Did You Eat White Meat Yesterday?

Posted: November 29, 2013 in Articles
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Yesterday was Thanksgiving and was hopefully a great day for one and all. We had a great time, ourselves. When all the festivities had died away, we did get on the computer for a little bit and saw the headline: “The Unbearable Whiteness of White Meat” (read it for yourself at http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_spectator/2010/11/the_unbearable_whiteness_of_white_meat.single.html). Suspecting this might have to do with the same racists who like to eat peanut butter sandwiches (http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/114604-schools-beat-the-drum-for-equity), we read on. Our suspicions were confirmed.

In modern American society, being called a racist is one of the worst things you can be called. It is hard to imagine being labeled something worse and yet when you think about it, what exactly is it about racism that makes it such a heinous crime? Speaking of older white Americans who lived in a “racist era”, Oprah Winfrey said that “They all just need to die.” Is racism really that bad that racists need to die? Real racists are ignorant and sometimes ugly or violent, but since when is racism, the attitude, a crime that deserves death?

In fact, racism is not a death deserving crime. Racism is defined by Webster’s II New Collage Dictionary as, “the notion that one’s own ethnic stock is superior”. Based on this definition, racism sounds like an opinion. But perhaps society isn’t using this definition anymore. Originally, a racist was a person who thought that his race was superior to other races. Now, you can be called a racist just for mentioning race at all. For instance, a man in Maryland asked a worker if he was Korean and he was called racist. Peanut butter sandwiches were labeled racist in a school because children from other countries do not eat peanut butter sandwiches. Now, almost anyone or anything can be called racist if it pertains to race in even the tiniest way.

So racism is a crime worthy of death and almost anything today can be deemed racist. Interestingly enough, it also seems that only white people are racist. Blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities seem to not even have the ability to be racist, but white people have to be very careful about what they say and do or they will be called racist. Not only that, but apparently black people can get away with things that white people could never dream of getting away with. Take for example the quote from Oprah, “They all just need to die.” If a white woman had said that about an entire generation of blacks, she would have been attacked (rightfully) on all sides. Not so Oprah.

If you give it thought, you realize that real racism can be bad if it leads to violence, but in reality, there are not very many real racists around. Even though racism is the crime of the century (especially if you are traditional, older, and white), hopefully people will not fall for the obvious attempt at getting everyone of different races to hate each other. Let’s defy what they would have us do and show brotherly love to all.

  1. Libby says:

    Well said. It’s as bad over here.

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