November 11, 2012

IBD on Race Relations: Hopeful; Based on Experience, Naively So

From an Investor’s Business Daily editorial on Friday:

This election showed that while America may be deeply divided politically, one thing the nation is not is racist. Despite the basket-case economy, whites gave a black president another shot.

… One thing is clear from the election results: much of white America voted for Obama and in doing so expect a new era of racial harmony. Let’s hope the president, who has yet to prove he’s a post-racial uniter, gets the message.

Despite the distant legacy and lingering shame of slavery and Jim Crow, America can no longer honestly be viewed as a racist country. Not if a black man can become president, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and the nation’s head of state for two full four-year terms.

Every black parent can now point to Obama and tell their children with confidence that they can achieve anything they set their mind to in America. Anything. The notion that race would hold them back is an utter fallacy ginned up by bitter race grievance-mongers.

Let this be the end to all the pernicious, divisive and unfair charges that America is still a racist nation.

Well, IBD is right. It should be the end. But believing that it will be requires rolling out megatons of hope triumphing over decades of experience. After all, only two weeks ago, the Associated Press, based on a phony poll and “scientific” studies done by charlatans, claimed that the country is even more racist now than it was four years ago.

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  1. IF AMERICA isn’t racist then why do you have to refer to “Whites” giving a “Black’ president another shot. Why do “Blacks” refer to themselves as African Americans? Why aren’t they Americans? Why can Blacks refer to each other as the “N” word but not a “White” person without be called pregitious,bigot, or racist? And why do “Whites” owe them anything for what happened 150+yrs ago. They “Blacks” like to play the race card, or didn’t you follow the presidential campaign? You’re really nieve if you think America isn’t racist.

    Comment by TOM — November 11, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

  2. That’s why, in case you didn’t catch it, I disagree with IBD’s naivete.

    Comment by Tom — November 11, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

  3. #1, The point of the editorial was not that there aren’t racial issues (which are not always necessarily driven by racism) but that the notion that black Americans can’t succeeded because of racism is patently false.

    In regards to blacks having racist attitudes toward whites, even if all black Americans were racist toward whites (which they are not) that would not make the U.S. a racist nation since black Americans make up a minority of the population.

    A lot of people refer to themselves as This-or-That American (African American, Asian American, Irish American, Polish American, etc) It’s regrettable in a way, but I don’t feel it’s necessarily done out of malice in most cases, it’s more a case of inertia. Most don’t even think about the non-necessity of doing so.

    Comment by zf — November 11, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

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