Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What me worry about you?

I heard some left-wing radio personality telling listeners that Republicans were diverting people’s attention from their failings by engaging in a “war” against gays and women. The problem with this particular theory is that there are an awful lot of (white) women in the Republican Party, and if you believe news media reports, the party is also a haven for non-straight people who pretend to be straight. So people like this left-winger are practicing diversion tactics themselves. The Republican Party, on the other hand, is rightly perceived as the “White People’s Party” by most minorities, with the exception of a few self-obsessives who don’t want to be lumped in with “them.” Lefties who have their own personalized agenda tend to view themselves as “non-racist.” However, the fact that most of them exist in bubble that excludes minorities tends to be an unwelcome intrusion into their worldview, so they deny that racism is a problem at all.

Others are not so sanguine; after all, African American males have the highest unemployment rate (a rate that doesn’t take into account those who are incarcerated, in the “informal” economy, or have simply disappeared), while white women—who it is now boasted represent the largest employed demographic—have the lowest unemployment rate. An editorialist for the Seattle Times, an African American female, responded to an email with an interesting story. She was attending some women-only event when she was asked what, in her opinion, was the greater evil she experienced—sexism or racism. She and the only other African American woman in the room looked at each other and “unanimously” told a shocked and disappointed audience that racism held the number position by a significant margin. Maybe the white women in attendance didn’t consider themselves personally racist, but they were certainly more comfortable in a society which allowed only a token sampling of other colors.

The current hysteria about Latinos should have opened people’s minds about the fact that racism always lurks just beneath the surface. And racism apparently doesn’t exclude women or gays as practitioners: Laine Lawless—a former “high priestess” of some lesbian pagan group called the “Sisterhood of the Moon”—is, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a full-time anti-Latino immigrant fanatic, and collaborated with Arizona neo-Nazis, suggesting ways to harass anyone who might be “suspected” of being illegal in the following fashion:

• Steal the money from any illegal walking into a bank or check cashing place.
• Make every illegal alien feel the heat of being a person without status. … I hear the rednecks in the South are beating up illegals as the textile mills have closed. Use your imagination.
• Discourage Spanish-speaking children from going to school. Be creative.
• Create an anonymous propaganda campaign warning that any further illegal immigrants will be shot, maimed or seriously messed-up upon crossing the border. This should be fairly easy to do, considering the hysteria of the Spanish language press, and how they view the Minutemen as racists & vigilantes.

You mean they’re not?

It is a fact of life that people belonging to the “superior race,” yet feel marginalized or under-appreciated, have always taken out their frustrations on minorities. The fact that white women are the largest demographic in employment and in college admissions while minority employment and enrollment remains either flat or decreasing despite increasing as a percentage of the population suggests that someone is making decisions that favor women over minorities per their percentage of the population. Is it women wielding the power in human resource and college admissions offices who are making discriminatory decisions? Perhaps some of these women consider themselves “liberal,” like the above mentioned liberal, except that they are only helping themselves.

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