I spent my time and energy during my children's formative years, teaching them the value of all human beings in this world. While it is true that some make better choices in their lives than others and warrant some personal judgments based on that component, I always taught them that race has no bearing on those judgments. I cannot tell you how many arguments I got into with family members who would use a disparaging racial remark in their presence. But rest assured, it was plenty.
As I grew up in my formative years (60s and early 70s), I saw some things that were very wrong and felt the need to educate them about right and wrong so they would not be part of that culture. I saw how whites treated blacks, when whites outnumbered them greatly. I saw how very little was done to avert some of the injustices that I was forced to witness. Being a military brat, I learned to get along with everyone, black, white, Asian, Latino, all of them. But still, there were moments when I was not altogether approving of the things I witnessed.
I remember being the only white person in my second grade classroom in Honolulu. In other words, I was the class "haole" (pronounced howlie). I was picked on, laughed at, called names, and at times was beaten on by bullies who used my skin color as fuel for their meanness. So, I do not want to hear anything from ANY minority how it feels to be black, Hispanic, or anything else for that matter. I know.
This is precisely why I was determined to teach my children better, why I got into many a shouting match with relatives over their choice of terminology. And I am proud to say that it worked. Today, as adults, my children have a diverse group of friends, based solely on the content of their friends' character and not by the color of their skins.
So with this in mind, maybe you can imagine my dismay to hear from one former President, various news commentators, elected government officials, and others (who should have a better understanding of what true racism really is), that because I oppose Barack Obama's policies I am a racist. If they knew me, they would know many black and Latino people who always get a smile on their faces, when they see me. They would know just how many old black ladies have to hug me when they see me.
But they have no idea, yet they continue to run their mouths like they do.
Jimmy Carter has demonstrated time after time that he truly has a peanut for a brain, but his latest absurdity takes the cake. I expect idiots like Keith Olbermann to show their collective ignorance, but I would think that a former Chief Executive would have the class and intelligence to not be sucked into the insane notions of a handful of loudmouth race-baiting political hacks, and apologists. I expect racist demagogues like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and 99% of the Democratic Black Caucus to continue to use race as a wedge to justify their own existences. But, it makes no sense for a man who claims Christianity as his true faith to advance lies and distortions in the golden years of his personal and political life.
Over the weekend, we have seen Kanye West insult a young white 17 year old in what should have been her moment of triumph, Serena Williams berate and threaten a tennis judge of Asian descent, and a group of black teenage thugs beat a white student on a school bus in Belleville Illinois, while the bus driver merely yells "sit down". But Jimmy Carter has no words for this? The Democratic Black Caucus remains silent and as you would expect the mainstream media does too.
This is not going to promote healing. This is only going to inflame things further than they already are and will most likely, someday, be looked back on as a catalyst to an even more dangerous world.
Be sure to check out:
AC at Fore Left. He has some things to say on this and even linked me up with this latest VDH essay.