The ‘Scarlet R’ — what will liberals label as racist next? | The Smartest Man in the Room

Climate change, washing sidewalks, even Mickey Mouse — the list goes on.

  • Thursday, November 11, 2021 9:25am
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Dan Shannon, “The Smartest Man in the Room”

Dan Shannon, “The Smartest Man in the Room”

There is a saying among trial attorneys that when the law is on your side, argue the law; when the facts are on your side, argue the facts; and when neither is on your side, sling mud and maybe some of it will stick.

Sometimes, the mudslinging leads to “throwing a skunk into the jury box,” which is a trial tactic meant to draw the jury’s attention away from a pertinent issue to one that is irrelevant and intended to lead jurors in another direction.

For example, even though character evidence is disallowed in criminal trials, in a case involving theft, a prosecutor wrongfully asks the accused: “Isn’t it true that your great grandfather belonged to the KKK?” The defense attorney will jump up and object; the judge will sustain the objection then caution the prosecutor to avoid such inflammatory remarks, and advise the jury to disregard what they just heard. But the smell remains because the jury just cannot erase the thought of that sheet-wearing Klansman from their mind.

I am reminded of such tactics each day when I listen to pundits discuss the state of race in America. To them, The “Big R” underlies everything.

I am about to make a bold statement. It is not my intention to cause my readers taking nitro pills to suddenly grab their chests and suffer a fatal heart attack by the astounding claim I am about to make. If you are standing up, please sit down. If you are sitting down, hold on tight because I don’t want you to fall off your chairs. If you are among the faint of heart, reading further is assumption of the risk on your part and I will not be held liable if what I am about to say causes any of you to be shocked beyond your capacity. What I am about to say goes against all that we have been peddled in recent years by woke political pundits and if you believe them, what I am about to say is simply unacceptable and patently untrue. Are you ready? Buckle up, here goes: America is not a racist country.

There, I said it. I feel better now.

Despite indoctrination by those peddling race-baiting as a means of making a living, America is not inundated with systemic racism. Say it slowly: “sis-tem-ic ray-cis-im.” It evens sounds evil like the words slithered from the mouth of the serpent which tempted Eve. Wokesters coining this phrase did so with just that intent; the mere mention of the words sends chills up the spineless. And here’s the kicker: if you don’t buy what they are selling they call you a racist, which is akin to throwing the proverbial skunk in the jury box as no one wants to wear that “Big R” like a scarlet letter to suffer shame by woke society.

So let’s look at the law. I made a living working and teaching it and I am hard pressed to find one state or federal law, still relevant and in play today, where, on its face, discriminates against any person on the grounds of race, creed, color or national origin. In fact, I find just the opposite — there are state and federal rules which give preference to those of color, gender or race when it comes to granting government contracts or in hiring decisions. It’s called Affirmative Action and it has been around since the 1970s, but that law works for the benefit of people of color and differing gender and not against.

So what about the facts?

Well, there’s not too much meat on that bone either.

Like Jack Nicholson’s character Colonel Jessup in “A Few Good Men” who when asked to tell the truth, responded with “But you can’t handle the truth,” those spreading the narrative of American racism will likely implode over what comes next.

According to the most recent census, the overall population of people who identify as white Americans has gone done in the last ten years while those Americans who identify as something other than white has gone up. Why? It’s because of immigration, that’s why. Ask yourself this, in this modern day of social media and the internet, where most people know in a matter of minutes what’s going on around them, why would people of color including the horde of illegal aliens crossing our border, come to America if it was the bastion on racism? They wouldn’t. They come because they know they will have a chance at a better way of life in America than the places they left.

According to the census, the fastest growing segment of those migrating to America via legal immigration is people originating from the sub continent of India.

As of 2021, Asians (and not white Americans) enjoy the highest median family income by a wide margin. In the past, Asian Americans faced discrimination. In the early 20th Century, the Chinese were excluded by law from immigrating and West Coast Japanese Americans were placed in internment camps for most of WWII, with some being temporarily held at the Puyallup Fairgrounds — and yet, as a group of Americans, they excel. If America was institutionally racist, how could Asians, as well as any person of color, excel? They excel because America is simply not a racist country despite what certain talking heads want you to believe.

I know, I know, some self-identifying woke septuagenarian will soon generously point out that if America is not racist how come it is that one out of every four black men are likely to be placed in prison at some point in their lives? Why is it that black men, who make up only 6.5 percent of the American population, make up almost 35 percent of our prison population? “It must be,” they cry, “because of institutional racism specifically targeting black men”.

No, people go to prison for committing crime, regardless of race, creed color, national origin and/or gender. And, although American Black men make up 6.5 percent of the U.S. population, they commit almost 50 percent of all homicides, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

That’s the naked truth. You may not like the message but don’t shoot the messenger. I am just quoting from various government official reports on crime. In America, the leading cause of death of young black men is by other young black men, according to the CDC.

Gone are the days when someone would be targeted with criminal charges because of their race. Since 90 percent of all criminal charges settle via plea bargain with a defendant’s own admission of guilt and never see a courtroom, it can’t be said that white juries are railroading black men to prison. Black men, like white men, face criminal charges and prison for committing crime.

And despite best efforts to convince you otherwise, black men are not being marked for death by police. The truth is that a black man is more likely to be struck by lightning than to be killed by a police officer.

Are there individual racists committing isolated racial acts in America? Sure there are, just as there are racists and racism in any other nation on this earth. Woke society, however, wants you to believe that nearly everything in America is tied to race. To them, every bad consequence to anyone comes down to race and you can’t escape it. Don’t believe me? Then review the following from the media as just the sort of gutter trash trying to divide us and our nation.

Climate change is racist. COVID is racist. Enforcing your national border is racist. The food system is racist. Corporations are racist. Water is racist. Blind people can be racist. Air is racist. Washing sidewalks is a racist act. Sidewalks, themselves, are racist. Automatic soap dispensers are racist. The American Flag is racist. Credit scores are racist. The National Anthem is racist. Ice cream trucks are racist. Potholes are racist. Highways are racist. Requiring identification is racist. Dogs are racist. The Cat in the Hat is racist. Willie Wonka is racist and so is Mickey Mouse. The Three Little Pigs are racist. Trees are racist and so are milk and cheese. Meat is racist. Christianity is racist. Christmas lights are racist.

Rest easy, however; studies indicate that rats are not racist.

If you don’t believe me, please conduct your own internet search and all of the above can be easily located and verified.

One wonders if psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach’s ink blot test or a Magic Eight Ball will next be used by the woke to substantiate American racism. I have a better idea: let’s sit down and discuss alleged American racism over cheese sandwiches and milk, breathing racist air while watching Mickey Mouse and Willie Wonka cartoons with an ice cream bar for dessert! And after we’re done with our palaver, I hope we can erase the awful smell of all those woke skunk throwers who claim our America is a systemically racist country.


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