I agree completely with the OP. I lived through the time of Martin Luther King Jr. and true racism.
How do you tell using the word correctly from incorrectly? Part of it is what is being confronted? If one uses the term about any idea, thought, or
political action that really has nothing to do with race. The same is true of sexism, etc. ism. That is when the misuse of the term leads to the
bastardization of the word(s).
This is how I see what has happened with REAL racism. (taken from my post on another thread and revised)
Our society worked really hard during the 60's-90's to end racism. My high school was integrated the first year I attended.
I remember those years. The US really tried to end racism.
I was a military brat who grew up in a totally integrated environment. When I "fell" for a young (local) black man who wrote beautiful poetry and
asked him if he would go with a bike ride with me in the city park - he replied with a note "I can't because I would be beaten up and you might
too." My first encounter with real and true racism.
The same year a group of young liberal college students came to our school and separated out all the whites and took them to a room for sensitivity
training. They would not let us eat or drink or leave the room until we admitted we were prejudiced (the racism word then). I refused and sat there
until school ended and they had to let me go. That was my first encounter with abuse of the idea of racism. Condemning people and accusing people of
racism simply because of the color of their skin, not the true underlying real racism, - they did it for a political goal, not to improve race
And then, along came Jessie Jackson and his ilk who profited from it and found a occupation dependent on racism. I tried to attend his church but was
told there was a charge as in $ to attend if you weren't a member. I was too poor at that time (a student) to go to Jesse Jackson's church, I
couldn't afford the "ticket" as a white person to attend his church.
This was in the late 70's. This was the beginning of using racism as a way
to profit for oneself.
And now the Democrats who opposed ending slavery, were members of the KKK, are now promoting racism by calling everyone and his brother a racist.
Finally along comes what the country hopes will end racism, a black president, and turns out the president and his lackies get some sort of orgasm
out of calling everyone that disagrees with his ideas, thoughts, and political stances racist.
We are sick to death of all this racism talk
after working so hard to end racism -
just to end up being accused of being racist at every turn in our lives.
END REAL RACISM please, by not using the word for political or personal gain
there is not a racist, sexist, homophobic boogie man around every corner
The misuse of the word racism has actually caused racism.
How do I know? Many of the military brats locked in that room by well meaning liberals were turned into racists that day.
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