…You might be a racist.

Rick Perry claims he’d painted over the “N#&*@$head scratched on the rock outside his ranch, and that weather wore away the paint to reveal the racist word there. I mean it isn’t like the ranch was referred to as…oh, it was. I guess we should be happy it wasn’t called the Triple K ranch as well.

Honestly, I don’t believe Rick Perry is overtly racist, just as America isn’t overtly racist. Passively racist? Perhaps. Systemically, latently, historically racist? Endemic, institutionalized, smoldering, simmering, unresolved, in denial? Slavery and apartheid -like racial oppression lasted in this country for the better part of two centuries. It is unreasonable to believe it would all be resolved in only generation or two. If you went on a two hundred year bender, how long do you suppose the hangover would last. I suspect you’d be bent over the toilet for the better part of a century, and then the headache! We’re still face down in the bowl on this one, folks.

That’s why the Tea Party’s sudden exaltation of Herman Cain wears so thin. He’s a safe sort of Black guy, kind of like the grandpa from the old Cosby show, who says all the things they want to hear in quick thoughtless, flimsy and folksy right-wing clichés like, if you mess with Israel, you mess with America, or Keep your hands off our Second amendment.

But here’s a hint for the Tea Party, when you say things like, How could we be racist we got a black guy for a candidate, that sounds a bit racist at a minimum, and might reveal some things you might find distasteful buried deep, but oozing out in odd ways.

But strictly in an effort to help Tea Partiers and the Right avoid the label of racism, or of supporting of  a racially imbalanced system, here are a few  potential minefields:

If you ask aloud why Blacks can use the “N” word, but you can’t…you might be a racist.

If you ask why there isn’t a White entertainment network…

If you use the term Post Racial…

If you break down incarceration rates by race…

If you begin a sentence with, “I’m not a racist, but…”

Or, “I don’t agree with White supremacists, but…”

“If you say, I don’t see color…

If you are waiting for Blacks to get over that whole slavery and civil rights thing…

If you think affirmative action is a conspiracy against White people…

If you think Obama is being racially divisive for advocating social justice…

If you use the term Racial Politics…

Here’s the deal, I’ll confess to my own latent racism. I’ll admit that I am a small person in a big world, struggling to make sense of a great many things. We boil the world down to easily digestible and understandable parts, but in doing so we trade details for shades, We trade individuals for groups and trade community for tribalism. In those margins racism grows from fear and ignorance and laziness. It is not evil and it is not a curse, but it is a Human quality that needs to be battled daily, like alcoholism or any other anti-social behavior. But first it must be confronted in each individual heart with n understanding it has always been there and will always be there, and not by painting over a rock.

 

About 900poundgorilla

W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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