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Just plain racism

By Paul Walfield
web posted February 3, 2003

I was blessed with parents who never judged anyone because of the color of their skin or how they worshipped; character was the only criteria. I have always thought that was the only decent way to be or live, and could never understand to this day, why anyone worth conversing with would think differently.

Racists, bigots, haters, no matter their credentials, their education, or position are simply not worth a second thought. In the 21st century, thankfully, it has become fashionable to view racism as it should be viewed, no less than a despicable and dangerous ideology that cannot be left to stand. The racists seem to have gotten the message and now couch their vile beliefs in more subtle and oblique ways. What is most interesting is their use of the West's ostensible distaste for their own vile philosophy, by passing it on to others.

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela, who was raised from being an inmate in one of apartheid South Africa's prisons to statesman and Nobel Laureate, accused US President George W. Bush and America as racist because the United States dares to defend itself and its people from a tyrant with weapons of mass destruction, and is willing to do so without France's approval.

Mr. Mandela claims that because the head of the United Nations is black, we need to heed his opinion that Iraq must be allowed to continue its defiance of UN Resolutions. By not doing so, America is racist; Mandela asked, "Is it because the secretary-general of the United Nations is now a black man?"

Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations is from Ghana, and is black.

Now, I don't personally know President Bush, or Vice President Cheney, but I would bet the farm that when they formulate the decision to attack Iraq, the color of Kofi Annan's skin will not be part of their decision making process.

The left, whether here in the US, or in Europe, or anywhere else it appears, will use anything to undermine America's position in the world, and its sovereignty. While many people wouldn't give a second thought to Mr. Mandela's assertion that racism is a key component of America's quest to remain safe and free, the crowd at the International Women's Forum, applauded his remarks.

Mr. Annan, not being satisfied with simply calling the US racist, also determined that America "has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world." To Mr. Mandela and his audience who also applauded that "observation," America is morally bankrupt, and a terrorist state.

The statements, observations, and comments made by Mr. Mandela, and hearty approval by his audience amount to nothing more than plain old bigotry. It may not fit the traditional notion of bigotry, but nonetheless the term fits flawlessly.

Mr. Mandela used rhetoric detrimental to an individual and the people of a nation without factual basis. He is obstinate in his beliefs and placed his opinion above the reality of the circumstances. His audiences concurrence with his rhetoric mark not only their approval of his bigotry, they highlight their own.

Not satisfied with merely accusing the American President with racism, Mr. Mandela also needed to create an atmosphere around Mr. Bush of dimwittedness. Mr. Mandela accused Mr. Bush "of no foresight, who cannot think properly." Quite typical of racists who need to dehumanize the subjects of their hate.

While the left claims to be a champion of the oppressed, no mention was made by Mr. Mandela of the plight of the Iraqi people under the continued brutality of the sadist Saddam Hussein. There was no mention of how America's liberation of Iraq would lead to freedoms heretofore unknown to the Iraqi people. No, he chose to vent his hate for America, its president and its people.

Quite incredulously the left in practice, damns the people and country seeking to better the lives of the world's oppressed while they champion the longevity of despots, dictators, and tyrants.

Despite the facade of charity and goodwill for all, The left, Mr. Mandela and his audience, demonstrate their true agenda for all who care to see.

Paul Walfield is a freelance writer and member of the State Bar of California with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and post-graduate study in behavioral and analytical psychology. He resided for a number of years in the small town of Houlton, Maine and is now a California attorney. Paul can be contacted at paul.walfield@cox.net.

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