Skip to comments.The Never-ending Myths of Racism In Contemporary America.......
Posted on 10/22/2002 10:04:00 AM PDT by Apolitical
The Iconoclast (www.iconoclast.ca)
The Never-ending Myths of Racism In Contemporary America........
October 22, 2002: Years ago, the pioneering anti-feminist iconoclast, Christina Hoff Sommers, wrote a series of articles detailing how a number of feminist myths about male "oppression" in our society could be tracked back to purely fictitious charges or doctored statistics repeated a sufficient number of times that they took on a life (or "truth") of their own.
Today the same myth-making racket is being practised by the multiculturalism crowd, constantly disseminating mythical tales about nefarious acts of blatant discrimination and bias against blacks or members of ethnic minorities (can you say "Muslim Americans," boys and girls?).
Of course, the most blatant case of deception and misinformation in a widely-accepted multicultural fairy tale came in the form of the alleged "church burnings" inflicted by hate-filled white supremacists against black churches throughout the south several years ago. This liberal-left racial myth is still frequently trotted out to justify special legislation against "hate crimes," or sometimes to simply indict "racist America" and show what a racist hellhole America truly is (thereby explaining such acts of racial liberation as the horrific terrorist acts of 9/11).
The alleged racist church burnings were so terrible that they impelled then President Bill Clinton to suffer from false recovered-memory syndrome as he teafully recalled witnessing traumatic church burnings in his youth that scarred his psyche forever -- even though it was later demonstrated that the church arsons Clinton alluded to did not occur when he said they did (or simply did not occur).
In particular, as William McGowan demonstrated his in his book, COLORING THE NEWS: How Crusading for Diversity Has Corrupted American Journalism (Encounter Books), what the "racial hate" crowd failed to report was that many of the reported black-church fires were set not by a conspiracy of violent white supremacists, but by blacks seeking insurance money or drunken white teens simply seeking thrills. There was obviously a problem, but the nature and extent of the problem was misrepresented and then neatly packaged into another divisive American-racism myth.
Another "racism" myth that has been used to justify the most odious anti-American left-wing beliefs and charges is that the Viet Nam War was a unjust war in which American blacks were used as cannon fodder by the white establishment, dying in disproportionate numbers to fight an unjust battle against a well-intentioned Third World insurgency. Well, lets leave it to future historians to sort out whether the Viet Nam War was a just or unjust war on America's part (we're inclined to define it as a just but foolishly-fought war on America's part). But as David Horowitz has convincingly demonstrated, the myth that blacks suffered and died disproportionately in this war, as opposed to whites, is simply that -- a myth.
Here's how Mr. Horowitz so articulately debunked this racism myth in a post 9/11 FrontPageMagazine.com opinion piece in November, 2001:
One of the most widespread of these myths is that black Americans fought and died in extraordinarily high proportions in the Vietnam War relative to the rest of the population. This was ostensibly the result of American racism and is a reason given by many blacks (a leftwing minority to be sure) for why they are so ready to betray their country in the current war and line up with Osama bin Laden and his friends.
This came up the other day in an e-mail exchange with a black friend of mine. The short answer (and truth) is that the only ethnic group that died in greater numbers than their proportion in the population in the Vietnam conflict was whites.
Here are the facts:
During the Vietnam War era (draft era to be precise) blacks of military age made up 13.5 percent of the total population, but only 9.7 percent of the Vietnam era military forces were black.
88.4 percent of the men who actually served in Vietnam were white.
10.6 percent of the men who actually served in Vietnam were black.
86.3 percent of the men who died in Vietnam were white.
12.5 percent of the men who died in Vietnam were black.
86.8 percent of the men who were killed in actual battle were white.
12.1 percent of the men who were killed in actual battle were black.
In sum, while the percentage of blacks of military age was 13.5 percent of the population, they accounted for 12.1 percent of the deaths in Vietnam...........
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Source: Wall Street Jopurnal; Published: October 22, 2002; Author: Thomas J. Bray
The Goron told us a couple of years ago with a very simple slip of his tongue:"There is no controlling legal authority!"
The politically correct mediots will not allow a legitimate investigation of these two racist criminals, and the liberal judges and their ACLU buddies would never allow any trial to happen with these two criminals.
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But this wasn't always proven. Mere allegations led to hangings.
The problem with whites nowadays is that they are intimidated by black supremacism, indoctrinated by political correctness, and carry on their collective guilt for slavery from generation to generation, even though less than 5% of Americans were even slaveowners.
I agree. It makes me wonder if some whites are masochists.
Yet there is no collective guilt or blame ascribed to the black race for millions of white crime victims.
Correct again. Speaking only for me, this black man will not nor will ever share in this collective guilt because I've committed no crime against any man or woman. But this segues perfectly into what needs to happen now with American whites. American whites who have done no harm to blacks need not feel a sense of any guilt whatsoever.
The only thing I'd ask you to do is to point out and excoriate bigotry no matter who it is from. I do, and a person being black does not excuse them for it in my book.
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