Let’s Talk About Racism

Uncomfortable yet?  Yeah? Then you should leave now because it’s about to get a lot more uncomfortable.

With all the race baiting and screaming swirling around now between Paula Deen and the George Zimmerman trial, I find myself enraged. The double standard that exists is something that permeates this country to the core like a cancer spreading in the body. It is unacceptable and it must be exterminated.

Paula Deen is being raked over the coals because she admitted to having used the word, “nigger” in the past. According to her, and there’s no reason to believe she’s lying, it’s no longer a word she uses. People need to realize that Paula Deen grew up in the south during a time when that word was completely socially acceptable and a mainstay of American culture. She could have lied in her deposition but then she’d be guilty of perjury and lack of integrity, which is far worse than using a silly word 30 years ago. Show me someone of her roots and background who has never uttered that word and I’ll show you a purple polka dotted unicorn ridden by a leprechaun that farts rainbows and gold coins. Hell, I know plenty of people who grew up in the north and I hear that word out of them way more often than I do southerners these days. Is Paula irreverent? Yeah, I’ve met her – I know she is. Is she raunchy? You bet. Did Food Network know all that about her from the get-go? Of course they did. That’s part of her appeal and that’s partly why she’s made them so much money and allowed them to build the network they have today. Sure, they are within their rights to dump her. Whatever. But what pisses me off is the double standard and everyone freaking out because she was honest about things she has said in the past which were well accepted back in the day but is not “politically correct” anymore. Political correctness is killing this country.

If the treatment she is receiving is fair and just, then myriads of black rappers should be publicly degraded, humiliated and bankrupt. Everyone who voted for Obama because he’s black should be put on public display with placards labeled with the word, “RACIST” on them. The fact is, if that word is so offensive for white people to say, it should be equally offensive for blacks to say as well. Don’t give me that standard, “whites owned blacks” slavery excuse. Slavery (in the traditional American sense) ended almost 150 years ago. If you’re a black person who has a valid slavery claim, then I want the name and address of the white person enslaving you and I will go to their house, beat the hell out of them and then call the police. If you are a slave in this day and age, then it’s to the Democratic Party, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Obama and his minions. If you are a black person reading this then you are not, nor have you ever been, picking cotton on the plantation or getting raped or beaten by a white slave master. That is not your history, it’s not your story and it’s sure as hell not your excuse to go around calling each other “niggas” or me a “cracka.” I’ve never enslaved another person in my entire life and I will not pay for the sins of my ancestors. Likewise, you’re not going to get away with using the sins of my ancestors against me. We’re all responsible for our OWN actions, not those of our family, friends or people who died that we never even knew.

And that double standard doesn’t just come from the black community. It’s permeated throughout society. Watching Megyn Kelly just today on FOX News covering the George Zimmerman trial, she was all too willing to say the word, “cracker” aloud when referring to testimony regarding Trayvon Martin calling George Zimmerman names but she didn’t dare utter the word, “nigger” when it came up in the same testimony. Footage of the trial even bleeped that word out. But oh no, “cracker” was found to be suitable for the viewing audience. How is that not a double standard?

Personally, “nigger” is not a word I use to refer to black people. I just don’t think it’s necessary or respectful. I also don’t go around calling Mexicans “spics” or Italians “wops.” Racial jokes really don’t offend me, though, regardless of the race or ethnicity involved. And I really don’t care if people go around calling each other “niggers” or “honkies” or much of anything else. Have at it. But don’t be a hypocrite about it. Don’t laugh at one person calling you a name just because they are the same skin color as you and then turn around and get your panties in a wad because someone of a different skin color calls you the exact same thing. If you really believe that skin is just a color, then why not put actions behind your professed beliefs? I don’t see anything wrong with being able to laugh at ourselves or each other. People are entirely too sensitive. You do not have a right to not be offended. If I’m offending you now, then go ahead and offend me back. They’re words. Words have exactly the power which you assign them. Tell me why references to black people eating watermelon and fried chicken are taboo but rap songs titled the likes of (and yes, these are real songs) “Mad Niggas” and “Kill Whitey” are just “part of the culture?” I love watermelon and fried chicken, by the way. They’re two of my favorite foods. Just throwing that out there.

And while we’re on the subject, you’ll notice that I do not refer to the black community as African Americans. You’ll hear me say “African-American” when referring to someone with dual citizenship. I don’t refer to myself as a “German-Irish-American.” I’ve been to Germany exactly once and I’ve never been to Ireland. Why in the hell would I see fit to call myself either? I’m an American and so are you and if you’re not proud of that and you’d prefer to be African, then move to Africa.Or Scotland or Australia or wherever the hell you’d rather be. Until then, let’s just be honest about who we all are.

If you’ve gotten to this final paragraph, then maybe I’ve struck a chord with you or maybe you think I’m a complete racist. I don’t actually care what you think either way, as I do not require your validation to know who I am. I’m not a racist, I’m a realist. If you’d still like to fancy me a racist and that helps you to put me in a box with which you’re more comfortable, go right ahead. It won’t ruin my day. But you’d do yourself a favor to actually study up on the true definition of racism and not the bastardized definition today’s society has shoved down your throat. And do yourself a favor and realize that you’re not a race, you’re a person. You may belong to a certain race or ethnic group but it’s up to you to define who you are.