How do people think that fighting racism with more racism will solve our problems? If it is racist if ‘white’ is used somewhere, then it is also racist if ‘black’ is used to determine who gets something. For this blog, I’m going to use black and white since that seems to be the current focus. Although you should be able to insert any race and get the same answer.
I want to be sure we are on the same page, so here is the definition of racism:
- n.The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
- n.Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
- n.The belief that each race has distinct and intrinsic attributes.
Allow me to share some examples…
Here is a headline that I saw yesterday, “After permit approved for whites-only church, small Minnesota town insists it isn’t racist”
Is it racist? Yes! Replace ‘white’ with ‘black’ in that headline. Is it still racist? Yup. Okay, that was am easy one. Let’s look at another example:
“New, $62 million fund for Black Oregonians attracts nearly 7,000 applicants in 4 days…”
Guys, that’s racist too. What if the headline read, “New, $62 million fund for White Oregonians attracts nearly 7,000 applicants in 4 days…” Racist. If it is racist with one color in it, it is racist for any color to be singled out.
My husband made a podcast discussing how we in America decided to vaccinate frontline caregivers first for Covid. It sounds noble. But a deeper look into the reasoning behind the decision is disturbing. The elderly are at greatest risk of dying to Covid. But it is mostly white people who live to be old. There are many reasons this could be true, but instead of trying to solve underlying issues that cause such things, we should just let the whites die off. It will give us an opportunity to level the field. This is not my opinion, it is the opinion of professor Herald Schmidt.
“Older populations are whiter, ” Harald Schmidt, a professor of ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times. “Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit.”https://reason.com/2020/12/18/vaccine-cdc-essential-workers-elderly-racial-covid-19/
When Doug brought this up, I was skeptical. But, a quick search brought up many articles covering this topic. Not only is this racist, it is tiptoeing along the border of eugenics. If you want to listen to his podcast on this topic, you can find it below.