President Obama told Black Entertainment Television (BET) that racism is “deeply rooted” in the United States. “This is something that is deeply rooted in our society, it’s deeply rooted in our history. When you’re dealing with something as deeply rooted as racism or bias … you’ve got to have vigilance but you have to recognize that it’s going to take some time …” For those Americans who voted for the first black president thinking that racial problems will subside for that support, think again. Progressivism-Socialism needs racial division. Instead of calming troubled waters, it stirs them.
Racist Al Sharpton, an emissary for the White House, purposefully misleads his black audiences with Michael Brown scenario’s that did not occur. Why? In an alarming Time magazine article author Darlena Cunha actually promotes the rioting connected with Ferguson, Missouri and explains the reasoning behind the liberal mindset. “Peaceful protesting is a luxury only available to those safely in mainstream culture… Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society.”
Racial animosity must be stirred. Classic Marxian strategy. Exploit natural fissures in society. Drive the wedge. Create unrest to justify government power from the top in order to control the violence or “rectify” the wrongs. Al Sharpton quoted the Marxist playbook when demanding, “The Federal Government must step in!”
Look at racial America from the 1960’s forward.
Affirmative Action and Racism
President Lyndon Johnson, in June 1965, speaking to the graduating class of Howard University, justifies federal government intrusion into the marketplace. Called Affirmative Action, Johnson explained: “You do not wipe away the scars of centuries by saying: ‘now, you are free to go where you want, do as you desire, and choose the leaders you please.’ You do not take a man who for years has been hobbled by chains, liberate him, bring him to the starting line of a race, saying, ‘you are free to compete with all the others,’ and still justly believe you have been completely fair … This is the next an more profound stage of the battle for civil rights. We seek not just freedom but opportunity—not just legal equity but human ability—not just equality as a right and a theory, but equality as a fact and as a result.”
Johnson accomplished several things here. First, he encouraged blacks to maintain solidarity with their own minority from “centuries” ago. By constructing the figure of one black man about to run a race, he helped foster the illogical idea that the “scars of centuries” still exist upon blacks today and that those scars were put there by whites. We may teach young people that the mistakes of their parents may indeed influence them to poor behavior, but sooner than later they must take responsibility for their own actions. But this will not apply to blacks, per Johnson, nor to the liberal intelligentsia.
But more importantly, lurking just beyond the horizon of Johnson’s expressed words is the clear concept that America continues to be a racist nation. As a matter of fact, our racist outlook is so dismal from the 1960’s that were it not for the federal government intrusion to protect the blacks in America they would continue to suffer discrimination at the hands of the majority. The problem is just as great as slavery. The Federal Government needed to free the slaves; so the Federal Government needs to legislate with Affirmative Action. Affirmative Action is built upon this underlying assumption—that white America is and will continue to be racist.
Continued FedGov Intrusion
From Johnson’s liberal launch into Affirmative Action, the engine continued to roll. Executive Order 11246 of Johnson in September 1965 stated that “government contractors” needed to “take affirmative action” toward prospective minority employees in all areas of hiring.
The Philadelphia Order of 1969 by President Nixon was described as “the most forceful plan” to day guaranteeing “fair hiring practices” in construction jobs.
In a landmark Supreme Court case, Regents of University of California v. Bakke (1978), limitations were imposed on affirmative action. It was deemed that affirmative action was unfair if it led to “reverse discrimination.” Wavering on this one, the Court stated that “race was still a legitimate factor” in school admissions, but “inflexible quotas” were not.
President Clinton (1995) delivered a speech in which he commented upon a recent Supreme Court case, Adarand v. Pena. He opined that while Adarand set “stricter standards to mandate reform of affirmative action, it actually reaffirmed the need for affirmative action and reaffirmed the continuing existence of systematic discrimination in the United States.”
“Systematic discrimination.” Not merely racist feelings among some whites, but so imbedded that it can be described as “systematic.” From Clinton’s day the meandering trail of Supreme Court cases leads through Hopwood v. University of Texas, which was later apparently invalidated by Grutter v. Bollinger to the University of Michigan case of 2003.
An April 2014 Supreme Court decision (Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action) upholds as Constitutional a state of Michigan amendment that bans public colleges and universities from implementing a race-sensitive admission policy. But it is Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s dissent that speaks to the point.
Justice Sotomayor, who claims she is the “perfect affirmative action baby,” angrily wrote in the dissent that the Constitution “does not guarantee minority groups victory in the political process. It does guarantee them meaningful and equal access to that process. It guarantees that the majority may not win by stacking the political process against minority groups permanently.”
In other words, the entire “system” continues to this hour to “stack the political process”-and every other process—to disadvantage racial minorities.
The torch is still carried. America is, and must be considered at “root level,” a racist nation whose majority citizens would, with malice for minorities, discriminate against them. The election of Barack Obama did not show liberals differently—it only allowed them positions of power that they might continue to ply the Marxian Class Warfare strategy at a national level.
For this reason, those conservatives that offer solutions for Ferguson, Missouri, such as that the police departments ought to hire more blacks, is nothing but liberal panacea that solves nothing. Employee quotas is not the issue. As a matter of fact, for a government body to mandate more blacks on Ferguson police department exacerbates the problem by conveying the clear message that the department has been systematically prejudiced against blacks and can only be remedied by the strong arm of the law.
What is the solution? It begins with America coming to the realization that what we think are the secret feelings of others—whether we are right or wrong about that perception—is not the Provence of government legislation.