It seems that anytime I’ve tried to have an honest, rational debate with even the most level-headed of people on the topic of racism, the discussion quickly goes off the rails. In my opinion, we spend entirely too much time discussing “white vs. black,” instead of looking at ourselves as what we are – humans.
Be that as it may, racism is still clearly an issue in this country. While the election of President Obama was historic, it also seemed to make racism more acceptable under the guise of “political disagreement.” I’m not saying that everyone who opposes his policies is a racist, but it’s blatantly obvious to anyone who’s not lying to themselves that a lot of the irrational disdain and vile hatred that’s been tossed his way has been based on racism.
As someone who lives in Texas, I’ve often said that I’ve seen the president referred to as any number of derogatory names for African-Americans far more than I have his actual name, or even “the president.” In 2009, I went to a tea party rally just to see what it might be like and…wow. You could have put white hoods on many of those in attendance and it would have easily passed for a KKK rally. I really felt like I would have been assaulted if I had announced that I supported Obama; the intensity of the hatred shown toward him in that room was something the likes of which I had never experienced before.
Well, a guest on Fox News’ Cashin’ In, Jonathan Hoenig, seemed appalled at the idea that racism is an issue in this country and asserted his belief that those who want to discuss racism are, in fact, racists.
“Eric, there is no discussion needed on race,” Hoeing said. “I resent this whole idea that America is this racist country, that we somehow have to remedy through chit-chat at Starbucks.
“Stop identifying by your race. You’re not responsible for things that came before you, and you’re not entitled to things that came before you,” he continued.
“There’s no discussion needed on race in this country,” Hoenig insisted. “The ones who want the discussion, in my opinion, are the racists.”
Personally I don’t care what he “resents.” If this clown really believes racism isn’t an issue in this country he’s out of his damn mind. Not only that, but to pathetically suggest that anyone who wants to discuss racism is a racist is just next-level stupidity.
But he’s a great example of why racism continues to be an issue in this country; sadly, there are millions of people who agree with him. I’ve lost count of how many times someone has said that the election of President Obama “proves” racism is dead. As if there isn’t any racism to be found in the 40+ million Americans who voted against him.
The idiocy of this individual’s comments only serves to underscore how simple-minded many on the right are about race relations. They’re either living in incredible denial, lying or so naive about the world in which they live that they honestly believe that racism is no longer an issue.
While racism is better than it was 40 or 50 years ago, for those of us not devoid of reality, we’re well aware that we still have a long way to go.
Watch Hoenig’s comments below via Fox News: