The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 March 2008

Quote of the week

The Anchoress weighs in on That Issue:

It has been exceedingly difficult to discuss race in this nation for about 30 years, because anytime anyone — white or black — has tried to make a serious point, the word "racist!" is immediately flung out; lasting and damaging labels are instantly attached to people, and so everyone just shuts down. People guard their words and swallow provocative debating points — even if their aim is to generate a real, open and honest forum of ideas — because no one wants to be called a racist. This happened to Bill Clinton and to Bill Cosby; it happened to Rush Limbaugh and Geraldine Ferraro, and driving today I heard the word spat out at Sean Hannity. It happened to me, actually, last week, when I was called a "racist" on another blog for writing this; I was also deemed "hypersensitive" about being called a racist.

To which I replied, "I don't think you’d like it."

But see, I didn't think anything I wrote was "racist." I simply made the mistake of trying to discuss race at all.

"Black" America is forced to live a psychic duality, but in a way, "white" America is, too. We are supposed to — apparently — somehow split our brains, into never even noticing that there are racial differences between us, unless we're working in praise of those differences. So, there are no differences between us ... but we celebrate the differences ... but there are none, and if you think there are, you're a racist. Now celebrate!

Does that make sense? No wonder the national psyche is so battered. No wonder Obama is having difficulty straddling this chasm, despite his long legs. No wonder issues of race are distracting us from a much larger issue, which is whether he is competent to be our president and CIC.

Short answer: We could do worse.

Posted at 8:46 AM to QOTW

I am afraid to tell you: worse will only be Putin.

Posted by: Tatyana at 11:26 AM on 22 March 2008

Under the present regime, "good" diversity is only skin deep. Thus "diverse" persons who apply diversity to such things as thought, are to be shunned and/or targeted with a barrage of Oreo cookies and "Uncle Tom" references.

Considering that liberals regard hypocrisy as the only crime worthy of condemnation, they're sure going all out to turn us all into hypocrites.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:29 PM on 22 March 2008

The way I see it everyone is Human. There is no distinction between black and white. I even go so far as to practice that there is no difference between man and woman. All of us are it or not. You may cast stones at me now.

Posted by: Aero at 9:26 AM on 23 March 2008

Aero, why not go further - we are all god's creatures - man, bird and lizard. No difference between us. Oh, and don't forget wheat, bougenvillia and Douglas Fur, too - we are all one and the same!

Posted by: Tatyana at 5:48 PM on 23 March 2008

Except that hardly anyone has Cream of Lizard for breakfast.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:01 PM on 23 March 2008

Mmmmm....Cream of Lizard...

Posted by: Tatyana at 10:06 PM on 23 March 2008