Two Wrongs Do Not Make A Racial Right

Let me pose the following questions:

Are we not all Americans?

Are we not all endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

No matter if Caucasian or African; Hispanic or Asian; short or tall; male or female; young or old. . . are we not all Americans in this nation? As such, are we not all afforded justice under the law, ESPECIALLY in the eyes of the Federal Department of Justice?

When I look up at my TV and see an angry mob of New Black Panther Party members shouting racial epitaphs behind leader Mikhail Muhammad, announcing that a bounty has been set for George Zimmerman to be brought back to them dead or alive. . .I am appalled. This is mob rule.

And once again, the Department of Justice is silent. Eric Holder holds his tongue. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised, based on his past approach with what the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as a “virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers.” Remember when the New Black Panther Party was caught on camera clearly intimidating voters in Philly back during the 2008 election? Holder’s response to Democratic activist Bartle Bull’s comments that it “was the most serious act of voter intimidation that he had witnessed in his career” was a shocking “think about that, when you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people.” In other words, it doesn’t matter that the folks in Philly were victims of voter intimidation, because in the end they were white. . . and since African Americans have suffered discrimination in the past; well, that absolves the New Black Panther Party.

Isn’t it comforting that the most powerful man at the Department of Justice is there to ensure justice is carried out . . . so long as you fit the correct racial category? And furthermore, isn’t it comforting to know that in turn the President must also feel the same, as I nor anyone else I know heard so much as a peep from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue after Holder made those insipid, incendiary comments after the 2008 elections? Is that not just as awful; that is, to suggest that since one race was once oppressed, that this somehow validates (or decriminilizes) the oppression of or bigotry towards another? Two racial wrongs most assuredly do not make a racial RIGHT.

Like the cherry on top of this awful situation, we then see the President point out that “if he had had a son, he would have looked a lot like Trayvon.” SO WHAT? What does this lend to the case? What does this do but continue to race-bait the issue? I know full well what the president meant by it; that all black people are potential targets. . . even the son of a president.

Murder, sadly, is an everyday occurrence both in this nation and around the world. It is heartbreaking; it is horrible; and I wish that it could be eradicated forever from this earth. The sad reality of our human existence is that murder and other violent crimes DO happen to every race, and for those actions we have a judicial system through which people are punished for their crimes. For individuals such as the NBPP to take the law into their own hands; even worse- to take it into their own hands while sparking racially-charged mobs across this nation will not result in justice; rather, it will result in INJUSTICE.

Where are the riots and the mobs for the hundreds of other people of all races, backgrounds and creeds killed or hurt on a daily basis in this country? Why here? Why now? Most recently, what about the shooting deaths of the 2 British men in Sarasota, Florida at the hands of 17 year old Shawn Tyson, who after failing to acquire any money from the two during his attempted robbery of the same, simply shot the men dead. Where’s the president today, as the young African American man was convicted of this heinous crime?Where is the media, where are the crowds, WHERE ARE THEY? I ask you.

I’ll tell you why. Because we have a man in the White House and a nation-wide following that subscribes to the idea that the “white people” (interestingly in Zimmerman case, he happens to be of Hispanic origin) must pay. That is, that the Caucasian race must be made to pay for the sins of their ancestors. “Too extreme a conclusion,” you say? Read Barack Obama’s book, “Dreams From My Father,” and then we’ll talk. The sentiment simply oozes from the pages.

Here’s the deal. I know I’ve got ancestors who harbored racial prejudices. AND THEY WERE WRONG. And while it doesn’t excuse it, I challenge you, however- FIND ME A CULTURE WHERE IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. I challenge you a second time- find me a culture or a nation that from its inception realized that something was wrong with the ownership of humans and put things in motion to do something about it. READ THEIR OWN WORDS and you will see the struggle that many of the Founders wrestled with as they contrasted the social norms of their day with the new-found realization that the phrase “ALL men are created equal. . .” rang hollow when it was realized that slavery (a practice that had been around for centuries up centuries globally) stood in stark contrast to those words. I challenge you- find me a culture or a nation that has done so much to try and repair the horrible atrocities of prejudice and racism. I challenge you again to find another nation where a movement tantamount to Civil Rights (a la Martin Luther King Jr: “. . .where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”) happened and was successful in the manner in which it was here. I heard someone tell me just yesterday that they felt that we haven’t come very far since the Civil rights movement. Oh REALLY? Show me segregation. Show me a school where someone is not admitted based on their race. Show me a place of employment where someone is not considered because of their race. If anything, there is a hyper-political correctness when it comes to assuring that no minority is “offended.” Keep in mind, by the way, that it wasn’t just African Americans who were once treated badly. I remember the talk show host Sean Hannity referring to a sign he has in his office from the days of his father and grandfather that reads “Irish Catholics Need Not Apply.” His people (which incidentally comprise some of my ancestry as well) were discriminated against terribly. You don’t see him (or me!) standing in the streets cursing the world over it. WHY? Because we are past those days; and it didn’t happen to him, and it didn’t happen to me. And even if Hannity chose to make a public scene out of the discrimination against his ancestors, I can guarantee that it loud cries of “foul” would ensue from the Sharpton-Jackson crowd. . . because apparently the African American race has a monopoly on the history of discrimination, and how DARE a white person suggest that his or her culture had once been treated badly.

Back to the Zimmerman case and the New Black Panthers- I am tired of this group, the likes of Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson using tragedies such as this terrible shooting as an excuse to punish ME and other non-African Americans for the sins of the past. I am not a racist, and I am tired of it being implied that I am. While I do acknowledge that there are still racists in this nation today, they are a fringe. They certainly do not constitute a majority. I would like to present the idea that the “race card” exists in the large way that it does today primarily because people like the New Black Panther Party, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and THIS PRESIDENT keep bringing it up. Incidentally, the reason why so many on the Left are convinced that this president is disliked by the Right simply because of the color of his skin is because this administration and so many of its admirers use any and every opportunity to make the case that it is so! It couldn’t possibly be because of policy, now could it; no, that doesn’t fit neatly into Barack Obama’s distorted world of social justice; justice, that is, justice as long as you belong to a minority. Once again, read his book and the words simply jump from the page.

Punish hatred and racism where it is found, but to toss law and order aside and blame an entire swathe of people for the ills of its ancestors is simply wrong, and frankly dangerous. Such hatred must stop, for if it doesn’t. . . I genuinely fear for my country.

2 thoughts on “Two Wrongs Do Not Make A Racial Right

  1. It’s about time I got on the anti-discrimination band-wagon. I think I will start a Scots-Irish, English, Belgian, Welsh, German, Dutch, French and Cherokee Activist Group and go around yelling and protesting– at the descendants of: the English who took over Ireland, and implanted the Scottish; the Normans, Vikings, and Romans who invaded England in ancient times; the French, Germans and Dutch who at times warred and ceded each other’s land in olden days; the English who took over Wales; and Americans who discriminated against and eventually relocated the Cherokee Nation, resulting in the Trail of Tears. Oh, I forgot to mention my Jewish ancestory , and what many countries from England (ancient times) to Russia (the Russian Revolution) to Germany (Nazis) did to them. How about it, do you think I have a case? Or should I just accept what happened as ancient history, and just be the best I can be here and now, and take responsibility for myself – and not blame anyone else. Hmmmm??
    Great article, Mary!!!

  2. Well said!! My thoughts exactly. Discrimination, where it happens, is never a pleasant thing (and it is wrong!) but it is certainly not new, and I’m so tired of people acting is though a) it exists in broad fashion in this nation and b) that certain ethnic groups somehow hold exclusive rights to an unfortunate history of discrimination. I mean, seriously. As you so aptly displayed, virtually everyone’s ethnicity or class has been treated badly at some point in human history. Furthermore, if everyone whose ethnicity or class has ever been discriminated against made a point to ensure that they and their descendents held on with a death grip to the resentment, bitterness, and hatred that resulted, the world would never, ever move on. I mean, obviously, discrimination must be dealt with, but deal with it at the time . . . don’t keep dredging it up again and again and again as if we’ve made absolutely no progress at all. Frankly, it’s people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson who are unwilling to forget that we no longer live in the 60s; that this nation is far past what we went through during Civil Rights. . . but you see, being past that means they are past their glory days; people like that are why the sad incident in FL has become a national scene.

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