Democrats’ election strategy: Redefine racism

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As our economy continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, it has impacted black Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and women in record numbers. Among all these demographics, we’re recording historic low unemployment, wage increases and job opportunities. This reduction in the “minority misery index” has left the Democratic Party with two options to attract black votes for the midterm elections.

The first option is to take credit for this economic boom. Suspending all common sense, the Democratic Party has offered this narrative, even though it has been the party of adamant “resistance” since President Trump’s election. The second option is a “get-out-the-vote” strategy that purposely divides our nation by angering and energizing the black voting bloc. It is a strategy that is predicated upon the belief that anyone who disagrees with Democratic policies is simply racist.

{mosads}Under this premise, white men who are not Democrats are racist. White men and women who consider themselves independents, but agree with any of President Trump’s policies, are racist. And yes, even white Democrats who are not all in with the “resist and obstruct” strategy are now considered racist. In collusion with liberal mainstream media journalists, the Democratic Party is attempting, through the prism of race, to redefine one of our country’s more powerful words.

I grew up in the 1960s Deep South during the era of Jim Crow laws, the KKK and institutional racism. Identifying the evil of racism and defining its true meaning was simple during that era. It was a term used to identify those who would demean, deny and destroy others based on the color of their skin. It was used to single out those who targeted the black race with legislation purposely designed to keep them dependent, enslaved in poverty and hopelessness.

With these immortal words, Martin Luther King Jr. shared his vision for the future of our country: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Never did King’s generation of black Americans envision a day when wealthy black elitists would join forces with their white leftist counterparts to purposely divide Americans. Never could they have foreseen the day when free-thinking Americans would be intimidated, silenced and destroyed with the word “racist” because they disagree with the Democratic Party.

Past generations of patriotic, entrepreneurial, educated and God-loving black Americans had no difficulty identifying true racism. They would have boldly pointed to a 2017 Department of Education study that stated 75 percent of black male youths in the Democrat-controlled state of California could not pass a standard reading and writing test. They would have highlighted studies that show white abortionists strategically placing 80 percent of their clinics in urban black communities, resulting in the deaths of over 20 million black babies since 1973.

As a party with a history of pro-slavery, pro-secession, pro-segregation and pro-socialism, the Democratic Party has also been the party that has politically controlled urban black America for over 60 years. Predominantly black communities in many cities today are mired in poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, crime and hopelessness. The Democratic Party has never apologized for its past, nor has it attempted to atone for its present failures.

Instead, it has skillfully used the art of bait-and-switch. Millions of Americans are convinced that somehow in the 1960s there was a wholesale transition of the Democratic Party’s two-centuries-old hatred of black people to the policies of the anti-slavery, anti-secession, anti-segregation and pro-God Republican Party. Only in a vacuum void of common sense, critical-thinking skills and true American history could such logic survive.

During his State of the Union address, President Trump mentioned his success in lifting some of the decades-long misery encapsulating black communities. As he spoke, members of the Congressional Black Caucus sat on their hands in a collective display of anger and disgust.

It has been this segment of Americans that, for decades, has been the greatest threat to black communities. Black Democratic politicians, media pundits and academic elitists for decades have put their politics, profits and prestige above the welfare of their own race. As they live the American Dream in safe, integrated neighborhoods — sending their children to the best schools, driving expensive cars, experiencing worldwide vacations and planning for their guaranteed retirement — they steal the dreams of other black Americans.

The message from these American caricatures is that success is impossible for other blacks, not of their class, because the powerful White Man, for whom they work, will not allow it.

They will continue to call President Trump a racist, even though he advocated for millions in debt relief for Historical Black Colleges and Universities during a hurricane aftermath. He will be called a racist as he seeks prison reform that positively impacts black families and grants second chances to young black men. And yes, he will be called racist as he works to stop the flow of millions of non-Americans who come to our country illegally to compete against black Americans for jobs, education and opportunity.

Many black Americans from my youth would have no problem calling out the true racists among us. They would have boldly pointed to the elitists, black and white, within the Democratic Party who, with smiles and handshakes, have relegated many black Americans for generations to a life of misery for the sake of their own power, prestige and profits.

Burgess Owens played in the NFL for seven years with the New York Jets and three with 1980 World Champion Oakland Raiders. He is the executive director for the Utah Chapter of The One Heart Project, which works to give incarcerated juvenile offenders a second chance upon their release, and is the author of “Why I Stand: from Freedom to Killing Fields of Socialism.”

Tags Congressional Black Caucus Donald Trump Identity politics Jim Crow laws Politics of the United States race and society Racism

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