How Progressives Use Race as a Weapon Against Our Country

How Progressives Use Race as a Weapon Against Our Country, an article by Mark Tapson about David Horowitz’s pamphlet of the same title.

Horowitz explains how the left is stoking racial animus and resentment in order to delegitimize American exceptionalism and to divide Americans through the ideological conviction that whites are oppressors and “people of color” are the oppressed. The left’s reprehensible claim that the United States is a white supremacist nation is setting the stage, he writes, for the nation’s suicide.

Civilizations die when they cease to believe in themselves, when they lose the will to defend themselves, and thus the will to survive. The empowering inspiration that created American civilization is inscribed in the certificate of its birth. The Declaration of Independence is a proclamation of the equality of individuals, whatever their race, creed or origin, and it asserts their inalienable right to liberty. This statement of national principles is unprecedented in the five thousand years of previous human history.

Most important is the American Founding’s view of its citizens as individuals, rather than defined by memberships in racial, ethnic, and gender groups. For this reason, the words “white,” “black” “male” “female” “slave” do not appear in the Constitution. The guarantee of individual rights to equality and liberty is the inspiration that created the culture and country that led the world in abolishing slavery, made Americans the decisive force for freedom in three global wars, and established a society that today is rivalled by no other in its inclusiveness, tolerance and freedom. It is America’s founding principles and their practice that has caused this nation to be hailed as a “beacon of freedom” for the entire world, and that led its greatest president to call it, “the last best hope of mankind.” …

The facts offered by the left as evidence of “racism” and “oppression” are not actually evidences of racism and oppression. Instead they are statistical disparities between group categories, as the left defines them. Consider these statements in the 2016 Democratic Party Platform: “It is unacceptable that the median wealth for African Americans and Latino Americans is roughly one-tenth that of white Americans. …”

The ideological category that underpins the message of the anti-American collectivists is “people of color,” a term they use to define the marginalized and oppressed, which is not even grammatical English. The whole world is people of color – the oppressed – except for white people, the designated oppressors. According to leftists, only white people can be racists, because only white people have power. This is an absurdity, but that doesn’t prevent it from being a staple of the anti-America/anti-white cause. …

This racist view is behind every assault by the left against America today. …

This is the nature of the assault on America. It is racist and collectivist, eliminating individuals in favor of groups, laying guilt on some because of their membership in groups and removing guilt from others for the same reason. This is the totalitarian ideology savaged by George Orwell in 1984, which led to the murders of a hundred million souls in the last century. Yet despite this historical catastrophe so close to hand, the same destructive ideas are already deeply embedded in the nation’s culture and politics.

hat-tip Stephen Neil, Scott of the Pacific