It’s difficult to navigate the internet these days without finding politics interjected into the forum. Whether you’re just trying to check the score of a ball game at ESPN or watching a documentary about the history of bread on the Food Network (apparently people do watch such things), you’re almost guaranteed to hear, albeit subtle at times, political bias and opinion. What’s worse is how often these biases are presented as fact.
One of the more popular opinions we’ve heard in recent years is that America is racist. We hear it from our black President, our black former Attorney General, our current black Attorney General, many extremely wealthy and successful black celebrities, and so on and so forth, all adamant that America is systematically oppressive towards minorities and we need to address this cesspool of racial discrimination with a ‘national conversation’, whatever that means.
It’s really that word oppression that I wanted to specifically address. We’re hearing that particular word from many who are in the business of picking at racial scabs and I wanted to address them and their use of it. Unfortunately, there are degenerate race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson who profit off of constantly decrying America for being racist and saying we need to have a ‘national conversation’ about it. Of course, there are others who are entirely sincere in their call to action for America to address it’s ubiquitous racist tendencies, but they never specify how we’re racist or what that conversation would sound like. They’re all unable to substantiate their claims.
The endless calls for this elusive national conversation are perhaps the most tiresome. Wouldn’t you agree that in previous societies experiencing actual oppression, a ‘national conversation’ wouldn’t have gone over so well?
Nazi: “You, filthy Jew, get into the truck. You’re going to Auschwitz.”
Jewish guy: “Excuse me sir, but you appear to have racist tendencies and we need to have a conversation about it. Please, be a mensch and check your Aryan privilege at the door so we can have a civilized discussion.”
Nazi: (blinks twice) [BANG]
As you can probably tell, I never had a future in script writing, but you get the point. The Nazis were actually oppressive and no civilized conversation was going to happen, let alone have any positive effect in stopping the holocaust. Instead, America sent her finest young men to Europe to kill the Nazi bastards and liberate the world from tyranny. Man, don’t we suck? But I digress…
Fortunately, in today’s America, when someone does answer the clarion call for a conversation about race, we are able to avoid gunfire and lynchings because, well, it’s really not all that oppressive here. However, if you do chime in to the warm, peaceful, open conversation and your opinion doesn’t match the preapproved list of America-Is-Racist mantras, you’re immediately shouted down, bullied, and intimidated until you retract your words in a public apology, confess your shame, and – if your crime of having the wrong opinion is especially heinous – sacrifice one of your children at the altar of Oprah Winfrey, Goddess of Racial Tolerance. The latest instance of this featured Paul Finebaum, who in a brief moment of honesty said that “this country is not oppressing black people”. This came in reference to 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick sitting on the bench contemplating his massive salary instead of standing for the national anthem because, you know, oppression. Paul Finebaum’s observation did not go unpunished, and he was quick to take back his claim because, quite frankly, he’s a coward and ESPN is run by leftist lunatics.
So, in order to be a part of the solution and not part of the problem (another popular mantra these days), I’ve prepared a short list of things that do not qualify as oppressive, and another short list of things that do. It’s the Always Liberty version of Eat This, Not That.
Things that are NOT oppressive.
- Seeing a confederate flag. You may not like the flag. You may even think it represents racism, but it’s not oppressing you. It’s made of nylon and polyester, has no pulse, and cannot hurt you.
- Hearing opinions you don’t like. I find it depressing that we even have to say this, but in today’s America students on college campuses are declaring safe spaces so they can escape triggers, micro-aggressions, and cultural appropriations. You know, really nasty stuff like telling someone you like their outfit, or that their accent is cool. I don’t even want to subject myself to it to find the link so please Google it for yourself if you don’t believe me.
- Getting shot by police officers for attempting to take their guns or otherwise assault them. I know you’ve heard a lot of media hysteria regarding the pandemic of police violence towards young black men, but what you haven’t heard is all the evidence, the trial deliberations, and the defenses of the police officers in question. Only the juries heard all of those things, and even black judges and juries have exonerated most of the police officers involved in these high profile cases because the evidence was clear they acted in accordance with the law. The ones found guilty based on the evidence were punished by the legal system. Whether you like it or not, that was justice served, not oppression.
- Republicans. As a conservative who is frustrated with the feckless, cowardly, and completely useless Republican Party, I can tell you they are not equipped to oppress anyone. Democrats have controlled the inner cities, the courts, and the Federal bureaucracies, for decades, let alone the presidency for eight years. If you’re feeling oppressed, take it up with Democrats. Republicans can barely tie their shoes.
- Private businesses. If you go into a bakery and ask for a cake, and the owner tells you that you’re a stupid black man and have to get out, you’ve experienced racism and supreme douche-baggery of the highest order, but you haven’t been oppressed. You may simply exit the bakery, find a different bakery with a normal proprietor, and purchase one of their cakes. Odds are, the free market will drive Hitler’s Custom Cakes out of business because people don’t typically like to give their money to such people.
Things that ARE oppressive.
- Taxation. Whereas you have the choice of whether or not to give you money to Hitler’s Custom Cakes, or any private business, you do not have a choice when it comes to taxation. The government decides how much you owe, when you owe it, what it will be spent on, and you will comply or face jail time. Taxation is the weapon of choice for a government against its subjects. This was the story of Robin Hood before the statists rewrote it to be a story of class warfare, pitting rich versus poor.
- School choice, or lack thereof. Even in America, the land of liberty and opportunity, you as a parent are not allowed to send your child the school of your choice. You are free to choose which phone you want, what car to drive (for now), even what bathroom to use, but not the place your child is to spend 8-9 hours a day for minimum 12 years of their life. The best thing the education system could see, especially for minority communities stuck in the worst inner city schools, is an injection of basic free market principles. For God sakes, it’s not that hard. Let people choose which school to send their kids to, and let the funding follow the student. This will incentivize competition in schools to perform since they’ll be competing for students, just as any company does with any product.
- Government run health care. If you don’t understand anything about Obamacare – and who does since it’s thousands of pages long and constantly rewritten without congressional debate or a vote – please see that regardless of what shape it takes one thing remains constant: government is in charge. When government is in charge of your health care, you have no liberty. You are not free to make your own choices for your own family. Things like price controls, rationing, and long waiting periods for emergency surgeries always come with government-controlled health care because (prepare for a big shock) the same people responsible for the DMV are not capable of managing the health care industry.
- Gun control. Thomas Jefferson said we have certain unalienable rights, meaning ones that cannot be denied. The second amendment to the Constitution, coming only after freedom of speech, addresses the right to own weapons so you defend yourself as you see fit. Not whichever weapons government says you’re allowed to have, but ANY weapons. When government decides what security you need and don’t need, you have no liberty. The bottom line is, no one is more interested in your personal security than you are, and you have the right to determine how to protect yourself, whether its from criminals or government. If we’re in agreement that the vast majority of people in the world are good people, then it is my contention that the world would be a safer place if everyone carried a gun than we would be if no one did.
These are short lists, but a good starting point for discussion. Real oppression comes from government, not neighbors, because government has actual power over you. You can live next to a racist because they have no power over you unless you choose to give it to them. Plus, if you truly are free, you’re free to move somewhere else. You see, I’m an advocate for liberty, and liberty transcends race. Liberty is about having choice. Liberty comes from having equal opportunity, not equal outcomes. Liberty comes from a blind justice system, where robbing a gas station or committing tax fraud is illegal and punishable no matter what color you are, gender you are, or political party you associate with. Liberty is about equality under the law so you can pursue your own interests, and having the right to keep the fruits of your labor. Liberty is the ultimate goal of any human being. I only hope it’s not too late for this generation of Americans to see that.
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