Michael Brown: Can Everyone Please Stop Playing the Race Card?

I confess up front that this is an exercise in futility. I admit that this article will have no effect on the national climate. But in the hope that at least some readers will listen and agree, I make this simple, heartfelt appeal: Can we p-l-e-a-s-e stop playing the race card? Must everything be filtered through the perspective of racism?

Some years ago, after reflecting deeply on race issues in America, with great help from people of color in my radio audience, I came to this conclusion. In overgeneralized terms, white Americans often do not see racism when it is there. Black Americans often see racism when it is not there.

Yet today, everything is about race, be it issues on the border or issues in the inner-city or issues in the White House. Racial debate rules the day, and you’re either a racist or a race-baiter, no matter where you land.

Forget about the president’s “go back” tweets. That’s old news now. (In the words of Matt Shuham on the TPM site, “President Donald Trump’s tweet telling four Democratic congresswomen to ‘go back’ to ‘the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came’ was quite literally textbook racism.”)

The more recent, racially charged debate focuses on the president’s Twitter attack on Rep. Elijah Cummings and the condition of the city of Baltimore.

An article on Vox.com lays out, “How Trump used a centuries-old racist trope to attack Baltimore,” summarizing the views of countless critics of the president.

In response to such charges, Kimberly Klacik, a black Republican living in Baltimore, filmed other African Americans in her community who affirmed Trump’s words.

She also retweeted this response from Miranda Dawson, a black conservative: “So let me get this straight, it’s not racist to be elected as a representative to help the district you represent, have it be rat infested and in unlivable conditions for your constituents, but being called out on your failure to run a district is the act of racism?”

Earlier this month, a Rasmussen poll found that, “32% of Democrats Say Any White Criticism of Politicians of Color Is Racist.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News