I saw a meme yesterday that perfectly summed up what I and many of you have been saying; skin color doesn’t determine anything about who you are or what you become. The photo showed 3 black men in a courtroom. One of the men is wearing an orange jump suit, another a suit, the third a police officer’s uniform. The caption said something along the lines of, your skin color doesn’t determine your place in society, your decisions do.
That might be the most powerful, succinct argument against identity politics that I have ever seen. What makes it even better is knowing that some politically correct slack-jawed mouth breather is losing his/her mind after seeing that meme. I can just hear the screaming about how offensive it is to make fun of the guy in the prison garb and how we don’t know his life story or the circumstances in which he might have grown up or the racism he probably faced in his life that prevented him from succeeding in life.
That’s true; we don’t know his life story. But neither do we know the life stories of the other 2 gentlemen in the photo. How do we know that they didn’t grow up in abject poverty or face racism? We don’t. Maybe they did, and they made choices that led them down a different path. Maybe the 'criminal' is from a middle or upper-class family and was a spoiled little rich kid. You can’t assume that because of the color of his skin that he grew up in the projects.
Yet that’s exactly what liberals do, make assumptions about people based upon some demographic characteristic over which the person has no control. Notwithstanding the belief these days that you can self-declare to be whatever you want to be. This belief that we must all share the same experiences, beliefs, values based upon some random trait is probably the most bigoted thing a person can believe.
Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Condoleeza Rice, Alberto Gonzales, Ted Cruz; all members of minority groups as defined by the promoters of identity politics as having ‘betrayed’ their heritage because they are conservatives. Is there anything more racist than that? I’d submit if there is, it’s not by much.
Just this past week, we’ve seen the bigotry and hypocrisy of the left exposed once again. Roseanne Barr sends out a Tweet that is considered racist. Samantha B describes Ivanka Trump in one of the vilest ways and intimates that her dad is a pedophile. Both are women. Both are white. But because Roseanne doesn’t toe the liberal line, she is condemned and fired. Samantha B espouses the liberal points of view, so she is defended and keeps her job. Identity politics at its finest.
We must continue to make our voices heard. It won’t be in the mainstream media. Fox News was the only major media outlet to report the outrage among the citizenry over Samantha B’s comments. Make no mistake, the outrage is real and widespread but won’t be heard in the liberal media sources. We must make our voices heard in the political arena and the business sector. Our politicians must know we are tired of identity politics and the rules/laws that are enacted to enforce that belief system. The businesses must know that we won’t support them if they support hatred spewed on these programs.
You and I have that power. Liberals love to yell, scream, and be loud in general. They get attention in the media because of shared beliefs and values. We can be loud in the marketplace, the boardrooms, and at the polling places. That is where real change will be effected. That is where we will win.