The Perennial Race Card

Enough, already.

“Racial divide.” “Racial harmony.” Racial prejudice.” “Racial this, racial that.”

Until this presidential season, I’ve never heard so much racial bantering since the civil rights movement of thirty and forty years ago. This is supposed to be a good thing?

The media walks on egg shells. Politicians carefully choke over their rhetoric. Whites dare not utter a word that can be remotely interpreted as… (Oh God no!) “Racist!” In today’s America, it is a worse stigma to be labeled a racist, than a serial killer.

Barack Obama is a brilliant man. He stands on his feet and dazzles people with oratory. Yet, his greatest defense weapon, is just being black. If someone utters a truism about him that is not favorable, watch out. You could be labeled a “racist!”

Geraldine Ferraro said, “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position…He happens to be very lucky who he is, and the country is caught up in the concept.”

She’s a racist? Well, Mr. Obama thinks so, so does the media and much of the black community. They came out shooting with both barrels. Ms. Ferraro stepped down from the Hillary campaign as an instant liability, who dared to tell the truth. Can anyone deny that Ms. Ferraro was wrong? Who dares to stand up for her, that has a job they want to keep?

On ABC’s Good Morning America, she also bashed the Obama campaign for criticizing her, saying that “every time” someone makes a negative comment about Obama, they are accused of racism. She had even stronger words for the Daily Breeze, the newspaper in Torrance, California. “Racism works in two different directions,” she said. “I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?”

Well, Ms. Ferraro isn’t running for office or trying to keep a job, so the muzzle is off.

The problem with America is no one wants to hear the truth any more. They want image, and fluff and the tooth fairy.

Not long ago, Hillary Clinton took racially charged flak over her statement, “Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done.”

Excuse me, but I fail to see the racism in that remark. It happens to be true. Yet, the racist powers-to-be fired off with both barrels again causing a media fury and a presidential candidate to tap dance until she explained herself hoarse.

We’re not just getting over sensitive, we are losing sight of reality. Playing the race card in America is effective, so why not?

Barack Obama’s speech following the Pastor Wright controversy was laden with racial references that, frankly, had nothing to do with the issue at hand. The issue was Wright’s consistent anti-American rhetoric, his damnation of America, Obama’s cozy relationship with him and his church for last twenty years. Yet, the speech was all about racial divide, and the race of his mother, and the race of his father, and the race of the nation, as though that all had anything to do with the criticism he was defending.

I’m sick of hearing about racial divide.

I’m one of those Americans who lived through the civil rights transition. As a police officer in the 1960’s, I witnessed racism in it’s purest forms, in the streets, in the department staffing, and in local government.

We’ve come a long way. Today, government agencies everywhere are employing Hispanics, blacks, women and whites on equal terms. We have had two Secretaries of State who happen to be black. Many CEO’s of major corporations are black. Army generals are black. The sports, music and entertainment industries have made multi-millionaires of young people of all races. We have a national holiday named after a great black man in honor of his contributions to society. Contrary to my youth, young people today are color blind growing up in an integrated society. There certainly was a racial divide, but America has been on the road to correcting that, and it has come around beyond the wildest dreams of many. Constantly referring to the “racial divide” only mires the nation back into just that: Division.

No, I don’t know the feeling of being stopped by cops just because I’m black. I’ve never been discriminated against because of my color. But I have been discriminated against because of my ethnic heritage, so I have a good understanding. So do women, Hispanics and Jews, Asians and mid-easterners. Bigot victimization is not the sole domain of black people.

I can relate to Ms. Ferraro. I worked in an organization where I had to watch what I said publicly. Now, I seek no office, no job and no special consideration, so the muzzle is off. It feels great. It fosters truth, even when the truth hurts. It’s the freedom of speech our forefathers wrote about in 1791.

Good thing there weren’t any eggshells back then.