Not a Bright Future for Liberty When Political Foes Are Always ‘Racists’

Not a Bright Future for Liberty When Political Foes Are Always ‘Racists’

When accusations of racism are allowed to persist at the highest levels of politics, none of us are safe. In an age of corporate censorship and government overreach, this favorite tactic of both the left and right isn’t being called out enough.

It used to be that political correctness was a momentary nuisance to be shrugged off. Now the whole political environment and most of the mainstream culture is awash in it. More and more, however, the right is joining in with the left, unable or unwilling to stand up to this affront to liberty.

Last month, President Donald Trump tweeted that Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg was a “TOTAL RACIST” after audio leaked of Bloomberg speaking in support of stop-and-frisk, a policing practice also supported by Trump. Trump quickly deleted the tweet, but his associated campaign account kept up the attack.

If Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, is a racist, then it should be very difficult to find someone who is not.

What’s critical to understand is, the tandem powers of corporations and the state are quickly becoming enforcers of this ridiculous standard. Be it a fine, jail time, being banned from social media or losing a bank account, more people are likely to face some consequence for “hate” or “racism” in the future.

There are many who are inclined to agree with this, but they quibble and say that racism largely exists in systems rather than people. That supposedly moderate position, however, inevitably fuels hysteria over such bogeymen as “white privilege,” “cultural appropriation,” and the like.

Unfortunately, the libertarian publication Reason just let the allegation that Bloomberg is “racist” stand without any pushback. It’s a missed opportunity and represents an underestimation of the threat to liberty posed by normalization of this sort of attack.

Let’s look at Bloomberg’s 2015 speech to the Aspen Institute that has been so controversial in recent days, in both left and right circles.

“Ninety-five percent of your murders, murderers and murder victims, fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16 to 25. That’s true in New York. That’s true in virtually every city,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg only slightly overstates the statistics, which do show suspects and victims are non-white 94 percent of the time. Bloomberg continues:

“Put the cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods,” he says. “One of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes, that’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is.”

Obviously, the marijuana issue stands out. That’s a policy debate. But saying “minority neighborhoods” are “where the crime is” is not racist unless facts are racist.

Bloomberg then says, “throw them up against the walls and frisk them,” to get guns off the streets.

Putting stop-and-frisk and gun control aside as debatable policies, his language here is reckless, and of course police abuse exists. But again, there’s no racism to be found, unless it’s also fair to say New York City murders are racist since 94 percent of victims are non-white, even as 94 percent of suspects are non-white.

As long as phony charges of racism persist and become normalized, there won’t just be a greater risk of corporate and government enforcement of these flimsy standards. We can also expect that fewer and fewer people will be willing to discuss and work on the problems of concentrated violent crime in the country.

Liberty will suffer, and state power will thrive if this trend continues.

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3 thoughts on “Not a Bright Future for Liberty When Political Foes Are Always ‘Racists’

  1. I see you managed to omit the MOST racist item in Bloomberg’s speech:

    “95 percent of your murders and murderers and murder victims fit one M.O… They are male minorities 15 to 25… You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of the people that are getting killed.”

    The fact is that gun control, in and of itself, has a racist history that continues to this day. Ironically, Bloomberg couches his statement in terms of disarming minority VICTIMS, which just underscores his tendency towards stinkin’ thinkin’ on this subject.

    Collectivists engage in the failure of logic of concluding that “most murderers are minority people” implies “most minority people are likely to be murderers.” This is the problem with Bloomberg’s little speech.

  2. The truth of the matter is that reality IS racist.

    If you look at the facts on 1,000 different issues, racial differences in outcomes explain away all the issues. Crime is obvious. White and Asian Americans are drowning in guns, yet we have the same low crime rates as whites and Asians in Europe and Asia… So clearly guns aren’t the problem.

    American educational scores are tanking!!! Actually, they aren’t. White and Asian Americans are still towards the top globally in standardized testing. The country has more minorities than it did in the 70s/80s, which is dragging down the national average.

    Almost the entire budget deficit can in fact be pinned on a growth in demographics that on average don’t pay in enough to cover their usage of state services, namely Hispanics in recent decades. I say this as somebody who is part Mexican!

    Let’s not even get into male/female differences as shown by scientific testing! LOL

    Until we can have HONEST conversations about these, and FAR more touchy subjects, we’ll never be able to deal with the problems.

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