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Friday, July 19, 2019

Curing racism



Peggy Noonan may be a fake conservative, but in her weekly column in the Wall Street Journal today, she nailed what racism is in America 55 years after passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

She wrote, "In the past, whether you were racist could be judged by your actions. You held ugly biases, you said or did things that were definitionally discriminatory. The bad news is that you were this way, but the good news is that you could change. You could widen your lens, let some love in, say, think or do better things. You could improve.

"And as you did, so would the nation. So there was hope.

"Which was pretty wonderful. You could think, 'I will help establish full civil rights for all.' You could commit yourself and succeed. You had agency.

"Now the idea has taken hold that the charge of racism doesn’t derive from thoughts and actions, from what people say and do, but from who they are. If you are white that accident of birth left you racist, and there’s nothing you can do about it. You’ve got white privilege. You are unconsciously favored, and unconsciously assign disfavor. Either way you’re guilty. No action or word can turn this around.

"So change is not possible; improvement will not happen. There’s no way out."

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Her definition is accurate.

Her pessimism is not.

Excesses in America often rein themselves in. Our examples begin with slavery. The Dred Scott decision was too much. The decision made free states enforce the slavery laws of slave states. This led to Abraham Lincoln, a highly successful trial lawyer, to give up his practice and re-enter politics. His election triggered a civil war that ended slavery.

Then there was prohibition. A ban on hard liquor was one thing, but the prigs included beer and wine on their list. That was too much and the experiment died in failure 13 years later.

Presidential elections with their rotations of parties -- and rotations of moderates and zealots within the parties -- are corrective measures taken by an American electorate that wants both progress and tradition.

We have gone from accepting racism against black Americans (as well as Indians and other races) to accepting racism against white Americans. That the Democrat Party promoted and exploited both the former as well as the latter shows the devil like water takes the path of least resistance.

And no, White Supremacists did not become Republicans. Of the 22 senators from Confederate states who voted against civil rights, only one switched parties.

There is a way out. It is called the ballot box. The Party of Jeremiah Wright needs its chickens to come home to roost if we are to rid ourselves finally of judging people by the color of their skin.

Just remember, they said we would never end slavery.

27 comments:

  1. For the purist example of racism today we have Pressley telling brown-skinned people that they must think like her...only like her.

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  2. It sucks being white. I don't have anyone to blame for my lot in life.

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    1. C'mon. With respect, you can always blame your parents; they were white, after all.

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    2. I'm an orphan. I don't know what color my parents were.

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  3. Don't know much about prohibition, but I remember reading that for the first time many men came home from work with their full paycheck.

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    1. Road accident deaths also fell to an all time low

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    2. The Kennedy Family fortune came from bootlegging.

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    3. But the government killed and blinded thousands of Americans by putting poison in the alcohol used to make hooch.

      Once again showing that government intervention only makes things worse.

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  4. I'm not sure. I never asked them before they passed away. They may have identified as something I'm not aware of.

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  5. First time Noonan has been right in over three years.

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    1. Even a blind acorn finds a squirrel occasionally.

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    2. Her column on the protected class vs the unprotected class in 2016 was spot on. 2 columns in 3 years.

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    3. Real sorry Peg left the correct side.

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  6. The problems is Noonan has no credibility and no real support.

    She is not leftist and her NeverTrumper stance has not meant an embrace by the Dems and their ever leftist movement.

    Her NeverTrumper stance has meant she is an establishment shrill.

    The establishment is accosted from all sides and only means you are more than willing to sell out Americans for international interests and goals.

    I do not care what she may get right and that is very rare.

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    1. She certainly is no conservative since she supported and voted for Obungler. - GOC

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  7. How to cure racism.
    Step 1:
    "Stop talking about it."
    Morgan Freeman - American

    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/flashback-morgan-freeman-ending-racism-stop-talking-about-it

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    1. Morgan Freeman Always seems like the smartest person in the room..Now i Know Why...

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    2. I got over my fascination with The Eternal Ingenue back during GWB #43. Why haven't others?

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  8. Since most modern racism comes either from blacks or Muslims, and thus cannot be addressed without the cry of "racism!" there's probably no hope. Maybe the subject will die out naturally if it doesn't get the attention that it craves.

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  9. The first step in curing racism is accepting the fact that all people, all races, can be and some actively act such today.

    Until this happens, nothing will be cured.

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  10. The seed of failure in the politics of the Left is this: unlike total war, democratic politics is not a struggle between implacable adversaries. The aim is not to exterminate the other side's voters but to woo them.

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  11. When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment feels like discrimination - Thomas Sowell

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  12. I got over my fascination with the Eternal Ingenue before Dubya left office. Why hasn't everyone else?

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  13. A racist is someone who always injects race into the conversation. Someone who hates based on the color of the skin. In other words, the radical left.

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