The Left, the Media, and Racism in America

What President Trump actually said about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday was, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides.” Truer words were never spoken, yet the reaction of left and the media made it sound as if the President was endorsing white supremacy. Whoever joked that the press could observe Trump walk on water and the next day their headline would read, “Trump Can’t Swim!” sure got it right.

There is no real evidence of any kind that President Trump is a racist. There is plenty of evidence that he is a pragmatist. Criminal illegal aliens for instance are a very real danger to Americans. That the majority of them happen to be Hispanic doesn’t make Trump a racist. He’s just trying to do his job to protect us. Muslim immigrants who resist assimilation are a potential problem which has been clearly shown in Western Europe. It doesn’t make Trump an Islamophobe if he wants to be sure that Muslims coming into our country will endorse our values. Likewise pointing out that there is hatred and bigotry on “many sides” doesn’t mean the President approves of neo-Nazis. 

Yet the media and the left went ballistic because he went against the progressive doctrine that only white people can be racist. They demanded he specifically name the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK as hate groups engaging in domestic terrorism. What he said should have been enough, as those groups obviously practice bigotry, hatred, and violence. The Nation of Islam, Black Lives Matter, anarchists, and the Black Panthers, however do the same kinds of things. I don’t recall President Obama calling any of them hate groups, even after policemen and women were murdered and riots broke out in American cities. In fact, both groups protesting in Charlottesville were engaging in violent behavior, so condemning both groups by saying “many sides” was reasonable.

Not that any of that matter to the Trump haters. President Trump and most of his supporters are not racists, but you’d never know that if you listened only to the mainstream media or progressive Democrats. I remember when Hillary said that, “…you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.” Even thought she said ‘half’ she implied that most of us who supported Trump are, racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamaphobic, and mean-spirited irredeemables – just like him.

We know that isn’t true. Supporting Trump doesn’t make us fascists. 

You could make a good case that the far left is behaving more like Nazi’s these days than those of us who believe in traditional American values. Free speech on college campuses? Fugetaboutit. Violent riots at places like Berkley occur all too often shutting down any open discussion of issues. White privilege classes in schools blaming white people for all the woes of minorities are similar to the Nazi’s blaming the Jews for Germany losing WWI. The goal then was to so demonize the Jews that no one would come to their defense. It sure seems to have a similar goal here.

Racism has been around for about as long as people have had differences. Any differences! Poles, Ukrainians, and Russians don’t look all that different and have similar languages, but they have a long history of history of racist behavior toward each other. In Rwanda the Hutu don’t look all that different from the Tutsis, but the former murdered the later in job lots back in the ‘90’s. Racism is nothing new, yet the left and the media put forward the position that only whites are racist. When our President correctly said that many sides contribute to our current racial problems he challenged that view. There have been many cases of racist behavior by African-Americans, much of it unreported or underreported by the press. Such behavior is wrong no matter who performs it. All lives matter. Something some on the left as well on the right don’t get. Unfortunately the media and progressive leaders give one side a free pass most of the time. This won’t solve the problem.

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Nicholas Wishek

Nicholas Wishek. Retired teacher. 40 years classroom experience. Served in California National Guard 6 years. BA in history, MA in education. Married 35 years. Two sons. Many columns published in OC Register 2009-2014.

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