July 14, 2019
Philip C. Johnson, Ph.D.
That’s right – more than likely, you are a racist and it’s about time I confirmed that for you. And let me be unambiguous: You are “at least” a racist and possibly homophobic, Islamophobic, transphobic and xenophobic. But the “R” word is the easiest and most efficient label-grenade to throw at someone. It has become the catch-all accusation that includes all your other sins.
If you think your country should have defined and protected borders, you are a racist.
If you think that immigrants should enter your country legally – and gratefully – then you’re a racist.
If you believe that illegal immigrants should not be granted voting rights – you are a racist.
If you believe people should be required to show identification in order to vote in an election – then you are a racist. (All those racist airlines check my ID every time I board a plane!)
If you believe that there are only two genders – then you’re technically transphobic, but probably a racist transphobic.
If you believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman – then you’re homophobic and of course, you’re probably racist as well.
If you believe that there are problems regarding the ideology of Islam as stated in their own Koran and Hadiths, then you’re an Islamophobic-racist. (Side note: The last time I checked, Islam was not a “race,” but never mind, just a small detail…)
If you think for yourself, you are most certainly a racist.
So how do I know you’re a racist? Because the Almighty Media, Progressive Leftist politicians and “oppressed” identity groups have told me that anyone who departs from their official rhetoric and ideology must be a racist. I know this because Ilhan Omar, an anti-Israeli congresswoman uses this word to silence her critics. Because presidential hopeful, Kamala Harris passive-aggressively implied that former vice-president Joe Biden was a racist because he happened to work with (not support) segregationists during his LONG career as a politician. Because the great and wise Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) suggested that Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, was espousing racism against the new “freshmen” congresswomen of color (and then took it back). And of course Nancy Pelosi accused President Trump of wanting to “Make America White Again.” So obviously everyone is a racist.
Recently, another presidential hopeful, Beto (Robert Francis) O’Rourke told immigrants and refugees in Nashville that the US was founded on white supremacy and that every institution and structure in the country currently reflects racism. America sounds just awful, doesn’t it? I’m baffled as to why so many people are trying to come to the US legally and illegally since we’re such an oppressive, racist country.
Of course America is not a racist country. Discriminating against people based on the color of their skin or national origin is horrible. All humans are created in the image of God and have intrinsic and equal value in the eyes of our Creator. While not perfect, America has come a long, long way from the sins of its past. While there will always be some individuals with racist views, institutional and individual racism does not exist in the way the liberal media would like you to think it does. But the Left can’t acknowledge this because the powerful idea that anyone who opposes their agenda is “racist” is too big a weapon in their arsenal.
But accusations of racism hurled at people today have nothing to do with actual racism. It has to do with controlling people and silencing dissenting views. As a power-grabbing tool, labeling people as racists works pretty well. Many people have self-censored and dropped out of important conversations about culture, values, history and national security to avoid risking their character and credibility.
Here’s the deal – the right to disagree, present better ideas, debate issues and sharpen each other’s thinking is crucial for a liberty loving culture. If the unpardonable sin of “racism” can be thrown at you and shut you up, then the discussion ends.
But know this – you cannot, and will not make a lasting impact on society, culture, freedom and the world by burying your head in the sand, by walking on egg-shells and by self-censoring. To make a difference often requires choosing a side. Choosing a side and speaking out regarding important issues of traditional values, terrorism, immigration and freedom of speech will make you a target. If you espouse any conservative views – be prepared to be labeled. And that label will often include the “R” word – a word that has truly lost all of its original meaning.