How are we American’s supposed to stop racial profiling, all forms of discrimination, and in particular the idea of hate speech while the likes of the Rev. Jesse Jackson issuing a statement blasting the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA in lieu of LeBron James’ decision to leave the Cav’s for the Miami Heat?
Rev. Jackson lambasted Gilbert for his “slave-master mentality” and claiming the owner saw James as “a runaway slave.” we winced. As an editor and a writer, as well as someone who cares about social justice, I’m a stickler about language. We try not to use terms like “psychological rape,” “emotional incest,” “cultural genocide,” “environmental holocaust” or pretty much any metaphorical variations on the term “slavery.” All those words have real-world meanings, and to use them as metaphor diminishes that impact.
Just a quick sidebar is warranted: If you would read the last sentence of the above paragraph we refer to “diminishes the impact” of language. We openly espouse the notion that the entire use of political correctness is exactly that: an attempt to soften the blow of what is going on in reality. And we stand by our hypothesis of indiscriminately changing the language of society is indeed preparing for the downfall of that very community.
Sports are a microcosm of life. They give us a template for collective experience. One can be assured that what happens on the field, courts, or the sandlot is going to be carried over into the real world. This past year we shudder to think at how for everything that the civil rights movement accomplished, there are greedy people who once again are playing with race cards and it is shameful.
Just a few for example: The first is from Rep. LInda Sanchez (D-CA): “The Arizona laws arenot a mistake,” she said. “They’re not accidental or one person’s crazy law. There’s a concerted effort behind promoting these kinds of laws on a state-by-state basis by people who have ties to white supremacy groups.” We ask only for a source or reference.
Another from a special interest group: Reform Immigration for America (RIFA), the essential question the campaign asks of representatives is “Are you on the side of reform or racism?” We are also wondering how these double standards that violate everything in the separate by equal clause of the Fourteenth Amendment are allowed to be used on the one hand; however, if these were to be changed on the other hand and any mention of Caucasian, white, or otherwise would get someone sued.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus praised Obama’s actions Tuesday, but left little doubt it wants more. National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguía said that, even though Obama did not say when a bill is expected to pass, the urgency is evident. Rev. Sam Rodriguez, head of the nation’s largest coalition of Hispanic clergy, compared himself and the other pro-amnesty religious leaders to two of recent history’s great Christian champions against inhumanity: “We are committed to oppose xenophobia and nativism (as we speak) in the voice of Martin Luther King and William Wilberforce…” — Rev. Sam Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
And finally just before our last one we have another quasi-educator weighing in on what they want: “We don’t want to drink from a White water fountain…We don’t need a White water fountain. So the whole issue of segregation and the whole issue of the Civil Rights Movement are all within the box of White culture and White supremacy. We should not still be fighting for what they have. We are not interested in what they have because we have so much more and because the world is so much larger. And ultimately the White way, the American way, the neo liberal, capitalist way of life will eventually lead to our own destruction. And so it isn’t about an argument of joining neo liberalism, it’s about us being able, as human beings, to surpass the barrier.” — Marcos Aguilar, Principal, Academia Semillas del pueblo – a charter school in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
And finally we have this unequivocal hate speech by the president of the New Black Panther’s: