Miroslav Volf said: “Prejudice is a form of untruthfulness, and untruthfulness is an insidious form of injustice.”
I would change that quote just slightly to say that condescension is a form of untruthfulness, and untruthfulness is an insidious form of injustice. Our country has evolved in such a way over the last 250 years that we have become a tiered society. While on a surface level we have progressed greatly in terms of racial issues, we have developed a much more insidious form of racism to counterbalance that development. That racism shows itself in condescension.
While on the outside, Blacks and other minorities are treated with the respect with which they deserve to be treated, in our schools and occupations, minorities are often condescended to in the form of quotas and affirmative action. Affirmative action—for those who may not know—is the creation of policies that would elevate minorities who have suffered past persecution. This often means that certain quotas must be filled in schools and businesses—that certain raw numbers of minorities must gain admittance to schools, and be hired for jobs, based solely on the color of their skin. I believe there was a time when affirmative action was helpful, but that time has long since passed.
Affirmative action is an insidious form of racism. It is surreptitious and slick, hiding just outside the boundaries of our vision. But it is racism nonetheless. A new—and especially egregious—case of affirmative action type race-boosting is happening in Florida as I write this article.
According to The Daily Caller:
“New education standards approved this week in Florida set goals for public school student performance based on race and ethnicity — with lower benchmarks for African-American, Native American, and Hispanic students, and higher ones for white and Asian-American students…According to the plan, Pre-K through grade 12 students will be assessed with their racial subgroups in mind ‘to reduce the achievement gap.’ By 2018, 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanic students, 82 percent of Native American students and 74 percent of African-American students are expected to be at-or-above grade level reading standards.”
Currently, Florida public schools are in dire straits, with much lower percentages in all race groups. But why segregate education achievement? By setting high standards for Asians, and much lower standards for Blacks, what is being said? The statement being made is that Black kids cannot achieve what Asian kids can, that Black kids cannot achieve what White kids can. That is racist.
Setting standards based on the color of a child’s skin is outright disgusting. The goal of Florida’s schools should be all around academic excellence based on individual student performance. But there is this mentality–mostly among the Liberal elite—that poor Black people need a leg up, that they can’t help themselves, so it’s the government’s job to give them a boost—in this case, by lowering standards.
This mentality is pervasive in the Liberal community. They say they want to help minorities, but their “acts of benevolence” only serve to keep the minority communities down. Through programs like Food Stamps and Obama Phones, they keep the Black community on the government teat. They throw money at a problem that cannot be solved with cash. Liberals have created a matriarchal system to keep black people on the Democrat ticket. It is wrong, and disgusting.
Then Liberal politicians proceed to set lower standards for those they themselves have shoved down. Setting lower standards will only keep minorities at the bottom. It is out and out racism.
The Left will tell you that the Republicans hate Blacks, that they want to keep them down. That is a lie. It was Republicans who overwhelmingly supported the Civil Rights Act, and it was Nixon (a Republican) who actually acted to desegregate the schools. It is Republicans who want a society in which we are all treated equally, and it is Republicans who want everyone to have an equal chance at success, regardless of the color of their skin.
Republicans will not pander. Republicans—the real ones, at least—want to open the doors of the Liberal prison in which minorities are kept. But the Left will do everything they can to keep those prison doors shut forever.