“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Racism is evil, everyone agrees on this except for a few misfits and mad men. What racism is is disputed by some. People define racism to suit their own agendas and their own bigotry. There is a movement that claims black people cannot be racist and thus allows double standards.
A Black Business Association is not racist, but a White Business Association would be based on the duality of this movement. I visited an Atheist group on facebook the other day, They called themselves the South African Black Atheists. I asked a question which was answered by calling me a racist and an apartheid oppressor(paraphrased) The question was why they would want to separate themselves from other Atheists.
There was one answer that made sense and that was from a chap who said, that he joined to meet other black Atheists as he thought there were not many. I know from my interactions with people in this forum that there are a few but not many that are vocal.
Their Atheism doesn't differ from mine, we agree on the same sort of principals, differ on others but our skin colour does not define Atheism. Personally I consider the group to be exclusionary and thus racist.
We can argue about what racism is but anyone segregating themselves by skin colour are choosing Apartheid willingly. People that segregate themselves by race are continuing the legacy of Apartheid and are seemingly unashamed of doing so.
The other day two girls went to a fancy dress party dressed as “domestic engineers” They polished their faces and this act was considered racist. As a sufferer of “White privilege” (we can discuss this at another time), I didn't get the whole problem. It seems sometime in the 19thand early 20thcentury White Americans dressed up as slaves and made fun of them, as awful as that was, it happened a 100 years ago. Back then people had an different attitude towards these things. Accusing two kids of having this mindset without all the facts is appalling.
The thing however that drove this issue to become such a huge debate was not the “alleged racism” of the two young ladies, It was the Political Correctness of the University spokesman. They took a party gag and turned it into a brouhaha of epic proportions by trying to criminalize those girls because their PC selves were offended.
Political Correctness is a scourge. It is the hiding place of the moron trying to assert they are not racist, not sexist, not homophobic, not xenophobic, not .. you get my drift right?
The sad thing is that the PC suffer from the delusion that they are doing good and righting wrongs. The PC bend over backwards so far in order to assuage the “oppressed” that they cannot see their own bellies.
In my lifetime I have heard of the banning of toy pigs (Miss Piggy) from the workplace lest it offend the Islamic people that may or may not ever enter an office. I have heard of people accused of sexual abuse and fired for saying something to a female colleague that in any other place would be seen as a joke, a compliment or an approach to a possible future relationship. One bloke I know was fired for saying how lucky he was to be working in an office with such lovely ladies.
New words are being created like islamaphobia to describe people that don't want to ban miss Piggy, don't want to be disallowed the pleasure of a bacon butty, don't want to be ruled by Shariah law.
The thing that will bring Shariah law to the west will not be the Muslims pushing for it only. It will be the PC respecting others beliefs, not wanting to cause offence and allowing the Muslims to institute their laws. It starts with Miss Piggy. It ends with public stoning. It starts with punishing two girls for playing dress up, It ends with no rights for one group or even more because they are the minority.
The PC do not want to cause offence and act highly offended on behalf of others. They may be offended but so what?
“It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so $%* what." Stephen Fry