Name calling has turned into an artform as political hatchet men go about trying to destroy their adversaries. It seems civility is the first casualty of the modern PC culture. The left has essentially declared war, with nothing off the table as far as tactics are concerned. Made up terms like homophobia, along with explosive labels like Nazi and Fascist, have taken the place of honest debate. If someone even hints that there are real differences between men and women accusations of misogyny start to fly.
It is not just name calling, but actual violence has taken place. The recent rise of Antifa riots follows on the heels of Black Lives Matter's call for violence against police. Time and time again, paid rioters have looted and burned in cities they do not call home; inner city mercenaries who care little about whose lives they destroy. The media, for its part, never asks who is sponsoring the carnage, only hypes the propaganda. All the while, civility seems to going the way of chivalry, and just as foreign on American streets.
Of all the name calling, it is the term racist that leaves people's lips the most. A racist being someone who sees the world in shades of skin tones, it seems those that use it the most need a fresh look in the mirror. It categorizes not just the supremacist and segregationist, but patronizing elitist, and demagogues as well.
The first step in combating racism is to stop making everything about race. Unfortunately, the American left is doing the exact opposite. Painting over the real issues facing people in poverty, they use racism as a catch all. It seems there is nothing that they can't put a racial spin on. Along the way, they inspire hate and despair among those in most need of hope. The truth is, racism will always exist, but it can be minimized by focusing on our common humanity.
Poverty is not a racial issue, blacks from many African countries excel beyond native born Americans of almost all backgrounds. Social issues are not racial either. Studies have shown, when corrected for family breakdown, the differences in U.S. crime rates melt away. Regardless of color, or ethnicity, those from broken/fatherless households have the same propensity to be involved in crime. Given this, common sense dictates that strengthening families, and better interdiction programs for kids, would go a long way towards helping crime ravaged communities recover. Job skill programs, like what is being pioneered by the Koch brother in Texas, are helpful as well. In contrast, painting poor minority communities as victims only serves to exasperates the problems.
It is easy to see poor schools, high crime rates, and a large police presence and holler racism. It is much more difficult to look at root causes by examining the people being effected. The vendetta politics of social justice creates victims, but not solutions. Labeling all racism avoids having to see people as groups of individuals, and facing their problems head on. It also serves political ends, as the blind fury such rhetoric inspires can be harnessed by the demagogues that stoked it in the first place.
Truth is, black lives do matter, as do the lives of all Americans. Unity and commonality are what is needed. Instead of kneeling for the national anthem, and disgracing the country, why not work to improve communities so a large police force is not needed. Similarly, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and other hyphenized sub classes of citizenship have no place in the U.S. One nation and one people, with a shared destiny; addressing problems together is the only way out of this mess.
Once the cloak of identity politics is removed, people can see the issues facing each other are not unique, nor are the solutions. Education, family, and the hope for a better future is not a black issue, or a white one; the color of skin has no more relevance then eye color or height when it comes to the things that count. It is time to move beyond blaming problems on whole groups. Justice can never be social, it can only be divvied out one person at a time. In contrast, root causes of social issues are rarely unique. Lack of family support, education, job skills, etc., have the same effect on those living in a small Midwestern town, as they do in the inner city. Strategies for combating these problems are independent of the place and time and have no relation to the skin color, ethnicity, or the religion of those involved. People are people, and it is time to recognize this fact. Unity, not division, will solve the issues facing Americans. In contrast, accusations of racism, claims of oppression, and seeking retribution, reparations or redistribution is bound to exasperate the very problems those pushing them say they want to solve. Time to come together as one people, with a shared destiny.