Racism, or the identifying of racist activity, structures, laws and attitudes, is a fickle business, it seems. What is acceptable today, may be laying the seeds of blatant and cruel racist in the future. What was seen as “acceptable” attitudes 100 years ago, are deemed absolutely unacceptable today, and so with things 50 years ago, and so on.
However, I fear that the current trend of politically correct “things” as they stand in South Africa, Europe, USA and other western countries, is laying the groundwork for very dangerous, un-acceptable attitudes in the near future.
These are tolerated today as “corrective” actions for past indiscretions.
What am I talking about, you might ask? First, let’s conduct an experiment.
I am going to table a phrase or a string of words, and I want you to test your own reaction to these. Let’s say you read in the news about the launching of an organisation called: “White Management Forum”.
What feelings, pictures and thoughts are conjured up in your mind? I picture a bunch of white guys, belonging to this club, working together to enhance their white businesses, disadvantage non-white businesses and non-white business leaders, etc.
It would stand to reason that membership of this club or organisation would prescribe that you have to be white. Which would automatically make this a racist organisation. Therefore, such an organisation would be unacceptable to the average, balanced person. If someone tried to start such an organisation, fierce resistance would be meted out.
Such an organisation would clearly be racist in its doctrine, its very reason for existing would be deemed racist, it would be judged unacceptable, contemptable, and (correctly) strong objections and resistance would be felt from society. No acceptable reason for allowing the existence, or tolerating the continuation of such an organisation can be found or justified, in my opinion.
The same would be experienced for, let’s say, the "White Lawyers Association", or the "White Business School".
It strikes fear and loathing into my mind!! These would not be tolerated by myself and many more. I have to accept that membership of these organisations would dictate white people only. Images of neo-Nazi activity flashes through my mind as I think of these fictitious organisations… Thank G-D these do not exist in reality.
However, I recently read an article in the business media, and only realised my absolute non-reaction to the content and the name of the organisation in the article after I flipped away from the article. The thought then struck me, I think I have been brainwashed.
The article was about the "Black Business Forum".
I realised that I was tolerant of this organisation because its existence was acceptable to my mind, because it exists to “correct the historic imbalances”.
After a bit of research, I discovered the “Black Lawyers Association” and the “Black Business School”.
In reality, I found that membership was prescriptive to the colour of your skin. Uhm, therefore, racist. These work towards the exclusive enhancement of black members… Uhm, therefore, racist! And the list goes on…
At the end of this process, I asked myself this:
Why am I not as itchy about these organisations as I would be if they were “White”?
If there existed an equal or mirror to each of these “Black” clubs as “White” clubs, they would SURELY be deemed racist… But we don’t categorise these exclusively “Black” clubs as racist … Why not?
When will the situation be deemed as “balanced”, so that we can get to a point where these organisation are no longer needed, and will these organisations then say “Right, goal achieved, lets dis-band!!”…..
Are we laying the seeds, entrenching and accepting blatant racist structures that surely can develop into dangerous organisations in the future? After all, that’s how the Nazi’s and the NP started……
Look where they ended.
Already the politics in this country and the USA is being drawn on colour and ethnic lines.
Are we (all of us) brainwashed by the PC narrative? Food for thought…