It’s common to encounter subtle bigotry from all types of people in every community in America, even in unexpected places. A sad reality of our progress as a nation is that we are not even close to overcoming racial divisions. But sometimes things are said or events take place that are so outrageously overt, they deserve special condemnation. This is a recent round-up of insidious items that went down just in the first month of 2010.
First up is Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies with this thoughtful quote, “My guess is that Haiti’s so screwed up because it wasn’t colonized long enough.” He goes on to say that French colonizers didn’t do a good enough job suppressing paganism. He is referring to Haiti becoming the first Black-led republic in the world when it fought for and won independence from France in 1804. It’s akin to saying that America should have been ruled by the British longer or slavery ended too soon. It’s blatantly racist and insults our most cherished American value: freedom. Center for Immigration Studies is trying hard to secure mainstream respectability, but with spokespersons like Krikorian, it can’t help stepping in racist doo-doo time and again.
Mark Krikorian’s friends at the white supremacist American Renaissance are on the radar as well. They’re on the hunt for a space to hold their annual conference on “Defending the west” after they were banned or booted from many DC-area hotels. With things like, “Virtually no whites anywhere are willing to break taboos about racial differences in IQ, the costs of ‘diversity,’ or the challenges of non-white immigration,” printed on its website, it’s no wonder every hotel is running in the opposite direction.
Concluding our racism round-up is Bob Kellar, a California councilman who spoke at a Save Our State anti-immigration rally in California and declared himself a “proud racist”. Kellar said he was glad when people told him he sounded racist. It doesn’t get much scummier than this blubbering bigot, folks.
As the above items illustrate, no matter how bigotry is qualified, it can’t be tolerated.