Kevin Leininger expressed the opinion that “racism is often in the eye of the beholder, of course, and the charge is sometimes misused.” (News-Sentinel, July 5).
I would say that the situation is far beyond “often” and “sometimes” somewhere in the realm of “out-of-control.” Judith Ross recently wrote a gutsy, insightful letter to the Journal Gazette that seems to agree with that assessment (July 31).
I fear that racism is on its way to becoming the new excuse for fascism in America, the righteous cause that justifies deception and violence in the name of a higher power and social justice. This is not just the fault of the government, which needs lackeys to achieve its goals. Just look at all the self-righteous demonstrators who thought their god was pleased with the insane persecution of Donald Sterling.
The real problem is the concept of racism itself. The attitudes and behaviors characterized as racist are ill-defined to say the least and are constantly being blown way out of proportion by those who stand to profit from the confusion.
The accusation of racism, which is not based on evidence and reasonable supposition, is groupthink, which determines what is true on the basis of what works best. It has become the chief weapon of propagandists.
The trouble will not go away as long as the propaganda persists. The propaganda will persist as long as it serves to advance the goals of various identity groups (black liberationists, militant gays, Muslims, leftists, others).
This advancement will become more problematic until the aggrieved get what they want or the rest of us push back.
Sad, but true.