You see this constantly–a social liberal charging racism against social conservatives. Because American Tea Party activists are mostly white and because they are angry at the increased pace in incremental socialism being imposed upon them, social liberals line up to assault them as racists.
We need to recognize that the charge of racism cuts both ways. A solid case can be made that liberal activists who are ever ready to denigrate their opponents with epithets of racism are themselves racists and incite racism. For instance, today’s Washington Post carries this op-ed: “In the face of Tea Party shouters, images of hate and history.” Colbert I. King begins his column:
The angry faces at Tea Party rallies are eerily familiar. They resemble faces of protesters lining the street at the University of Alabama in 1956 as Autherine Lucy, the school’s first black student, bravely tried to walk to class.
Those same jeering faces could be seen gathered around the Arkansas National Guard troopers who blocked nine black children from entering Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957.
“They moved closer and closer,” recalled Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine. “Somebody started yelling, ‘Lynch her! Lynch her!’ I tried to see a friendly face somewhere in the crowd — someone who maybe could help. I looked into the face of an old woman and it seemed a kind face, but when I looked at her again, she spat on me.”
The column continues in like manner till it comes mercifully to an end.
Schoolhouse doors were blocked, and little children were demeaned. Yet the bigots didn’t get the last word. Justice rolled down like a mighty river, sweeping them aside.
They insulted, abused, lied and vandalized. Still, President Obama fulfilled his promise to sign historic health-care reform into law by the end of his first term.
Those angry faces won’t go away. But neither can they stand in the way of progress.
The mobs of yesteryear were on the wrong side of history. Tea Party supporters and their right-wing fellow travelers are on the wrong side now. It shows up in their faces.
And there you have it. The bottom line is that these people are racists because we have a black President. No facts, no substance, illegitimately and conveniently associating contemporary events with those of the past. I contend that Mr. King, who stands ever vigilant to make the charge of racism, is himself the inciter of racism.
Racism, whether it is white against black or black against white or black against Hispanic or wherever one ethnic group denigrates another simply because they “look different” is evil and is sin. Unfortunately, it will not be eradicated in this life because it is a matter of the heart. The heart of man is “deceitful above all things and desperately sick” (Jeremiah 17:9). A person “speaks out of the abundance of his heart” (Luke 6:45). Racism will be eradicated only when the Lord returns to establish his eternal kingdom, when all wickedness and evil are cast into the lake of fire, and not before. Unfortunately, the David Dukes and the Colbert Kings will continue their wickedness unless God graciously grants them repentance and faith.