Hello, Iâ€™m a Racist, Pleased to Meet You
By: Selwyn Duke
There is such a thing as a conditioned response. Â Hereâ€™s an example: Leftists call conservatives â€œracists.â€Â Conservatives cower and stutter some defense.Â Leftists call conservatives â€œracistsâ€ some more.Â Conservatives cower some more.Â Question: How do you think you break this pattern?
Weâ€™ve seen this again with the recent vitriol spewed by NAACP head Ben Jealous (a fitting last name).Â Speaking at the NAACP convention in Kansas City, Jealous accused the Tea Party of, take a guess . . . cue the â€œJeopardy!â€ music . . .Â â€œracism.â€Â Just as predictably, many conservatives are running around trying to convince everyone that, by gum, they really are swell guys.Â No, really.Â Iâ€™m not a racist.Â I donâ€™t beat my wife.Â I donâ€™t kick my dog.Â I eat my organic vegetables and drive a Prius.
Look, why donâ€™t we just save everyone the trouble?Â Every time a conservative renders an opinion, we can just play a recording with a little weaselly voice screeching, â€œYouâ€™re a wacist!Â Youâ€™re a wacist!â€ (Barney Frank style) followed by a music video featuring The Cowering Conservative â€” I mean, 1950s-style, duck-and-cover footage with the tune and all.
And such conservatives abound.Â Oh, donâ€™t get me wrong, conservative brethren, I love yaâ€™, man.Â But, frankly, too many of you are saps.Â You really donâ€™t get it.Â People who advocated welfare reform in the 1990s were accused of being â€œracist.â€Â If youâ€™re for border control, youâ€™re â€œracist.â€Â If you criticize Obama, youâ€™re â€œracist.â€Â If you oppose quotas, youâ€™re â€œracist.â€Â If you say that, be it nature or nurture, there are differences among groups, youâ€™re â€œracist.â€Â If you want English to be the national language, youâ€™re â€œracist.â€Â The word has become meaningless, only used to stifle and stigmatize opposition.Â And if calling you a heretic worked in that regard, the left would do that.Â And if calling you a Fig Newton worked, they would do that.
Nevertheless, the ploy prevents sap conservatives from speaking â€” and even conceiving of â€” certain truths.Â They wonâ€™t say that so-called racial profiling is just part of proper profiling, they pay lip service to the relativistic idea that all cultures are morally equal, they refuse to call bigoted blacks such as Obama and Eric Holder out on their bigotry, they tolerate double standards with respect to hate-crime-law application and racial jokes, and they let whites persecuted for making innocent comments twist in the wind.Â They wonâ€™t speak unfashionable truths for fear of becoming unfashionable people.Â Well, all I can say is that if the Truth can be â€œracist,â€ then hello, Iâ€™m a â€œracist.â€ Â Pleased to meet you.
And this gets at a deeper point.Â On the Oâ€™Reilly Factor recently, Bill Oâ€™Reilly was discussing the Jealous situation with Professor Marc Lamont Hill.Â You know, Hill is the fellow with a Cracker-Jack-box Ph.D. who looks like a high-school kid heading to the prom.Â Anyway, the good professor, in so many words, put forth the leftist definition stating that only whites can be â€œracistâ€ because being so requires one to have â€œinstitutional power.â€Â OK, whatever.Â I accept the definition.Â Really, I do.
I just reject the word.
What I mean is, Iâ€™ve long warned against using the Lexicon of the Left. Â â€œRacismâ€ is a term as stupid as â€œageism,â€ only, weâ€™re inured to it.Â We forget that â€œismâ€ refers to a doctrine, system or theory.Â Thus, of course â€œracismâ€ will denote doctrine, and is it any surprise that the doctrine is dumb?Â Leftist doctrine is usually dumb.Â But whatâ€™s even dumber is that we actually embrace the leftâ€™s doctrinal terms.Â This is why I prefer using what simply refers to attitude â€” â€œbigotryâ€ â€” as in Barack Obama is a bigot, Eric Holder is a bigot and Ben Jealous is a bigot. Â As for â€œracism,â€ it was originated by the left.Â So leave it to them.Â They can define it.Â They can whine it.Â And if they ask me, Iâ€™ll tell them where they can stick it.
The point is that you canâ€™t prove youâ€™re not a â€œracistâ€ to the left, because theyâ€™ll just define â€œracistâ€ as being whatever you are.Â In fact, sap conservatives, understand something: Youâ€™re not going to â€œproveâ€ anything to the NAACP.Â Youâ€™re not going to prove anything to the mainstream media.Â Youâ€™re not going to prove anything to any dyed-in-the-fool liberal.Â They are enemies.Â And enemies arenâ€™t interested in proof; theyâ€™re interested in propaganda.
So cultivate the right warrior attitude. Â Look at it like this: If you were engaging in a cold war against the Nazis in 1938, would you bend over backwards to â€œproveâ€ to them that their propaganda about you was invalid?Â Of course not!Â They know itâ€™s invalid â€” thatâ€™s the nature of evilâ€™s propaganda. Â And itâ€™s designed to invalidate you.Â And you donâ€™t respond to enemies with defensiveness and measured responses.
You propagandize against them.
Now, this doesnâ€™t mean you have to lie.Â Note that while â€œpropagandaâ€ generally has a negative connotation today, it doesnâ€™t denote dishonesty.Â It is simply, informs The Free Dictionary, â€œthe organized dissemination of information, allegations, etc., to assist or damage the cause of a government, movement, etc.â€Â And to damage leftistsâ€™ cause, all we need do is tell the truth about them.
So what this does mean is that you have to stop being â€œconservativeâ€ and start being bold.Â The only consistent political definition of a â€œconservativeâ€ â€” the only ones that holds across time and place â€” is â€œone who desires to maintain the status quo.â€Â Well, maintenance men are seldom warriors.Â Conservatives too often take a conservative approach, being cautious while their enemies are callous.Â They too often bring a rhetorical knife to a rhetorical gunfight.Â They too often act like losers â€” and lose.
I am not saying that we should stop making reasoned arguments, but those are for the reasonable (those who can be swayed).Â They are wholly inappropriate for unreasonable charges from dishonorable children.Â They deserve your boot.Â You spit in their eye.Â For enemies bent on your destruction donâ€™t want compromise; they wonâ€™t yield to reason.Â They are to be fought and, God willing, defeated.
This means that when a Congressman Joe Wilson shouts â€œYou lie!â€ at Barack Obama, you respond, â€œRepresentative Wilson was wrong.Â Obama lies a lot.â€Â It means that when the left bristles at a satirical letter to Lincoln, you understand that bold, fresh pieces of insanity will always hate satire.Â And, personally, do I really care that some Tea Party folks juxtaposed Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler on a billboard?Â Not really.Â Iâ€™m just not that concerned about Mr. Hitlerâ€™s reputation.
And what of civility? Â Be wary.Â When the left is civil â€” or calls for civility â€” itâ€™s usually a ruse.Â Itâ€™s simply the tactic that best helps them achieve their aims at the moment.Â Hereâ€™s how it works: Leftists lie through their teeth, and then, when you respond with righteous indignation, they pout like little girls, saying, â€œYouâ€™re mean!Â Youâ€™re intolerant!Â What happened to civility! [Translation: You called our lies lies!Â How dare you!]â€Â Understand that the effect here is to stop sap conservatives from calling lies lies, thus allowing the left to use its greatest weapon with impunity.Â Also understand that the worst form of impoliteness is insincerity in discourse.
And understand something else: Leftists are cowards.Â They are creatures of the pack, finding their strength only in numbers.Â After all, what do you think being politically correct is all about?Â It means doing whatâ€™s fashionable in our time, what makes you popular.Â A man who believes in Truth, such as Thomas More, will die for his principles, alone, twisting in the wind.Â A liberal goes the way the wind blows and will die for nothing.Â Stand up to leftists en masse, and theyâ€™ll fold like a tent.
So free yourself.Â Laugh at the â€œracismâ€ shtick.Â Make it a badge of honor.Â Call leftists what they are: cowards, bigots, liars, demagogues, and, worst of all by far, enemies of Truth.Â Fight fire with fire.Â Remember, millions of good Americans are sick and tired of political correctness and will stand with you.Â So just say to our leftist legal aliens: If you like name-calling and you want to fight, OK. Â Iâ€™m a racist, sexist homophobe, and Iâ€™m in your face.Â Whatâ€™s it to yaâ€™?
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