With the presidential election season fast approaching, it's time for progressives to trot out the racism strategy. Not that they've given it much of a rest, lately. It's alive and well, on display 24/7, at the Huffington Post.
To that end, Robert Kuttner has published an article, Racism Hidden in Plain View, that purports to identify the structural racism that plagues us. Turns out, it's a reiteration of arguments put forth by BlackLivesMatter, concluding with this:
We are fighting battles that we thought we won in the 1960s. Structural racism still runs far deeper than the victories of a single generation.
He might have summed it all up in one sentence: "Republicans are racist." It is, after all, the prevailing view among HuffPo audience members, and if HuffPo is about anything at all, it's about getting Democrats elected.
HuffPo commenter, Dranoel Kciddir represents himself with a picture of Malcolm X on his Facebook page. It's not a bad choice. Malcolm X was a great champion for African-Americans, urging African-Americans to do for themselves, even to the extent of taking up arms, if necessary. Like a militia. It's not an alien concept to a libertarian. But in a small way it captures the contradictions that seem to exist within the African-American political view. While Malcolm X might have envisioned the possibility of armed insurrection, Dranoel Kciddir seems to come down on the political side that favors gun control.
It's not just gun control. Progressives come down in favor of gun confiscation, and even Mr. Kciddir hints that guns are the problem. Could he be unaware that the first gun control legislation enacted in the U.S. was part of "The Black Codes," laws aimed at keeping African-Americans in a virtual state of slavery after the American Civil War had freed them?
Be that as it may, here is his comment on the article by Robert Kuttner, followed by the reply that I couldn't resist. Spoiler alert: It's not about gun control.
Comment by Dranoel Kciddir:
"its appearent that the racist in this country are not interested in true peace, they practice this horrid racism and hid behind their guns and excuses. Jails are not built for them, the criminal justice system protects them, its institutionalized and nationalistic, naked as the emperor of Rome yet they deny it even exist, further more they accuse the victims of reverse racism. Yet they travel the world trying to act as a self made policeman.
I envision a world of peace and justice for everyone, everyone should have a right to their own lives, but those in power, to continue their political ambitions they feed the workers ism's and scism's while they rob the country while we sleep. They know that is not about black and white, its about green (money), most racist don't have much of it. We either stand together or die apart. We have a choice. I have long ago lost all hope, God help the young and innocent children who are the future citizens of this country."
Reply by Tom Bowler:
"They know that is not about black and white, its about green (money)..."
Bingo! But I doubt that Mr. Kuttner's "battles we thought we won in the 1960s" include the rise of the welfare industry, an industry that quickly evolved into a trap for inner city African-Americans. But at least it was a trap that had an escape hatch -- education.
Then the quality of inner city schools (inexplicably?) took a nose dive. Not really. The decline of inner city educational opportunities can be traced back to the rise of teachers unions that have made teacher and administrator well-being the focus of schools rather than the education of inner city children.
But unions are huge contributors to Democrats and so Democrats, including our president, contribute to unions by fighting tooth and nail against charter schools -- charter schools that might offer educational alternatives to inner city kids, but charter schools that are non-union, charter schools that compete with unionized public schools. Since charter schools offer no dough for Democrats, charter schools must be stopped!
It's quite the nice little trap. And of course anybody who looks to break the grip of the welfare/education industries, to remove them from blocking the path to African-American prosperity, that person will be labeled racist.
You are wise to look beyond racism and to follow the money.
I don't suppose Mr. Kciddir will follow the money down those particular paths. But I wish he would. As long as I've been paying attention, government has been a great money making operation for many of the people who chose it as the path to their great fortunes. But never have I seen government so blatantly used to serve government above all else, as is happening today.
I've put this post with my comment exchange up here on Libertarian Leanings because a couple of my earlier HuffPo comment replies have gone into the bit bucket, down the memory hole, never to be seen again. But there seems to be an aberration here. Though it deviates from acceptable HuffPo thought, my comment is still up. After more than an hour. Still, the HuffPo censors have not struck. I must be losing my touch.