by Karin McQuillan
The good news for President Trump is that most Americans agree with Republicans about race: that we are all created equal and deserve equal treatment and opportunity. The problem is that far too many Americans believe the lie that Republicans, instead of adhering to these basic truths, are racist. President Trump has the courage to express our views on race. We can win on this issue.
Democrats don’t want all citizens to be treated equally. Democrats want people treated differently and according to their skin color. They want group justice. They call it social justice because it sounds better. In their idea of a just America, whites, Asians, and Jews must give up opportunities as a group, and blacks and other people of color must be privileged with extra opportunities and reparations.
By their definition, Democrats claim half the country is racist. Understand this: the Democratic Party’s idea of racism is defined by group identity, not by an individual’s behavior or beliefs. You’re not biased? Doesn’t matter. Utterly reject discrimination? Doesn’t matter. White? You’re racist.
Democrats believe being colorblind is itself racist. Republicans, who believe laws should be colorblind, are by definition racist.
What Democrats think is justice, Republicans think is fascist.
The Democrats’ definition of racism is the opposite of Biblical teachings and Western jurisprudence, which is based on the concept of equality before the law, without fear or favor whether someone is rich or poor, black or white, gay or straight, male or female. “You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor” (Leviticus 19:15).
Republican justice is blindfolded. The Democrat scales of justice are weighted by group identity. Social justice is a Marxist, not an American, idea. Its outcome is a race-based society.
Because Republicans are so scared to talk about race, Democrats dominate public discourse. They constantly scream and rant that Republicans are racist. Since the success of President Trump, the volume has gone up, the lies have multiplied, and the label upped to white supremacist.
Republicans naively call this political tactic “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” It is not a syndrome, it is a strategy. Screaming “racist” works. It fosters loyalty among black voters and keeps well-meaning white people in line, because they believe the lie or are too afraid to counter it. Black and educated white Democrats will never give Republicans a chance as long as the racist label sticks.
Republicans need to express and stand up for their own views on race directly and forcefully. A sizable percentage of Democrats, black and white, even Millennials, would realize to their shock that they agree with Republicans on race.
To the Democratic Party and their pundits in the corporate left-wing press, bias and discrimination are so 20th century. The Democrats have moved on. The new Democrat idea of racism is totally different from what most Americans think when they hear it condemned. It is proven not by discrimination, but by differences in success in life. The progressive term is “disparate outcomes,” which are taken as proof of racism. The solution is racial quotas, not just on campus, but as zoning requirements for towns, in employment—in every institution touched by civil rights laws meant to combat true discrimination.
Democrats call differences in prosperity and success “inequality” as if different levels of hard work, ambition, and achievement are a civil rights issue. They want white individuals’ success attacked as racism by federal programs and taxes.
Unknown to most Democrats, in the mid-1980s, social scientists dropped what they call the “old-fashioned” civil rights idea of racism as “prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, or condescension” and substituted what is called the “Modern Racism Scale.” The media and politicians soon followed. The new proof of a racist attitude is to say anyone who works hard can make it in America. Believing in the American Dream is the definition of racism.
Leftist social scientists measure racism by agreement with this sentence: “blacks can achieve as much as anyone.” To social justice warriors, if you accurately and honestly say, “I have no bias against blacks,” that means you are racist.
In contrast, discrimination on behalf of minorities is required by Democrats. We see the rise to power of diversity officers in every corporation and campus in America. They work to bring the full force of the federal government behind requirements for de facto racial quotas in every aspect of life the federal government can reach.
Democrats don’t care if privileging blacks (or women) with quotas for jobs and school is terribly unfair to individual white or Asian candidates who are shut out by the color of their skin. Individuals have no rights to fair treatment. Disagree and you will be labeled racist and personally destroyed.
Democrats see all the unhappy aspects of many black people’s lives—dropping out of high school, having children without getting married, working in low paying jobs or not working at all—as proof of white oppression. At the same time, they argue that if you want blacks to join the American middle class, that is racist oppression, because you want them to “act white.” Barack Obama’s popular church in Chicago required congregants to sign a pledge against “the pursuit of middle-classness.”
Democrats’ race-based policies create a power elite of favored blacks, but are disastrous for the black community as a whole, especially black college students.
The Republican colorblind views on race are in line with the finest values of the civil rights era, the great heritage of our founding fathers, and Biblical teachings on equality and the brotherhood of man. Republican values on race would help black Americans flourish and improve their lives. We would all work together towards a harmonious and fair America, instead of setting each group against the other, as Democrats do.
Justice for one is justice for all. Justice for one group at the expense of another is justice for nobody.
If liberal and older Democrats really understood the way Democrats have changed the meaning of “racism” they would no longer believe Democrat assertions that all Republicans are racist. They would realize that they side more with Republicans on equality, fairness, and race.
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Karin McQuillan served in the Peace Corps in West Africa, was a clinical social worker and psychotherapist, and is now a writer and regular contributor to American Thinker and American Greatness.