Many statements have been called “racist” — that term is used by the left to condemn anything they don’t like, and to shut down conversation. Progs do not like real conversation, because they cannot argue with facts and logic. Thus, they resort to emotional accusations such as “racism” or “sexism”.
So what is “racism”?
Resorting to our trusty Merriam-Webster Dictionary, we get these definitions:
1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race2: racial prejudice or discrimination
So let us take the joke from Judy Moses, wife of Israeli Minister of the Interior, Silvan Shalom: “Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak.”
Is that racist? Obviously not. It shows no indication that 0bama is inferior because of his race (definition #1), nor does it show any racial prejudice or discrimination (definition #2). Her joke simply mentions that 0bama is Black. Thus, those who think the joke is racist must think that it is his race which causes 0bama to be weak, and therefore they are the racists, not she.
It is no different than saying, “Do u know what Biden Chocolate is? White and tasteless.”
It simple mentions his skin color, but does not imply that he is tasteless because he is White.
According to the race-baiters, any negative mention of race is racist. For instance, noting that the average Black IQ is about 15 points (about 1σ) below that of Whites is considered racist. But it does not fit either definition. If the difference were more like 2σ or 3σ, then it could be considered to be a “primary determinant”. But it is not. It is simply a fact.
Stating facts is not racist. Racism comes when those facts are used against individuals. For instance, a resume from someone with a typically Black name will receive fewer call-backs than a similar resume from someone with a typically Anglo-Saxon name. That is taking the properties of a population (averages, medians, standard deviations), and making assumptions about individuals. The is prejudice — pre-judging an individual based on the properties of the population to which he belongs.
That is what racism really is. Treating Blacks as if they need quotas and special dispensations to have a chance at a good life, is racist. Treating everyone as individuals, even if that means that a higher percentage of Blacks fail than Whites, is not.
To have an real, honest conversation about race and racism, we have to be able to speak the truth, and we need to stop calling racists the people who speak that truth.
Only when we get to that point can we look for underlying causes. WHY does the Black population have an average IQ one standard deviation below that of Whites? WHY is there more crime in the Black community? Then we can truly move to Dr. King’s great society, in which a man is judged by the content of his character.