Wayne Dupree: I wish the Left would stop spraying the R-word around like confetti. As a black man, I know what real racism is
I don’t know about you, but I’m too old to apologize for everything I say and do because someone, somewhere decides to deem it ‘racist’. I treat all people with respect and only expect the same, nothing more, nothing less. If you don’t want to respect me, I will take my leave of you and your antics. This is how I was raised and how I live.
But at this time, I’m concerned for my children and the country we live in. It’s become extremely nasty through bitter political divisions and culture wars, very self-centered and isolating (yes, even on social media), and I honestly do not know if there is a way to fix it.
In my family, we have taught our children to respect others, all people. But kids are kids, and occasionally they will make mistakes or say the wrong thing, in the wrong way; it’s part of growing up and maturing. But in today’s toxic environment, the repercussions of this are worrying.
Most of the members of the choir that’s quick to shout out ‘RACIST!’ to shut up, cancel and condemn an individual don’t have a clue about real racism. They were never segregated by color. They didn’t have the rope around their necks or go to sleep with one eye open, afraid that the Ku Klux Klan was going to surround and burn down their house.Also on rt.com Wayne Dupree: Have we really become a society where free thought and dialogue are feared rather than embraced?
I lived in Cambridge, Maryland’s second-largest port after Baltimore. The city was a hub for the slave trade (the celebrated abolitionist Harriet Tubman was born into slavery just a few miles away), and in the 1960s the black community was almost burned down due to racist uprest. Y’all don’t realize what racism is. If you have time, check out Cambridge’s story.
Does no one understand the concept of 'newspeak’ and the insidious detriment to free speech, which occurs when the Left goes about branding critics of their actions as ‘racist’ and ‘politically incorrect’? This is dialectical, nothing more. It attempts to invalidate the words of others who oppose the Left’s agenda of hate and violence.
The latest example involves an MSNBC host calling former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly a racist for having had the temerity to criticise Meghan Markle and Naomi Osaka. Are we to assume black people can do no wrong? Or if they do, a white person cannot point that out without being branded racist?
Right out of Orwell’s 1984, we are witnessing Mao’s Cultural Revolution right here in the US, and what most don’t understand is that this is being led by those who adore communism and believe that the US is a barrier to the imposition of communism world wide. Broad accusations of racism are primarily a convenient means to that end.
Those instigating the Antifa/BLM riots and the mainly white politicians who pander to these ‘progressives’ don’t really care about the conditions that have done the most to suppress blacks in cities that have been monolithically controlled by the increasingly leftist Democratic Party for decades.Also on rt.com Cake is linked to slavery because it contains sugar? Yes, the woke witch-finders have struck again
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, you will also suffer a defeat for every victory gained. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
This was the advice of Sun Tzu, in The Art of War. Sadly, the Chinese Communist Party resembles the first sentence. And the US naively fits the third. We are destroying ourselves.
As long as people give in to this trend coming from the Left, and remove statues, change every name that could hurt someone’s feelings, etc., this will continue. Wouldn’t it be better to put a plaque in front of the ‘offending’ statue and make it a learning experience of who we were, to show how far we’ve come since? If we don’t, future generations are in danger of repeating much of the hatred and of embracing the segregation we fought so hard to defeat.
This isn’t the first time they have “removed” statues and cancelled people whose opinions they don’t like. It didn’t satisfy their temper tantrums the first time, and it won’t satisfy them even if they get the last one. They are trying to fill a hole within themselves, and no number of statues or canceled cartoons or people will fill that. They are trying to erase the past to re-make their present, yet that hole will remain. They think collectivism will satisfy their needs but all it will bring is suffering and death.
Any business or company should be wary of caving to this mob. It is the equivalent of taking a knee, and once you kneel and submit to the mob, you CANNOT take it back.
Censorship is not progress; it establishes another dangerous precedent: intolerance. Intolerance is a basic mechanism used by these fools fighting to the end. You cannot take away the culture of one community to satisfy another community. It breeds anger, dissent, jealousy and violence.
There’s a simple solution to all of this. It applies to both whites and blacks. Go to work. Take care of your family and stop worrying about other people. If you focus on yourself, you’ll find life is much simpler than you think. The constitution doesn’t mandate that I should worry about you, unless I am called upon to defend this country. I’m only expected to take care of my own.Also on rt.com Mimicking an accent can be unfunny, even offensive, but it doesn’t have the cultural baggage of blackface
All these social justice police, do they not have jobs? There are lots of things I don’t like and would love to protest, but I’m at work for up to 14 hours a day. Where do they find the time? If they are on the system and getting a check from the government to protest, riot and loot, that’s unfair to working men and women. You want to see people really squirm, cut off the government welfare. Before you claim I am racist, I didn’t attribute that to anyone of color, as there are more white people on welfare than other minorities. Still, we have sick individuals who think negatively first before using common sense.
By the way, this government dependency is all planned. Close the economy to cause mass unemployment; empty the prisons to fuel crime; stoke race issues with cops; have mass demonstrations denouncing America as bad. Then they’ll blame Donald Trump for causing all of this. Am I the only one seeing this?
Bottom line. Racism in this country will never go away as long as one side keeps pulling the ‘victim’ lever. Slavery happened. Widespread discrimination happened. We get it. Many white Americans came here after the civil war and had nothing to do with it. Others had a whole bunch of their ancestors fighting and dying to abolish slavery. No white person needs to pay me or any other black person reparations, or apologise or take a knee.
Let’s move forward together, or not at all. Those who don’t like it can leave the country and find an island to live out their lonely days, withered by their hatreds and misplaced anger.
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