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Racism Inc.

September 26th, 2013 - 4:49 am

Here’s a question: “What is it about the term “racism” that silences conversation and sends an anticipatory shudder of delight down the spines of politically correct vigilantes of virtue?” I have something to say about this over at RealClearPolitics today.  Here’s a teaser:

Like the word “heretic” in an earlier age, “racism” is more weapon than word. Its primary effect is not to describe but to intimidate, ostracize, and silence. What semantic significance it may command is overshadowed by its use as an epithet. Once successfully applied to a person or practice, a sort of secular damnation, or at least excommunication, ensues. Seldom is there any appeal, let alone absolution. Those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, said St. Mark, cannot be forgiven. Racism is the eternal, the unforgivable, sin of our age. Those successfully accused of racism are beyond the pale, cast out into the place offletus et stridor dentium, “of wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Exactly why this should be takes us into deep waters.


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Racism was a giant stick of righteousness that was used in the 1960s to correct a tremendous wrong in American society. That is what keeps the "stick" powerful to this day. However, as you note, successful crusades draw in all sorts of people with baser motives, and they have multiplied like fleas.

Organizations and crusades founded to right a wrong have a problem when the original purpose is achieved. What do we do next? Thus the movement continues, driven largely by the needs of the fleas for continued rent-seeking.

This is why the civil rights establishment requires American society to be always stuck in 1963, their year of peak righteousness.
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Here’s a question: “What is it about the term “racism” that silences conversation..."

The consequences to one so accused.

"...and sends an anticipatory shudder of delight down the spines of politically correct vigilantes of virtue?”

The consequences to others so accused.
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