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I'M OUT! Done With Political Correctness

July 6, 2011

By Tracy Steffenson

I would like to time travel back to the late 80’s for a moment. When I was a kid, and got tired of playing a game everyone else was playing, all I would have to say is “I’m out!” and they would all leave me alone. Well I would like to try this for all the people who yell racist at the drop of a hat, “ I AM OUT!”

Did it work? Well I guess we will see. As far as political correctness goes and racism, there really is no such thing. Every individual will take things differently based on their experiences. For example, if I say I saw a bunch of white people hanging out at the park. I am racist because I specified what I saw. Ok, I thought I was just being descriptive but I guess I am a racist. It’s reality, I saw what I saw, deal with it.

If I said I got held up for a meeting because of a gang fight downtown, someone would scream racist at the top of their lungs. But with closer examination, I never specified a color now did I? If you assume I was speaking about Asians, Native Americans, Caucasians or African Americans that is on your head, not mine. In my book that makes you racist, not me, right?

Lets play an association game. If I say “Miss America,” you think of a beautiful woman right? Right. If I say “Football Player” you think about a big mean guy in pads. Now, what color did you make them? Yep that is what I thought, you made them a curtain skin color but you don’t want to admit it. You know what, don’t sweat it. I don’t feel someone is racist because they read some words and make assumptions based on their previous experiences. It doesn’t make you racist, it makes you human!

In my opinion, anyone who would find these comments racist, is in fact the racist themselves. But if people still want to say that I am racist because if a read the word “jockey” I see a short white guy in funny pants. I do not see a faceless, colorless blob riding a horse. Is it a big deal? No it’s not. Get over it.

I am sorry but racism will never go away as long as every stays in the same mind set. Just because someone makes a comment about going to the Indian Casino doesn’t make them a racist. Or is someone said the mafia is made up of mostly Italians and Sicilians, which is based on fact, it doesn’t make them a racist.

The thing that I don’t get is that every ethnic group seems to go out of their way to promote stereotypes but if you mention them, watch out because they are going to start slinging terms at you and freak out. They want it both ways. So all I have to say to close is, “I’m Out!”

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July 9, 2011 by Bill (not verified), 2 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 839

Dear Ms. Steffenson:
Thank you for your comment regarding being called a racist. I agree wholeheartedly.
I get kind of amused when I see "African-American", "Native American" or "Asian-American because those that use those terms divulge where their hearts are at.
My mother was from Arkansas. Does that make me an Arkansan-American? My Father was from Texas. Does that make me a Texan-American? No. I was born in Oklahoma. I am, however, not an Oklahoman-American. I am a full-blood American, with no hyphen.
As to the American Indians using the term "Native American", I would remind them that anthropologists say the they, themselves, are immigrants as well, migrating across the land bridge that supposedly existed between Asia and Alaska.
On the other hand, we, the white folks in the land have our ancestors to be ashamed of, I think you will agree. Forcibly importing humans from Africa to be slaves and forcibly moving those Indians from their home in the South to Indian Territory, as well as the Inidan Wars that went on in the West shows blatant racism by our ancestors. All those Indian Wars were fought because they were doing what you and I would have done---Protect what is ours.
I will not apologize, however, for my ancestors. I cannot undo what they did and I had no part of it.
One would think that we would have learned. It seems, though, as a society, we have not.
In spite of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which banned racism in hiring and treatment of others, it still goes on, and with government approval. That is called "Affirmative Action".
And, in the last few years, we seem to have regressed in dealing with others.
For instance, when the Tribes advertise for needed employees, they always have a sentence at the bottom, "Native American Preference".
That is racism, is it not?
When one hires on to one of their "enterprises', no matter the color, if an Indian wants your job, you can will be fired and replaced with that Indian. That is Facism.
Furthermore, have you noticed that the "enterprises" are not owned by individuals, but by the various Tribal Governments? When government owns the businesses, that is called Communism.
Why is such as this tolerated in the United States? It makes for temporary security. Politicans see votes. However, Benjamin Franklin once observed, "Those that will give up necessary liberty for temporary security will achieve neither"

~Bill~

July 14, 2011 by editor, 2 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 841

You do make some good points, and some that I don't necessarily agree with. But that is why this Country is so great, I don't have to agree, just like no one has to agree with me and my ranting.

One of the points you made that I like was the African-American, Asian-American. I don't like the hyphens either. You are either American or not. Make up your mind and stick with it because you can't belong to both countries. It that were the case I would be a German-Irish-Cherokee-American. That is a mouthful and I prefer just to be called an American.

One thing I didn't agree with, that you assumed I would, is that fact that I am in no way ashamed of what my ancestors did. I couldn't control any of what went on because I wasn't alive and I see no reason for me to hang my head in shame over something I had absolutely nothing to do with, but I do feel badly for the people who had to live it, but not so much the ancestors who came after them. As far us forcibly putting other races into slavery, lets please keep in mind that it was their own kind who were selling them to us, a small fact that many forget to remember.

Anyhow, like I said before you made good points and some I don't agree with but you have given us something to think about. Thank you for commenting.

 

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