Some things that are “racist” obviously have nothing to do with racism.
One thing that really troubles me about the USA of 2019 is that if you say anything that people don’t agree with, it is considered racism.
Racism means that you are against certain races, and don’t like the people because of their race.
There is really, in my opinion, nothing wrong with not liking a person for other reasons. For example, if you know a guy named Jim and Jim always wears purple pants, you might not like that. Jim looks stupid in purple pants. You don’t like to hang out with Jim because you don’t like that he wears purple pants. I don’t see anything wrong with that.
One thing is for sure about your dislike of Jim, though. It is not racism. If you just did not like Jim because he was black, Hispanic, Asian, or something like that, then you are acting in a racist way. That being said, if you know a Honduran guy named Jose, and he always wears purple pants, and we have already established that you just don’t like people who wear purple pants, well you might dislike Jose because of the purple pants, and that, again, is not racist.
Is President Trump racist?
Over the weekend, US President Donald Trump tweeted these things:
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……
… and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally and crime-infested from which they came?
Well, one problem with the tweets is that several of the Congresswomen that he is talking about were born in the USA, so they are not immigrants. That was a mistake.
Are those tweets racist?
I have been an immigrant. I lived in the Philippines for nearly 20 years. I can say that I have heard “go back where you came from” many times during those years. In every case, it was when I was complaining about something in the Philippines. Filipinos (not all, but some) would be offended if I did not like something there and I was vocal about it. They would tell me that if I did not like it, I was free to leave and go home.
Those words did hurt, they made me feel bad. However, when I thought about it, I realized they were right. Nobody was holding me there. There were planes leaving every day on a route back to the United States, and I was free to be on any one of those dozens of flights any day that I chose to leave.
But, I did not leave, not for nearly 20 years at least. And, when I did leave it was not because I did not like the way things were there. I left because my family and I just thought there were good reasons why we might be better off living in the States.
But those Congresswomen are not white!
People seem to think that the tweets are racist because he was tweeting about women of color. They equate that since the women are not white, and the President was saying they should go home, he was saying that because he only wants white people to live in the USA.
Well, I abhor racism. My wife is Asian. My kids are all half-Asian. I love every one of them. How could I be a racist? I am not a racist. I know the argument… if you have to proclaim that you are not a racist, often that means you really are. But, I would challenge anybody to tell me anything I have ever done that would show me to be a racist.
Just like my example of Jim (white) and Jose (Hispanic) wearing the purple pants, saying something negative about these Congresswomen does not mean it is about race. As I said, I have personally experienced the exact things that President Trump tweeted. I never considered it racist, even if it was hurtful. In the end, I think that what those people told me (many times over the years) was right.
Let’s look at it another way.
If you like to eat at McDonald’s, but one day you decided to go to Burger King and you found that you just did not like the taste of the burgers at Burger King, would you go into the kitchen and try to show them how they should cook? No, I doubt you would, or should.
Instead, the next time you wanted a Burger, if you really like McDonald’s burgers, you would (and should) go back to McDonald’s. Do you think that Burger King is going to be open to having you come and teach them how to make Burgers? I doubt it.
So, if you go to a country and you don’t like the way things are done, go back to your own country if that is what you prefer.
And to prove that the tweets are not racist
If there was a Congressman who was an immigrant from Norway, a white person, and he did not like the way things were being done in the USA, and the same tweet was sent with that Congressman in mind, how could it be racist? You would be saying the same thing about a white person? Obviously not racist. Same words, just directed at a different person. If it is racist, it would be racist no matter who it was directed toward.
I rest my case.