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The Banality Of Racism

July 24th, 2020 No comments


Of all the things you could accuse a person of being in modern times, a racist has somehow taken the top spot.  Not sure how that happened.  If you consider the admonishments of the classic ten commandments of human behavior widely accepted in the western world as being the standard, racism doesn’t make an appearance, even as an addendum.

So in our present day society, being a racist is a charge far more severe than to be labelled a murderer, a thief, a liar, an adulterer, a greedy person, a lazy person or a covetous one. That’s not to say that being racist is less reprehensible, but it just doesn’t rank up there with the classics.  I might add that being a lawyer also merits a place in the list of reprehensibles, but that has yet to make it into popular discourse.

Unlike the classic reprehensible behaviors however, the accusation of racism is quite vague and especially in today’s partisan environment, quite suspect.  An accusation doesn’t require any real evidence and thus anything can be construed as a racist event.  This is quite convenient for accusers since there is no need to produce a body as in a murder accusation or stolen goods as in accusations of theft.  Virtually any act or perceived micro-aggression can be instances of racism as long as the accuser is not white.  Satire merges with reality as every possible human activity can express a racist bent including hard work, saving money, or mowing lawns.

The most recent conscript into this whirlpool of racist activity is sleeping.  The “argument” is that depriving blacks of sleep versus their white counterparts actually shortens the lives of blacks and is therefore systemically oppressive.  If we accept this argument as rational, the logical thing would be to find some ways to even out the sleep imbalances.  Of course in today’s environment, that’s preposterous.  The only way to fix this vile racist activity is through financial reparations.  This balm is like duct tape, it fixes everything.  There’s no social wrong that’s so terrible that a check or cash equivalent can’t fix.

The label of racism is still abhorrent to many and most would push back to deny such accusations.  The question is why.  The accusation has no real bite since it’s been so watered down over the decades.  It’s as if you called someone a jughead.  Meh.  When the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson made racism into a lucrative industry of extortion, they created a template for future generations of effective emulators.  Affirmative action is ironically the most racist policy to result from decades of racism bleats. We have people such as the illiterate babbling Maxine Waters who built an entire lengthy career based on nothing more than leveling charges of racism at anyone who is dumb enough to pay attention. We have political candidates with no useful skills who run solely on the message of racism as if bringing duct tape to fix an imaginary leak.   These opportunists never reveal that, next to African dictators, American blacks are the most prosperous in the world populating the top echelons of business, sports and media.  If that’s evidence of racism, it explains the hordes trying to get into the US illegally vying to get their share of discrimination.

For decades, the struggle was for ‘equality’ and exhortations of humanity above all.  That quaint message has morphed into the message that all whites are naturally racist, everything they do is racist; their society, their institutions, their churches, their food, their sports, their manner of dress, their education, their hair, their music and of course, the aforementioned sleep regimens.  It’s not about equality anymore, it’s about superiority.

Accusations of racism no longer have any basis in validity.  Even for the most bleeding heart liberals, the ever expanding list of ‘racist’ behavior has become Monty Python-esque. There are those who are finally realizing that this is no longer an black/white issue; it’s all about the green.

There’s money in R&D

July 9th, 2020 No comments


The narrative of institutionalized racism is again at the fore of the news.  Come to think of it, it hasn’t been off the fore of the news in over 50 years.  Once in a while, the new existential crisis of the moment, whether Global Warming, Global Cooling, world hunger, AIDS, Covid etcetera,  pushes racism off from the leading headlines, but racism narratives are always there, like the dependable putter that golfers always rely on to work.

If racism was a brand, it would be right up there with Coke and Pepsi for commercial sustainability.  Like the two beverage brands, there will always be a market for racism, or its close cousin, discrimination.  We’ll refer to this product as R&D, which are very significant products for those able to understand and harness them.  This is not to be confused with the process of R&D, research and development, a legitimate process essential to business enterprises,  Whereas process R&D costs money, product R&D makes money.

Despite what many may vehemently, claim, the product R&D is not quite as common as Coke or Pepsi.  While it may have been widely available at the beginning of the last century, in modern times, the genuine thing is hard to find.  That explains why when someone claims to have found the real article, people get all excited as if it were one of the golden tickets from the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory children’s story.  The real thing is so hard to find that people even feel the need to fabricate it in order to draw attention to themselves.

A year ago, a small time actor named Jussie Smollet claimed that he had found some R&D on the supposed mean streets of Chicago.  Immediately, the bugles sounded and the world converged on Smollett and Chicago to get a glimpse of an actual R&D event. Chests were beaten and righteous speeches written to hail the discovery of a genuine R&D sighting.   Tears from sympathizers flowed like Slurpee refills at 7 Eleven as the world focused on poor Jussie.  Alas, it was just another Loch Ness type sighting as it was revealed that Smollett had hired a couple of guys, black guys at that, from Nigeria to create an R&D.  So in effect, R&D is so rare, Smollett had to import it.

R&D sightings have appeared in the sports world as well.  NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace claimed to have found one at the garage where drivers parked their race cars.  Wallace managed to lever this sighting into a much bigger commercial event than Smollett was able to.   The entire sports world prostrated themselves before him as they rushed to his side in sympathy.  Even as investigations determined that the rope ‘noose’ found in his garage was present in every garage and was a common means of pulling a door closed, Wallace was not willing to apologize for the 5 alarm false narrative.

In another recent case of an R&D sighting, a woman claims to have had  racist notes placed on the windshield of her car; cue the violins.  Like flies to carrion the Texas A&M university rushed to the scene to offer money and resources in support of the finding.  Alas it was just another Ogopogo scare.  Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown yet again.

In Vancouver recently, a rainbow painted street crosswalk  was defaced by, of all things, tire marks…black tire marks, a clear instance of bigoted intolerance and of course, bullying and discrimination (B&D, a sub-brand of R&D).   With apologies to our sensitive readers, we displayed the picture above in its full gruesomeness for all to witness.

In our final example, the linked story above tells of an actual lawmaker who tried to pass off an R&D sighting, only to have to admit that he had made it up.  It’s becoming clear that the real thing is so rare, it may only exist in the demented minds of those who are living in the past.  While there is always money to be made from claims of a real sighting, actual sightings have not occurred since the days of Jackie Robinson.  The underlying point that the politician was presumably trying to fabricate was to show how intolerant society is.  The fact that this ‘lawmaker’ has not been removed from office and placed in a 5 by 5 holding cell demonstrates that society is in fact quite tolerant….probably too tolerant.