Thursday, December 12, 2002
The GOP and Racism-Part I-Defining Our Terms-I'll have more on this later, but I'll start my venting process with this look at the definition of racism. Here's the definition of racism per my office copy of Webster's New World Dictionary
n. 1 a doctrine or teaching, without scientific support, that claims to find racial differences in character, intelligence, etc., that asserts the superiority of one race over another or others, and that seeks to maintain the supposed purity of a race or the races 2 any program or practice of racial discrimination, segregation, etc. based on such beliefs---rac'ist n., adj.Does the GOP have any policies that persons of African descent have less character than those of European descent? None that I know of. Does the GOP have policies that say that persons of African descent have less intelligence than those of Eurpoean descent? None that I know of. Does the GOP have policies that say that persons of European descent are superior to those of African descent? None that I know of. Does the GOP have policies that seek to maintain racial purity? None that I know of. Does the GOP have a program or practice of racial discrimination or segregation? None that I know of. However, that last line can be called into question. While the GOP doesn't have any policies in favor of discrimination or segregation, one could argue that they aren't doing enough to fight de-facto segregation and fight discrimination. The fights of today is how to correct the segregated housing patterns that have developed over the years and the majority-minority neighborhood schools that result and whether to institute some sort of quota or racial-preference system to help offset the discrimination of the past (and present). What the GOP can stand fairly accused of is being unenthused about school busing and of not wanting positive-discrimination for minorities today to offset the negative-discrimination of the past. Being in favor of local schools isn't inherently racist and nor is seeking color-blind employment policies. More on this after lunch.
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