Unfortunately, Stuart Scott, an ESPN commentator, died at only age 49. It’s very sad. That’s not what this post is about, however.
It’s about his mindset on racism. Check out this tweet.
Popular Technology sent me this tweet from April of last year and I felt it deserves some attention because Mr. Scott’s viewpoint is not unusual.
It is a problematic attitude that does enter the dialogue on race thanks to the left and their endless other-worldy thought process and penchant for altering the meaning of words.
Racism is racism and minority-on-white racism is being excused by some because we are being sold the nonsense that only whites can be racists. It’s becoming an excuse to abuse whites.
Some Liberals have their own vocabulary and their own reality.
I took this exchange from a website called Jim Crow Museum of racist memorabilia:
Q: Recently I attended a showing of your traveling exhibition called, Them. It was generally good but I saw something that disturbed me. Why did you include the “white trash” costume and the tee that had “arrest all whites” in the exhibition? I am a middle-aged white person and even I know that blacks and other racial minorities cannot be racist, just like women can not be sexists. Racism equals power. Whites are not hurt by the everyday flow of society. I think you are trying so hard to be objective that you end up being politically correct.
— J.R.C. – Grand Rapids, Mich.
A: I will try to focus my rant. Can blacks be racist? The answer, of course, will depend on how you define racism. If you define it as “prejudice against or hatred toward another race,” then the answer is yes. If you define racism as “the belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race,” the answer is yes. And if you define racism as “prejudice and discrimination rooted in race-based loathing,” then the answer is, again, yes. However, if you define racism as “a system of group privilege by those who have a disproportionate share of society’s power, prestige, property, and privilege,” then the answer is no. In the end, it is my opinion that individual blacks can be and sometimes are racists. However, collectively, blacks are neither the primary creators nor beneficiaries of the racism that permeates society today.
To buy into the idea that racism is based on how much power a person or group has is to change the definition of the word. It also appears based on a fallacious assumption that all the power rests with whites. The president of the United States is half black. No one is more powerful than he is. Minorities have affirmative action and even though it’s illegal, it exists.
Whites are the majority and blacks are only 13% of the population. It’s more about whites having the majority than it is about race.
This is how Merriam-Webster defines racism:
Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
–prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
It’s not about who has the money or the power.
The left likes to redefine words to change how we think about things. This is a good example of that type of manipulation.