It seems like today everyone in our society is worried about being "politically correct." What does the term "politically correct" mean? In short, it means phrasing things or doing things that are all-accomidating and non-specific as to make sure that no group of people or subject gets singled out.
To be frank, I'm tired of the obsession with political correctness that has overtaken our politicians and the media. Everyone is so worried about offending other people that they silence themselves and don't say what should be said (in some situations).
With that said I want to take a moment to discuss race in this country. Where are we at with race? How far have "we come" in terms of race relations?
First I want to start with the election of President Obama. I think we have moved on in our society to a point where it is acceptable for many Americans to have a black President. And yes, I use the word "black" and not "African American" because they are Americans. My family is from England, but that doesn't mean I should be referenced as an "English American."
First off, why is President Obama considered "black?" He's half white and half black, yet he is unquestionably and immediately called "black." Why can't he choose what he wants to be referred as? It's almost as if the ethnicity of "black" is being treated as something infectious or corrupting to something or someone that would otherwise be considered "white."
Personally, I would consider the Commander in Chief in fact black, at least genetically and ethnicity-wise, I just believe that these are questions we should be asking about our society.
This brings me to the great "double negative." It's okay for blacks to have a "Black Student Union," "Black History Month," "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People," a "United Negro College Fund," and so on. But what about whites? What do you think would happen in our society if a white student wanted to make a "White Student Union?" What do you think would happen if somebody wanted to initiate "White History Month?" What do you think would happen if whites had an association designed for the advancement of only white people? What would happen if we had a college fund that only awarded whites financial aid for college?
The truth is that it wouldn't happen, at least not in this society. And why? Because any of those initiatives would automatically and quickly be labeled as "racist" organizations. And who would be making those accusations? The National Association for the Advancement of COLORED PEOPLE. How does this make any sense? Why is it that the only group that still calls black people "colored people" is supposedly fighting for racial equality?
I would argue that they are not. I would argue that things such as the NAACP, Black History Month, Black Student Unions, and black-only organizations are actually getting in the way of racial equality. If we are on this grand American quest to make every race equal, then why do we have legalized separations between the races? Why do we have affirmative action, in which students with high grades will get declined to go to college due to their spots being filled by minority students with lower grades? I'm not saying that all minority students have low grades, I'm simply stating what affirmative action does. And it is LEGAL to discriminate. It's almost better to do worse!
I am no fan of affirmative action. Personally, I believe that college applications should be sent in without gender or race, just grades, test scores, and extracurricular activities. The college selection boards shouldn't even be allowed to see the names of those applying, because names can give away both gender and race. After they have made their selections, then both gender and race should be revealed to the college acceptance boards. That way, colleges will get students with good work ethics and proven past success.
But how does it actually work? You submit your gender and ethnicity and colleges are given Federal-mandated quotas as to how many "multi-cultural" students they should enroll. Some colleges want the appearance of a "multi-cultural" school and will purposely accept students of ethnic backgrounds. In some cases, a low-transcript black or mexican female student will have a much better chance than a straight-A male white student.
Do you see what's happening in our society today? We are so worried about minorities getting oppressed that we have actually bounced backwards in the opposite direction. It is my belief that whites are beginning to be oppressed in some areas of this country. Making a statement like that would automatically make me a "racist." By simply saying how I feel about what is going on in our society, something I believe is actually happening, some would label me as a racist.
This anti-white symptom has gone so far that even defending myself against racial attack will make me a "racist." A person of another race can call me all kinds of racist "white names" but the moment I call a black man the "n-word" I will be called a racist. I'm not arguing that I should be allowing to call anyone the "n-word," I'm arguing that nobody should doing anything in the first place.
I believe that this obsession with making sure minorities are not oppressed has gone so far that whites are now being discriminated against. I believe that it's gotten to the point where we can be attacked with racist motives, yet we cannot respond or defend ourselves because we will then be labeled racists.
Back to affirmative action: what message is that sending to our kids? The Federal Government has made affirmative action legal, it's been that way for a while now. To me, affirmative action is sending a message that minorities are not "up to standard." That minorities are not as good as white people, so the Federal Government has to come in and give minorities a "leg-up" or a "crutch" to get on-par with whites. That's the message affirmative action is sending, and I think it's totally racist and discriminatory. That's in line with my belief that the organizations or initiatives that claim they are working towards the majestic dream of "racial equality" are actually working against it. For example, as I already stated, why does the NAACP claim they are for racial equality when they are the only people that still use the term "colored people?"
One of my most favorite actors, Morgan Freeman, has his own opinions about Black History Month. The truth is that Freeman despises Black History Month and has made the argument himself that he believes there should be a "White History Month" if there is a Black History Month. He believes that things such as Black History Month are actually getting in the way of racial equality, and I couldn't agree more.
This invasion is everywhere in our society. There is an all-black American pageant, only open to black women. In the American pageant, the contest is open to all women. God forbid anyone try to make a "white American pageant," everyone would go crazy.
I think this all comes down to the roots of the situation. For centuries in the past, whites have controlled, owned, and used blacks and other minorities. Whites were in control and the blacks were the slaves, even in our own country this was legal at one time. And now that we have progressed since these times, it has become a tidal wave. Everyone is so afraid of the slightest stench of whites over-powering minorities that they go out of their way to over-accommodate blacks and other minorities. And what's the end product of that? Whites are beginning to become oppressed and discriminated against.
A black rapper can use the "n-word" in his songs, yet the moment a white rapper or artist tries to use the "n-word" he would get killed. That hateful word took years of hard work and change through open minds and the efforts of people like Martin King, and it's a shame to see black people using the "n-word" without regard to how much suffering their previous ancestors endured in the hopes of getting rid of that word in our society.
I'm also tired of minorities claiming that it is the whites that create all the violence against blacks and other minorities, why are the "ghettos" the most dangerous places to be then? Most especially dangerous for whites to be in, there are parts of Los Angeles that you better not be in if you're white after the sun goes down or period.
I think the solution to racial equality is time and change. Change these initiatives and organizations, if we have the Federal Government handing out free money and assistance but only to certain races, then that's sending a message to our kids. If we have only black student unions and a black history month, then what is that saying to our kids? If we only have Cesar Chavez Day and Martin King Day, then what is that saying to our kids?
When Governor McDonnell was elected as the new governor of Virginia, one of the first things he did was declare April "Confederate Heritage Month." And of course he got massacred by the media onslaught of blacks and minorities going ape shit over the whole thing. Anyone that thinks the Civil War was only about slavery is too ignorant to even help or save. There was a lot behind that war, and many Virginians gave up their lives for their homeland of Virginia and their sacrifice should not be forgotten, even if they didn't win the war. History is written by the victors and the assassins, and if the Confederacy had won we would have had Confederate Heritage Month a long time ago, but that's a whole other topic.
So what am I saying after all of this? I'm saying that we are too concerned about offending people in this society and that we are so concerned about making sure that minorities aren't oppressed, that we end up oppressing whites in the end. I'm advocating for neither, I want us to all be equal. I don't want there to be associations that use the term "Colored People" or "Negro." I believe they are just getting in the way of achieving racial equality. I don't want associations that are for the advancement of only blacks, and if you happen to be white well then you can just take a hike, because they only advance blacks in society. That's fine, it's an interest group, they have the freedom to make a private group exclusive to certain people, let's just make our own then. Oh wait, we cannot, because if we did exactly what they did then we'd get destroyed by the media and cursed as racists. I could not make the "National Association for the Advancement of Honkeys." That just sounds absurd, doesn't it? That's exactly what the NAACP is, except for blacks. Don't believe it? Then wake up and smell the coffee.
I want racial equality, I want students to be accepted to colleges based off their merits and not their race, I want people to be hired or not hired based off their merits and not their race. I want racial equality, I just believe that there are many special interest groups out there that are getting in the way of accomplishing this. And the ironic thing is that the groups that are in the way of progress and change are the very same groups that claim to be in support of racial equality. They are only making it worse.
If you believe I am a racist after all of this, then the point just flew over your head. That WAS the point. To confront our race issue head-on and not sweep in under the carpet and take it sitting down. I'm tired of not being able to make a white student union or a white history month. I have no desire to do such things, but I am tired of living in a society where that is not possible because of the one-sided backlash that would occur. To be more direct, I am tired of living in a society WITH a Black History Month and WITH the NAACP and WITH affirmative action and WITH all the other obstacles that are in the way of progress and equality.
Hopefully this gave you something to think about. The next time you see anything racially-involved in the news, take a second look at it. Filter what you hear and think on your own. Question everything, even my blogs, don't take anything to heart without looking into it and making sure it is what it is said to be. Look at these organizations that claim to be for something, and you'll be surprised to find that in the end they are actually against what they say they are for, whether they intend it to be so or not.