My co-worker just told me that he's worried about black people rioting if Obama loses the election. This strikes me as an obviously racist thing to say. It's as if he thinks the desire to riot is genetically predetermined.
It then occurred to me that, in the great words of Kanye West, "racism still alive / they just be concealin' it," and that one of the preferred methods of concealment is what we'll call the preemptive strike
. This is the all too familiar anglo-whine that blacks are actually the racist ones because they're always accusing white people of being racist.
Here are some other favorite myths:
-Black people are voting for Barack Obama just because he's black.
-Racism and slavery are evils of the past, and anyone who says otherwise has a hidden agenda.
-People love playing the race card. If you are a minority and play the race card, it has absolutely nothing to do with the possibility that you might be confronting actual racism and everything to do with the fact that you are ignorant, spoiled, and a sore loser. And also you hate white people.
-Affirmative action is keeping the white man down.
It seems to me that the racism of today is, in some ways, more dangerous than that which fueled the explosive tensions in the 90s. It's more dangerous because it hides in the shadows, growing ever stronger, while the public at large pretends that we've all moved past that sort of nonsense. But in times of stress and desperation, the truth comes out. The assassination plots
have already started, and White Resentment is finding its euphemistic voice through the vilification of community organizations, welfare, immigration, and the War on Terror.
All of this is the logical outcome of the policies of the past three decades, which have amounted to little more than a band-aid over the gaping wounds of our past, and an antidote for white guilt. What bothers me the most is that we, as a nation, can't even have an honest conversation about race without being accused of playing that race card, of embracing some sort of perverted and vaguely defined reverse racism.
I guess I just can't help but feel like there are still people in this country who think that Obama's ethnic makeup is somehow working for him, rather than against him. These same people talk about "the black vote" as if African-Americanism is actually a political party.
But don't listen to me. Obviously I'm anti-white.