If this is Racism...

I’m a racist because I believe that blacks are fully capable human beings who are perpetually demeaned by the liberal theory holding that blacks cannot function without handouts from condescending, rich white people.

I’m a racist because believe that blacks are just as academically capable as any other people in America, but that they are having their abilities systematically squished when condescending, rich white people assure them that they can’t make it without assistance — a heinous approach predicated on the liberal’s implicit assumption that blacks are inherently stupid, ill-informed and ill-suited for intellectual effort.

I’m a racist because I believe that vigorous (but still constitutional) law enforcement benefits blacks, who are disproportionately the victims of crimes by other blacks.

I’m a racist because I believe that excusing harmful behaviors in the black community (whether academic failures, teen pregnancies, drug use or crime), on the ground that blacks cannot help themselves because whites have essentially ruined them, is the ultimate insult to blacks, reducing them to the level of animals without intelligence, self-discipline, moral fiber, ambition or ordinary human decency.

I’m a racist because I believe that black men who have a deep commitment to their nuclear families are incredibly important for the health of the black community, but that the combination of government handouts and excuses for black crime erases black men from the picture, to everyone’s detriment.

-Bookworm Room

There are only two possible reasons you can argue racism is bad: because it degrades a specific set of people, or because it degrades the law. We tend to focus on the first reason, because it’s obvious, concrete, and it captures our emotions. You can take really captivating pictures of the result of racism on people, but it’s not so easy to take captivating pictures of the results of racism on the law. Since we live in such a emotive, visual world, it’s hard to escape the concrete and visible, but it’s hard to trace the results of disregarding the law. Even if we do see the defects in our disregard of the law, it’s all too easy to find something concrete on which to blame the resulting problems. “I was fine until I got caught,” or, “the only problem with that law is we just don’t enforce it right.”

The second argument against racism, however, is the stronger one. Disregarding the law might be harder to see, and harder to comprehend the results of, because the law, and it’s impact, are more abstract. It’s always easy to “bend” the abstract to make the immediate results more to our liking. But it’s also more dangerous, in the end. The primary problem with racism, in the end, is that it destroys the law.

And this destruction happens in both directions.

Bending the law to promote one group over another, no matter the current reality, no matter the past, destroys the law. The results might be instantly gratifying, but the results follow a curve of diminishing returns. At some point all your laws are racist, as well as all your people.

So, I’ll add one more to Bookworm Room’s excellent list.

I’m a racist because I believe everyone should be treated equally before the law, no matter what the color of your skin or your racial origin.

You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice, nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit. Exodus 23:2-3

You shall not be partial to poor man, nor shall you be partial against a poor man. You shall not be partial to a man of a different race, and you shall not be partial against a man of a different race. If equality before the law is racism, then all conservatives and Christians should proudly wear the label racist, for the word has come to mean the opposite of what it originally meant, and what it should mean.

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