I’m a Racist? Yeah, Well, Shove Off

I’m a Racist? Yeah, Well, Shove Off March 2, 2013

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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  • nohbdy123

    Only you and God know if you’re really at heart a racist. Your claim, followed by a stream of hating on Obama over a lot of opinions, indeed, hysterically exaggerated ones, presented as unidsputed fact — well, let’s say you’re not convincing anybody who wasn’t already inclined to see things your way. Only God knows if you’re really a Catholic either, but the evidence on display here isn’t good. Now, what *is* clear: oh ma’am, you are white. Everybody can tell that without the picture — only white people think that racism exists merely in the minds of those who detect racism, and only white people invoke Dr. King to complain about reverse racism.

    There are specifically Catholic reasons to think black people maybe aren’t making all this up. http://catholicmoraltheology.com/statement-of-catholic-theologians-on-racial-justice/

    • Ferrish Thefish

      It’s funny how you took a list of reasons to dislike Obama, all completely unrelated to his race, and tried to spin it as further “proof” of racist intent. Your accusation is based entirely on your own incredulity. (And, frankly, on your own racist inability to accept that a white person can dislike a black person for reasons other than skin color.)

      “only white people invoke Dr. King to complain about reverse racism.”
      Would you prefer Frederick Douglass? Or perhaps Booker T. Washington? No, because your real issue is that the words of Dr. King, who opposed racism of all forms, can be used to oppose forms of racism that don’t fit your political narrative.

  • Isabel

    Skin color never makes you more or less suitable for *anything*, and it’s certainly not a significant factor of someone’s constitution. Newsflash: It’s melanin. Culture? Yes. Ethnicity? Yes. Upbringing? Yes. Race, which is a 300 year old social construct? Sometimes, because the world and people who think like you make it so. But skin color itself? No. As a Latina of African descent, a “double minority” in the US, I know for a fact skin color did not raise me, and was not responsible for my education, my preparation, my values, my faith or my upbringing.