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June 2, 2012

by DailyKenn.com

America has suffered another Don Imus moment. Imus was kicked off the radio for making racially insensitive remarks a few years ago. A few days ago the same fate befell a beloved Baptist minister. Unlike Imus, however, the preacher was making a serious political observation that happened to be true.

Offending black people is a greater sin than lying; avoiding racial offenses is more important than telling the truth.

While most thinking people refrain from spewing racial slurs and intentionally hurtful diatribes, our nation has been bilked into buying a mindset in which anything that may even slightly offend black people (or other non-whites) is the ultimate faux pax.

Conclusion: Sensitivity has replaced honesty as the best policy. 

• No jury needed

The legacy of punishing those whose observations are deemed racially insensitive is a history of punitive convictions by the mainstream media without the benefit of trial or jury.

In 1988 odds maker Jimmy the Greek was tarred and feathered in the national media for observing that blacks are bred to be better athletes.

In 1992 writer Andy Rooney was figuratively lynched by the media for being insensitive by saying American Indians were too sensitive. Rooney was referring to flaps over ball teams using names such as 'Redskins.'

In 2000 baseball legend John Rocker felt the fury of political correctness after observing that a ride on New York's subway was like riding through Beirut. His remarks were considered racist.

In 2002  Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott paid a compliment to his friend, Strom Thurmond. Lott, speaking at Thurmond's 100 year birthday celebration, said the elder statesman would have made a good president. That observation was considered racist. Lott later apologized.

In 2003 Rush Limbaugh was compelled to relinquish his sports commentator microphone at ESPN after making "racially charged statements." Limbaugh had suggested that the NFL was biased towards black quarterbacks.

In 2006 comic Michael Richards actually blurted out the 'n' word in response to black hecklers during a performance. The media made much ado of Richards' racism. Richards' sin was committed at the Laugh Factory in the Los Angeles community of West Hollywood. Oddly, the media gave a pass to an entire community of blacks who rioted in Los Angeles in 1992 leaving 53 people dead. A white man saying the 'n' word is considered racist. Black rioters killing 53 innocent people is excused as justice.

The Don Imus flap occurred in 2007. Imus made an off-the-cuff remark on his radio show in which he characterized the Rutgers women's basketball team as 'nappy-headed hos.' CBS thought Imus' words were so racially insensitive that they merited his removal from the airwaves.

In 2012 the media attempted an assault on Paula Deen. Known for her Southern-style cooking on TV, Deen was accused of off-camera racism. The accusations gained little traction, but typify the extent to which the media will go to stigmatize those who put a positive spin on Southern white traditions.

• An agenda with a script

What's going on here?

Leftist social engineers consider racial commentary to be their exclusive, proprietary turf.  They, alone, are allowed to set the agenda for racial discourse.

And that agenda is:

1. Only white people are racists.
2. White people should be hypersensitive regarding their racism.
3. Black people should be hypersensitive regarding their victimization.
4. Only when acknowledging their racism in a contrite tone are white people allowed to discus  race.
5. White people who violate number 4 deserve to be hated, labeled, and socially ostracized as racists.

We're scripted.

That is, we've been handed a script that we are to follow like actors (or puppets) on a stage. When a white person utters a comment regarding race, our script calls for us to gasp in disbelief and disgust if the words spoken violate the agenda. The script calls for the gasps to be followed by accusations of racism. DailyKenn.com doesn't follow the agenda. Hence, the gasps.

• Hyper-sensitivity thinking

Our obsession with racial hypersensitivity transcends simple civility. Disgust with belligerent bigotry is understandable. But when our common courtesies morph into a cultural phobia that causes us to shrink at the slightest hint of annoyance, we've fallen into an abyss of societal denial.

In simple terms, we've become a cultural that prefers to exist in a state of denial than to risk the accusation of racism. In simpler terms, we're living a lie.

• Don Imus redux

A case in point is the recent denunciation of the esteemed Southern Baptist minister, Richard Land. He was given the Don Imus treatment (lost his radio show) for committing the ultimate sin: He spoke words that some black folks may find offensive. The fact that his opinion was true and accurate mattered little. Actually, it didn't matter at all.

Land, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said nothing about nappy-headed hos. Rather, he offered his honest opinion on the Trayvon Martin episode. Land accused black activists, including Barack Obama, of using the Trayvon Martin shooting to foment racial strife and aid the president’s re-election effort.

While many thought Land's honesty was refreshing, insiders reacted with horror. They followed the script.

The driving factor behind the SBC decision to censor Land was racial sensitivity. The denomination's web site quoted the committee's sentiments, stating Land's comments ". . . were very hurtful and offensive to the Trayvon Martin family and to many in the African-American community, including hundreds of thousands* of African-American Southern Baptists. Damage was done to the state of race relations in the Southern Baptist Convention."

Translation: Land astonished the nation with rare racial honesty. How dare he?! (Gasp!)

• Thou shalt not not lie

So scratch one commandment; the one about telling the truth.

The nation's largest protestant denomination publicly punished Land for being forthright and honest. We're now down to nine commandments.

Land's comments didn't set well with some and he was summarily thrown under the bus after an "investigation" by an ERLC committee. The SBC's reaction is a policy of appeasement, a concession to political correctness, and a sinful abnegation of the ninth commandment that prohibits bearing false witness (lying).

Insult was added to his injury when Land was accused of plagiarism. He was accused of lifting his comments from a Washington Times article even though his opinions are commonly held and frequently expressed by many.

How foolish is the SBC's decision?

Imagine an SBC executive suffering a reprimand for obeying the seventh commandment, Thou shalt not commit adultery. The executive had the audacity to be loyal to his wife for decades and that offended those who didn't believe in marital fidelity.

Perhaps the SBC could replace the ninth commandment, "Thou shalt not bear false witness," with a more seductive, "Thou shalt not tell the truth when inconvenient."

That new commandment would mesh well with the SBC's policy of hushing honest spokesmen. It wouldn't mesh well, however, with the example set by Jesus who routinely spoke out of line with the status quo.

• Un-American

My Christian friends remind me (constantly) that America was founded as a Christian nation. It's Christian virtue of honesty was a vital part of its "moral fiber;" a term used frequently by social conservatives.

What is "the moral fiber" of which Christians speak? It is the view that honesty is the best policy.

Sensitivity, however, has replaced honesty as the core essential. Being socially acceptable is more important than honesty and political correctness trumps integrity.

They often quote Alexis de Tocqueville who wrote, "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

In Tocqueville's day, honesty was good. Honesty is no longer good. It has been replaced by racial sensitivity. Our nation's moral code has been re-written by social engineers who care nothing about our culture's moral foundations.

Their philosophy is simple: Don't be honest. Be unoffensive.

Is that really the lesson we want to teach our children?

• The ultimate sin

America's national moral conscience is no longer framed by George Whitfield or Billy Sunday. There is no Dwight L. Moody on the horizon to call our nation back to honesty. The voice of John Wesley has long grown silent in Britain; so silent that even Enoch Powell was considered a fool.

Today's esteemed ministers are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and our national conscience is reframed to fit the dogmas of Hollywood liberals and leftist academics.The British are cursed with misguided morality of Trevor Phillips.

Racism -- or, more accurately, white racism -- is the new national sin. It is the ultimate evil. It is also largely nonsense.

Everything from voter ID to opposing Barack Obama's socialism are framed in the context of racism. When George Zimmerman successfully defended himself from an attack, he was accused of racism -- only because the attacker was black. When productive Americans complain about the national debt, they are racists. When they refuse to serve black bullies in restaurants, they are accused of racism and, in some cases, sued. IQ tests, entrance exams, and competency tests are dismissed as racist. Identifying the ethnicity of criminals is racist. Content of character is no criteria for hiring because it is racist.

We must be racially sensitive. Truth be damned.

If the nation's largest protestant denomination has caved in to the humanist agenda, what hope is there that America's moral fiber will remain intact?

The solution: Tell the truth. Suffer the consequences.

*Hundreds of thousands of black Southern Baptists? That would be no fewer than 200,000 black SBC members out of a total membership of 2.5 million. That's 8 percent, or one of 12.5 members of the SBC. I doubt there are that many black Southern Baptists. I've attended several national SBC events, including one convention, each attended by thousands. I can't recall seeing even one black person.

Southern Baptists convene in Louisville. The assertion that 8 percent or more are black seems far fetched.

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  1. What exactly did he say?

    1. Below is Land's quote:

      But it was Mr. Obama who turned this tragedy into a national issue. He should have learned from the Cambridge, MA police incident to stay out of these issues until the facts are clear. But he encouraged Americans to engage in soul-searching and then he said "if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin." The President's aides claim he was showing compassion for the victim's family. In reality, he poured gasoline on the racialist fires.

      Nearly half of all murder victims are black; the overwhelming majority of those crimes are committed by blacks. Black male teens, especially in urban areas, have been ravaged by drugs, by crime, by violence, and by failing public schools. Rather than holding rallies on these issues, the civil rights leadership focuses on racially polarizing cases to generate media attention and to mobilize black voter turnout. This is being done to try to gin up the black vote for an African-American president who is in deep, deep, deep trouble for re-election and who knows that he cannot win re-election without getting the 95% of blacks who voted for him in 2008 to come back out and show that they're going to vote for him again. And polls show that many blacks have become demoralized under the Obama economy because they're the ones who have suffered the most from his economic failures. So this Operation Vote, the deliberate targeting of minority groups by fostering ethnic resentment. But, I tell you, they're playing with fire and people are going to get hurt.


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