I came of age during a time when political incorrectness was the norm. Unapologetic white faces such as Archie Bunker, Al Bundy and Tony Soprano dominated the entertainment scene.
Each of these characters expressed mild to domineering epithets against people of color and homosexuals, views which steered integral facets of their everyday life. These opinions generally met a countering “open-minded” rebuke to push a culturally enlightening narrative.
And that was fine because the moral interplay was logical and realistic and represented various ideologies.
Fast forward to 2018.
Today, the very notion of non-white and homosexual prejudice is tantamount to cross burning and erstwhile lynchings for many pushing a “social justice” agenda. Except, it isn’t. No hate crime arose from pure prejudice (although racism is a different animal altogether).
However, all human beings, even if they fervently deny it, carry predisposed notions concerning racial, gender and situational stereotypes.
As ugly as it may be, prejudice is an inherently protective cognitive device. Our ancient predecessors’ survival and proliferation hinged upon their abilities to subconsciously prejudge and avoid dangerous scenarios.
Discrimination, in all its forms, as opposed to racism and sexism, is human nature.
This is why I’m infinitely more comfortable strolling through an affluent neighborhood than one of low socioeconomic status. This is why my mind sends no warning signals to my body when passing a well-dressed, groomed individual as opposed to one wearing baggy, disheveled clothing and unkempt hair.
I didn’t choose the aforementioned implicit psychology; it simply is. And I’m not ashamed of it because it keeps me and my loved ones safe.
Notice I didn’t use skin tone in my descriptives because I’m less threatened, implicitly, by a well-dressed, even-keeled black, Latino or Asian man than his disheveled white counterpart, and vice versa.
Unfortunately, though, this common sense explanation isn’t good enough for the political correctness police, who are hell-bent upon labeling all Caucasians as “privileged” and thus the source of societies’ evils.
Does anyone else see the irony and danger in such misguided assertions?
Daily I learn of how another fiery PC lynch mob, usually virtual, has stamped a ransom note at societies’ feet demanding eradication of the patriarchy, heterosexual mores, Christianity and all that do not fit their envisioned ideal societal mold.
Is this, by definition, not racist? How can those who cloak themselves in the garb of modern social justice denigrate and denounce one skin tone while striving to end systemic racism? Utter hypocrisy.
How can the media, which we all know is heavily left slanted, claim true moral high ground while forcefully airing its biased social-utopia visions upon its airwaves? Anyone remember the hit show “Last Man Standing,” which mysteriously vanished? Yet, on television, we are inundated by couples, faces, argot, and gender-incompetency which are highly unrepresentative of the nation’s overall demographic.
What the former entities have done, above all, and perhaps most destructively, is shove once left-centrists onto the right side of the political spectrum, thus ensuring Donald Trump’s improbable election and ripping a nation, which bonded so beautifully following 9/11, in half.
In this post-Obama toxic fallout, sanity and decency is lost. And no one is immune to its pernicious effects. One Nation Under God is something which sadly will never again be.
And while I cringe at images of racial violence, feel empathy for decent undocumented illegals, pray another Matthew Shepherd incident never occurs, and quietly live, nonetheless, my voice is slandered because it emanates through a white face?
That is unacceptable. This nation must find common-sense ideological footing before it implodes along fury from the fringes.
Joshua Broom is a longtime writer and copy editor working most recently with SB Nation.com and The Inquisitr. Today’s political climate has drawn him from sports, however, and he strives to champion common sense alternatives to our nation’s plight of political over-correctness.
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