Stop us­ing ‘racist’ la­bel

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES FROM PAGE ONE - Larry Jeeter, El­li­cott City

Re­gard­less of where one stands in today’s di­vi­sive po­lit­i­cal cli­mate. it should be ap­par­ent that the need to talk things out is more im­por­tant than ever. Un­for­tu­nately, rea­soned di­a­logue in the mid­dle ground has been re­placed by the shout­ing from the ex­treme wings of both par­ties. There is plenty to dis­like about the rhetoric of Don­ald Trump, but it was ef­fec­tive in get­ting at­ten­tion and it duped the Democrats into at­tack­ing the per­son and the rhetoric rather than fo­cus­ing on a broader eco­nomic mes­sage that would have ap­pealed to many of the vot­ers whose sup­port the Democrats needed (“Can Trump change his spots?” Nov. 14).

Now that the is­sue is de­cided, the Demo­cratic pro­pa­ganda ma­chine con­tin­ues to roll on and the fa­vorite tac­tic is the “racist” la­bel. His­tor­i­cally, it looks much like the McCarthy­ism of the early 1950s. In that era, any voice of eco­nomic re­form or ef­fort to spread the pros­per­ity was im­me­di­ately painted with the “com­mu­nist” la­bel. Once done, that per­son could be marginal­ized, ig­nored and out-right black­listed as not de­serv­ing to be heard or even em­ployed.

We see much the same today. If an opin­ion is con­trary to the Demo­cratic Party agenda, the first line of de­fense seems to be a thor­ough vet­ting of the speaker in an ef­fort to find some way, no mat­ter how ten­u­ous, to la­bel him or her as a racist. The word is be­yond trite and has lost its true mean­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, it’s as ef­fec­tive as a Demo­cratic clar­ion call as it is dam­ag­ing to the so­cial unity of the na­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.