The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, that we must judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin ring through loud and clear. These words reverberate throughout the corridors of the last five decades, and though they echo loudly and with distinction many people still do not hear them. Let us take a look at one of the ways that this ugly insistence on judging people by the color of their skin rears its ugly head. It is controversial because it does not follow the narrative that is constantly reinforced by the media and others in the race hustling business. It however deserves attention. In the last few years there has been a trend to casually dismiss some members of our society because they are considered to be the beneficiaries of many unfair built in systemic advantages, as a result; many think that they do not deserve any attention when they are the targets of unfair treatment. This group is often disdained and casually referred to as the “privileged white male,” “the old white patriarchy,” “angry white men,” and a couple of other terms that are meant to conjure images of scorn, division, hatred and strife. The things sometimes said against this group cannot be said against any minority group without swift ramifications, but they are nevertheless tolerated about white people because in the estimation of many “they deserve it”. Recently a black judge in Kentucky dismissed an entire jury (at the objection of the prosecutor and defense) for no other reason than that the jury was all white. In this gentleman’s mind the vetting process was not sufficient to weed out any undesirable elements that could make its way onto the jury. The fact that it was twelve white people meant to him that there would absolutely be inherent injustice. Some cheered him on as courageous, failing to see the irony and hypocrisy in their position. Earlier in the year a black college professor from Boston University declared that “white masculinity” is the problem on America’s colleges, and she went on to post a cacophony of more racist bile targeting white men. In 2013 When another Black Professor was challenged by students in her class about her constant derogatory references to white people she stated that she was not addressing them personally, but that she was talking about “whiteness as a system of oppression”. After she was reprimanded by her superiors she claimed that she was the victim of white racism. Oprah Winfrey cast a blanket over a whole group of people as she righteously proclaimed “There are still generations of people, older people, and they just have to die”! Wow! Imagine if a white person said this about black people or Hispanics? Back in August a man called in to the “FukYoFlag” program (yes that is the name of the group that hosts the program) and declared “when those mother f**kers are by themselves, that’s when we should start f***ing them up. Like they do us, when a bunch of them ni**ers takin’ one of us out, that’s how we should roll up.” “Cause we already roll up in gangs anyway. There should be six or seven black mother f**ckers, see that white person, and then lynch their ass. Let’s turn the tables.” The program host listened, gave her approval and gleefully continued the hate fest. One Black Lives Activist declared on Twitter back in September “IM NOT GONNA STAND FOR THIS NO MORE. TONIGHT WE PURGE! KILL ALL THE WHITE PPL IN LA PLATA”. Professor Kamau Kambon once called for “the extermination of white people because that, in my estimation, is the only conclusion I have come to. We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet to solve this problem”. The list of these incidents is long, and on many occasions the hatred has gone past rhetoric to unspeakable acts of violence against their targets. In many of these cases the police and media go out of their way to stress that the acts of violence were not hate crimes.
This is not to portray black people as a monolithic group of agitators or violent hate mongers because they are not, nor is it to show that white people are under siege by black people. This is simply to highlight a double standard, to show that if circumstances do not fit a given narrative no attention is paid to certain incidents of injustice. Americans must understand that there are prominent people who peddle in race baiting, they benefit politically and in other ways by constantly ginning up discontent and driving a wedge between the races. We have to reject their divisive tactics, see ourselves as Americans, honestly confront the issues that face us and apply the remedies needed to fix them. Let us tackle injustice, crime, violence and all of the ills that plague our society regardless of who the perpetrators or victims are because all lives matter.