Furor over 'racism' a case of amnesia

info@islandpacket.comApril 10, 2013 

State Sen. Tom Davis experienced displeasure resulting from a Black History Month project by eighth graders quoting Malcolm X: "You can't have capitalism without racism." Davis got his knickers in a twist, and some parents called it an offensive, inappropriate endorsement of anti-free market theories such as communism.

As a leader of the free world, Davis shows he's on the ball. We, thinking communism is dead, now learn that it is back, and rearing its ugly head at the middle school. The 14-year-olds are in charge, and tweeting Marx and Lenin. No wonder there's panic in the streets.

In a paroxysm of patriotism, Davis wanted an explanation for why this offensive statement was displayed. Is the exercise of free speech a cause for displeasure? Orwell said, "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don't want to hear."

Davis continued, "The free market is the greatest source of prosperity the world has ever seen." He should, however, as some older folks say: "Tell it with the bark on."

Racism is the elephant in the room. Tragic examples in our history show capitalism prospers quite well with racism.

The slave trade bought and sold human beings as personal property for profits. This was the dehumanization of another race to create wealth for a very few. Was this not capitalism? Is this not racism?

How does a hundred years of segregation and Jim Crow, whose intent was to continue slavery in another form, escape his notice? Selective Amnesia 101?

Dru Clements


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