It used to be, back in the 1950’s, that all it took to ruin someone’s career was to accuse them of being a communist. In a world where the Cold War was on the hearts and minds of the American people, a senator from WI would go after anyone and everyone thought to be a communist, even if there was no evidence for it. In fact, the simple accusation was enough to cause people to distance themselves from the accused, attempting to show their patriotism to America, and keep themselves off the “Red List”. The accusation of being a communist ruined careers, lives, and families of the accused.
Sound familiar? It seems that the threat of racism, without evidence, is doing the same thing that McCarthyism succeeded in doing almost sixty years ago. A man who found himself in a bad situation that might have been avoided found it necessary to defend himself. He was marked racist because of who he was in the altercation with, a black teenager. Though a minority himself, he was still labeled a “white who identified himself as Hispanic racist” who profiled the black teen. Though it has been found that the man was not racist through the testimony of friends, family, and people who have been on the receiving end of his charity, it hasn’t stopped popular and mainstream media from labeling him a racist.
A rodeo clown, whose job is to entertain must like the late night talk show hosts and comedians who make political jokes regularly, dons a mask depicting the latest president, and is labeled a racist and banned for life from the career that has supported himself and his family for a long time. Perhaps it was in bad taste, but so was Pearl Jam’s treatment of a George Bush mask not that long ago. Bad taste does not make a racist. Criticizing the president of the United States does not make a racist.
A reality tv show personality lost her job over a statement that she made twenty years ago and has now also been labeled a racist. One who has now lost her career and most prospects of ever getting it back. Is it worth it? Is destroying people because they might be racist worth it? What type of message does it really send to the rest of the country, the rest of the world? Does hate extinguish hate?
This is a breeding ground for true racism. This is the breeding ground for people to truly hate each other and be suspicious of what others will do to them because of the color of their skin. It’s time to stop. Stop trying to find racism where it is not. Stop seeing injustice of race where true miscommunications occur. Start forgiving. Start showing care for everyone not by showing how much of a racist everyone else is, but by treating each person like an individual. Stop seeing the race of other people and start seeing the people for who they are and what they stand for. Their actions, more than the color of their skin, will tell what type of person they are. And if they show that they are insensitive and, yes, even perhaps racist, don’t blame their entire race for the actions of one person. Put blame where blame is due, on the individual whose actions deserve the blame.
Wake up, America! It’s time to move on from childish games. There’s real grown up world stuff going on that is far more important that falsely accusing those who we don’t agree with as racist. It’s time we stood up for each other and the rights of the individual to say and do things that are insensitive and conversely of whom we agree with because those rights are being stripped away, and the seat of the most freedom in the world is crumbling from within as our rights are being stripped away. It’s time to respect freedom over the control of others and get back to what the Founding Father’s wanted for our country, the freedom to live as we choose.