During the course of the Alito hearing, the word "racism" was brought up many times - usually in reference to the Concerned Alumni of Princeton (an organization that Judge Alito belonged to). Most of the accusations against CAP were based on a satirical article that appeared in its monthly magazine.
I bring this up because of certain things that were said during events that were supposedly "honoring" the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. After hearing these comments (on top of the brouhaha during the Alito hearings) it is obvious that a refresher is in order.
Racism (according to Merriam-Webster) is define as "a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race". With that in mind I will ask you which of the comments below is racist...
"I do not believe that anyone should be given preferential treatment based on their race or heritage"
Is that a racist comment? How about this one?
"I believe that everyone has the God given ability to succeed if they try."
Is that a racist statement? Now, compare those to statements that were made on Monday:
"It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild New Orleans — the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans. This city will be a majority African American city. It's the way God wants it to be. " (Ray Nagin in remarks on Monday - emphasis added)
"When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run - it has been run like a plantation...You know what I'm talking about." (that from the presumptive leader in the Democratic race for President in 2008).
Now these are the people that support a system that tacitly implies that it's recepients are incable of providing for themselves and thus they must rely on Big Government to "take care of them". These are people that support systems that tacitly imply that "there's no way you can get that job on your own merit - we will make sure that you get 'special' consideration" or "you can't get into that college without our help". Match those implications with the definatioin of racism above and you tell me, who are the real racists?? The ones that encourage people to succeed on their own, or those that tell them "you can't do it without our help"?
If the Democrats were truly concerned about the plight of minorities in America, they would not be so quick to politicize race in America.