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How the Right and the Left Perceive Racism

Robert Dimuro

Posted on March 24, 2019 15:09

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The Right and the Left not only disagree on the severity of racism and how to mitigate it, but they also seem to disagree on the actual definition of racism.

In listening to media discussions and public debates, it seems clear that the Left and Right are talking past each other regarding the issue of racism. The two sides not only disagree on the severity of racism and how to mitigate it, but they also seem to disagree on the actual definition of racism. This discrepancy renders any kind of convergence on race relations virtually impossible.

The Right’s perception of racism, which is prejudice against certain ethnicities that leads to disparate treatment of and actions towards those ethnicities, is a sound dictionary definition. In this sense, acts of racism must be deliberate, conscious, and perpetrated by individuals.

The Left perceives racism on a much larger scale, sequestering the Right’s definition of racism into the extreme category of White Supremacism. The reason for the Left’s singling out of white people in this way will be clear soon. The Left perceives racism as the negligence of society to make reparations towards certain ethnic groups that have been subjected to systemic discrimination and oppression in the past.

As such, the Left’s notion of racism aligns with the concept of power. The white race has been in power since the founding of America, partially on the backs of African slaves. In general, the Left believes that white people have a history of using this power to be overtly racist and oppressive towards Blacks and other minority groups. In this sense, the Left views white people as the only true racists in America.

Although slavery and segregation no longer exist, the Left argues that these practices have left a stain on our institutions. Consequently, the Left sees racism in the criminal justice system, law enforcement, immigration policy, banking industry, and in the employment criteria of businesses.

In this way the Left can assert that America is a racist nation – for example, explaining the rationale behind NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. From the Right’s point of view, it’s incomprehensible that a non-human entity can be racist, and it’s easy to see why there is an ever-growing rift between both sides of the aisle on this issue.

If you’re wondering how Democrats switched from being the racist party to the one that decries Republican racism, this definitional dichotomy is at the heart of the matter. From the Republican point of view, the Democrat party was the consciously racist party towards Black people, and still is. Democrats have disparately treated Black people in the past with their support of slavery and segregation, and now treat them as dependents of the state, which bears responsibility for their economic improvement - a prime example of the bigotry of low expectations in practice.

On the other hand, Republicans have always had a color-blind political philosophy, stressing the freedom and individual rights of all citizens over government intervention and support. At one time, this was viewed as the least racist attitude conceivable. However, from the Left’s perspective, this is the racism that plagues American institutions today.

Robert Dimuro

Posted on March 24, 2019 15:09

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