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I Have Seen Racism And This Is Not It!

Maureen Dowd, Kieth Olbermann and many white people on the left are now pulling out the “race card” faster than they pull out their American Express Cards. Priceless, huh?

People tend to disregard anything that comes out of Olbermann’s mouth. He is considered by all but the rabid, left wing “Progressive” Socialists to be nothing more than a fringe fruitcake. A “Shock Jock” out to demonize anything not lefty loony. Olbermann has never garnered any kind of respect or creditability from the general public and has always been a fringe sort of guy.

Olbermann himself says it best:

I couldn’t handle the pressure of working in daily long-form television, and what was worse, I didn’t know I couldn’t handle it.

Moreover, deep down inside I’ve always believed that everybody around me was qualified and competent, and I wasn’t, and that some day I’d be found out.

Well, Keith, your ratings show that you have been found out.

Now, Dowd is not any better. Once upon a time she may have been.

Kevin Kosar of the New York Press said in 1999 of Dowd:

Maureen Dowd was once a good reporter. She did her research and asked tough questions of people in power. Now she looks no further than the headlines for her material. Her “Liberties” column once used the lens of pop culture to tell her readers something about politics. Now it’s just shtick.

Little has changed.

Her weekend claims of racism are just another case in point. The Telegraph’s Damian Thompson gives the view from across the pond:

Nasty piece of work, Maureen Dowd. In the Barack Obama-worshipping New York Times over the weekend, she insinuated that Congressman Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst during the presidential address was inspired by racism:

The normally nonchalant Barack Obama looked nonplussed, as Nancy Pelosi glowered behind.

Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.

But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!

“Boy”, of course, is how some whites used to address black subordinates, even if they weren’t young. Maureen tries to cover her ass by including the caveat “fair or not”. I wonder if the Times lawyers insisted on that, or whether she thought it actually made her suggestion less outrageous.

Dowd is 57 years old. She has been around long enough to know true racism. Perhaps she was somewhat isolated from it in the early 60’s living in Washington, D.C. But racism was a part of life, simply accepted as the way things were in Virginia.

As a young child growing up in Richmond, Va. in the 50’s and 60’s, I was old enough to be able to read the “White’s Only” signs on Restaurants. I watched as blacks were routinely asked to show their money at the door of department stores to make sure they had money. And I watched as they were searched on the way out to make sure they had not stolen anything. White’s were allowed to come and go without challenge. Amazingly, this was not questioned. It was simply the reality of life.

Then things got “better”. Separate but equal became the buzz phrase. White water fountains were marked. White’s only restrooms. I recall my Mother grabbing me before I drank out of the “wrong” water fountain. She said I could catch a disease. In today’s society, that type of thinking would be horrible. But Mom did nothing that any other white mother would not have done. And I had never heard the word racism at that point in my life.

Restaurants (and lunch counters) refused to serve Blacks, not because they simply disliked them, which they did. But because the white customers would stop eating there. Not because blacks were in the restaurant, but because, are you ready for this, it was not possible to clean the dishes and silverware sufficiently to keep a white person from getting sick! How could you tell which dish a black person used?

Yet these restaurants would gladly sell a black person food to go, as long as they came to the back door (and had the money).

Now, in fairness to my parents, they were raised the same way. Racism, as you can see, is the product of ignorance, passed down from generation to generation. And kids simply believe what they were told. And there was no reason to question the way things were, and there was no animosity or hatred involved, or so it seemed. I think many blacks may have believed they were, somehow, a danger to whites. And many went along with it out of the same ignorance.

The events leading up to the landmark legislation called the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were a wake up call to most whites. Things that were just accepted were now brought into question. I recall asking my parents if I could really get sick from eating after a black person. Her ingrained beliefs were now as much in question as my own. It was almost like the day my Mom told me there was no Santa. Something that was so much a part of life was a complete fabrication.

I was 10 years old in 1964. While that was an historic year for Civil Rights, it was also the year I stopped accepting “just because” as an answer when I asked “Why?”. For the next 45 years, and for the remainder of my life, I have asked and shall continue to ask “Why?”. And I have worked hard to overcome years of generational lies about racism that were spoon fed to me in my youth.

And I am proud of the progress I have made on my personal journey. I take a critical view of discrimination in all forms, but racial discrimination and racism are horrible and ugly. And they still exist.

But my children were brought up to celebrate our differences and welcome the ideas and thoughts of all people no matter their color. I count many African-Americans among my friends. I do not tolerate racism around me, and see very little in my circle of friends.

I know racism. While I was neither the victim nor the offender, I watched, as others perpetuated the ignorance, and never thought to wonder why. Racism is battled with truth and light.

For Dowd, Olbermann and others to call a disagreement with President Obama racism cheapens what racism really means. It is an example of the type of ignorance that allowed racism and bigotry to exist to begin with.

To disagree with someone, especially on political grounds, is to expose truth and bring light to a discussion. To call it racism concedes defeat. But far worse than that, it is the intellectual equivalent of crying wolf.

Maureen Dowd and Keith Olbermann cry wolf on a daily basis. They have lost credibility and risk desensitizing people to what racism really means.

I have seen racism. This is not it!

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

8 Responses to “I Have Seen Racism And This Is Not It!”

  1. Jim says:

    Absolutely agree – the race card is going to always be thrown on the table whenever anyone disagrees with this President and calls attention to the many untruths that both he and those around him spew on a daily basis.

  2. Jim says:

    Absolutely agree – the race card is going to always be thrown on the table whenever anyone disagrees with this President and calls attention to the many untruths that both he and those around him spew on a daily basis.

  3. Cargosquid says:

    ABSOLUTELY WELL SAID! From your page to the nation! Outstanding!

  4. Cargosquid says:

    ABSOLUTELY WELL SAID! From your page to the nation! Outstanding!

  5. Cargosquid says:

    Tom,
    It appears that, to the modern Left, racism is when one treats a black man as one would treat a white man; when one refuses to kowtow to political correctness. Racism occurs when conservatives actually are BLIND to color and dispute ideas.

    I was called a racist by blacks on my ship when I spoke openly about some of THEIR concerns but did not defer to the "sensitivity of the subject" or to them nor did I follow the leftist ideals presented as solutions. I made the mistake of believing that THEY were serious.

    I found that the best way to combat it is to NOT apologize and go on the offense. I took my accusers directly to the powers that be and made them repeat their charges, detail them, and PROVE them. Of course, my boss would counsel me later to shut up and leave them alone.

    While we all know what an actual racist is, the Left hijacks it to use it to against political enemies. I believe that blacks and other minorities should fight back, like they did when the Gay rights movement tried to hijack the civil rights movement of the 50's and 60's to make themselves look better. The Left takes the black vote for granted. What has the Left ACTUALLY done for them within the last, oh, 40 years…..

  6. Cargosquid says:

    Tom,
    It appears that, to the modern Left, racism is when one treats a black man as one would treat a white man; when one refuses to kowtow to political correctness. Racism occurs when conservatives actually are BLIND to color and dispute ideas.

    I was called a racist by blacks on my ship when I spoke openly about some of THEIR concerns but did not defer to the "sensitivity of the subject" or to them nor did I follow the leftist ideals presented as solutions. I made the mistake of believing that THEY were serious.

    I found that the best way to combat it is to NOT apologize and go on the offense. I took my accusers directly to the powers that be and made them repeat their charges, detail them, and PROVE them. Of course, my boss would counsel me later to shut up and leave them alone.

    While we all know what an actual racist is, the Left hijacks it to use it to against political enemies. I believe that blacks and other minorities should fight back, like they did when the Gay rights movement tried to hijack the civil rights movement of the 50's and 60's to make themselves look better. The Left takes the black vote for granted. What has the Left ACTUALLY done for them within the last, oh, 40 years…..

  7. Tom White says:

    It is all part of the "attack" mode Liberals use. I swear, it is like dealing with a 2 year old. I was in the Navy back in the 70's. Under Carter. That's when the social experimentation began. Boot camp was now basic training. WAVES became WIN's (Women in the Navy – one too many "ride a wave" surfing jokes), and in Orlando, where I went to Boot camp (and Nuclear Power School), we used an outside laundry to do clothes because that was too much like "women's work".

    Political correctness be damned. I treat people all the same. If Pelosi were president, we would give her the exact same arguments.

    Racism is the same. I promise I will call anyone out if they were against Obama for his race, rather than his policies. That is intellectually and morally wrong. As is using the race card where none exists.

    A guest on FoxNews last night, and I forget who it was, said to get over the White guilt and deal with the issues. I agree with him.

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