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LET’S GET REAL ABOUT BIGOTRY

Posted by Tim Bryce on October 2, 2013

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– Bigotry exists and it isn’t going away any time soon.

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Let us not be naive about bigotry in this country. Of course it exists, as it does elsewhere around the world. It is only natural to seek comfort and security among those who share similarities and interests (a “birds of a feather” phenomenon) and rebuke those who do not. Most of our bigotry is based on basic ignorance of the other party, representing the unknown. Bigotry today may not be as bad as yesteryear, but make no mistake, it is still very much with us. And, No, whites most assuredly do not have a monopoly on it. Just about everyone has their suspicions of other groups, be it for racial, religious, political, cultural, sexual preferences, or socioeconomic reasons (e.g., the Rich versus the Poor). There is always going to be a group of people who rubs you the wrong way. Anyone who doesn’t believe this is kidding themselves. As humans, we form images of groups of people either through personal observation or through the teachings of others and, like it or not, we tend to stereotype people which influences are perceptions.

2013 will probably go down in the history books as the year when racism was rekindled in this country, thanks in large part to the George Zimmerman trial. Even though he was acquitted of the charges for killing Trayvon Martin, the black community had trouble swallowing the verdict. Consequently, people like Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and others jumped into the melee and fanned the flames of racism as opposed to calling for respect for the verdict.

Then there is the incident involving the Obama mask on a Missouri rodeo clown which caused the NAACP to lodge a complaint. Evidently, the masks of Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush were considered acceptable. You can’t have it just one way. If you genuinely believe the Obama mask was insulting, then you should have equally been insulted by the others, but they weren’t. The complaint by the NAACP ultimately reveals their racism.

There is also a lot of misinformation being offered to alter our perceptions. Even Oprah Winfrey in a “Parade Magazine” interview claimed “millions” of blacks had been lynched over the years. In reality, 4,743 were lynched between 1882 and 1968, and of that number, about one in four were white — 1,297.(1) Consider how many people trust the word of the Queen of Daytime Television, and how their perceptions were influenced as a result.

Since the Zimmerman verdict, black Hollywood actors and entertainers have made disparaging remarks regarding the verdict and encouraged the black community to seek retribution for Trayvon Martin’s death. Zimmerman and his family both received death threats following the verdict. There have also been numerous incidents of mobs or groups of blacks attacking whites (even though Zimmerman was Hispanic), some claiming payback for Trayvon Martin, others just plain viscous attacks which could easily be labeled hate crimes. There have been so many of these attacks you cannot help but wonder if armed race wars are in the offing. If this happens, it may very well make the Watts riots of 1965 seem mild by comparison.

What is necessary is for everyone to take a deep breath and relax. Yes, bigotry is natural to the human animal but it also can be extremely dangerous. Hollywood, Jackson, Sharpton, NAACP, et al, need to curb their tongues or face charges of inciting riots. The public should seriously question what they are being told and seek the truth. If riots do indeed erupt, I believe there will be a lot of people who will “stand their ground” and blood baths will ensue, and the last 50 years of racial progress will evaporate.

Do not be fooled by the race baiters, they are only looking out for themselves, not others. For true equality between groups, there cannot be a double standard. And we must realize a policy of “payback” will only result in chaos. Now is the time to resist our impulses and seek the truth. As Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. described bigotry, “The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.”

Everyone should take the time understand their own prejudices, and temper them by reality. A little tolerance right now could go a long way.

Keep the Faith!

1 – “Oprah Winfrey Falsely Claims ‘Millions’ of Black Americans Were Lynched” – NewsBusters, 7/31/2013

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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5 Responses to “LET’S GET REAL ABOUT BIGOTRY”

  1. Alton Walston said

    After years of looking at the world and all it ill. I have come to the conclusion that all different groups.races and sects ought to live in their own communities.  Why do you think God confounded the languages at Babylon. He knew that people of different way and beliefs could not get along together. The Blacks don’t think the way Whites do nor do those south of the border think the same way other think. The gay community has other ideas too. No matter where you go each independent group believes they are special and perhaps they are, but to believe that all can live together in peace is almost and absurd idea.

       One can start a club and watch it grow. And sooner or later a portion of that club will want to change the rules and the usual outcome is that those either change the rules of split off and start a different faction.

       People with like minded ideas should stick together and live together. But those who think differently should live apart from those who do not think the way others do.   We have to intermingle but not forced to live in the same communities or cities or groups. 

    Sure living like this will mean wars and conflicts but the spoils go to the survival of the fittest. Those bleeding hearts that want to give away substance to those who refuse to earn it will perish along with the weak.  So Thinks ole Blake

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    A J.D. of Orange County, California wrote…

    “Yes, bigotry is as human as hands, feet, legs, and arms as well as all of the other parts. However, we have made giant strides in excluding it as a legal or moral basis for making judgments. Thankfully, Jesse Jackson can no more inflict his prejudices upon us in court than a rampant segregationist can relegate his to the back of the bus. Unfortunately, we have a new form of bigotry — ideological bigotry — that is gaining legal impact. Anyone who speaks out for Constitutionally limited government or questions the actions of our President is subject to bureaucratic scrutiny and interference. I suppose we will need a new civil rights movement, one dedicated to freedom from discrimination based on ideology.”

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    A W.A. of the Dominican Republic wrote…

    “Yes Tim, there certainly is racism or bigotry in the US. One reason I’m glad I’m here. I haven’t seen it yet, except the Dominicans don’t care much for the Haitians. Maybe it’s because they were at war for so many years. But as I mentioned before, I think, the largest segment of racism in the US are the blacks. It is estimated that 69 million blacks voted in the last election. 93% voted for Obama. If only 85% voted for Obama, Romney would have won. And if 93% of the whites voted for Romney, he would have won by the biggest landslide in history. So yes, bigotry, racism still does exist. Maybe if our president would stop trying to divide the country we could get back to moving forward.”

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    An M.O. of Ohio wrote…

    “I may be keeping the faith, but I’m losing hope in a lot of people right now.”

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