In American politics today, the term racist pops up in the news every day. Why has this derogatory term taken root in our society, where nearly any action or spoken word by the Republican party or those who support it is deemed racist?
If you wear a MAGA hat, you’re racist, if you don’t support slave reparations, you’re racist, if you criticize a Twitter post made by a minority democrat, you’re racist. In fact, the term racist has become so overused in our society, it’s starting to lose it’s actual meaning.
In the 1950s and 1960s, many brave Americans fought against racism during the Civil Rights Movement. They held marches, they refused to sit at the back of the bus, they called for peace, equality, and justice for all.
They called for an end to racism. Did it work? Yes, for the most part.
The Civil Rights Act ended segregation and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It was a crowning achievement on the part of the United States of America.
So why today is the term racist, which can be interchanged with the term white supremacist, so overused in order to demonize Republicans and anyone who supports President Trump?
For one, it is not used to actually stop racism, which would be the honorable thing to do, but instead it’s used primarily to serve several functions, including shutting down an argument, to silence anyone who opposes an idea, a new law about to be passed by the Democratic Party, and even a comment on Twitter.
If a Democrat doesn’t like what the left says, deem the party racist. If a Republican criticizes a congresswoman, she can easily shut down the argument by implying racism. Case closed.
And when you’re labeled as a racist, it’s hard to go back. It’s nearly impossible to change anyone’s mind, no matter what you say or do.
Take, for example, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 60 Minutes interview where she said “there is no question” that President Donald Trump is a Racist. With millions of Twitter followers, Ocasio-Cortez does have a voice that speaks to a younger generation that didn’t live through the Civil Rights Movement, and who believe everything she says.
During the interview, she said:
“The president certainly didn’t invent racism. But he’s certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things,” Ocasio-Cortez told Anderson Cooper.
“Do you believe President Trump is a racist?” Cooper asked.
“Yeah, no question,” she replied.
The White House responded to the 60 Minutes interview with this statement:
“Ocasio-Cortez’s sheer ignorance on the matter can’t cover the fact that President Trump supported and passed historic criminal justice reform” and “has repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms.”
So who is right? Is President Trump a racist or not? According to one side (the Dems) he is, but according to the President himself, he certainly is not.
The fact is that no one knows for sure what swirls around the hearts of each and every American, whether they be Republican, Democrat, or Independent. Comments and actions can be taken as racist and labeled as such, but only the one making those comments or doing those actions knows for sure if they’re a racist.
But the label, once given, is so demonizing, so derogatory that it sticks to the victim like glue.
Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only one who has labeled President Trump as racist. Senator Kamala Harris has also joined the bandwagon saying that President Trump being a racist is the “only logical conclusion”.
Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders even went so far as to call President Trump a racist during a prayer service for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. And the list goes on.
How has this labeling of racism become the new normal? It certainly wasn’t before the Trump administration. But today we see the Democratic party pushing an agenda of identity politics that really started to rear its ugly head with the Obama Administration.
When President Obama was elected, it became clear which side of the fence the Democrats sat on, but when President Trump was elected, it also became clear which side of the fence Republicans now sit on – the side of racism, or so we’re told.
All in all, using the buzzword racist is simply a marketing campaign to vilify the right and uphold the left as the true party American’s should value – and vote for. Don’t fall for it.