THE UBIQUITOUS “RACIST” TERM IS WORN OUT

“He’s a racist! She’s a racist!” Everyone’s a racist”

     When hating cannot be justified, haters resort to “racism” to denote what they cannot describe otherwise. Today, it is the most abused word in the English language.

     Recently, CNN host, Don Lemon peered into the camera and declared, “Donald Trump is a racist.” That has been echoed often in the media, particularly on cable news networks, CNN and MSNBC. In May of 2017, only four months into Trump’s presidency, The Washington Examiner released a study citing political attitudes toward the president, in which 92 percent of air time was devoted toward berating Donald Trump. And that includes repetitive allegations he is a racist.

     In July of this year, the rhetoric has not waned. Rather, it has intensified in the wake of political power-plays by four rookie congresswomen who have made no secret that they hold prejudicial attitudes toward others unlike them, particular the president, and let fly with citing “racism” as the predominant term to label those who are opposed to their politics. Meanwhile, they never fail to refer to their identities as “women of color,” as though it had anything to do with anything.

     Why do politicians, pundits, and media personnel continually cite “racism” when describing anyone who thinks differently than they?  Answer: Because it draws attention, truth-be-damned.

     Adolf Hitler made references to the power of lying in his book Mein Kamph. His number two Nazi, Joseph Goebbels, has been attributed to the same tenet, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

     President Trump certainly has his share of faults, but “racism” is not one of them. Cite any neutral-minded person who has had business or political dealings with the president, and they will usually say that he has no racist attitudes toward anyone. Trump’s accomplishments in assisting the plight of black minority needs in less than three years have been remarkable. Here are a few examples that the biased media avoids telling us:

  • Lowest unemployment rate for blacks ever.
  • 9 million people lifted from food stamps
  • Declaring M.L. King’s birthplace a national historic park.
  • Overhauling criminal justice to provide opportunities for non-violent inmates ending long sentences. This affects thousands of black offenders.
  • Praised and supported by numerous blacks in business, politics, and news media including: Robert Johnson, founder and CEO of BET, Herman Cain, former presidential candidate, Col. Allen West, former Congressman; Thomas Sowell, renowned columnist; Larry Elder, talk-show host; Condoleeza Rice, former Sec. of State; Starr Parker, columnist; Professor Walter Williams, columnist; Republican Senator Tim Scott; Candice Owens, rising pundit and TV personality; author Dr. Alveda King, (MLK’s niece); Charles Payne, business journalist; and many more.
  • Rasmussen polls in July of 2019 show Trump’s favorability numbers rising to 50 percent. A Pew Research poll in found that Trump has more than doubled his appeal to black voters, from 6 percent to 14 percent.

     All this in the wake of the ubiquitous “racist” tag among the opposing party and news pundits which, in truth, makes the users appear more prejudiced and dishonest.

     I remember racism well, starting as a rookie cop in segregated Miami in 1960. THAT was racism, when blacks could not reside where they wished, nor gain employment, nor sit in the front of a bus or use a water fountain while banned from certain hotels and restaurants only because they were a darker color. Today, blacks have come a long way becoming equally prominent as whites and other minorities in arenas of wealth, power and influence, including sports, entertainment, politics, businesses and etc.

     The majority party in Congress has squandered nearly three years focused mostly on impeaching a duly elected president, rather than attending to their elected mission: Passing laws, expanding jobs, working on national security, infrastructure, enforcement and international relations. That’s what they are paid to do. We, the taxpayers are being wronged by politicians who cannot, or will not, do their jobs. 

     Other than an occasional bigot here and there, institutional “racism” is essentially dead in America. It is only the liars and power mongers who work at keeping it alive because it feeds into political agendas. It’s time to put the term to rest.

     To a fault, President Donald Trump tends to let fly from his mouth whatever comes into his head. That’s about as transparent as one can get. But there is nothing he has said or done that can honestly be attributed to anything close to racism.

     Enough already. 

 

 

 

 

   

21 Responses to THE UBIQUITOUS “RACIST” TERM IS WORN OUT

  1. Old Jack Milavic July 20, 2019 at 4:11 pm #

    Marshall,
    Excellent article and will discuss when we have coffee, hopefully this week.

  2. Richard Plager July 20, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

    Well said Captain.

  3. Cliff July 20, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

    Just remember that racism is more than just outward appearances (freedom of movement and association and the like) but includes the more subtle acts and attitudes still extant. Trump is clueless about them, as are a majority of Americans

    Kaepernick has a legitimate gripe about the National Anthem; Francis Scott Key showed his racism in the third stanza of the song. Kaepernick just conducted his free speech on racist attitudes alive among some police throughout the nation in the wrong place. Free speech does come with a guarantee of an audience. He should have been disciplined for doing it at his place of work instead of outside the place of work.

    Recent trolls of Facebook pages have caught a few off-duty cops – and young ones at that – using vile racial terminology. When they put on their uniform every day, they take that attitude out to the street.

    2017 example: 18-yr old black girl boxes some items to mail to Harvard where she has been accepted. Standing in line at the post office, a white woman in front of her engages her in conversation: What are you mailing? Oh, a package with things for college? What college? Harvard. Oh, the one in Massachusetts? As if black kids aren’t bright enough to get into Harvard.

    So let’s be careful – there has been notable progress, and on the surface things are improving, but as noted, subtlety is still alive and well.

    • Pat July 31, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

      Nothing is perfect and never will be, but this is still the best and fairest country in the world and continually strives to improve. I honor that and anyone who does not can chose to leave to a country they think better: Perhaps Cuba or Venezuela, Russia or China! I will stand and respect my flag every time, for it is the symbol of how great our country is, and honor all those who died under it!! The hell with Kaepernick and his supporters.

  4. Jack deRemer July 20, 2019 at 6:40 pm #

    This entire “racist” thing is bull crap. Anyone (at least any minority) can throw it out, secure in the knowledge that anyone who challenges them, or even asked for specific and factual justification for the charge will also appear to be ‘racist’. And if it comes at you, you cannot defend yourself without looking like a ‘racist’. It is used with the same weaponized force as questions like “Have you stopped beating your wife”.

    It is childish and meaningless name calling, nothing more. If you wanted to respond on the same level, saying “Oh yeah, well you’re a DOUBLE racist” would be pretty appropriate.

    It sits with all of the other current name-callings, all without clear definition or merit, such as ‘Nazi”, Fascist”, and White Supremacist”.

    If the news media would report on news, issues and events instead of personalities (on both sides) this would all stop. The problem is that reporting, obsessing and jabbering on personalities attracts and keeps viewers.

    The MSM has turned our political and governmental process into a snarky and bitchy reality show, not much different from all of the “Real Housewives” , The Kardashians, “Cheaters”, and all of the other crap that nobody with an IQ over 35 would watch.

  5. Chris July 20, 2019 at 7:16 pm #

    Agreed 100%. I am so sick of these morons misusing a word.

  6. Tina July 20, 2019 at 8:53 pm #

    Loved your article…the big problem as I see it is the more you try and MAKE me like something or someone the more I don’t. The “squad” as they are called are the biggest trouble makers in congress yet the press panders to them. Makes me want to turn and run the other way. This country is soooooo great and yet is in so much trouble. Don’t know when the hating will end…..so glad I am old

  7. Roger July 20, 2019 at 8:54 pm #

    YOUR RIGHT AGAIN FRANK

  8. Charlie July 20, 2019 at 8:56 pm #

    Your final two words says it all Marshall.

  9. MIKE July 20, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

    Today I sat in a eatery, sat next to black family – we talked – I am helped all the time by black people in the medical field , I grew up in Miami in the late to mid 50 ties — I remember riding the bus home from Curley High – to North Miami, and sitting while old black maids would stand — looking tired – I got up to give one a seat and she said son do not do this as I would get in trouble, I just told her to sit down as she looked real tired – she did — I survived — what a change – I will be 80 next year – lots has changed – the trouble is race baiters stir things up and it is not needed — we all bleed red — tell the non Trump people they are full of crap!! Hope I live long enough to vote for him again next year—-GOD BLESS AMERICA

  10. Eileen July 20, 2019 at 10:10 pm #

    I totally agree, Marshall, and this issue is just one of many that are contributing to the decline of our country. Unfortunately, Trump’s presidency, whether four years or eight, is just bandaid treatment for the eventual implosion of this country.

  11. Joseph Hodges July 20, 2019 at 10:22 pm #

    The term “racist” is nothing more than a club to beat back anyone that people of color use to discredit those who do not agree with their opinions. Being “labeled” as a racist does NOTHING to defend their point, but only to attack the other person. In governmental office if you are labeled as a racist, your done. To argue the “racist” label only bolsters the accusation. It’s time to get rid of the “hammer” of being labeled a racist and evaluate each allegation on it’s own merit. Cliff, if you look at everything through a racist lense, it will be racist. It’s time to drop the “hammer” and honestly look at situations as they are, not through the myopic focus that everyone is out to repress others based on their ethnicity. If your looking at the world expecting racism that is all you will see, The innocent comment of “Oh the one in Massachusetts” about Harvard may be purely an innocent inquiry as opposed to an put down. The person could have been proud that they knew where Harvard was and displaying their knowledge….but YOU choose to see it as a racist comment. Get over it!

  12. Charles Walker July 21, 2019 at 8:12 am #

    Marshall, I only agree with you about 50% of the time but I always enjoy your sometimes “pungent” comments. As far as The Man in the White House is concerned, I don’t know if he is a racist or not. I do know that with his “dog whistle” public comments he is shamelessly ginning up the racism in his minions. His career history proves that he is willing to do or say anything that will help him attain his goals. In his career he has been proven over and over to be a liar, a cheat and someone who will never, ever admit a mistake or a defeat. He was well taught by Roy Cohn. He has diminished our country.

  13. Pat Sutliffe July 21, 2019 at 8:31 am #

    Marshall,
    You have stated it so well. That’s exactly what is going on. Donald Trump is not a racist, nor are most conservatives. The left just can’t find anything else to blame on things happening, so they resort to saying everything is “racist”.

  14. Rico July 21, 2019 at 10:37 am #

    A cowardly cop out word, frequently used when one has no legitimate rebuttal!

  15. Rico July 21, 2019 at 10:40 am #

    A cowardly cop out word, frequently used by liberals, when they have no legitimate rebuttal!

  16. Bob James July 21, 2019 at 11:18 am #

    You are correct Marshall, it is a tiresome, worn out term, but not to everyone.

    Not to the American main stream media, big name entertainers, politicians and much of the European media, who 24/7, have been vilifying and repeating endless lies about President Trump since the day he took office. They have been trying relentlessly to get him to resign or otherwise be removed from office.

    The recent collusion hoax was a dismal failure and showed what glaring liars all of them are. It was especially disturbing to learn that high ranking members of our own government were willing participants in this treacherous hoax. What do they have left in their arsenal of lies and vilifications? The Race Card. It never fails.

    Racism has become the greatest moral offence a white person can commit. The blinding heat of a white person being called a racist is enough to melt the strongest of men. No one could be more transparently non-racist than President Trump. He is not a racist and never has been. Completely ignoring this fact, his hate-filled opponents must now make him a RACIST, despite the suspension of disbelief required to think him so. Let them call him a racist. He will not melt for he is stronger than the lot of them..

    There is no more graceless way of admitting you have lost the argument than to call your opponent nasty names.

  17. Tom Ault July 21, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

    As always you are so right. I, along with many, am sick and tired of this “racist” word and find it offensive to me when folks of “other than white” continuously condemn us ( who are basically white) just because they either have nothing else to do, or are to illiterate to realize they don’t understand what it is all about.

    I agree with you that in the past (for me in the 60’s) there were those southern states ( of which I will not name) that held the black folks of that time to be inferior and treated them that way. I came from a northern state back then where I numbered many black folks as my friends, and still do.

    As to the unknowledgeable politicians that spend all of their time with hate instead of brains…why not vote them out of office, never contribute to them, and suggest that their party grow up, refuse to put up with them, and become United States Americans rather than the hypocrites they have become.

    Our country has always been based on freedom, although so-be-it, the path has not always been straight, it continues to become straighter…but everyitime the bad things of the past are capitalized and the good things of the past hidden, we take a step backward.

  18. Just Me July 22, 2019 at 7:25 am #

    Good job Marshall!

    The “Racist” word is used as a weapon to silence those whom one despises.

    Those screaming “Racist” at real and imagined offenses are taking a tactic from Saul Alinsky (Rules For Radicals) who said one should accuse their opponent of what one is
    actually doing themselves, to get the upper hand.

    Many of those who accuse whites of racism are actually racist themselves and use the word to diminish and harm their perceived enemies.

  19. Larry B. July 22, 2019 at 11:30 am #

    Spot on Marshall !! It is just too bad your articles are not
    syndicated throughout the country.. Or are they ?
    All the best my friend..

  20. Helen R. Frigo July 23, 2019 at 10:10 am #

    Yes, Marshall, you are right. But the Buckley-Gore “crossfire” about the Dem and Repub conventions, received higher ratings than coverage of the Conventions themselves. Buchanan and West decided one night NOT to discuss Monica Lewinsky, and they could see people changing channels. Conflict sells. As one commentator said, “If the news media would report on news, issues and events instead of personalities (on both sides) this would all stop. The problem is that reporting, obsessing and jabbering on personalities attracts and keeps viewers.” But the hatred for football players kneeling, which was a sign
    of respect in our Catholic church, is scary. Why is the National anthem used at ball games? Why is the flag used to sell shoes, or used cars, and even bathing suits? Where is the respect for the symbols of our nation? The flag that is put on a soldiers coffin is cut up to cover someone’s you know what?