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    fight them at every turn

    Understanding Racism

    by | 1 | Aug 29, 2017

    Trump Rally Asheville by Will Thomas

    I can’t really help myself. It just happens. Whenever I see images of Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, or reasonable facsimiles, I think of Groucho Marx. The comedian from my dad’s generation famously stated that he would never want to join an exclusive club that was willing to accept him as a member.

    While viewing photos from KKK members, Confederate sympathizers’ mug shots, or watching the footage from places like Charlottesville, I can’t help but think: This is supposed to be an example of a superior race? Really?

    I find it puzzling that for all White Superiority factions, the two organizations most admired are Nazi Germany and the Confederate South; both groups that got their asses kicked in wars trying to prove how superior they were.

    Rome ruled over an empire for fourteen hundred years under many different circumstances. The Greeks invented nearly every aspect of modern government and artistic endeavor. The Egyptians built the pyramids. Of course, these groups were infiltrated by impure types of people. Not that common sense enters into the thought process when trying to establish a master race.

    The Moors introduced hygiene, hospitals, public education, and the Arabic numbering system to Spain after conquering that country. China invented gunpowder, paper, and the written word. Agriculture began in the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, but also concurrently in South America. Most of this came about while Caucasians were still worshiping trees and eating the hearts of their enemies for good luck. And fighting naked. Glad that custom’s no longer popular.

    The idea of separation by whatever means necessary isn’t a new one. Humans likely divided into segments based on stupid divisions before fire was invented. But considering everything else, race may be the most ridiculous reason for separating Us from Them.

    Skin color is triggered by melanin; DNA changes to regulate how much sun a person is exposed to based on the climate where he lives. Taking that detail and finding superiority is hard enough to do. Defending the concept must be a real strain.

    Not that defending the idea of being part of a Master Race is a problem. Bullies, malcontents, and general fuck ups aren’t looking for solid, scientific reasons to do anything. They are searching for someone inferior to them on the food chain.

    For several centuries, the KKK has terrorized minorities and people without power, with the help of, and sometimes assistance of those in control. As the Trump era brought a resurgence of this idiocy, those folks’ prodigy decided to do the same. A simple case of bullies looking for validation for their bullying.

    But someone violated the established rules. No one expected the oppressed to actually fight back. The result has been an outcry from Fox News and memes galore of crying Nazis sounding like movie stars whining about their tough life. Talk about snowflakes.

    I’ve read several expert opinions in recent months about how racists are basically bullies and the best way to combat them is to ignore their tantrums. I disagree. The best way is to fight them at every turn, expose their true motives and idiotic justifications, and vilify and ridicule their actions and beliefs.

    We’re off to a good start.

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    Mike Cox

    Mike Cox

    Mike Cox currently writes a weekly column in South Carolina for the Columbia Star called “It’s Not a Criticism, It’s an Observation.” He is trying to grow old as gracefully as possible without condemning the current generation in charge to doom. Each day this task gets harder as the overwhelming evidence mounts. He currently has two published books; Finding Daddy Cox, and October Saturdays. His columns have won three South Carolina Press Association awards since 2003. Mike has three sons and two grandchildren and lives in Irmo, Sc, just outside of Columbia.

     

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      Perfectly stated, thank you

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