This I Know: Racist Or Racialist

This is an interesting video. It contextualizes the clips that first aired last week starting the whole hullabaloo and getting Ms. Sherrod fired. And yet the first part of the whole cut (it begins about halfway through this particular video) shows what a friend of mine calls a “racialist” perspective. Not that she is hatefully prejudiced against or for blacks, but that a large part of her perspective is defined and driven by a racial interpretation.

Being a classic WASP I very readily admit I don’t understand that the black American must encounter as a significant part of their existence. However, I’m sure the truth lies somewhere in the middle of the two extreme camps that tend to frame the issue.

I believe two things particularly relevant to this subject: One, that the right of people to peaceably assemble is a sacred right that shall not be infringed in any way, no matter if they assemble in groups based on religion, interest, status, race, or color. And two, while there ought to be no law in any way infringing the aforementioned sacred right, groups that exist for any particular group to the detriment of any other group, if any or either of those groups are defined by race or color, are racialist and do not, generally speaking, contribute to the bringing about of the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2 thoughts on “This I Know: Racist Or Racialist”

  1. Matthew…Shirley Sherrod is a liberal. Liberals think of people in groups and not as individuals. thanks for the clarification between "racist" and "racialist". i bet Shirley will run for office now, after she shakes the government down with a law suit.

  2. Linda, it is easy to generalize when dealing with the great philosophies or our society. And you are right in that it is a principle of socialist/liberalism is to group people rather than dealing with them in equity and individually. However, I think you cannot necessarily dismiss the individual liberals' ideas so easily, and while her audience is, based on their responses, very much in-tune with the identity model of thinking and ought to be chided for that, her own story tends to indicate her own efforts to at the very least change the groups she perceived. Still an us versus them, but the us was no longer "black". It was "poor". Which I think is an improvement and a step in the right direction for her.

    Regarding her future: I think she felt betrayed, but her responses so far indicate not self-righteous indignation but weariness and wariness, and I don't believe she'll be pushing herself as a victim celebre with grievances enough to carry herself to office.
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