Conservative Racism

This is one of those times when being an immigrant confers a mental advantage. I am pretty sure that during the whole period of American slavery, my ancestors were digging potatoes in northern and eastern France. They lived far from the couple of French Atlantic ports that took part in the slave trade. My heart if free of racial guilt and my mind of the suspicion of racial culpability. I have no trouble thinking about race in America.

Liberals are giving a racial explanation to the rising sentiment against President Obama’s spending initiatives, and against his bad faith, and against ACORN’s gangsterism. I don’t think they are being cynical. Liberals believe it, for the most part. Here is why.

Many liberals are unable to recognize a constitutional revolt when they see one because the Constitution does not have for them the fixed value it has for conservatives. They think it’s a point on a map, not a compass.

Liberal Democrats attempted to use a modest majority to engineer abrupt and fundamental societal change. They failed. Many have trouble figuring out why because what they wanted is – in their minds- obviously good for everyone (except “the rich”).

It was a childish plot. They react childishly to the fact of their failure.

Being overwhelmed by the spectacle of their man going down in flames, they resort to a false explanation that has two merits, two advantages.

First, there is no sensible and effective comeback to it. If someone says to you: You are doing this because you are racist, what do you answer: No, I am not?

Second, putative racism is right in the middle of the general liberal perception of the world: It’s going to pot and America, especially, is full of unenlightened, mean people.

Incidentally, there are many liberals I can’t like personally because they hate what I love, American society.

They see this country as full of evils although they seldom witness evil personally. They are sure that in some parts of the country where they have never been, somewhere, sometimes, it’s still 1960 from the standpoint of race relations. If they acknowledged progress on that front, their whole world view would be threatened. White America’s racial guilt is the linchpin of their thinking.

The Democrats’ own collective, racial party guilt plays a part in liberals’ obstinacy on race.The foundation Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed by more Republicans than Democrats (in %). The main opposition was from Democrats. Democratic Senator Byrd led a filibuster lasting fourteen hours to block the legislative process on civil rights. The only known former Ku Klux Klan member in the political class of our country is a Democrat, the same Senator Byrd. (This is not a rumor; he apologized publicly.) The apparatus of legal segregation the Civil Rights Act aimed to destroy was entirely a Democrat construction. Labor unions – not a stronghold of Republican loyalty – resisted equal opportunities in employment for decades.

In recent days, the only obviously racist acts were those of union members beating up a black conservative in Missouri and calling him a “nigger.” How do I know they were union members? Their union t-shirts. Their union never denied it, by the way.

It’s common to accuse your adversaries of your own sins. It makes the sins look more common, and therefore smaller.

There is undoubtedly anti-black sentiment in this country, including among conservatives. It’s different from what it was thirty years ago. It’s not an automatic reflex to skin color and African facial features as it used to be. If it were, Oprah would not be the most influential woman in America. If it were, there would not be so many black men serving as barely disguised sex symbols under the pretext of professional sport.

The current anti-black sentiment focuses on social dysfunctions where African-Americans are greatly more numerous than their numbers in society would predict. It’s not all forms of social dysfunctions by the way. Black comics are fond of pointing out that young black people don’t engage in mass assassination and rarely in serial murder, and they are right.

The most obvious disproportionately black social dysfunction is out-of-wedlock births. We know that it’s a source of many other social problems, whether the fatherless kids are black of white.

In 2005, about half the births to unmarried mothers were to black women. African-American are only 15% of the population, perhaps 20%. Black children are thus 2,5 X times more likely than whites to be born to unmarried women.

In 2005 also, the homicide rate for blacks (victims) was six times higher than for whites. Everyone knows who is killing blacks. If it were whites doing the killing, you would know it. Count on it.

(Figures from the Statistical Abstract of the US)

The things that horrify whites about blacks are exactly the same behaviors that horrify the overwhelming majority of African- Americans who are honest and hard working. That’s why they move out of black areas as fast as they can.

Against this background, an elegant, well-spoken, rational-sounding, obviously middle-class seemingly black President must come as a huge relief among all whites, including among conservatives.

Incidentally, I go on the record today to state that Barack Obama is the best-looking President this country has ever had. Michelle looks fine too, much of the time, although she is a little broad in the beam. (OK, that was bitchy. Nobody is perfect!)

Rather than being dismayed by the fact of a black President, many whites think inside their heads: “We got off easy!”

As I have explained before, Barack Obama is a kind of racial impostor, sociologically speaking. He is not an “African-American,” a descendant of slaves brought to this country by force. He is the son of a white mother and of a privileged, fellowship-rich African immigrant. His Muslin name does not suggest a family background of slavery in Africa but of coastal tribes actively engaged in slaving on behalf of the Arabs. I don’t know this to be a true. It’s just a strong possibility and it’s only relevant to underscore the bad faith on the other side.

The President was brought up by his white grandparents in Hawaii, and by his mother in Indonesia. Personal experiences of American racial prejudice must have been far and few. Instead, it’s extremely likely his physical appearance served him well, through affirmative action. Otherwise, why would his college grades still be under lock and key? What fifty-year old man is still ashamed of what he did when he was twenty?

Little-known facts about immigration tell us again that racial antagonisms are not about “race,” as in physical appearance, as they would have to be for Barack Obama to be a target.

In 2000, 600,00 people immigrated into the US from four black African countries alone. The number of foreign-born blacks in the US increased twenty-fold between 1980 and 2005 (Population Reference Bureau). That’s not counting illegal immigrants.

People with some African ancestry keep coming to this country voluntarily, in spite of considerable legal and economic obstacles. They have families and multiply here. Former general and Secretary of State Colin Powell and his parents are no exception but part of a broad phenomenon of people of African descent everywhere being drawn to this country. In this sentence, “descent” stands for visibly sub-Saharan African physical features.

People normally avoid going to where they are persecuted for something about which they can do nothing, such as physical appearance. Got it?

Behind the accusation of racism against conservatives is enormous disarray among the plotters of the early societal coup.

None of this means that American society does not owe a racial debt with respect to slavery and legal segregation. That’s another story though. We certainly don’t owe anyone the abandonment of the very values that made this country an exceptional pole of attraction for people everywhere in the world, irrespective of race.

Conservative racism is in the minds and hearts of childish people who can’t face political defeat or their own poorly-hidden guilt on this matter.

PS 1 Someone called me a “rightist” on Facebook. He is correct, I am a rightist, a fighter for individual rights.

PS2  (9/22/09) Another racist reaction, no doubt: I am sick of hearing the President’s voice in the media, every day, almost every hour. I would be sick of his voice even if he were saying anything interesting. It cured me of any fear of Big Brother I might have. Over-exposure just seems to be self-extinguishing


About Jacques Delacroix

I am a sociologist, a short-story writer, and a blogger (Facts Matter and Notes On Liberty) in Santa Cruz, California.
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8 Responses to Conservative Racism

  1. dontbefooled666 says:

    Bravo! You have made many good points! I believe that blacks are being baited to start a race war. Somehow these folks have decided that blacks are as mad as they are about the injustices of the past–but are they really? It is easier to forgive someone who has injured you, personally, than to forgive someone who has injured someone else unfairly.
    My hunch is that these people who can’t let it go are white, radical, children-of-privilege of the sixties that, for some reason, seem to feel the weight of all America’s sins on their own shoulders.

  2. kamprint says:

    “Otherwise, why would his college grades still be under lock and key? !

    — The transcript might reveal Scholarship aid reserved for non-U.S. citizens and/or Travel to foreign countries on a non-U.S. passport. Hence the cover-up.

    “Liberals are giving a racial explanation to the rising sentiment against President Obama’s spending initiatives, and against his bad faith, and against ACORN’s gangsterism.”

    — Jimmy Carter was peeved that he, a nuclear engineer, wasn’t asked to go to North Korea to bring back those reporters. He got back in the news by playing the race card. Carter knows something about racism, having got his start in politics with Lester Maddox. BHO was smart enough to get the race card off the table real quick.

    Carter is still atoning for his early sins. A lot of liberals are atoning for sins they never committed. It’s ludicrous to feel guilty for something your ancestors may or may not have done. If liberals enjoy wallowing in made-up guilt, fine, but they have no claim to moral one-upsmanship if others don’t join their wallow. I hereby absolve all Americans of needless guilt for anything they did not personally do.

    “Barack Obama is a kind of racial impostor, sociologically speaking.”

    — Yes, in point of actual fact, his father’s race is listed in Kenyan birth records as 87.5 percent Arab and 12.5 percent Negro. How easily he took on the mantle of the racially oppressed, though, when exploiting its vote-getting potential.

    Politicians of both parties used race to get themselves elected. Nixon, one of the most brilliant exploiters of race until BHO, promoted affirmative action in the sure knowledge that it would inflame race hatred. It did, and helped ensure his landslide election.

    Remember, folks, there’s nothing racist about objecting to a 12-trillion-dollar debt.

    • jacquesdelacroix says:

      I don’t know where the writer, a friend of mine, got the Kenyan birth record.

      • kamprint says:

        “I don’t know where the writer, a friend of mine, got the Kenyan birth record.”

        From a message you forwarded on Oct 28, 2008, from someone at Crown Capital, which said: “My [BHO’s] Name is African Swahili -* NOT EXACTLY*, your name is Arabic and
        ‘Baraka’ (from which Barack came) means ‘blessed’ in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama. Barack Hussein Obama is not half black. If elected, he would be the first Arab-American President, not the first black President. Barack Hussein Obama is 50% Caucasian from his mother’s side and 43.75% Arabic and 6.25% African Negro from his father’s side. While Barack Hussein Obama’s father was from Kenya , his father’s family was mainly Arabs.. Barack Hussein Obama’s father was only 12.5% African Negro and 87.5% Arab (his father’s birth certificate even states he’s Arab, not African Negro).” I haven’t independently verified this account, but it is plausible and hasn’t been contradicted anywhere else that I am aware of. It wouldn’t matter except that so much has been made of BHO’s supposed black ethnicity, which, along with much else about his identity, has turned out to be questionable. Even this might not matter, except as part of a pattern of deception, fed by a gullible electorate willing to make major decisions without critical examination, and a Congress willing to approve the largest indebtedness in the history of the world without even reading the legislation.

        Sorry that the comment was underlined and emboldened, this was unintentional, must have been something in the text. Also the type size here seems unnecessarily large.

  3. Chorizo says:

    I refuse to be bullied by the race card. Many times the best defense is a good offense. I am getting in their face before they have a chance and trumping them with RACIST! Childish? Yes. But the liberals must be put on defense NOW. Fight fire with fire. There is no resoning with the left. They must be defeated at their own game. They see me coming. I may be crazy but I’m not a racist. I am sorry for my children and grand children and the country for that matter, I voted for BHO!!!!

    Two of my best friends are black. One is my 85
    years old. He married his white German wife 66 years ago when it was illegal. He harbors no ill feelings about whites and is amazed at how the left cant get over the guilt they have on the slavery issue 200 years ago. “Still they want to take my money and yours to make reparations and spread their guilt.”

    My niece is Hispanic, my sister married a Jew,
    my brother an Asian and my wife is half Syrian.
    Real Syrian not some politically correct formula.
    So when I disagree with BHO I better not hear RACIST. Unless you want an earful.

  4. kamprint says:

    The people with real multi-cultural family backgrounds, like Chorizo, are usually the most secure about their identity, and the least subject to racial guilt-tripping. People of limited experience seem to be the most vulnerable to racial extortion and moral one-upsmanship. If only these latter folks could cast off their immense burden of imaginary guilt, they would immediately feel lighter, their lives untrammeled by ‘mind-forg’d manacles’. Yet this baseless guilt is somehow comforting to them. Why? Perhaps they intend their admission and display of guilt as a means of appeasing a potential attacker. This was the only apparent thought behind the president’s recent ‘apology tour’, in which he brilliantly projected his constituents’ guilt onto the entire nation, and purported to represent this nation as feeling sorry for its ‘sins’. (Like the sin of having been attacked on 9/11?) Iran and North Korea responded to this American mea culpa by ramping up their nuclear bomb and missile development. So, we learned again that self-assigned guilt doesn’t work any better as national policy than as a personal code of conduct. Freeing ourselves from racial extortion and all other sorts of guilt-tripping is not only a matter of urgent personal interest. It has a political dimension as well. A movement against the distortions of all forms of political-correctness would bring forth leaders who might concentrate on the real (as opposed to phony) problems confronting the nation and the world.

  5. Terry Amburgey says:

    “Otherwise, why would his college grades still be under lock and key? What fifty-year old man is still ashamed of what he did when he was twenty?”

    My college grades are still under lock and key; what do you infer from that?
    I’m a 62-year old man and I’m still ashamed of things I did at 20, 30, and even 40. More specifically regarding grades, after 2 semesters at 2 different schools I flunked out of college with a 0.0 gpa. I immediately became grist for my local draft board & got to enjoy military service. Were my subsequent degrees some sort of affirmative action for rednecks? Which of his transcripts are you so eager to see? Do you want his SAT & GRE scores as well?

    • jacquesdelacroix says:

      I heard you.If your grades ares till under lock and key after all this time, it’s absurd. You are entitled to your private shame as a private person. You wouldn’t be if you were a politician, especially President of the US. Curious that you come up and explain the full horror of it on this blog. The least offensive inference I can come up with in regard to Pres. Obama is that he is an affirmative action wonder. Every other inference is worse. Incidentally, the president’s current display of incompetence, in implementing his leftist agenda, for example, argues in support of the affirmative action inference.

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