Well-known TV actor and former president of the Screen
Actors Guild, Ed Asner, gave us a peek into why the terms racism and racist
should be deleted from our vocabulary. Mr. Asner was honest enough to acknowledge
that Hollywood’s silence regarding the president’s proposed military action
against Syria, raised
questions. Where were all the voices
who stridently opposed military action when George Bush was president? While Asner
raised a number of reasons, one in particular revealed the damage being done to
our society by the constant focus on race.
“A lot of people don’t want to feel anti-black by being
opposed to Obama,” he said.
What an amazing statement! If, My online dictionary states,
racism is, “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various
human races determine cultural or individual achievement.” By refraining from
speaking out as anti-war activists not because they believe the president’s
recommendation is good, but only because of his race, Hollywood stars are
branding themselves as racist. What a moment of clarity as to the inherent
hypocrisy of liberal convictions!
While the actor probably spoke without spending too much
time deliberately choosing his words, they are revealing. He didn’t say that
his peers were afraid of being branded as racists if they openly opposed
Mr. Obama. He said that they were worried about feeling anti-black. Knowingly
or not, he is acknowledging that the bludgeon of racism has become an attack
weapon, to be wielded only against those the liberal media and Democrat
politicians want to destroy. Hollywood’s liberalism along with its money and
influence shield its members in good standing from that charge.
What he is, probably unintentionally, implying is the
emptiness of understanding that many in Hollywood possess. They actually don’t
know what racism is, to the point of worrying that taking a
principled stand on an issue that has nothing to do with race might change
their very essence. Robotically, they know which way to vote or which
politicians to support, but they don’t actually recognize that it is just as
racist to say that, by definition, everything a black president does is correct
and noble, as it is to say the opposite. They don’t really believe in the words
of Martin Luther King, that people, “not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.”
Like the little boy who cried wolf, liberals have corrupted
the language of racism through misuse and overuse. Would you support a move to ban
the word until it can be used again with precision and honesty?