Racist Elements

Typically, when a politician or media personality starts receiving heat for publicly stating that the Tea Party is a racist movement, they fall back to a common argument. That argument usually sounds something like this: “Well, they’re not ALL racists, but there are racist elements within their ranks”.

Most recently, it was Democratic Congressman Andre Carson of Indiana who went through the motions. Last Monday, he told a gathering of supporters that the Tea Party movement would like to see black people “hanging on a tree”. Two days later, Carson clarified his remarks for CNN stating, “I am deeply concerned about some elements of the tea party who are extremist…”

Last year, the NAACP even adopted a highly-publicized resolution that specifically condemned “racist elements” within the Tea Party movement.

This raises an obvious question: What exactly is a “racist element”?

In the context of how most people are using the term, it seems to be a way of applying the morally repugnant charge of racism to a group of people without having to actually offer any proof that the foundation of the group supports or promotes racism. If a racist is a member of the group, that group has “racist elements”.

This of course would mean that if you’re ever attending a concert, and you hear someone in the audience yell a racial slur, you’re suddenly part of a group that has “racist elements”. Congratulations!

Now to me, this sounds an awful lot like Guilt By Association, which liberals repeatedly told us in 2008 was completely and utterly unfair to then presidential candidate, Barack Obama. Isn’t it fascinating that the same people who are now complaining about racist elements in the Tea Party were tight-lipped when it came to the indisputable racist elements within Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church, of which Obama was a member? Congressman Andre Carson himself didn’t seem to have a contempt for “racist elements” when he endorsed parishioner Barack Obama for the presidency during the height of the Wright controversy.

What’s the difference here? Why is it a problem when the racist elements are a couple of idiots who show up at a rally waving objectionable signs, but not when the racist elements are the leaders of the group who are spewing racism to an applauding congregation?

The unfortunate reality these days is that the accusation of racism is rarely a legitimate condemnation of vile, racial discrimination. Today, it’s most often used as a tool to silence and discredit opposing viewpoints. It pains me to reach such a conclusion because genuine racism is a very serious issue that deserves attention, but with accusations of racism thrown around like candy at a parade, the charge is meaningless.

Sadly, as many have pointed out, our country as a whole has historically had a racist element to it. Though continually shrinking over time, it might always be with us.

What I’d like to see is a larger “shame element” in our society, where more people condemn those who trivialize the issue of racism for their personal attention and gain. I tend to believe that growth in this element would work towards diminishing the other.

One can hope.

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  • namvet527

    Obigot is the FIRST president to be elected because of the COLOR of his SKIN.

  • John J

    You can’t argue with people who have no argument. It’s like fighting with a two year old who smears his poop all around the walls while being potty trained. What he did had no reason, therefore, appealing to reason is stupid.
    The liberal argument is simply this: the things liberals do are good, moral, and wonderful. If you disagree with them, you are therefore bad, immoral, and frightening. You probably eat babies and slaughter kittens, because that is also bad, and you are bad, because you don’t agree with us, who are good. If you even answer such a thing, you have conceded half their point. The only answer is to not answer.
    There is no group in America more racist than the Congressional Black Caucus. If you take their mission statement and change the word, “black” for “white”, everywhere it appears, and publish it, you would be arrested for hate speech. Their only answer is to change the subject, so while you are busy explaining to them specifically why their arguments hold no water, they have already succeeded. They’ve gotten you to change the subject.
    If you remember, always, that poop smearing picture, then you will see how to argue with them. They are children, badly behaved children. Don’t argue, just do.

    • Norbert Tanguay

      Aren’t you supposed to eat kittens and slaughter babies?
      What’s wrong with having a Congressional White Caucus?
      Or, an Indian Caucus, or a Muslim Caucus, or a female caucus, or a Hispanic caucus (never mind I think they have one also), or a Chinese Caucus, or a . . . . (Anyone know what 4 dots represent?)
      Song by JLo received 2,663,000 hits on line. Hits for freedom 167.

  • Mark C.

    The racist label the Dems are trying to hang around the Tea Party’s neck is absurd. I went to a tea party rally and saw no confederate flags, no racial signs, etc. But I did hear a great keynote speech given by a young black minister who received a standing ovation.

    • namvet527

      Confederate flags are NOT RACIST. You are buying into liberal racist propaganda. DemoKKKrats supported slavery maybe they ought to be outlawed for being racist before confederate flag.

  • DOOM161

    I looks at it like this:

    I wasn’t racist when I didn’t support Allan Keyes. I wasn’t sexist when I didn’t support Elizabeth Dole. But in 2008, I was racist because I didn’t support Obama, and I was sexist because I didn’t support Clinton.

    They just cry racism to try to strong arm people into supporting their policies. And until recently, it’s unfortunately worked. but since it hit the national stage, I think people are starting to figure it out.