March 26, 2012 2 Comments
The Black Panthers have placed a $10,000 bounty on George Zimmerman’s head. You’ll recall that Zimmerman killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin last month. Zimmerman has claimed self defense, leftist race baitors suggest otherwise. The case set forth by the left seems to be unraveling. Zimmerman’s attorney claims that his client suffered a broken nose and an injury to the back of his head, which if true suggests that there was a struggle or an attack against him by Martin. A witness claims Martin attacked Zimmerman. A black friend and former Orlando news reporter says people are rushing to judgment and that Zimmerman is remorseful and he isn’t a racist.
Whether all of this new information exonerates Zimmerman remains to be seen. The legal process will determine the credibility of witnesses and we should have full confidence that the system will work. We must never forget that the prosecution must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt and if these witnesses are at least partially credible, that standard of proof may be very difficult to meet. Especially so on a murder charge.
While the facts of the case are interesting, what we really need to do is have a discussion on race in this country. The problem with such a discussion is that the left insists that all whites are racist. We’re told about our ‘whiteness’ and the privilege they imagine is associated with that. We’re told by the left that we must have a collective white guilt for past sins against black people. When the left insists 0n beginning a discussion on race in this manner, they destroy the opportunity to actually have a discussion because the right doesn’t believe in collective guilt for sins that happened two generations ago or more. There is no white privilege, we believe in equality under the law.
White people in 2012 are not guilty for slavery which ended almost 150 years ago. We cannot be guilty, we are not responsible for others sins. That doesn’t mean we are to shrug our shoulders and walk away from slavery. But it does mean that we who are alive today bare no responsibility for slavery. It’s a fact of history that must be studied, we must oppose slavery as contrary to freedom. We must acknowledge the wrong of slavery without taking the blame or guilt associated with it. The left will have none of this and will insist that white people who don’t accept guilt are racists. That is a narrative that must not be allowed to stand.
Even if we’re talking about Jim Crow, which ended two generations ago, the idea of white guilt must be eliminated. It is an outrage that government was used to deny blacks equality under the law. It is an outrage that blacks could be attacked and lynched without prosecution. (Interestingly FDR refused to consider Federal anti-lynching legislation) But the idea that we in 2012 who were either not alive before the 60′s or young children at the time are guilty of Jim Crow is absurd. We are not guilty for the sins of the past, especially those that we were not involved in and have no control over.
There is only white privilege when the law allows for it. Under Jim Crow there was white privilege because under the law people of different races were treated differently. Now that Jim Crow has been eliminated, there is no white privilege. The fact that white families tend to have more net wealth isn’t a sign of privilege. It’s a sign that white families have made different choices in their lives. Most white families came to the United States with nothing. In a generation or two, many moved up into the middle class. Those moving here from Asia have similar stories. We don’t talk about Asian privilege, we only talk about white privilege.
What race relations show us is that America has two very divergent political viewpoints that race highlights. On the left we have a collectivist outlook, with collective guilt, collective solidarity based on race. Blacks need to collectively have pride and power, whites are to be collectively guilty. On the right we have an individualist mindset wherein those not responsible, indeed those not even alive, are not guilty of the past sins of a nation. These two divergent mindsets are one of the reasons why political battles have been so bitter lately. Not on the issue of race of course, but the battle for the last thirty years has been collectivism against individualism. We see it highlighted in our starkly different views of race.
Racism is evil, it is an affront to the Christian faith and thus should never be tolerated. Individuals who are racists should be exposed as racists and ridiculed for their obnoxious racism. We can acknowledge the sins of the past without being responsible for them. The only way we become responsible, individually, for the sins of the past is if we support them and seek their reinstatement. The left calls those who oppose collective guilt for acts committed generations before any of us were born racism. This bastardization of racism cannot be allowed to stand. But it will be allowed so long as the left refuses to have an honest discussion of race without blaming those who have nothing to do with slavery, Jim Crow or discrimination. Truth be told, if the left gave up on collective guilt they would destroy their ability to unjustly rile up minorities and thus would lose votes. But of course, no one is allowed to note that.