By Brenson Stivitch. Racism is part of the human condition. It will be with us until the end of time because you cannot legislate human feelings as much as those politically oriented to the left try. The latest incarnation of the “race” card is the fight over Confederate statues. Unfortunately, it is trivializing an issue that deserves much more serious consideration. It is morphing into a more serious threat to our constitutional government.
There isn’t a person alive today in the United States who either was a slave or owned a slave. Yet the issue persists year after year after year. Antifa people, bussed in wearing helmets and uniforms and carrying clubs, piously beat their chests as they cover their faces going around destroying property and beating people up. The media endlessly pontificates as they wrap themselves is self-righteous indignation. But when Barack Obama was President and the Democratic Party controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency…you heard nothing about Confederate statues being torn down or statues of those of the racist founding fathers being removed from the Capitol Building…mostly because they were Democrats!!!
The inconvenient truth is that many of these self-described defenders of racial equality really don’t care about racism at all. It is just another political card to play when needed. But this time they are aggressively playing like they have a full house. While some may be sincere about promoting racial equality, many of those violently protesting are anarchists, communists, anti-capitalists…or just plain hate America. Their goal is to delegitimize the nation’s relics, its history, and its founding documents. Social Justice Warriors are motivated by many things…but mostly money. You have some. They want it. Race is a tool, not an issue.
We can all agree slavery was bad and evil. Whether you like it or not, that’s how things were done back then. You don’t hear about the Boston merchants who managed the slave trade…or the African traders who sold members of their own race into slavery and in some circumstances, continue to do so today. We heard Barack Obama talk about our flawed Constitution written by those horrible and evil euro-centric old white men. We listen to the continuing drum-beat about the horrors foisted upon the indigenous peoples who died of European diseases. We are told in our schools daily we should be ashamed. We are unworthy. Sorry…I’m not buying it.
Whether you like it or not, it is called the march of civilization. If things are so bad here, why do so many people want to come here? Would anyone trade being here to moving to places like Somalia or Nigeria or Tanzania or Afghanistan?
The reason is simple. Western Civilization has produced a standard of living benefiting more people than anytime in world history. It is Western Civilization with all its warts and faults that has succeeded. It is Western Civilization that has stood against tyrants, however imperfectly, and prevailed. It is Western Civilization that fought the American Civil War…the bloodiest war in the American history…to throw off the shackles of slavery. It is Western Civilization that allowed Martin Luther King to march in the streets inspiring people of goodwill of all races and creeds.
For all the Confederate monuments and “racist” founding fathers and horrific explorers like Christopher Columbus…it is the culture and documents they produced…our United States and our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution…that illuminate the world showing what we could be…what we should strive for. All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights. As flawed as we might have been in achieving those goals, we do it better than anybody…anywhere.
Don’t confuse the desire for political power with actual caring for grievances. They don’t go hand in hand. Do you really think that those people marching wearing masks and carrying clubs at various political events care about racism and slavery? What the self-righteous political narcissists want today, in addition to proving they are intellectually superior to the rabble, is to destroy the protections that allow this nation and its citizens to thrive. They have a better way.
Their goal is to crush the human spirit and all the human foibles that accompany it…exchanging them for a uniform system of politically correct thought and controlled language. It has everything to do with a utopian society where each contributes according to his ability and each takes according to his need…a society where all people are treated equally…just some are more equal than others. It is a utopian society where tolerance means intolerance of the worst kind.
All leftist movements need a bogeyman…someone or something to hate. Today the hate is directed at racist America and all that went into building it. We all need to know our history, both the good and the bad. If the goal, however, is to delegitimize the most successful nation and society on earth, then those calling for tearing it down should quit hiding behind slavery and racism, take off the masks hiding their faces, and be honest about what they really want. Deep down in, I think we already know what they want. And what they want is scary.