Tuesday, 20 January 2015 16:12 GFP Columnist - G. Tod Slone
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The following commentary was submitted to both the Cape Cod Times and Barnstable Patriot in response to K. C. Meyers’ Cape Cod Times’ article, “Muniz to Keep Job with County.”  Both newspapers refuse to publish it, for if they did publish it, they’d be venturing beyond the safe construct of the race monologue set up by politically-correct ideology. 

The Barnstable County Human Rights Commission is all white… with the exception of its black leader, John Reed, who some say is a black bigot.  Is that possible?  Can blacks be racist?  Well, that was certainly my impression when I met him and discovered his total lack of interest in the fact that my civil rights were being denied in Barnstable because I was not permitted to attend any cultural and political events held at my neighborhood library, Sturgis Library.  I am white.  Now, if there is a black member or two on the Commission, they were not present when I stood there before it.  In reality, the lack of racial diversity of the Commission is irrelevant.  What is pertinent is viewpoint diversity.  When I stood before the Commission, all I could perceive was viewpoint apathy, which is a general sign of lack viewpoint diversity. 

The problem with political correctness and any other ideology is the fundamental rejection of logic, fact, and reason.  The White Privilege concept is part of politically-correct ideology.  Many people in the White House are black including the President.  Are the Obamas a reflection of Black Privilege?  Well, they are certainly an example of it.  But evoke that significant fact, and those without reason will proclaim it to be highly insignificant.  When PC race hustlers mention that the Oscars are mostly white, try evoking the fact that most who win the Hip-Hop awards are black, and you might as well be talking to a brick wall.  Brick walls do not reason. 


Elenita Muniz, coordinator of the BCHR Commission, had stated:  “I’m racist.  Racism is alive and well in this country and everyone who is white-skinned is racist.”  For that statement, she rightfully received a good chunk of flak from the public.  But the BCHR Commission (and County Commissioner chairperson Sheila Lyons) decided not to fire her.   After all, why should it, if all its members agree with Muniz’ statement… off camera, of course?  What is fundamentally senseless about the statement is quite simple:   how does Muniz or anyone else know what ALL WHITE PEOPLE think and how ALL WHITE PEOPLE behave?  She and anyone else simply do not know.  Such generalities are stereotypes and therefore racist, which is why Muniz should have been castigated… and fired.  How can flaming racists sit on human rights commissions or work for them?  Well, apparently they can and do. 

So, job intact, why did Muniz decide to retract her anti-white racist statement?   Clearly, she doesn’t think it’s an incorrect statement.  Why did she decide to replace it with another politically-correct statement, one that is really no different from the original statement?   Why didn’t the newspaper reporter even note that egregious similarity of content?  “What I should have said is that all white people have biases about race,” noted Muniz.  So, if all white people have biases against blacks, doesn’t that make them racists?  And is Muniz implying, since she doesn’t mention it, that all black people do NOT have biases about race?  Or if they do, why are they not also incriminated?  Double standard?  Well, double standards are racist in a sense, aren’t they?  Or if everyone has biases about race (and they probably do to differing degrees), why state such a platitude?  What is its purpose?  The sky is blue.  Fine.   Again, reason is NOT the prime thinking mechanism of ideologues.  That’s the key here. 

Muniz continued with her unoriginal PC-narrative or meme:  “How many white women clutch their purses a little closer when they approach a black man on the side walk?”  Now, I’ve heard that one before.  If Muniz is going to quote someone, she should have the responsibility to mention the person who said or wrote it!  “How many of us white people get nervous when a black man shares an elevator with us?  These are all traces of the biases we carry from the crib.”  But from the crib infers a genetic element.  Is there such an element?  Methinks not.  Evoke the high black crime rate and again one might as well be talking to the brick BCHR Commission wall.  I know I’m cautious when I see black teens on an off-street.  Hell, I was mugged and robbed by three black teens, who decided first to befriend and talk with me.  At the time, I was teaching at an all-black college, Grambling State University, so did not hesitate to talk with them.  Prior to the mugging, I’d become somewhat naïve. 

Many other factors come into play.  And didn’t Jesse Jackson himself declare that when he walks down a dark alley and sees a white person behind him, he’s relieved that it isn’t a black person?  But that’s an inconvenient statement because it casts, willingly or not, doubt upon the PC-narrative of black victimhood and white racists.   Is it day time?  Is it downtown Harlem at midnight?  Is the black man in question wearing a tie and jacket and 90 years old?  Is he in a wheelchair?  Did he just step out with his wife from Vintage Cave, the super-exclusive restaurant in Hawaii (recall that Obama and his wife had dinner there)?  And on and on.  BUT stereotypes demand simplicity, not complexity. 

Finally, Muniz refused to comment when the newspaper reporter asked her to do so.  Yet she is a public servant!  Public servants should be held to respond (i.e., comment) to the public.  If she doesn’t want to comment, then she should quit her job as public servant.  Period.   A conversation about race should not mean a monologue about race, as in all whites have biases.  Yet that’s what the race conversation has become thanks to those like Muniz, Attorney General Holder, President Obama, and far too many academics and journalists…


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