Sunday, December 1, 2013

GOP Praises Rosa Parks For "Ending Racism"

The 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks' brave refusal to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, certainly merits commemorating. In the tweet below, however, the Republican National Committee, while praising Parks, also proclaims that racism has ended:

Memo to the GOP: Racism hasn't ended. Perhaps you can fight it by helping revive the Voting Rights Act.


labman57 said...

Racism expresses itself in a variety of ways.

Some knuckle-walkers are blatant and unabashed racists, as has been observed on numerous occasions throughout American history.

Other folks indignantly proclaim that "some of my best friends are (fill in the blank)." One may behave in an extremely civil manner -- or even be friendly -- toward someone of a different ethnicity ... so long as that person does not offend one's sensibilities or disagree with one's political ideology.

It is often when confronting someone with whom one has a conflict that race suddenly becomes an issue and ethnic bigotry rises to the surface, such as when a person of color is the butt of a racially-insensitive joke delivered via email, tweet, or at a political event …. or even when someone fantasizes about blacks role-playing as slaves of the old South while waiting upon white folks at a plantation-themed wedding.

And for others, their racism is expressed by their tendency to apply stereotypical character traits to an entire ethnic demographic group of people, followed by a haughty disdain for these character traits and by their arrogant suggestion that they -- as an outsider to the culture -- understand the challenges facing people of said demographic group better than members of the group themselves.

Jeff Tone said...

Labman, all of the examples you point out in your eloquent analysis are still unfortunately alive today--showing that racism hasn't "ended."