Uncommon Sense

December 24, 2013

The New Racism

Since the delights of overtly demeaning those with skins darker than ours has become highly unacceptable, racism has had to go underground. It has gone underground so far that some refer to our now “post-racial” society, still others state that it is the talk of race that must stop to finally eradicate the last vestiges of racism.

O . . . M . . . G. . . .

The racism of today is on clear display and in some ways more cruel than that of the past. At least we aren’t lynching people right and left, instead we doom them to lives of poverty and frustration. African-Americans aren’t “niggers” anymore, they are just shiftless and lazy . . . and unemployed.

The major objection of the non-wealthy conservative set is that their tax monies are being redistributed to unworthy people, people who need to get out and get a job and support themselves instead of laying around living off of the dole. Of course, there is some truth connected to their fantasies, a few grains of sand on their beach that fit their criteria, but mostly they are flat out wrong.

How did this happen? Well, it didn’t happen by accident. Consider that when Franklin Roosevelt signed the unemployment insurance law into being, that agricultural wage workers and live-in domestic servants were excluded from such benefits. What rationale could be had for these exclusions? Do ag workers, working for pay, not work hard? Domestic servants who live with their employers lose their housing as well as their paycheck if they are “let go” (nice euphemism). Why were they excluded? Could it have been that somewhere near 80% of all such workers at that time were black and that Roosevelt needed his Southern Democrats (the “Dixiecrats,” a telling label) to get the law passed?

Is it an accident that white ex-cons are more likely to be hired for a job than African-Americans? Is it an accident that relatively minor non-violent lawbreaking comes with very long sentences, yet rich white kids who kill four people with a pickup truck get probation at what constitutes a resort? Is it an accident that white people can “stand their ground” and shoot and kill unarmed black people, people that they deliberately stalked to put themselves in harm’s way? Currently a greater number of African-Americans are in jail than were slaves in 1850. If you are black, you will get a sentence serving more years than if you are white, for the same crime . . . always.

Is it an accident that white millionaire farmers get large federal agricultural subsidies protected but poor people get their food stamps cut? Is it an accident that if the word “welfare” or “poverty” are mentioned on TV news shows, it is almost always accompanied by video footage of black people? Black people constitute on 9% of the U.S. population and if every single one of them were poor (they are not) they would not constitute a majority of the poor, so why are blacks shown many times more often than whites in such coverage?

The largest recipient group benefiting from the social safety net in this country is elderly white women (they live longer than men and are younger when married and live longer than black men and black women) but Social Security is still under attack, even though it has a 2+ trillion dollar surplus, is solvent for the next twenty years “as-is,” and simple adjustments could make it solvent for the foreseeable future. Why? Could it be the conservative view that all “welfare” is going mostly to unworthy black people? Could it not? I am not willing to concede that some of our conservative lawmakers have honest policy objections based upon reality; you may if you wish.

Racism is woven so tightly into the fabric of our culture that it is hard to see unless you look closely.

Look closely.



  1. One of the great tricks of the Left is to divide people by victimhood and keep them hating and feeling powerless.

    That is antithetical to the American Way.

    It’s all the part of the Left’s will to power called political propaganda.


    Comment by silenceofmind — December 24, 2013 @ 9:16 am | Reply

    • Seriously SOF? Victimhood and divisiveness is “One of the great tricks of the Left”? You’re either naive or a partisan hack. The alleged voter fraud being perpetrated by the right is one of the biggest divisive practices used today aimed at emoting the inner racist tensions many still hold today.


      Comment by lbwoodgate — December 24, 2013 @ 9:40 am | Reply

      • Wood,

        I been alive for many decades and have worked for too many women, black, Hispanic and gay bosses to believe the leftist propaganda on racism

        This type of cheap, truly awful politicking is foolish and highly damaging to civil society and individual people.


        Comment by silenceofmind — December 24, 2013 @ 9:46 am | Reply

        • “This type of cheap, truly awful politicking is foolish and highly damaging to civil society and individual people.”

          So is the belief that says racism no longer exists. I too have been around quite few years and living in the South all this time I can tell you that it is alive and well, albeit subtle. Go sell it to someone who doesn’t care SOF.


          Comment by lbwoodgate — December 24, 2013 @ 9:58 am | Reply

          • Wood,

            That racism still exists is obvious.

            But racism hasn’t been policy of the State nor a dominant force in society for a long, long time.

            Racism is completely irrelevant in today’s society except that racism, bigotry and oppression put forth by you leftists.

            The rest of us just want to live long and prosper.


            Comment by silenceofmind — December 24, 2013 @ 11:48 am | Reply

  2. “African-Americans aren’t “niggers” anymore, they are just shiftless and lazy . . . and unemployed.”

    And the ones most like to keep the prison rate up so the corporate prison system can sustain a profit. This is the biggest reason why many politicians who side with the powerful private prison interests like Correction Corporation of America refuse to end the so-called war on drugs. There’s a correlation between poverty, crime and drug abuse. So ending welfare in all its facets only insures further incarcerations.


    Comment by lbwoodgate — December 24, 2013 @ 9:37 am | Reply

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