Given that Monday is Martin Luther King Day, today’s WMUR’s CLOSE UP had a segment on race relations here on NH. Most of it was the expected verbiage from Adam Sexton’s
Sidenote: Congrats to Adam on his promotion to Political Director. In my dealing with Adam, I’ve always found him to be fair and balanced and generally has kept his politics (which I really don’t know how he leans) to himself and not in his reporting.
questioning of his two guests: Dr. Dottie Morris and Rogers Johnson. I don’t know Dr. Morris but I do know Rogers Johnson for being a blogger on the Right side of the aisle, we have spoken a few times in the past. Thus in watching the piece, I was absolutely flabbergasted that this self-described Conservative on something he said that sounded outright out of the Progressive Identity Politics bible:
Sexton – Is racism a problem here in New Hampshire?
Dr. Dottie Morris: “…structures, that whole idea of implicit bias, it doesn’t matter if it is intentional or not it is disrupting the process for a lot of people of different racial backgrounds.”
Like I said, I don’t know Dr. Morris, I don’t know her outlook, and I don’t know her politics but there’s the phrase (“implicit bias”) that makes all of us of pale complexion guilty as a group which IS the point – the Individual is of no concern only what thePol collective group has done or what it isn’t doing, according to the Political Correctness of the Day, that it shouldn’t have or should have been doing. Implicit bias is another way of saying “you are racist even if you’ve never actively done anything that could be construed as racist; it is who you are as a white person”. The fact that she doesn’t know that I even exist doesn’t matter – that is part of the collective sin that is part of Critical Race Theory that as put its tentacles all over.
And then Sexton turned to Rogers Johnson and asked
Sexton: what is your perspective on racism here in NH?
Rogers Johnson: What Dr. Morris just said, is essentially, the reality of NH, the vast majority of them, people in the State don’t realize that they’re racists…
Nice to know, that the majority of people here in NH, are racists, Mr. Johnson. You know, that will have an effect on those that heard that – that you already have a negative view of them simply BECAUSE. That was not an “unconscious” act – your words were definitely said with purpose and with a point. You and I have spoken in the past – you never stated to me that I was such a person. Would you now, having declared the above, tell me to my face, or to any of the other folks here on the Right side of politics with whom you have interacted, that I am now a racist?
I think the proper response is “Prove it”. That’s all, just prove it. I dare say that you will have no solid ground on which to stand. Further, I highly doubt that you can read minds, especially mine, but I’m willing to put that to the test.
No, that was a slur that you issued, not only to me but to lots of people that you have never met. Seriously, racists Mr. Johnson?
Now, I’ve been called all kinds of names by Progressives (just ask Zandra Rice-Hawkins!): homophobe, zenophobe, nationalist, uneducated, redneck, ignorant, stupid, deplorable, white privileged (wanna hear about my background and history – trust me, it ain’t all that privileged), irredeemable, bitter clinger, and yes, racist. Because that’s who they are and how they act. Towards them, I just laugh – as Rush Limbaugh says, a tiger can’t change its spots because it is a tiger and that’s what it is; they are who they are.
Coming from a Conservative, however, is a completely different kettle of fish. A Conservative knows the Left and how they abuse words to score points (“Halliburton!!!!” – one for you, Ed!). For them to sink to that same level brings up a lot of questions, some of them very serious and disconcerning. If I were to bump into Rogers Johnson at an event, how should I treat him now that I know he believes I am racist? Remember, I have said nothing as I have always seen him as a Conservative – calling out a million people as being racist is not being Conservative as it plays right into the Progressive playbook? It is he who decided to paint with the Identity Politics paintbrush.
I do wonder if Rogers Johnson understand that he has now put a lot of people to “walking on eggshells”, as being called a racist is supposed to be one of the worst things one can be called in today’s society?
Am I mad about being so slurred? No, but sure, a bit put off. As I said above, I’ve been called far worse by far worse people than he. He has made his point as I will be thinking about this – probably, however, not the way that he intended.