I was reading Jeff Dunetz’s article, along with the comments, when I remembered a perfect example where I live.
My wife is music director and plays organ at our African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church. (She’s the church’s token ghost…does that make us racist?)
A couple months ago, the middle school principal called in some seventh graders who were scoring 30% average on their tests. (Yes, that’s 30 correct answers out of 100.) The kids were all non-honkies (does that make me racist?)
The AME pastor decided to get a group of tutors together, which worked with the principal’s support to help the kids make eighth grade.
Next thing I know, the pastor brought in the NAACP from Austin to protest at a school board meeting, claiming the middle school principal was racist and should be fired, because she allegedly humiliated these kids, who were all non-crackers (does that make me racist?)
Because she singled them out for help, NAACP claims she’s racist. But had she done nothing and left these kids to drop out and rot their lives away, she would have been accused of racist oppression via neglect.
Recently, our ministerial alliance voted a female black minister in as chairperson. All the white ministers (does that make me racist?) supported her candidacy. There were three nay votes, all from male ministers of black Baptist churches. Supposedly, their Bible says only men can hold leadership positions in the church.
Affirmative action works! Bigotry is now an equal opportunity employer.