Making race the measure of all things

Making race the measure of all things

"… If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black." (Joe Biden, May 2020)

Making race the measure of all things

Democrats have long been racially obsessed – which may be why they're terrified by recent surveys showing that Hispanics, blacks and other minorities are jumping ship.

Robert Knight
Robert Knight

Robert Knight is a columnist for The Washington Times. His latest book is "Crooked: What Really Happened in the 2020 Election and How to Stop the Fraud."

Did you ever think you would see the day when Jewish students on elite college campuses were afraid to attend classes?

Pro-Hamas mobs have taken over. They have built tent cities and made it clear that Jews and anyone supporting Israel is an enemy.

At Columbia University, Israel-born Shai Davidai, an assistant professor at the business school, was told that his key card was deactivated after he spoke at a pro-Israel rally.

Racial and ethnic bigotry, which had been on the decline for decades, have re-emerged like Dracula rising from his coffin. Race is being made the central factor in any human interactions. This is no accident.

Democrats have long been racially obsessed. The party of the Ku Klux Klan, they created Jim Crow laws and defended them right up to the 1960s, when a greater percentage of Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

This past week, a federal judge struck down a North Carolina law barring convicted felons from voting if they had not had their citizenship privileges restored. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs, an Obama appointee, ruled that the 147-year-old statute discriminates against minorities, who tend to be overrepresented in prison populations. Getting more felons to vote is a big cause for Democrats.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration sued the Sheetz gas station/convenience store chain this past week, charging it with discrimination because the company conducts criminal background checks on job applicants. Seriously.

In one of those oddly timed sequences, the lawsuit was filed a day after President Biden made a campaign stop at a Sheetz store in Moon Township, Pa., wearing his aviator glasses and buying snacks for workers. I wonder if he even knew his legal beagles were about to take a chomp out of Sheetz.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) attorney Debra M. Lawrence wrote that Sheetz's background checks "cause a disparate impact because of race or other protected classifications."

There is no indication that the company discriminates against blacks who don't have a criminal record. Like other businesses, Sheetz wants to minimize theft and protect its customers and employees from criminals.

The company, which operates 723 stores in the Mid-Atlantic states, including 305 in Pennsylvania, is being accused of racism for wanting honest employees regardless of race.

Ms. Lawrence was unyielding, however, saying, "even when such necessity is proven, the practice remains unlawful if there is an alternative practice available that is comparably effective."

And that alternative is – what exactly? Looking the other way?

In California, the Democrat-dominated state Senate Judiciary Committee created a new agency this month to establish a Genealogy Office to determine eligibility for slavery reparations. They could probably get some tips on calculating racial percentages from the defunct, white racist Apartheid regime in South Africa.

A Democrat-run California reparations task force last year proposed paying each recipient up to $1.2 million, which would cost state taxpayers as much as $800 billion – more than twice the state's annual budget. Not to be outdone, a San Francisco racial reparations group recommended payments of up to $5 million each.

This is all pretty rich given that California was never even a slave state.

Forget the high-minded rhetoric. These policies are evil. They deliberately foment resentment, envy and animus instead of healing. Likewise, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) sessions are designed to divide. They put everybody into brightly delineated, self-conscious identity groups instead of reminding us that we are all humans made in the image of God. Any problems we have are always caused by someone else.

"We seem to be getting closer and closer to a situation where nobody is responsible for what they did but we are all responsible for what somebody else did," wrote Hoover Institution scholar Thomas Sowell, who is black.

Over the years, Mr. Sowell has written extensively about the origins of unequal outcomes and has noted the destructiveness caused by lowered expectations for minorities. The Democrats' Great Society effectively stopped progress for poor blacks and rendered them subservient to a welfare system that rewards unwed motherhood.

The deliberate damage done to the married, mother-and-father black family has been astronomically successful in creating generational dependency and a reliable Democrat voting bloc. At least, up till now. There are signs that it is cracking.

Democrats continue to stoke the victim mentality with anti-white rhetoric (see President Biden's speeches), false histories like The New York Times' 1619 Project and Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States," and, more recently, the flood of anti-Semitic propaganda on campuses.

The quest for absolute equality in all things matches the Democrats' zealous campaign to wreck America's fossil fuel and car industries in pursuit of zero carbon emissions. Both goals are impossible, and both generate massive government coercion.

The key to minority advancement is not more social programs but a renewed societal commitment to the formation and preservation of stable families, Mr. Sowell writes.

"Children born into families that raise them with love and with care to see that they acquire knowledge, values and discipline that will make them valuable members of society have far more chances of economic and other success in adulthood than children raised in families that lack these qualities," Mr. Sowell writes.

Perhaps this is why Democrats are terrified by recent surveys showing that Hispanics, blacks and other minorities are jumping ship.

This article appeared originally here.

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