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Friday, March 8, 2013

Those who scream "racism" the loudest

One very consistent pattern I've noticed over the years is that the people who accuse others of racism the most frequently are inevitably themselves the biggest racists.

But before we analyze this, we should define "racism." Many seem to consider being empirically observant about racial differences "racist." But to equate familiarity with statistics to racism seems asinine. (In actuality, it's a roundabout acknowledgment that the facts themselves are "racist," which undermines many of the Left's arguments.)

Many would consider the previous post, in which I made fun of black names, to be "racist." But I enjoy mocking pretentiousness and stupidity wherever I find it -- whether it be with inmate penpal requests, flamboyant fashion designers, or perpetrators of dumb crimes. And I would have made fun of these names had they belonged to any other ethnic group.

To not make fun of those names because they are characteristic of one race and not another would in fact have been to change treatment purely for racial reasons. (Therefore, by making fun of blacks in the previous post, I proved I am not "racist." Got that?)

Today, of course, it's considered "racist" if you don't avert your eyes to such things if they are characteristic of certain groups. This is effectively the opposite of the old definition, which was to discriminate on the basis of race, and to show favoritism to one's own group at the expense of others.

I'm going to stick with the old definition.

The biggest racists are therefore the people who have the strongest sense of being on a certain team, of favoring their own team members over outsiders, and of promoting their own team's interests. In other words, it's a matter of "team spirit" -- a quality often lauded in other contexts. Such people always look for the good in their own team and the bad in others. They always give their teammates the benefit of the doubt, but don't extend that courtesy to members of other teams. Real racism is a matter of discrimination, not observation.

Probably the foremost practitioners of this kind of behavior are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Both show up to root for the home team whenever race comes to the fore as an issue, no matter who is at fault. When whites attack blacks, both Sharpton and Jackson solemnly intone that it's open season on young black men, or some such tripe. If blacks misbehave, they show up to sympathize with the accused.

Think of the OJ Simpson trial, the Jena 6, the Duke lacrosse case, the Trayvon Martin case, the Crown Heights riot, or any number of other nationally publicized incidents dating back to the Tawana Brawley "rape."

Jesse and Al are advocates for their own race, period. Their uniformly one-sided viewpoint never varies. Yet they are the loudest voices accusing others of "racism."

It's the same with those who cry anti-Semitism the most loudly: they are invariably advocates for their own ethnic group. They favor their own, root for their own, and their lives revolve around promoting the interests of their own.

Think of Abraham Foxman, the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League. He is quick to accuse others of anti-Semitism, yet his entire life has been spent promoting the interests of only one team, his own.

Psychology has a term for this mindset: projection. This refers to the fact that people always suspect others of what they themselves are guilty of. Sociopaths always suspect others of being dishonest and selfish. It's usually the biggest man-haters who accuse men of being women-haters. It's always people full of bitterness and enmity who accuse others of being "haters." It's always stupid people accusing others of being stupid. It's usually gays who most often suspect others of homosexuality.

And it's always those who show the most favoritism towards their own ethnic group who most stridently accuse others of the same.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We had a workman, who was a Jehovah's Witness. He wrongly assumed that I was unreasonably rude and prejudiced towards him and he openly accused me of hating him because of his faith. That is not true. I am not a racist.