanger Was Not a Racist
The president of Planned Parenthood, Alexis McGill Johnson, last week announced in a New York Times op-ed a change in the organization's treatment of its founder, the pioneering birth control advocate Margaret Sanger. "We have defended Sanger as a protector of bodily autonomy and self-determination, while excusing her association with white supremacist groups and eugenics as an unfortunate ‘product of her time,'" wrote Johnson, but now, "[w]eBut this is a simple question. Sanger was not a racist.
And for some reason, most of these cries seem to be coming from white liberals trying to outdo each other in their ability to spot racism around every corner. Like the young shepherd in the fable who kept “crying wolf” to prank his fellow villagers, those who cry racism seem most interested in amusing and drawing attention to themselves. But like the shepherd, their pranks have very real consequences.
When terms such as “racist” and “white supremacy” are thrown around carelessly, the words lose all meaning. And here are three reasons that concerns me:
1. If everything is racist, then nothing is racist
The word “racist” has a vicious, horrible connotation, and for good reason. I have never shied away from acknowledging the very real evil that has been done throughout history all over the world, including in America, that was motivated by the hatred of people of a different race. When you take the evil of racism seriously, as I do, you are very careful about when you levy that accusation.
Opinion: Tim Scott's deeply deceptive response to Joe Biden
Sen. Tim Scott's rebuttal to President Joe Biden's joint address to Congress showcased one of the main requirements for today's Black Republicans, says Clay Cane: the tricky logic of downplaying racism while simultaneously playing the race card. Scott was clearly ready to perform that number last night. He quickly went viral for his rebuttal to Biden, saying: "I get called 'Uncle Tom' and the N-word -- by 'progressives'"! Minutes later he added, "Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country." There are two big problems with that take.
When you insist that an evergreen tree is “racist,” you are telling regular people that racism is not a big deal. Like false accusations of sexual assault, few and far between though they may be, false accusations of racism harm the real victims. The more accusations come, the less seriously the general public takes them. When you see racism everywhere, then it’s only natural that some will assume that racism is nothing more than a fable that only the foolish believe in.
2. Constant accusations of racism bring out the worst in people
The search to find bigotry in everything is making our race relations worse, not better. When you equate today’s frivolous accusations of racism to what went on in our country even two generations ago, you trivialize everything we accomplished in the Civil Rights movement. Instead of being grateful for how far we’ve come as a nation and eager to seize upon a world full of opportunities, too many young black people today feel burdened by helplessness and resentment. How does that benefit them?
Threats Over Racist Prom Proposal Force Schools to Go Remote
Schools in Big Lake, Minnesota, are switching to distance learning for the rest of the week after a backlash over a "promposal."The proposal photo, posted on Facebook on Tuesday, showed two white students holding a sign that read: "If I was Black I'd be picking cotton, but I'm white so I'm picking you.
What’s more, these nonsensical accusations and the creation of an atmosphere of suspicion do not cause people to treat each other with more respect and kindness. Hyperbolic accusations almost never prompt anyone to engage in meaningful self-reflection or personal change. Instead, the accused are far more likely to become even more hostile to and wary of those they don’t already know and trust. In short, those who cry racism all the time are very likely making racism worse.
3. The elite obsession over race distracts us from our country’s real problems
I believe our country’s greatest challenges today are the issues of upward mobility faced by many low-income people and those of despair that affect people who feel disconnected and empty, regardless of income or wealth. Meanwhile, “diversity” initiatives focus on the composition of corporate boards and elite law firms. Hyperfocusing on race, a favorite pastime of the elite, distracts us from understanding and effectively addressing our most pressing problems.
That’s why the Woodson Center launched 1776 Unites: We’re trying to combat these divisive trends by focusing on solutions to our country’s greatest challenges in education, culture, and upward mobility. 1776 Unites is a positive movement in response to the overwhelming narratives of oppression, grievance, and ignorance of America’s racial history and its promise for the future.
Allowing a racist slur against Tim Scott to trend confirms social media's activist bias
So much for the tolerant left, where diversity is celebrated, except in situations where class acts such as Scott don't carry the same ideology or worldview. And as we've seen increasingly on America's college campuses, the most important diversity of all - diversity of thought - is dismissed in the most pious manner imaginable. So given that Twitter is keenly aware of what the most popular topics are on its platform, one would think "#UncleTim" wouldn't trend for too long. But one hour became another. Then another. Then five hours. Then 10 hours.
We affirm America’s founding principles that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While our nation didn’t perfectly honor these words at first, we continued to work and fight for “a more perfect union.”
We must not grow weary in fighting for a better America by practicing what I like to call radical grace: forgiving and bearing with one another in love, even in our imperfections. Our nation doesn’t have to be defined by its birth defects. We can be defined by our aspirations and our promise.
Robert L. Woodson, Sr. is the founder and president of the Woodson Center and author of the newly released Lessons From the Least of These: The Woodson Principles .
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How not to talk about American racism: Tim Scott lures Democrats into a trap .
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were forced to run the media's "racist country" gauntlet. Don't answer dumb questions! Kamala Harris and Tim Scott Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images