Let’s face it. A disturbing portion of American society has developed an unhealthy obsession with racism.
The left has flooded our national conversation on race with their flawed ideas of intersectionality and victimhood. They have succeeded in convincing a significant number of Americans that the United States is an entirely racist country that actively works to ensure that minorities are not able to attain success.
The right has mostly remained silent on the issue of racism — some even deny that it exists at all. By sticking our heads in the sand, we have surrendered our place in this conversation to those who are dividing us. As a result, the left has created a situation where people see racism everywhere, especially in areas where it doesn’t exist.
Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
The Racism Of Watermelon And Soap
In the past few weeks, two news stories were published that highlight our society’s growing hypersensitivity to racism. Both of these stories depict situations where people have engaged in acts that weren’t intended to be racist — but were labeled as such anyway.
Earlier this week, Fox News reported that Robert Pattison, a firefighter in Detroit was fired because he brought a watermelon as a gift to his new co-workers on his first day at work. According to the report, it is customary for a new firefighter to bring a gift for the rest of the crew when he starts.
So what was the problem? The rest of the crew was mostly made up of black Americans — some of which were offended by the gift because one of the more common stereotypes that are applied to blacks is that they enjoy eating watermelon. Some felt that Pattison was making an inappropriate joke at their expense — because a white guy couldn’t possibly offer watermelon to a black guy without being motivated by racism, right? But that’s not all.
Dove was recently castigated on social media for putting out a video that was offensive to black women. The video featured different types of women removing a shirt and transforming into another woman. In one instance, a black woman wearing a brown shirt turned into a white woman wearing a white shirt. The social media universe erupted in criticism of Dove’s video — which the company promptly removed.
Is Our Obsession With Racism Going Too Far?
Both of these stories are indicative of what happens when we have a society in which some people become so fixated on racism that they see it in every facet of our culture. When this happens, individuals view actions that are not intended to be racially offensive as vicious attacks on minorities — and then they overreact.
This obsession with racism is not helping American society — indeed; it is dividing us further. Many on the left want you to believe that President Trump is to blame for inflaming racial tension in the United States. I disagree — the left was stoking these fires long before Trump was elected.
In our universities, they are teaching our students that minorities are helpless victims of white supremacy. Likewise, they continually excoriate whites for their “privilege.” Professors teach their pupils that mildly offensive comments that are made accidentally are a form of aggression that should be called out instead of rationally discussed.
Even worse, they work to stifle the views of certain individuals by creating a sort of “victimhood hierarchy.” In our learning institutions, they have created a system that ranks the validity of people’s opinions based on their perceived level of privilege.
In the news media, the left attempts to paint anyone who does not adhere to their progressive views as racists. They continuously hurl false accusations of bigotry against conservatives who don’t toe the politically correct line. The left has been doing this for so long that people grew weary of the constant unfair attacks. You can only call someone a bigot for so long before they stop caring; it’s one of the reasons that the word “racist” has lost much of its meaning.
President Trump’s election represents a repudiation of the left’s rhetorical attacks against those with whom they disagree. More than that, it was a rebellion against the left’s political correctness dogma. Trump did not create our current predicament — the left’s insufferable obsession with race created Trump.
Is There Hope?
In the end, we are seeing more resentment and distrust between minorities and whites. We have devolved into a culture that fires a person who brings the wrong fruit to black co-workers instead of just taking him aside and discussing the issue. A company that sells soap is accused of racism because they depicted black women turning into a white woman. Many Americans have forgotten how to engage in rational conversations on these issues.
If there is a silver lining to this situation, it’s the fact that the left’s tactics have lost much of their potency because Americans now see them for what they truly are. As a result, Americans aren’t buying the left’s message about racism anymore — and this provides conservatives with an opportunity to become more involved in the conversation. If we engage with the culture using a practical and rational approach, we can destroy the left’s narrative of victimhood and promote better relations between Americans of all races.
A self-confessed news and political junkie, Jeff’s writing has been featured in Small Business Trends, Business2Community, and The Huffington Post. Born in Southern California and having experienced the 1992 L.A. Riots up close and personal, Jeff's insights are informed by his experiences as a black man and a conservative.
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