Sat, Feb 18th - 2:53AM
Racism is not limited to any particular race or group and has long been a nationwide and worldwide problem, but the South has received more notoriety on this. Most racial problems in the South during the twentieth century trace back to the so-called Reconstruction when Federal intrusion and Northern extremes, martial law, political corruption, and the excesses of the Republican Party, the Union League, and the Freedmen's Bureau provoked reactions and attitudes that lasted for generations. For example, Reconstruction laws and measures virtually eliminated the White vote and made illiterates the overwhelming majority vote in the South. This enabled Carpetbaggers, Scalawags, and other radicals to take advantage of a bad situation, use and exploit freed slaves, and win elections with unrealistic and often unconstitutional (e.g., Ex Post Facto Laws) campaign promises, such as the promise of forty acres and a mule for every freed slave.
It is sometimes argued that racial harmony is not possible without the US Supreme Court, but the Supreme Court is not infallible and many racial problems that the Supreme Court has attempted to solve were the direct or indirect result of Supreme Court decisions. For example: The Plessy VS. Ferguson Decision of 1896 enunciated the doctrine of "separate but equal." Making racial segregation the official federal policy for over fifty years ensured that federally mandated desegregation would provoke resentment and opposition, and the federal intrusions involved aroused the collective memory and defensiveness of White Southrons in general. Instead of the US Supreme Court being looked to as savior or an infallible authority Federal Judges should be held accountable.
Modern liberals often claim to stand for equality while promoting the belief that ethnic minorities are inherently inferior (and therefore unable to succeed on their own merits) by insisting on special rights and reverse discrimination. The attempts of social engineers to change hearts through legislation and court orders are self-defeating. Leftist programs purported to promote racial harmony and racial equality have the opposite effect: Egalitarian socialism, reverse discrimination, and Ex Post Facto Laws do not alleviate racial tensions or produce racial harmony, but instead foster resentment and a we-versus-they complex. If you have a group of children and you give one child a stick and the right to hit the children who don't do what he wants, in time the other children will submit and conform to the child with the stick while resentment and animosity increases; race cards have the same effect. It is futile to keep expecting humanist ideologies to achieve racial harmony.
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