OPINION: The rise of ignorance plagues America

By Joseph Dargan

White supremacy has become louder, more disruptive, and scariest of all, more mainstream force over the last eight years or so.

The great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

The recent rise of the White Power movement has once again proven these great words to be true said Dr. Robert Sussman, a physical anthropologist at Washington University said in the Huffington Post.

It’s no surprise that Kant and Blumanbach are German and Hume is Scottish, in other words, White.

“Most biologists, geneticists and anthropologists have discarded the concept of race because actual genetic studies have shown that there are more similarities among different populations than there are genetic differences. However, the idea of race in Western culture is very old and very entrenched, and many people do not understand or believe in the modern science of human genetics,” Sussman said.

Time and time again, science isn’t enough for white supremacists.

It’s not because racists can not learn the truth, but because they do not care to learn the truth. It is this lack of education that is the foundation of this conscientiously stupid and sincerely ignorant movement.

On August 12, 2017, a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia resulted in multiple incidences of violence including the tragic death of a woman named Heather Heyer.

A white supremacist named James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heyer and injuring 19 other people in the process. Heyer was a white woman by the way. You would think a white supremacist would care about something like that. Another incident that comes to mind when describing the shear ignorance and stupidity of racism is the slaying of nine innocent, black churchgoers by convicted murderer Dylan Roof back in June of 2015.

Though these are extreme instances of hatred and racism, the derangement of these individuals are born out of the condonation and perpetuation of racial stereotyping, bigotry and white supremacy by friends, coworkers, family members and, sometimes, the media.

If any of this sounds familiar in your household, then you are part of the problem.

Convincing ourselves as a nation that racism was eradicated during the civil rights movement was one of the biggest mistakes this country has ever made.

Not showing one’s racist tendencies has merely become a side effect of America’s obsession with political correctness. Bigotry wasn’t dead but at least it had become relegated to the shadows of white America.

For a number of years, racists were thought to be either uneducated rednecks or outdated nursing home dwellers. That all changed on  January 20, 2009: the day Barack Hussein Obama, a black man, was sworn in as President of the United States of America.

Right-wing America’s head blew off. Black people were cool as long as they weren’t running the country.

If you wanted to see just how disgusted people were that Obama was elected president all you had to do was turn on Fox News channel or any conservative news network that promoted right-wing views.

They hated his name, criticized his interracial heritage, questioned his citizenship, attacked the sexuality of his wife and what did he do? He did his job.

As a nation, black Americans learned very quickly that “right-wing” was code for White-Wing.

While conservatives were hoping for some sort of meltdown, Obama’s handling of the negative bombardment with grace and elegance was the last straw.

Right-wing conservatives would have taken anyone over Obama or his affiliates.

Sorry Hillary.

When it seemed like the Republican base was having trouble finding a leader, along came a savior in the form of Donald Trump.

While spouting anything conservatives wanted to hear, Trump seemed to tap into a darker fan base than he had expected.

Then, instead of rebuking the likes of David Duke and other known racists, Trump relished in the idea of having a group of fully attentive idiots eating up every word he said.

Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to speak out and reassure people that he is going to be the President of all the people he insulted and offended and brushed aside.

We don’t want to feel that someone has been elected by throwing away some of us to appeal more deeply to others,” said Van Jones, CNN commentator, Yale graduate and co-founder of the social justice organization, Dream Corps.

Trump becoming president represented the mainstreaming of ancient and destructive racist ideals. As long as white nationalist groups like the KKK and Neo-Nazis aren’t being denounced by President Trump, he will be perceived as an ally.

That’s why it was so important for President Trump to speak out against these racist groups after the violence that occurred during the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

He instead came out and did the  exact opposite. Not only did he not condemn the white nationalist groups, he placed the blame on counter-protesters who were only attending the rally to show support for all Americans and not just a few.

Somehow the word patriotism has lost it’s meaning and become a colloquial term for anyone who wants to help white people keep America for themselves. Those days are long gone.

We are all immigrants in this country. No one has the right to be here any more than anyone else. There is no need to take America back. If you are an American citizen, America is already yours.

In the midst of their ignorance, white supremacists have failed to notice the great opportunities that continue to be afforded to us.

They forget about being able to get up every day and do what they want, go where they want, or make any other choice their heart desires, like being a racist.

The beauty of America is that no one has a right to tell anyone else how to be. No matter how stupid or ignorant we think someone is, those differences what makes us all unique.

Through persistent, nonviolent actions, Martin Luther King Jr was able to change the world and he definitely had his finger on the pulse of our nation when he said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

We can destroy this country together or we can make the choice to enjoy this country together.

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