Liberals and the Death of American Racism

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More than a month after the fact, social justice warriors online and in the media are still aflutter from comments made by Los Angeles radio host Larry Elder. The liberal blogosphere – overwhelmingly comprised of guilty whites – has gone nuclear in response to Elder’s comments on CNN at the end of August. Debating University of Pennsylvania professor Marc Lamont Hill, Elder said that racism “is not a major problem in this country.”

“I think the media perceives racism to be a far bigger problem in America,” Elder said on the cable news channel. “That’s why we spend so much time on people like Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy and before that.”

He went on to throw down the kind of straight truth that too many Americans are unwilling to acknowledge. “I think we’ve been training black people to think racism is a bigger deal, and I think the reason that the left wants that is because of votes and power. As long as black people believe that race and racism are the major problem in America, you’ve got that 95 percent, monolithic black vote, without which the Democratic Party cannot survive.”

Elder speaks to the heart of one of the biggest problems in modern-day America, which is that liberal politicians have successfully bamboozled the black community into believing Republicans are the enemy. And they’ve done it by perpetuating this myth that institutional racism is still a prevalent problem in the United States. Without the help of those caring Democrats, what chance does the average black man have of fighting the system?

Racism used to be a lot easier to spot. When the racists wore white hoods or yielded a whip, it didn’t take a leap of imagination to see the problem. Granted, that didn’t prevent our ancestors from indulging in slavery for a very long time, but I think we hashed that out well before anyone alive today was born. Jim Crow laws and other forms of institutional racism were abolished by the end of the 1960s. In 2008, in case anyone missed it, a black man was elected President of the United States.

No, racism is not dead. Nor will it ever be. You’ll always have your Donald Sterlings. But one out-of-touch basketball team owner making some off-color, private remarks to his girlfriend is a lot different than hanging black people from the nearest elm tree, is it not?

Hiring practices, university quotas, and a variety of other legislative programs have eliminated structural racism from this country. It’s not even possible any longer to discriminate. Yes, the road to success is longer, harder, and fraught with more peril if you’re born into poverty, but that’s just as true for whites in the trailer park as it is for blacks in the ghetto. We have to erase this notion that the white man is still holding the black man down.

So dead is mainstream bigotry these days that the left has had to resort to new tactics such as calling out “dog-whistle racism.” Dog-whistle racism is where a politician says something innocuous but the left insists that somewhere buried deep inside is a racist message to those in the know. Folks, if we’re to the point where we have to head to the library to figure out if something is racist or not, I think it’s fair to say that the worst of the problem is behind us.