Having a bit of time before we leave for SC, I decided to spend it on a new post. I read this excellent piece at Neil’s blog, so I decided to steal it. It’s that good.
So much of what can be found in the article has been at least touched on in past posts here, as well as elsewhere. Walter Hudson put it all together.
For instance, points 6 & 5 touche on the goofy notion of our collective responsibility certain people feel whites must assume for past transgressions. And point 3 has this:
“Prejudice is not inherently racist, and loose accusations of racism based on isolated perceptions of prejudice are premature. Words have meaning, and we have different words to describe distinct concepts. Prejudice, bigotry, and racism are not interchangeable. While prejudice can be innocent and even reasonable in certain contexts, bigotry is the irrational maintenance of a prejudice in light of evidence to the contrary. Bigotry can be informed by a multitude of factors, of which race is only one. Racism is what we call bigotry informed by race.”
He then goes on to rightly conclude…
“These distinctions are important in any intellectually honest discussion of race relations. When prejudice, bigotry, and racism are used interchangeably, it is evidence that the discussion is not honest.”
How often do we see our leftist visitors confuse these terms, using them as bludgeons rather than to clarify truths? But then, intellectual honesty is foreign to our leftist visitors, so desperate as they are to demonize instead defending their position on their merits or demonstrating how they believe ours has none.