I’m a Racist? Yeah, Well, Shove Off

Yesterday over on Facebook, there was a big dust-up because some woman told me I was racist.  What she really meant was:  My skin is white, and I don’t like Obama; hence, I’m obviously a hater.

I didn’t take her allegations lightly.  I went ballistic, in fact, shouting (well, typing really loudly) about how I am color-blind but I don’t like this president’s anti-Catholic social policies, his wild-eyed support for abortion and same-sex marriage, his management of the budget crisis, his Obamacare health plan debacle, his lack of patriotism, or his sniveling sneer.  The real racism, my fingers screamed at the keys, was to refuse to see me as anything but a white woman, to completely overlook the fact that I had evaluated the issues and formed a judgment based on verifiable standards which could be applied equally to politicians of any skin tone.

To call someone “racist” in contemporary society is to accuse them of harboring a shameful prejudice.  It is a harsh accusation which should not be made lightly.  Yet now and then, we still see the Race Card strategically slapped on the table—where, in the eyes of leftists with hate-seeking lenses, it trumps the Reason Card and the Budget Card and the Independent Thinker Card.

Here in southeastern Michigan, where I live, reverse racism has burst onto the scene this week—and it’s a member of the clergy who is championing it, demanding that skin color be the primary factor which determines a person’s eligibility for office.

Detroit, you may know, is broke.  After decades of declining revenues and with a control-freak city council lacking creative solutions, the city has found itself incapable of replacing its aging infrastructure—so streetlights are darkened, roads buckle, vacant homes burn or collapse.  Governor Rick Snyder has stepped in to appoint an emergency financial manager, who faces the daunting task of saving the cash-strapped city of Detroit from its leaders’ bad judgments.  Announcement of the governor’s appointee will be made soon.

But now, up to the microphone steps the Reverend Kenneth James Flowers, pastor of Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.  Reverend Flowers concedes that an emergency financial manager is needed for the city of Detroit; but the manager must, Rev. Flowers insists, be black.

Flowers explained in an interview on Detroit’s WXYZ-TV:

“If a white individual comes in to become that EM, I think it would then create a major upheaval because then we’ll have the impression that ‘Ole Massa’ has come in to take over the plantation.”

To which I say:  Reverend Flowers, how dare you? 

You see, along with Martin Luther King Jr., I have a dream that I will one day live in a nation where people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.  You, Reverend Flowers, stand as a deterrent to the achievement of that noble goal.

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  • Mary

    Kathy, I feel for you. Frankly, I am tired of all the accusations that I or anyone is a racist or homophobic because we do not support the views of President Obama or same-sex “marriage”. What these people who make these remarks don’t seem to be able to comprehend is that their comments demonstrate that they are ones who are bigoted. I have been known to make clanking sounds on the keyboard when I get riled up with stuff like this. Just keep on keeping on.

  • Mike DeWitt

    Kathy,
    I think you’d do very well selling t-shirts with the title of this post. A true example of speaking truth to power in these days.

    Mike

  • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    My daughter is married to a minority. Most of her in-laws are thus minority. But they are strong Catholics. And they loathe Obama, his radical social policies, and his administration’s anti-Christian attitude.
    The fact that the political left resorts to using the race card and the “homophobe” charge shows how bankrupt the arguments for their political positions are.

  • http://pewlady.blogspot.com Kelly Thatcher

    Good going, Kath.

  • JeffreyRO5

    Weird article but anyway, I don’t think Reverend Flowers was saying a white person can’t be a good emergency financial manager, but rather, the appearances of a white person coming to “save the day” of a predominantly black city is awkward, and smacks of white paternalism. That may or may not be true, it’s just his opinion. Not really much worth commenting on.

    • Joseph

      …and yet you took the time to do so. LOL.

  • Debi Lange

    What would be rasist would be to point out that when the city was predominately white it was flourishing. Im not saying blacks ruined the city – I’m saying its the left view of “government take care of the people” view compounded by years (decades) of poor and even criminal management. I would think that the people that live in Detroit, black or white, would welcome help even if it were purple. To say up front what color help should be is not only racist it’s completely detrimental to the concept. Would Rev Flowers refuse help from a burning building from a white firefighter??

  • Huh

    Have you ever taken the implicit test. Also, no such thing as reverse racist. A racist can be of any ethnic group,an against any group.

  • Cassi

    I’ve said it before; I’ll probably be guilty of saying it again: “To those who voted for Obama because you didn’t want to be ‘racist’–it doesn’t matter if you vote for him because he’s black, or against him because he’s black. If you cast your vote based on his race, it makes you a racist!”

  • http://bobbixby.wordpress.com Bob Bixby

    You’re not colorblind if you perceive yourself to be the victim of “reverse racism.” You obviously see yourself as a white woman being subjected to different treatment by people of color. That wouldn’t be reverse racism; it’s jst racism. But neither is it colorblind to notice it. I have not seen the pastor’s reasoning for why the individual who steps in as the emergency financial manager be African-American, but without knowing at all what he said I can imagine a number of non-racist reasons why this could be a good idea. To acknowledge the fact of racism is not the same as being racist. If their is a racial tension in the city already and the city is predominately black then, in a moment of crisis, it makes sense to appoint a qualified individual who is also black. This is culturally sensitive. Simply because a pastor recommends this course of action does not mean he’s racist or making “skin color the primary factor.” Skin color is, however, a factor in relationships in race-divided cities and the better part of wisdom is to take that factor into consideration when choosing among leaders. I have no problem with that and to have a problem with that is, in fact, racism. To be “colorblind” is not what God called us to be, nor is it a noble way to fight racism. God made us to see and enjoy the colors; and He has also given us the wisdom to recognize when color is a significant factor in the constitution of a person, making them more or less suitable for particular jobs in particular places. If among two equally qualified people for the job, one is black, choose the black guy. It makes sense.


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