Not a racist society?

Well, maybe. But credit Dave Stegmaier for looking on the bright side of life. Yes, it’s true that de jure segregation may no longer exist. But that in no way begins to address issues of institutional racism, from the prevailing corporate culture to health care to housing to voting rights. I’m not sure how Dave defines a “racist” society, but actions do speak louder than words, and we’ve surely acted like one from the very beginning of our history, and continuing through 250 years of slavery, the eradication and forced removal of native Americans, another 100 years of segregation and Jim Crow, “redlining” and covenants that enforced segregated housing, to the current restrictions on immigration and voter suppression. It’s telling that only now is the broader population beginning to learn about Juneteenth and Tulsa and Wilmington. (And no, credit is not due to Donald Trump. Rather, credit is due to the technology that has made it possible to remove the veil and reveal, in heart-rending detail, how widespread and brutal racism can be.) The removal of monuments, rather than “erasing history,” is providing an incentive for many of us to learn it, at last. (And I include myself in that category.)

And with regard to “paternalistic social programs,” nothing can top the “culture of dependency” on the part of big corporate interests (energy, defense, finance, health care) with their snouts deep in the federal trough and the lobbyists and money to keep the system going. But the Trump party seems to have no problem with that.

Yes, there has been progress over the past 50 years, but starting from an abysmally low base. And by all means, let’s work to improve educational outcomes, expand opportunities, increase mentorship and apprenticeship programs, and encourage stable families. All of these will help. But let’s also not be naïve. Lower unemployment and greater high school completion rates would not have saved Ahmaud Arbery’s or George Floyd’s lives, nor would they have ended the necessity for parents to have “the talk” with their children. This country has never really confronted the darker pages of its history of racism and white privilege. And the Trump party seems to be okay with that as well.

But it’s not okay. In fact, it’s way past time for change. Dave (“Pollyanna”) Stegmaier would have you believe the system just needs a little tweaking. The facts show something different.

Charles Uphaus is a resident of Frederick County.

(22) comments

Journey2goremtns1

A quote from the late great philosopher Rodney King "Can't we all just get along"

Ali

When it comes to the experiences of those who are Black, those who are Black are really the only ones who can speak to those experiences. Whites, who have not had the experience of racism at institutional and societal levels, can only speculate, whether they agree or disagree with the interpretation of those experiences. Nobody is asking for or saying they deserve "more" than any other group in society. It would do everyone well to just listen to what others have to say once in a while.

cuphaus

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Spock Here

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Steve Cunningham

In true liberal fashion, Charles just spouts hate with no factual evidence. Something surely that he has learned from the mainstream media. Mudslinging has begun quite early for Charles

cuphaus

[beam]

DavidSparkman

This is the first attack on David Dave Stegmaier from the Left. And of couse it is Racism again (Dave is a member of a Black Church - go figure). It is BLM and the Left that promotes racism. Move out of the Ghettos, become part of the American society! The Door is open. BLM and the Dims are the only thing blocking your way.

Spock Here

Being a member of a "Black Church" doesn't make you immune from spouting racist talking points, Sparky.

Bernie Mac

An absence of logic certainly does not prevent you from spouting nonsense.

Bryan.the.Nuri

Oh, sparky, you're the one useless troll who at least puts his name to his odious words. Please, go to the ghettos with your bullhorn and tell them that they need to stop feeling sorry for themselves.

Something tells me you're just not brave enough for that...

Bernie Mac

Bryan - your stereotypes are slightly racist. And you probably can't even see it.

Bryan.the.Nuri

Really? How so, coward?

Doc Samson

@Bernie - A textbook example of the Dunning-Kruger effect... snicker, snicker... Constantly asking for explanations/definitions, often misunderstanding or unable to comprehend what has been said, unable to grasp a different viewpoint, etc. I do admire how hard he tries though! He's a scrappy little fella!

Doc Samson

"This country has never really confronted the darker pages of its history of racism and white privilege." Speak for yourself, not everyone else. Not all of us were born into an upper middle (or higher) class family, not all of us are "white", and not all of us are ignorant of prejudice or bias. Just because you are suddenly "woke" doesn't mean the rest of us need to be preached to. Typical Leftist attitude, so similar to certain religious fanatics they like to mock...

And, the question they never can answer - When is it enough? Why no love for the Native Americans? Shouldn't we all be moving to give them their land back? Why no riots and protests for how the Chinese were treated during the western expansion? Why no reparations for all the Japanese who were herded into FDR's internment camps? And the Jews, who have more hate crimes perped against them than any other minority? Shouldn't they be getting reparations from Egypt and Germany? Of course, who can forget Texas? Shouldn't that be given back post haste? [rolleyes]

Spock Here

We all need to shut up and listen. I too have learned much I didn't know in the past month

Doc Samson

@Spock - Yeah, well, as Charlie says above - When your starting from an abysmally low point... Again, don't project your ignorance onto everyone else...

Spock Here

I at least am shutting up and listening and not denying there are racists in society. "White power" fine people types, ya know? Most people admit they don't know it all, but not you, right?

Doc Samson

I've noted in many, many posts, Spock, that racism does exist, racism is BAD, racism should be addressed and confronted where ever it is encountered. But, yeah, I've been around the block more than a few times, I have an extremely diverse background, so no, I don't need to be told how I'm "privileged" or how one group deserves more than another because they are the winner of the "biggest victim" lottery. Feel free to address any of the questions I posted above re: the victimization of other groups... [rolleyes]

Bernie Mac

Doc, you can repeatedly set the record straight until the cows come home, but you will never get a liberal Democrat to stop lying. You know, leopard and his spots and all that jazz.

Doc Samson

@Bernie - Oh, I know, just love shutting them down to the point where they won't respond because they know they lost...

Spock Here

Oh, my, "Doc" has "shut us down." I wonder if that's what he says at a social gathering when he's loud and obnoxious, and people start slowly sidling away......too funny Have fun with yourself "doc."

Doc Samson

@Spock - Nah, I hang with rational people who are capable of agreeing to disagree and who don't just drop a topic when they can't handle facts or turn to unrelated mockery because CNN didn't give them a talking point...

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