Michael J. Hurd, Ph.D.:
“Implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police,” said Hillary Clinton during the presidential debate.
Excuse me? Maybe you’re a racist, Mrs. Clinton, but speak for yourself. Of course, would you ever admit to being a racist? Not a chance. Yet your statement implies that everyone, yourself included, is one.
How can one prove that one is NOT a racist? It’s impossible, because you cannot prove a negative. Imagine that I said to you, “You killed my dog,” and you replied in horror, “No I didn’t.” Rationally and objectively, the burden would be on me to provide proof–via facts and evidence–that you did, in fact, kill my dog. It would be logically impossible (and psychologically unbearable) for you to try and prove you did not kill my dog.
(I would have used the example “You cheated on your wife” myself. Of course, Mr. Hillary would have replied, “What’s your point?”, so never mind.)
It’s the same with racism. People like Hillary Clinton claim everyone is racist. It’s like we can’t help it. It’s in our genes (we’re told). Particularly if you’re white. More so if you’re white and male. Absolutely if you’re anything other than a progressive and a socialist.
Although Hillary Clinton damns herself by saying that everyone engages in “implicit racism,” you already know what her self-exoneration consists of: “Well, I have spent decades tirelessly working for the poor and disadvantaged of all races.”
No such thing is true. She has worked tirelessly at achieving and maintaining power over others, and using people’s sometimes legitimate sense of being a victim (due to race, or other factors) as a way to exploit their vulnerabilities, ignorance or weakness in the name of achieving power.
How do you know if you’re a racist? It all depends on how you view individuals. If you recognize people for their individuality alone, then you’re not a racist. Race is either a non-existent factor, or a marginal one, in your appraisal of people in everyday life. If someone is your doctor, you care about what kind of doctor he or she is, not the race. If someone is your car mechanic or friend, it’s the same. If someone is your friend or spouse, it’s the same. People are appreciated or disparaged for the presence or lack of character, personality traits or competence. When this is how you view the world, then you’re no longer (or never were) a racist.
It’s not human nature to be racist. It’s actually human nature to wish to survive. When focusing on survival and (once that’s settled) enjoyment of life, it does not serve one’s interest to practice racism. People only fall into the trap of racism or irrational discrimination when they started out in the trap of viewing people as members of collectives, rather than individuals. Individualism liberates human beings from the mentality of tribalism, and it’s only individualism that will extinguish racism.
Hillary Clinton is no individualist.
Individualism is the complete opposite of racism. Clinton does everything in her power to encourage people to think of themselves as members of a class, race, gender, sexual orientation, or whatever other type of group serves the interest of pursuing power. She has a vested power (and money) interest in doing so. Anyone who believes her crap is beyond foolish.
Hillary Clinton seems about to obtain what she considers the most important quest for power one would ever attain: the U.S. presidency. The irony? That office only holds value, esteem and power because of people who believed in very different kinds of ideas than she does … ideas such as economic freedom, the right to bear arms, the right to freedom of association and speech.
Like Obama and many others who put socialism, pressure group politics and the pursuit of personal power above the preservation of the rights of the individual, Clinton will bring to the office lower credibility than ever before. Her corrupt dealings in the Clinton Foundation, bad as they are, will be the least of it. In fact, by the time she’s done with the presidency, there might be little point to being a U.S. President.
The primacy of the individual is something Republicans used to believe, until Donald Trump ran for president.
Mark French is similarly unpersuaded about how racist and sexist we are because:
… equality is equality. If a man or woman steps up to occupy the White House as a major party candidate, in my mind, they themselves are primae facie evidence that racism or sexism isn’t as powerful a force as is being argued. A woman can’t drive or be out alone, much less run for power in many places in the world (many whom have donated heavily this election cycle). As disappointing as it is in this century, I can’t name a first-world power, except for the USA, that has a black head of state in my lifetime. Not France, not England, Ireland or the UK, not the Scandinavian utopias of Denmark, Sweden or Norway, not suave and fashion leading Italy, Spain or Portugal, not our Queen-loving brothers and sisters in Canada. But we’re the racist ones, right?
A black man in the White House deserves respect, but he’s not above criticism. A woman running for president is not above criticism – the Presidency is not a participation trophy, it’s the highest office in the country. Candidates should be vetted, and like it or not, national political figures are celebrities. The media sells ads by whipping up a frenzy around celebrities, and we gobble it up and spray it out everywhere, the good, the bad and the ugly. Celebrity politicians are our new professional wrestlers – they have cults of personality, they have mortal enemies that will not so much as ever lay eyes on them, ever. Trump and Clinton are our Big Brother, and get our undying love, they’re our Emmanuel Goldstein and get our unrequited, spittle-flecked hatred. If we’re honest, we’ll admit we like it that way. But let’s get back to sexism. I was once very close friends with an Army Huey UH-1V Medevac pilot. After one of her flying evaluations by a dustoff pilot who was legendary for his exploits in Vietnam, she called me in tears. He’d been brutally rough on his evaluation. She didn’t care about the criticism, she’d learned a lot from his criticism that wan’t in any books or field manuals. What destroyed her was the compliment that he paid her – that she was the finest woman pilot he’d ever met. To her, the criticism was welcome, but being a woman had nothing to do with her flying. The criticism wasn’t sexist, but judging her abilities on the basis of her gender, that was sexist. Seeing abhorrent behavior and calling a candidate on those behaviors? Not sexist. Ignoring the bad bad judgement and behavior on the basis of the flesh suit they happened to be born into? You know where I’m going with this.
You can’t criticize or even despise a black president without being called racist? You can’t dislike a woman running for president without being called sexist? Is that what you really believe? Well, that’s mighty righteous of you. You think that if we don’t see your point of view, if we don’t love your candidate that we must be evil or stupid? Well, okay. But before you go, I have to say that I don’t think that was Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision about judging on content of character instead of the wrapper we happened to be born into. Worse yet, if you think that a black man in that kind of position of power needs your protection because of his race, or a woman running for that office needs your protection because she’s a woman, your slip may be showing.