Monday, June 16, 2008

RANTING ABOUT RACE


With Barack Obama as the nominee, racism will undoubtedly be a factor in the upcoming Presidential election. Some people just won't vote for him because he's black, and it's a shame.

The elephant in the room isn't race, exactly, but the fact that racism is a sign of ignorance. Simply put, racists are stupid. No one wants to risk "alienating" these voters, but everyone knows racism is prevalent among less-educated, less knowledgeable people. All the politically correct commentators trip all over themselves to avoid saying "stupid," citing sociological factors, economic determinants, political differences, religious upbringing, psychology, xenophobia, but let's be honest. Racists are stupid. Everyone knows it. It's like believing the world is flat; racism is an outdated position that's not backed up by the facts. There aren't two sides to the issue. Instead of red and blue states, we should have smart and dumb states, then people might be embarrassed and try to grow up.

I know I sound elitist, but our country is in dire need of intelligent leadership -- especially after such a long stretch of stupidity. By now, even the slow learners are beginning to see that ignorance doesn't work. It's time to get over primitive fear-mongering based on race -- and gender, and class, as well. It's time to give up such antiquated superstitions. It's time to get smart.

3 comments:

expatbrian said...

If you were raised in California like I was, you probably escaped much of the racial bullshit that kids from other parts of the US grew up with. You're exactly right of course. Racists are stupid, and ignorant and usually among the less educated.

Some of the dumbest people though, think they are the smartest. Go figure.

Bob Rini said...

It seems pretty basic, I know, but it's amazing how many stupid things people believe. I've seen surveys that show many people can't grasp even the simplest scientific principles, like the Earth revolving around the Sun.

dgs said...

There is a difference between stupidity and ignorance.

Ignorance can be cured.

Stupidity is forever.

Or, as the Japanese saying goes, "the only cure for stupidity is death."

HTH. HAND.