Dear People Crying Racism:
We're all friends here, right? All right, maybe we're not. But, we can still have an open honest conversation, can't we? Okay, we may not be there yet, but someone has to open up the lines of communication and say what we're all thinking: Crying racism just doesn't work like it used to, does it? There was a time when someone like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton could scream "racism" and people were horrified and swarmed around like ants at a picnic trying to make that awful word go away. Now, you cry racism and it produces eye rolls and smirks. It's almost as if the person calling someone the bigot is actually the bad guy. Who'd have ever thought we'd get to that point in a country like America?
But that's just it, isn't it? Sure, this used to be a racist country. We had slavery, the KKK, segregation, Jim Crow laws...the operative words there being "used to." Slavery ended in 1865, segregation and Jim Crow laws ended in 1964, and although the KKK is still around, it’s a running joke. In other words, if you're 48 years old or younger, you've always lived in a country where whites are the only race the government can legally discriminate against via affirmative action and racial set asides. That's not to say that the racial discrimination against whites is remotely comparable to the discrimination that black Americans endured. It most certainly isn't, but it is racial discrimination against people whose only crime is being born the wrong skin color and that skin color is white, not black.
Of course, that just hammers the truth home. This isn't the same country as it was in 1865 or even 1964. The party of slavery, the KKK, segregation, and Jim Crow laws now has a black man representing it in the White House. The party that fought slavery, the KKK, segregation, and Jim Crow laws appointed a black justice to the Supreme Court. That party also selected the first black man and first black woman as Secretary of State, had a black head of the Republican National Committee -- and had a black man who for a while, was on top in the race to capture the GOP presidential nomination.
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