March 5, 2009

The race gap

Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder accused Americans of being "a nation of cowards" for avoiding candid race discussions. In sync with this administration's philosophy that words speak louder than actions, Holder is apparently unfazed by the phenomenon of a majority white "racist" nation freely electing a black man to the most powerful office on the planet. But I agree with Holder to a point, so let me start this discussion.

There is a double standard in this country. This double standard allows racism against whites to be expressed without criticism, or even question. In fact, questioning anti-white racism often leads to charges of racism for the questioner. Hence, the mainstream media, much less supposed civil rights groups, raised barely a peep when Kamau Kambon, a former professor of African-American studies at North Carolina State University, publicly called for the extermination of white people. Or when Laura Washington, columnist for The Chicago Sun Times, implores President Obama to pursue a "black agenda." Or when Obama refused to disavow his racist pastor until that pastor insulted him personally.

Reverse these incidents and imagine the reactions. What if George Will urged Joe Biden to pursue a "white agenda?" What if John McCain's pastor was discovered to be a white supremacist? What if a college professor of Caucasian Studies had called for black people to be exterminated?

Of course, no university offers Caucasian Studies, just as no school honors a White History Month. No newsstand markets a magazine titled "White Enterprise," no cable company offers a "White Entertainment Television" channel, and certainly no Congress entertains a "White Caucus." Such things would be "racist."

Some argue that past white transgressions against blacks, notably the European slave trade, justify present-day racism against whites. Putting aside the extremely racist notion of holding an entire race of people in judgment for the crimes committed by a handful of their ancestors centuries ago, it might be wise for the accusers to research their own histories before pointing the finger at the mean ol' Europeans.

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