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Chuck Pinkey

May 6, 2014

America has a double standard on race-baiting


Which received more media attention, “polar bear hunting” where largely black urban youths violently sucker-punch unsuspecting white people, or the words of this 80-year-old goat spoken in private? Why is that? Want more selective outrage? Need we mention Trayvon Martin?

Hollywood, while it is free to do so, continues to race-bait and creates turmoil with recent films like “Django Unchained” and “12 Years a Slave.” How often on TV is racism and prejudice mentioned? Do these efforts serve a purpose, or do they instill anger and hatred?

Slavery ended 150 years ago, but it was followed by the KKK, Jim Crow and segregation. These are now things of the past. Here is where I should add the usual disclaimers like, “No, we are not perfect” and “Yes, there are idiots among us, but America has an African-American president, attorney general, Supreme Court justice, and so on …”

That’s true, but let me take a different course. One thing I’ve always admired about the American spirit has been our attitude that we really don’t give a fat frog’s rear end what you think of us. We’re confident in what we are, we know the struggles we’ve overcome, and if your opinion of us is bigoted, then you can kiss the aforementioned fat frog’s rear end! We need to stop wringing our hands and crying about the occasional bigot, and get that swagger back.

American is the most prejudice-free society on Earth. If you doubt that, you haven’t traveled much. Where else have so many people of different origins prospered to the extent they have in America?

If you think race (white, black or Asian) is not a huge factor in India, Brazil, Korea, Russia, Argentina, Western Europe, Africa, Central America, the Middle East, Japan, etc… you are naive. It matters less in America than anywhere else, and for that we should be proud.

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