July 14th through July 16th, 2010, the CNN channel’s nightly live news program “John King Live” has been bringing up some interesting points regarding the term “racism” and why some one would be regarded as a “racist”. According to this news program, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) organization has been claiming the American Tea Party Movement has racist elements and that this movement should do something about its racism. I checked the NAACP official website and found that they are opposed to the American Tea Party Movement’s racial elements. Their reasons, on the NAACP official website, are due to the NAACP stands for the following: “Believe all Americans have equal rights and equal value. Cherish the diverse cultures, beliefs, and values of America. Believe we can disagree without being disagreeable. Repudiate all acts of racism and hate, both in words and action. Have faith in the promise of America – a promise built on mutual respect, common civility, and hope for a better tomorrow. Commit to building that better America by participating actively and peacefully in the democratic process. We are one people. We are one nation.” The NAACP is claiming the American Tea Party Movement should remove the racists from their movement and be a movement for all Americans. Those involved with the American Tea Party Movement (including its official website) proclaim this allegation by the NAACP as false. The American Tea Party claims via their website that the “fringe racism” noticed by the news media has nothing to do with the American Tea Party Movement and that their movement is for all Americans. The American Tea Party Movement is protesting in favor of the federal government to strictly adhere to the United States Constitution in order to preserve all Americans inalienable rights.
What I found shocking was while watching the “John King Live” program, his African-American guest speakers kept speaking the words “racist” and “racism” as if racists and racism were prevailing in the United States of America; a problem that needed to be addressed. The African-American guest speakers further ignored the spokesman for the American Tea Party Movement’s statements’ content about exactly what the American Tea Party Movement is promoting which is definitely not racist in nature and pro-constitutional. The spokesman for the American Tea Party Movement was obviously attempting by appearing on “John King Live” to create a bridge between the NAACP and the American Tea Party Movement. I further noticed the very annoying habit of the African-American guests consistently interrupting John King and the American Tea Party Movement’s spokesman with absurd statements as if not listening to what the other two men had said and snide comments in regards to the pre-Civil War era. What that era had to do with the subject being discussed on “John King Live”, I could not fathom. I found their interrupting rude, obnoxious and displayed a lack of regard for another fellow human being; did not understand why these people do this in order to force their point across. This live program’s discussions did peek my curiosity so I decided to investigate the etymological history and meaning of the word “racist” for it was the word primarily used during these broadcasts. “Racist” seemed to be a favorite word for those in defense of the NAACP stand against the American Tea Party Movement’s fringe elements that the American Tea Party Movement does not recognize as part of their group.
What is the definition of the word “racist”? According to Webster’s Dictionary (the one I have in my home published in 1977) the noun racism “means animosity shown to peoples of different race or lineage.” This Dictionary does not have the word “racist” listed. It is easy to deduce that if “racism” means to have hatred toward those not in the same race or lineage, then a racist would be a person who would have and display this negative trait; definitely be a person who is prejudiced against others not from the same lineage line. Merriam-Webster’s on-line dictionary elaborates a little more by defining the word “racist” as some one who believes “that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.Aracial prejudice or discrimination.” The word “racist” is relatively new and an excellent example of this definition for “racist” would be Adolf Hitler who believed in a “Master Race”. The earliest usage of the word “racist” has been determined by etymologists to be 1933.
1933 is very significant year (historically) for the word “racist” to be coined (first used). In January 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany (head of the German government in a Prime Minister capacity, per Wikipedia website). This was a stellar achievement and political victory for the new Nazi party in Germany who were promoters of an extreme “racist” global agenda. 1933 was the landmark year of the beginning of what later developed into Nazi Germany. We have Nazi Germany to thank for bringing racism into the forefront and giving the world new terms or words like “racist”. The Nazis used the term “racist” as a positive; something a person should be. The Nazi Party was admittedly racist and proud of their exhibited racism in the promotion of the Aryan race (today categorized as the Indo-Europeans). It was the Nazi Party of Germany (according to the Wikipedia website) that believed the master Aryan race was a branch of the Norse people that were the purest stock of people originating from the proto-Aryans who came from the Northern German Plain and prehistorically originated from Atlantis. The Nazis were convinced that the Nordic people were “less-mixed” racially than any other race of people; the closest to the Aryan people in lineage and had superior leadership skills which made them perfect for world domination. This is difficult for most Americans to wrap their minds around let alone find credible, however, in the early through mid 1900’s Europe had a severe problem with nationality prejudice. A 1933 European-Germanic person could easily get caught up in this type of thought pattern for each European nation for centuries had been overtly preoccupied with proving their national superiority to a prejudicial degree toward one another. Adolf Hitler, definitely a product of his time and an admitted racist, was regarded by all in 1933 as an excellent orator who could sway any one into purchasing property off planet and get away with it. He was the most dangerous racist of the 20th century due to the enormity of his racism, ability to influence others, and his promotion of the Nazi fascist global agenda. Adolf Hitler and his Nazi cohorts showed the entire world through their actions how horrible being a racist and promoting racism could end up if completely unchecked. One history lesson the entire world should have heeded more than it has.
The racism that Nazism spread as Germany expanded its borders during World War II was very extreme. It made the State-mandated Segregation in the United States seem humane. The United States of America fought against Nazism and all it stood for in World War II. Something the NAACP seems to have selectively forgotten in its 101 years of existence (as of February 2010, founded February 1909) or simply does not mention since its focus has been primarily in the elimination of racism solely within the United States. The NAACP had made great strides in their main objective of eliminating racism against African-Americans. The NAACP’s fight against Racial Segregation included (in 1941) doing a national march in Washington DC in protest (just like the American Tea Party Movement in early 2010 rallied and protested) until President Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed to form the Fair Employment Practices Committee (per NAACP official website). The NAACP throughout the 1940’s further through legislative and legal means advocated against the State-mandated Segregation that many States were practicing. The NAACP was also an active advocate and participant of the Civil Rights movements in the 1950’s through 1960’s; lobbying for true equality for the African-American population. The NAACP was in favor of the Affirmative Action measures, regarding these as positive progress. Today, the NAACP has changed its focus slightly to include disparities in economics, health care, education, voter empowerment, and the American criminal justice system as well as continuing being a legal advocate for Civil Rights issues. The NAACP wants “America real for all Americans” (per NAACP official website). The NAACP is predominately African-American in membership, but (according to the Wikipedia website) has other-race members.
One who sticks up for or is pro their own heritage without having a bias toward other races is not being a “racist” or displaying “racism”. There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for your own people (race, lineage, heritage, culture, and like). The NAACP has every right to promote in the best interests for African-American people. The American Indian tribes have the same right for their nationality and have done numerous things (television commericials, and creating hospitals and other businesses, plus hosting cultural awareness events in their areas) to promote a positive image for their heritage. Asian and Hispanic people standing up for their culture is appropriate and perfectly understandable too. The United States is a melting pot of many cultures and all American citizens realize that each lineage has its own needs that require addressing. Caucasian Americans demanding their inalienable rights and strict federal government adherence to the United States Constitution is very appropriate and acceptable. This should not be considered an act of racism. There is nothing wrong with each lineage group taking care of their own in a peaceful and positive manner. It should be expected and not thought of as racist or an act of racism. In the United States of America, American citizens (regardless of race) have the right to take care of their self, families, communities, states, and country as they deem appropriate; why voters and the elected participants of the political system are so important in the United States of America’s representative type of government (aka Republic).
A person becomes a racist when one exhibits hatred (animosity) and bigotry toward others who are different, for example: The Black Panther Party notorious for illegally beating up non-African American people (white, Asian, Hispanic, and so forth) is a known extreme left-racist group. The Black Panther Party flyers in the later 1960’s were full of hatred and racism (based on personal experience with a Black Panther Party flyer). The Ku Klux Klan, a group who believes in white supremacy, is another example of what being a racist represents. All are aware of the Ku Klux Klan’s strange white “sheet” robes and their burning of crosses as their warped attempt to maintain the African-Americans and other races “in their place” (see Wikipedia website link below for picture of cross burning and Klan attire). These are two excellent modern examples of racist groups and what being a racist really is. It is not a kind, loving or peaceful picture. Instead, hatred and bigotry (racism) can lead to horrible acts and atrocities. Both example groups have a hatred against others unlike them and they both associate themselves with a certain “color” in their extreme preferences. Both of these racist groups have country-wide racism agendas in the United States. These groups (factions) are regarded as “fringe” and many Americans without knowing probably have neighbors who are members of the Black Panther Party or the Ku Klux Klan (or both). Their members can come across as nice and sincere American people.
Both of these fringe groups, the Black Panther Party and Ku Klux Klan, intelligently and insidiously plant their own members at NAACP and American Tea Party Movement rallies or gatherings in order to get their destructive racist messages across (be televised in a news report). To say that Black Panthers are NAACP members is as ridiculous as claiming the American Tea Party Movement would condone the Ku Klux Klan version of racism. Both the NAACP and the American Tea Party Movement are easy targets for racist fringe groups to associate with and seem a part of any rally hosted by the NAACP or American Tea Party Movement. This does not mean the NAACP or American Tea Party Movement condones racism; quite the contrary. The NAACP and American Tea Party are both concerned with the rights of American citizens and (according to their official websites) are promoting similar for both desire the preservation of all American citizens inalienable rights. There is absolutely nothing racist about that!
Alicia Rose, viewing of “John King” Live on CNN news channel, July 14 – 16, 2010.
Alicia Rose, personal studies in Political Science, History, and Etymology, 1980 – present.
Alicia Rose, personal experiences 1966 – present.
American Tea Party Movement, official website: http://teapartypatriots.ning.com/
American Civil War, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_War
Black Panther Party, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Panther_Party
Chancellor of Germany, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chancellor_of_Germany_(German_Reich)
Etymology, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etymology
Ku Klux Klan, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan
Master Race, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_race
NAACP, official website: http://www.naacp.org/content/main/
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Association_for_the_Advancement_of_Colored_People
Nazism, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazism
1933, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1933
Racist – Definition, Merriam-Webster on-line Dictionary website: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racist
Racism – Definition, Webster’s Dictionary, edited by John Gage Allee Ph.D, Ottenheimer Publishers Inc., 1977
Racism, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism
Racial segregation in the United States, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_segregation_in_the_United_States