As a young man I observed that those who saw racism in everything were usually the most racist.  That analysis has proven itself over time.  Today the accusation is so frequently made on Democratic Party media outlets, very recently by Beto O’Rourke against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that it’s now difficult to know who is not a racist.  If a Jew, the most persecuted race in modern world history, is racist as O’Rourke says, then who is exempt?  But the term is used several times a night on MSNBC, NBC, CBS, and ABC news outlets.  Presumably everyone is racists except Democrats who decry everyone else as such.

As a result white Democratic presidential contenders are apologizing for and fleeing from their whiteness.  Joe Bidden (yet unannounced) and Bernie Sanders, are “old white men,” we are told.  The party seems intent on purging the stain of whiteness from itself.  Sanders, thus far ignores it while instead apologizing for his great wealth and “tax breaks.”  Biden recently apologized to Anita Hill for the “whiteness” of the Senate Judiciary Committee he once chaired.

Beto O’Rourke, formerly Robert Morris, (name changed allegedly to attract hispanic voters) recently admitted having benefited from what he called “white privilege.”  He told a group, “Absolutely undeniable. I have been arrested twice. But that didn’t come to define me or narrow my options in life. A lot of it has to do with the fact that I’m a white man.”

Democrats also see everywhere “white nationalism,” a form of racism, and attempt to attach the label to anyone who wishes to enforce existing, longstanding, immigration law, the same law enforced by Barack Obama.  Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar recently tweeted, “Stephen Miller is a white nationalist.  The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage.”  This, coming from probably the most anti-jewish (and therefore racist) member of congress.  Unable to show clear documentation for the charge, supporters acknowledged that although they could not X-ray for “racist bones,” even so, Miller (and by extension President Donald Trump his boss) is still guilty of “soft-core” white nationalism.  In other words, they are white nationalists because they are white and in the majority.

Since whites participated in slavery in our early history 13 Democratic Presidential hopefuls attending the Al Sharpton founded National Action Network’s annual conference in April committed to sign Congresswoman Jackson Lee’s recently introduced bill creating a commission to study reparations for African-Americans.  Most saw it as a way of addressing the persistence of racism and white supremacy today.  Cory Booker said, “It will begin to right the economic scales of past harms.”

Senator Kamala Harris, “Justice means recognizing domestic terrorism, including white nationalist extremism,” which she noted, “should be considered a national security priority.”  Senator Bernie Sanders said he would sign, then returned to his racist central theme, “We have a president who is a racist, who is a sexist, who is a homophobe, who is a xenophobe, and who is a religious bigot.”

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand would sign as would Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Governor John Hickenlooper and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.  Indeed no presidential candidate at the gathering opposed it.  All supported “racial restitution,” whatever that means.

The problem with such legislation is no white person now living had anything to do with slavery 154 years ago.  Even then, it was almost entirely the whites of the north that gave their lives to free the slaves.  It was whites that established and maintained the Underground Railroad at considerable risk to themselves and it was white author Harriet Beecher Stow in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, who brought attention to the moral issue of slavery.  Even today, race baiters need to be reminded that it was whites that elected the first half-black president, Barack Obama.

Of course, there were abuses of the past.  Indians, Chinese, Germans, Japanese, Quakers, Jews and Mormons can all make cases.  Race baiters want whites to acknowledge that they are racist and oppressive by nature and should have what they call “white guilt.”  The only remedy they seem to accept is compensation, but this is never enough.

But their focus is almost entirely on the blacks and slavery and the then perpetrators and victims are dead and today’s descendants, many generations later, were not wronged.  How do they make the case for their receiving compensation for wrongs committed to their ancestors without committing an injustice to those now living—even if it were their ancestors who committed the injustices mentioned?  Would they not be the source of new injustice?

Why should I pay for the injustices of my ancestors, even worse, when they may not have been the perpetrators?  And why should my black neighbor receive a benefit forced from me without creating an injustice to me?  Under this logic his posterity will need to atone to my posterity.  Could not the same arguments be used against them in a later century?

Today most white Americans are of many races and not racist.  Insisting that all whites should have “white guilt “ because of presumed ancestral injustices or confederate association only exacerbates racism, the very thing race baiters insist they wish to end.  Then, are not race baiters the “real” racists?  That the news gives their racism so much attention should be objectionable to everyone.

Dr. Harold W. Pease is a syndicated columnist and an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He taught history and political science from this perspective for over 30 years at Taft College. 

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