You have doubtless heard, read or seen the charges, direct or indirect, leveled against Donald Trump by the Clinton campaign and the mainstream media. Any statements attributed to certain candidates or conservative politicians that do not meet the standards applied by the mainstream media or liberal elites are directly or indirectly labeled “racist.”

As someone who lived through the bona fide days of legal, civic segregation and cultural racism here in America, I feel compelled to reiterate a position I have expressed before.

If America were as racist as her mostly internal critics insist, then every politician (including Trump and Clinton) would eagerly seek out the “racist” label. They would all, as one wing of the Democratic Party (once) did, to its sorrow, label themselves “Dixiecrats” and campaign vigorously on a platform of returning to those “thrilling days of yester-year.” If that were the case today, the mainstream media would have been Barack Obama’s worst nightmare and would have disparaged his campaign worse than they regularly demean conservative blacks today (i.e., Ben Carson, Condoleezza Rice, Justice Clarence Thomas, Michael Steele, Herman Cain). If you think the scrutiny given to George Bush and John McCain, including the challenge to McCain’s birth certificate and eligibility to be president, was fierce, just try and imagine the scrutiny that would have been given to an unknown “negro” who allegedly spent from $800,000 to $1.2 million in legal fees to conceal a hidden past.

The reason the race card is used relentlessly by Democrats, liberals and so-called “civil rights leaders” is because the overwhelming majority of Americans are clearly anti-racist. Let the racist tag appear to be legitimate and, to put it mildly, the candidate is toast. Liberals and Democratic Party strategists are well aware of the anti-racial positions held by most Americans. As a result, they make every attempt to apply the racist moniker in a dual fashion.

First, they know if they can make the charge stick, it spells the political death of any candidate for elected office. (They’re trying this on Trump, but it’s not gaining the traction they’re hoping for.) The second reason, however, has been more effective. The charge of “racist” or “racism” is used to generate and perpetuate white guilt. Liberals, especially in the academic community, are extremely adept at utilizing the race card. Americans, as a general rule, are extremely fair-minded and so strongly oppose racism that they bend way over backward to avoid any hint of behavior that could be construed as racist.

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Generally speaking, most Americans insist on equity, justice and common sense; however, they seem to abandon these principles when it comes to white guilt. A glaring example of this is affirmative action, which has become the driving force behind a new social re-engineering scheme, but was originally designed to prevent discrimination against minorities in government-funded projects. The new use, however, allows race to once again be used as a determinant, and this will inevitably lead again to hatred, hostility and violence.

Interestingly enough, most Americans are less than enthusiastic in their acceptance of these government set-asides. The majority of Americans support opportunity but question giveaway programs. They tolerate them, motivated in many cases by white guilt (“blacks were unfairly treated”) but mostly by a sense of fair play.

(A little-known truth is, in answer to the question of using race or ethnicity as a deciding factor in hiring, promoting or admitting to college, a majority of blacks at one time chose ability as determined by test scores. Furthermore, 90 percent of blacks rejected admitting a black applicant over a white applicant with SAT scores 25 points higher.)

Let’s face facts: 21st-century America is an entirely different country, as bona fide racism no longer exists.

Please try to wrap your mind around this: Not very many years ago, I drank from a “colored” water fountain after leaving our “separate-but-equal” segregated school (eight classes taught by two teachers in two rooms), rode in the “colored” section of a city bus on the way to a movie and sat in a “for coloreds only” balcony. I could not possibly in my wildest imaginings have then envisioned a President Barack Hussein Obama.

I once watched a TV show that examined several countries’ treatment of their citizens, and two women (both of whom just happened to be black) were questioned about life in America. One had lived in America all of her life; the other had just arrived here (legally) and was fighting desperately to bring her husband here as well. The woman born here said, in effect, “America stinks, and if England would take me, I would leave tomorrow.” The new immigrant said, “I love America! It’s the only place in the world where you can start poor and end up a princess!” – or, as was I, the black co-host of a nationally syndicated, internationally broadcast television program.

I’d say times have changed. God bless America!

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