Racism; No Escape

Self styled media maven Toure’, in Time Magazine, delivers the message that no matter how hard you may try, no matter how sincere you may be, no matter your reflections on racial injustice, no matter your behavior; you’re a racist! There may be some truth to it, but it’s not the only truth in play.

Toure’ contends that people are ashamed of being racist. He postulates that they “try to hide, to do their best never to reveal it”. Toure’ bases his contention on a conversation with one women who confessed to racism saying; “thoughts come into my mind…..it was my upbringing, I fight it but it’s there”. Based on the sample of one, Toure reaches understanding. He understands the woman’s ‘ thoughts’ but not, apparently her fight against those thoughts, Thoughts, unbidden are reason enough to ascribe racism. Based on his survey of one, he professes that racism is, in essence, universal and unalterable.

Toure’ further contends; ”Race as we know it is a social construct and, in the sweep of human history, a relatively recent concept invented in America to justify having both ‘liberty for all’ and Slavery.” Racism as an operable concept existed long before America was a glint in the Founder’s eyes. Were Toure’ to focus on the confliction inherent in the Hobson’s Choice faced by the Founders and the ripples of that decision as well as the historical roots of European racism, he could make a more compelling argument, he does not. He could attempt to make the argument that permanent slavery in the South as the colonies became not one but two countries would have been a better alternative. Or that the Civil War would have been better won by the South.

Toure’ wants it both ways; racism is sub conscious, embedded, there is nothing you can do about it, but……………the Founders should have overcome it and not created the social construct he refers to??? He points to the success of Black Americans as a sign of progress and immediately rejects it quoting Arundati Roy; “like the President pardoning one turkey and then eating another”. No way out folks, you’re just a bunch of racists……………no matter what!

He utilized Michelle Alexander and her book ‘The New Jim Crow’ in support of his argument for perpetual racism. Ms. Alexander, however, has suffered significant criticism for broad assertions and the inability to support her central contentions. She’s entitled to her perspective and opinions but her academic peers contend that her work is weak.

Ah, but then Toure’ lets us off the hook of immutability; “The racist mind does not have to hate every black person it encounters, and indeed not hating all may serve as a valuable safety valve, releasing pressure and proving to the mind itself that it is not a racist. Few people want to think of themselves as evil.”

There are, of course, from Toure’ no prescriptions for correcting the facts of racism in America other than, one must surmise, continuing to beat us to death over not only actual failures and racism but the mere perception of a failure as well as sub-conscious programming. Toure’ knows what’s in your mind, nice trick; what’s next the Vulcan Mind Meld?

It is, for Toure’ not racism for Toure’ to assume that each and every non Black is, has to be, a racist! The proof? Not to worry there are unspecified ‘studies’. While he points to Black stereotypes that we best leave behind, he does not address behaviors in the Black community that give evidence to some of those stereotypes. It’s no different than outrageously costumed parade makers on gay pride day insisting, cut out chaps notwithstanding, we take them seriously. Sorry folks pick one of the above; trying to have it both ways always limits credibility.

Toure’ may have held up the mirror that Shelby Steele did in the interest of context; “Before the 1960’s the Black American Identity was based on our common humanity, on the idea that race was always an artificial and exploitive division between people. After the 60’s in a society guilty for its long abuse of us, we took our historical victimization as the central theme of our group identity. We could not have made a worse mistake.” Steele goes on; It has given us a generation of ambulance chasing leaders, and the illusion that our greatest power lies in the manipulation of white guilt.”

There is racism in America! There is also a multi decade’s long effort on the part of the majority to insure that our ‘sub-conscious’ does not overwhelm or control our conscious, accepting, for the moment, Toure’s central theme. Many subscribe to the idea that our behaviors are the only available place to begin to de-program the programming Toure’ references. Oh, by the way Mr. Toure’ most of us did not program our children the way our parents programmed us. We contribute to the generational effort to eliminate racism to the degree we have it in our power to do so.

Although if things go according to the script Toure’ follows, it’s still not worthy. Some ‘study’ will conclude our sub-conscious racism will have, somehow, also been transmitted to our children. Sub-consciously of course! Toure’ knows your mind!

Perhaps William James’s advice is well remembered; “if you want a quality, act as if you already had it!”

  • D.D.Mao

    First off if Toure’ wanted the foundering father slave holders to count slaves as whole individuals instead of the equation for census purposes it would have expanded the population numbers.This expanded number in population would have meant a larger number of representatives from that state to Congress which is what the slave holders wanted.This ultimately would have meant more and more legislation being passed justifying slavery.Would this have been a better choice?

    BUT THIS EXERCISE BY TOURE’ ISN’T MEANT FOR THE RIGHT!THAT DOG DON’T HUNT ANYMORE WITH US! THERE IS A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION COMING UP AND THIS IS SIMPLY FODDER FOR THE LEFT! It’s the left throwing red meat to it’s black constituients,liberal sympathizers and their fellow socialist travelers.Playing the race card saying anyone who doesn’t vote for President Obama is a latent racist.”Purposefully bleaching the truth for” as Shelby Steele said “nostalgia for when posturing alone ennobled the cause”.Playing emotions and promising grandiose utopian schemes on undefendable rhetoric.The air of change is getting a bit musty so the President can’t run on “Hope and Change” and not being a Washington insider after four years.It’s just another aspect of the class warfare President Obama and the left media has been exhibiting over his entire administration to justify wealth re-distribution and expanding entitlements.

    I personally have trouble believing Toure’ even took a “survey of one”for his article which really doesn’t even justify a reponse.The only ones this piece of his is aimed at is anyone who supports a candidate with a “D” after their name….The “Dumb,Demented and Delusional”

  • DD,

    Fodder from the left is inherently contradictory when you stretch it out beyond how it feels to how it stands up to scrutiny. Those contradictions and failures of consistent logice must be responsed to. The more the merrier. I get his point that there is subliminal programming. I reject the implication that alteration of behaviors based on a conscioius judgement as to the vast negativity surrounding racism is simply …….. well somewhere between little and nothing. This problem was created and perpetuated over generations, it will, unfortunatly take generations to solve it to Toure’s satisfaction. Meanwhile the BEATINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES!!!!!!!!!

  • D.D.Mao

    Landreaux:

    “LOL”….As futile as it is to attempt I see your point.

    Change doesn’t come from politicians but from Americans hard work,innovation and creating things including wealth.The lefts arguments are based on demagoguery,straw men fallacies and ad hominem attacks.If the citizenry no longer understand the meaning of the institutions and traditions that grounded us as a nation then morals,principles and government wither.

    Have you seen the Gallop poll that recently stated that the American public feels that President Obama has a better grasp of how to handle the economy than Mr.Romney 50 to 42%? I haven’t dove into it to deeply but would like your opinion on it.

  • My opinion on the economy is that there is no way the economic is going to improve significantly. Too much debt, too much restriction on credit, a reluctance to engage in capital spending and a devalued dollar cannot, in my world, lead to improving economic activity. The economy will stagger and opinions will change. Inflation will be the first among negatibe equals, inflation hits hardest those who can afford it the least. I would also say it’s simply too early to hang a hat on that number. Most folks are not really paying attention yet when they do in the context of a campaign the numbers WILL change. The polling is also of no import unless you see the internals and what the balance of the polling is or have multiple polls to evaluate.

  • I personally have trouble believing Toure’ even took a “survey of one”for his article which really doesn’t even justify a reponse.The only ones this piece of his is aimed at is anyone who supports a candidate with a “D” after their name….The “Dumb,Demented and Delusional”
    Have you seen the Gallop poll that recently stated that the American public feels that President Obama has a better grasp of how to handle the economy than Mr.Romney 50 to 42%? I haven’t dove into it to deeply but would like your opinion on it.

  • Landreaux

    dodo,

    See above response to DD

  • D.D.Mao

    dodo:

    I am having trouble understanding the point of your post.You give one quote of mine from the 20th of April and the second from the 21st of April(neither of which you put quote marks on).If you are saying they are contradictory I don’t see it.The first is an opinion and the second is asking Landreaux’s take on a recent poll.

    Please clarify!

  • yes it is true. i am agree with your opinion.i have also been victim of racism in london.

  • j petri

    Let’s live and love each other
    We can’t choose our skin; we are what we are in
    What difference does it make; judge me for who I
    am and what I do and I will do the same to you.