CNN’S Roland Martin: Racism is in ‘America’s DNA’

As far as race-baiter Roland Martin of CNN is concerned, America is guilty until proven innocent. Guilty of racism as some sort of original sin, one that can never be washed away by either deeds or absolution.

On April 26, Martin got his inner Je$$e Jack$on on and tweeted: “I simply accept the reality that racism is in the DNA of America. And when that button is pushed, the true feelings come tumbling out!”

Mark down Mr. Martin as another one of those that seem not to understand that racism is a human frailty, not a uniquely American one. Also mark him as a member of the race-industry that is scared to death that people will realize that America has come a long way toward alleviating racism, far from the days of slavery and Jim Crow.

In fact, Roland Martin himself is an example of the death of overt racism in the United States. He is a prominent and successful black TV broadcaster. How could that happen if America was drowning so in racism?

The fact is that racism is no longer something that is tolerated by the average American. Certainly there was a day when loud-mouthed racists would disgorge their hate in public and the average American would simply move along without raising a fuss about such a display. But today racism is not something that America ignores. Racists are shunned by polite society.

Another benchmark of the practical end of racism in America is the constant “the first African American to…” notations one used to see in the 60s and 70s. There are no areas that African Americans have not joined, excelled and found success in this country.

Needless to say, even the White House!

Yet with all that advancement both socially and in the law, people like Roland Martin still imagine that racism is in every mind.

But also telling is Martin’s actual misuse of the word “racism,” a misuse that is epidemic with the far left and the race-baiting industry. Like many in his political milieu, Martin seems to think that “racism” only means whites disparaging blacks. But this is a skewed definition of a word that mean hate directed at any race, not just white against black hate.

We see racism in many ways other than white against back, don’t we? We see Jacksons, Shaprtons, Farrakhans, and “Reverend” Jeremiah Whites displaying their hatred against whites, Jews and others nearly every single day.

Racism is a word constantly misused by race-baiters such as Roland Martin and it really should stop.

Sadly, racism is not something that people like Roland Martin want to stop. It is something they love in that it keeps them in control of the debate and gives them a role to “lead” something. After all, if America’s Afrincan American community were to accept that their lives are in their own hands and not in the hands of evil racists that want to keep them down they wouldn’t be constantly looking to people like Martin or Je$$e Jack$on or Al $harpton to “lead” them. They’d be out there on their own pushing to succeed instead of wallowing in manufactured pity.

The shame of leftists is that they have destroyed the wonderful legacy of great men like Frederick Douglas and Booker T. Washington and have instead given this country the guttural race-baiting and hatemongering of Cornel West and Reverend Wright.

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Posted by on April 27, 2012.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • SCSIwuzzy

    So he looked in the mirror, and tweeted what he saw

  • GarandFan

    ” It is something they love in that it keeps them in control of the debate and gives them a role to “lead” something.”

    And it will as long as ‘polite society’ refuses to scream BULLSHIT! in their RACIST faces.

  • Guest

    Hmm, the legacies of Washington and Douglas are not diminished in my mind, not at all.

    Odd that you’d feel that way. Maybe it’s something in your DNA?

    • iwogisdead

      You’re talking about that movie “White Men Can’t Jump” aren’t you.

      Racism is illegal in the United States. There’s a whole industry about that. Lawyers are making gobs of money. Can you point to another country where that’s happening?

    • iwogisdead

      You’re talking about that movie “White Men Can’t Jump” aren’t you.

      Racism is illegal in the United States. There’s a whole industry about that. Lawyers are making gobs of money. Can you point to another country where that’s happening?

  • jim_m

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing when I passed by the whites only water fountain on my way to the whites only restaurant.  Wait a minute… there are no such places anymore.  The left is just bent that these institutions no longer exist.

    Perhaps the reason they fought to keep them was simply to have something to protest against.  Give the people something to protest against (the 1%) and you don’t have to worry about explaining how you are mismanaging the nation.

  • http://twitter.com/MaggieW65 MaggieW65

    Arguing about skin color, is as stupid as arguing about eye color.

  • EricSteel

    Roland Martin was born in Houston, Texas which if I am not mistaken is a part of the United States of America, which makes Roland Martin an American.  His bio makes no mention of living overseas at any time, so I assume that he has spent the vast majority of his life in America. 

    So when he talks about racism being in the DNA of America, is he making a confession there?

    • jim_m

       When a leftist is expounding on how deeply embedded racism is in the soul of America, they are talking from person experience.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Confession and Projection are much of a oneness in this instance.

  • herddog505

    Well, if he accepts the “reality” that America is a racist nation – indeed, that racism is in our national DNA- then may I suggest that he hop on a plane to someplace else?

    • Guest

      You can suggest that, and maybe he will, but a patriot stays and fights to make the country better rather than running away.

      • herddog505

        Oh, is THAT what he’s doing?  Right…

      • retired.military

        Funny how all those leftists were going to leave the country if Bush got reelected.  Cant think of any republicans who have said the same if Obama gets reelected.

      • Evil Otto

        You’re right. A patriot stays and fights. Too bad because Martin is no patriot. In any case, if racism truly is in our DNA, then there’s no point in fighting to make the country better, because racism is in our nature.

        Of course, I’m giving this more thought than that mindless hack Martin has.

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          That is a very low bar.

  • jim_m

    When you start making sweeping generalizations about the racist feelings of another group of people, people you frequently define by , ooops, the color of their skin, your are being just as racist as those people you are supposedly condemning.

    Individuals are racist. 

  • 914

    “Racism is in ‘Americas DNA”

    Well, obviously it is well represented in the Democrat party..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

      Try Republican next time, then you’ll make sense.

      Also, next time, look at the Drug war and how many minorities are imprisoned yearly

      • jim_m

         Bigot.  GO show us where white are not prosecuted or even arrested for possession and distribution.  Is it that surprising that since a major route of drug importation is from South America that we see minorities involved in these crimes?   Jesus, you are dumb.

        Or are you so racist as to think that we should not prosecute drug crimes because minorities can’t help themselves but to get hooked on drugs?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

          Jimbo, quit acting high and mighty.  Republicans are pushing for a redo of the 1960s.  Or are you telling me that cases concerning civil rights are the fault of those darn dirty Democrats?

          Quite frankly, after 40 years of prosecuting drug crimes, that hasn’t stopped demand has it?  Wanna stop the deficit?  Stop the drug war

  • LiberalNightmare

    The beauty of the word “racism” is that the word can mean what ever Al Sharpton wants it to mean.

  • ackwired

    The Oxford Dictionary defines “racism” as:

    the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races:

    It does not say anything about hate.  However, I agree with the author that racism is part of the human condition and that no race is immune from it’s traps.

  • Oysteria

    Yup, racism landed him a high profile, high paying position in an international network and got him 98,000 twitter followers.

    Gee I wonder what’s worse though.  He seems to suffer from homophobia.  Must be in his DNA.

    Edit – For some reason the link won’t show: http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-02-08/news/31039460_1_tweets-twitter-followers-soccer

    • jim_m

       He seems to suffer from homophobia

      That could be said of most of the left.  Look how quickly they jump to slandering people as being gay.  I though it was supposed to be OK to be gay, but apparently the left feels that it is a negative still.

  • Commander_Chico

    Better to say it’s in the world’s DNA.   It is of course present in the USA.

    But America is far better than most countries in that regard.   Until I see black British Army and French Army generals, the Europeans can stop lecturing us in that regard.

  • Brucehenry

    I don’t use Twitter, but aren’t tweets often part of a conversation? In what context was this comment made?

    I think to say that “racism is in America’s DNA” could have been a fancy way to say that racism is interwoven in our history. That’s not in doubt, is it? 

    And also, that one tweet says nothing about whether he’s talking about racism directed at any one ethnicity as opposed to another. Whether he was or not would make a difference in how this one tweet is judged by you self-appointed smackers-down of “race-baiters”, wouldn’t it?

    BTW, blog sentences like “They’d be out there on their own pushing to succeed instead of wallowing in manufactured pity” (is that what you think black folks do all day?) may be an example of what Martin means. I don’t speak for him, of course.

    • jim_m

       My impression was that most tweets from celebs were one-offs meant largely to gain attention.

      • Brucehenry

        OK, fair enough. But what about the rest of my comment, Jim?

        • jim_m

           I categorically disagree with the notion that “racism is in America’s DNA”.  That is a bigoted statement on its face.  Where the hell did the abolitionists come from?

          The whole idea of “Racism is in America’s DNA” is that racism is ALWAYS there.  That EVERY American is racist. That no matter what we do we are in our hearts desiring, wanting to be and act racist.  This is not a general statement about human nature, because if it were it would not be America centric in its sentiment.

          If “racism is in America’s DNA” then racism is something that can never be conquered in ANY Amercian.  A person who holds this position has either given up (not likely the case here) or is seeking an excuse to live a life filled with hate and resentment toward his fellow man.

          People who say this kind of crap have no desire to move on from the racist mistakes that we have made but rather want to wallow in those memories in an effort to draw attention to themselves and to make others pay for the sins of people they are not even related to. 

          I don’t think that all blacks buy into this.  Obviously, there are black conservatives who do not.  There are even black liberals who don’t buy into the keep racism alive for fun and profit meme.

          • herddog505

            jim_mIf “racism is in America’s DNA” then racism is something that can never be conquered in ANY Amercian.  A person who holds this position has either given up (not likely the case here) or is seeking an excuse to live a life filled with hate and resentment toward his fellow man.

            People who say this kind of crap have no desire to move on from the racist mistakes that we have made but rather want to wallow in those memories in an effort to draw attention to themselves and to make others pay for the sins of people they are not even related to. 

            Hear him, hear him!

          • Brucehenry

            Well, I don’t think that saying racism is “in America’s DNA” is necessarily tantamount to saying that every American is racist. 

            I’m not sure precisely what Martin meant by his brief tweet, but I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean that every American is racist. I could be wrong, but this seems to me more like your propensity to re-phrase what others have said so that you can be more easily outraged, and/or more easily refute whatever it is you have re-phrased.

            I think Chico is closer to the truth, above, when he says, “Better to say it’s in the world’s DNA.”

            EDIT: BTW, I think saying this or that is “in America’s DNA” is more of a tired buzzphrase than anything else. I’ve heard it said that BASEBALL is “in America’s DNA” and that COUNTRY MUSIC is “in America’s DNA.”

          • jim_m

             Dude, I have hardly commented on this.  You asked for what I thought. 

            Chico is right that it is more correct to say that it is human nature to be biased against the different, but that was not what was said.  However, such an inclination is not equivalent to racism as we understand it here in the US.

            It’s a tweet.  You get 140 characters to say something and most of the time people say something stupid.  This is not an exception.  I have yet to hear this individual explain himself if he is feeling that he is misunderstood.

          • Brucehenry

            Sorry, didn’t mean to start any ruckus, you’re right that I asked you what you thought.

            And I agree wholeheartedly with your last paragraph.

  • Pretzel__Logic

    “He’s a jackass.”

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      And a shining exemplar of the jackass party.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

    He’s actually correct that we have a system now that imprisons more minorities and severely handicaps people in finding better job opportunities.  In order to put it into perspective, I began reading a book The New Jim Crow that exposes how the US has done a ton of damage to democracy by simply disparaging the vote as well as using the justice system in a disproportionate manner against minorities.  While her book focuses on African American males, you can look at Lost in Detention by Maria Hinojosa to see how we treat immigrants.  We do have systemic problems that have not been discussed by the media on both sides politically.  No one is bringing these issues up yet we continue to have people suffer.  

    • jim_m

       So you are going to show us all data on how there are many more crimes likely committed by whites that are going unprosecuted?

      The courts are not used disproportionately against minorities.  Minorities happen to commit a disproportionate number of crimes.  Since Hispanics are frequently 1st or2nd generation immigrants it is not surprising to see that they are involved in crimes.  In the past other immigrant groups had the same issues.  The reason we call it a Paddy wagon is because it would be filled with Irish immigrants.

      Your bullshit is more of the problem.  You take the focus off the crime that we really need to reduce (ie black on black crime) and focus it on he racial issue.  You willfully ignore the fact that a lot of minorities are victimized by crime.  You don’t want to address that issue.

      Lastly , it is total bullshit that the justice system handicaps people from getting decent jobs.  Try giving them a decent education.  The NEA does more to keep minorities in poverty than the DOJ.

      • Guest

        There’s lot of data out there to support Jay’s position. Do you have any data to support your position that he’s wrong?

        Of course not, because you don’t “know” the facts you’re just “betting” that your BS is true. You rely on the rock-solid touchstone of “I think this is true therefore I’ll pretend that is”…

        The disproportionate sentencing of African Americans began when American policymakers when they perceived African Americans to be a threat to the current society norms. In response, they initiated an enthusiastic uproar over crimes typically committed by the African American race, as opposed to any other race, by instituting the mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. As a result, low-level offenders were, and still are targeted and are forced to serve severe terms of incarceration, rather than having their sentences tailored by
        judicial discretion. (Mauer, 2007).

        Offenses like violations of the federal crack cocaine laws and school-zone drug laws have targeted the African Americans within the United States. Even more appalling is the fact that African American men are sentenced to an average of 256months in prison for murder, while whites are typically sentenced to an average of 232months. (Durose, 2007).

        However, policy initiatives similar to mandatory minimums have done little more than accomplish these disproportionate rates in sentencing standards for criminal offenses by African Americans throughout the country. Even with the distinct rise in the number of arrests by law enforcement, it does not come does without a cost to the communities and families of the incarcerated. All too long, the American judiciary has held mandatory minimum sentencing to be the premium standard in the sentencing of criminal offenders, but one must ask themselves why? When African Americans are being sentenced to 87 months in prison as opposed to other races being sentenced to 73 months and when African Americans are sentenced to a term of 68 months probation for murder while other races are sentenced to 55 must question the true veracity of such a program. (Durose, 2007).

        Your turn, Jim. Let’s see some data.

        • jim_m

           Sentencing guidelines frequently bind the judges hands.  This is not discrimination on the part of the courts this is an issue with legislation.  I would suggest that the differences are probably accounted for by the numbers of aggravating circumstances (drugs etc).  Also I would suggest that street gang membership is higher amongst minorities so the number of multiple offenders being sentenced is higher so they get longer sentences.

          Sentencing is a complex issue and it doesn’t resolve into some binary thing that you can say this group is getting the shaft and this one is being favored.  You don’t like that because you are simple minded and easily deceived.  You are too weak minded to bother trying to understand that just maybe there are other circumstances that contribute to the difference.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

            Sentencing sure as hell isn’t a complex issue.  Neither is the idea and the notion of a pardon.  First, notice how most drug offenses have heavy penalties.  This is explained in the book how our drug war was used to persecute minorities.  We went from a jail population of 300,000 to a sentencing of 2 million people for drug offenses, with a majority of them African American.   The US has created a permanent underclass to disparage the vote (ALEC’s doing), to continuously elect Republicans (politician’s doing), and create few chances for economic mobility and instill bias for housing, employment, and economic opportunities.

            The War on Drugs has failed.  We knew about it from the Schafer Commission which Nixon ignored to put up his hard ban on the drug.  LEAP fights constantly to get, at the very least, marijuana off the hard ban list.  And even the Latin Americans are saying that the war on drugs has failed.  But the war helps out 5 special lobbies in particular that keep MJ illegal despite the medicinal uses.

            Also, do not get me started on how partisan and disproportionate pardons are.  Those on death row have less chances if they president doesn’t know them.  And if they happen to be black…  

             So you are going to show us all data on how there are many more crimes likely committed by whites that are going unprosecuted?

            Nice moving of the goal posts since that wasn’t what I was talking about.  I was talking about how blacks are discriminated against by the judicial system.

             Minorities happen to commit a disproportionate number of crimes.

            Funny, they commit more drug offenses than anything else. A nonviolent crime which the police use controversial means to uncover evidence.  

            Since Hispanics are frequently 1st or2nd generation immigrants it is not surprising to see that they are involved in crimes.

            How very bigoted of you.  You might want to watch the PBS special I linked to.  Also, another consequence of this war on minorities?  You now have 5100 kids who are in foster care because their parents were deported.  They now are burned by the system that hasn’t found their parents doing anything wrong other than being illegal.  Oh, and illegal immigrants also pay taxes.  Just to help you out in expanding your mind a bit.

              You take the focus off the crime that we really need to reduce (ie black on black crime) and focus it on he racial issue.

            Bullshit.  You’re moving the goalposts so you don’t have to acknowledge the systemic problems of a system that has done more to disparage those of certain minorities instead of find ways to allow them to succeed.

            You willfully ignore the fact that a lot of minorities are victimized by crime.

            You willfully ignore that police officers are also committing crimes but not being persecuted for it.  I’ll address that issue when you bring in data that proves your point.  Other than that, you can either acknowledge that our system has done a lot wrong or you can try to move the goal posts again.  Your choice.

            Lastly , it is total bullshit that the justice system handicaps people from getting decent jobs

            If you’re committed of a felony, you lose the right to vote for 10 years.  I need to emphasize that.  It’s very difficult to get a job at Wal-mart much less anywhere else when you are committed of a felony.  It will haunt you in job searches as well as make you persona non grata.  So you tell me since you seem intent on this point… Why the hell is recidivism against criminals so high when they have nothing to look forward to after they’re out of prison?

            Try giving them a decent education

            I dunno where you’ve been, but prisoners now pay for education in prison.  Also, there are for profit prisons which subvert these prisons’ purpose in reforms and seek maximum profit by making money on keeping their prisons 90% full.  That was actually a big fight in Florida recently.  You might want to read how much BS these people now have to go through while locked up.

          • jim_m

             The justice system does not keep people from hiring convicted felons. That is called people exercising judgment.  Unless you are arguing that the justice system systematically wrongfully convicts minorities then  you are placing te blame on the wrong group.  And what the hell does having a right to vote have to do with getting a job?  I suppose that the dems DO pay for votes, but that is illegal too.

            THe justice system can only work with the laws it is given.  THe justice system is meant to enforce the laws as they are given.  If you have a complaint it is about the legislative branch, which for the majority of the time since WWII has been controlled by the dems.  SO blame the dems for all these laws you hate so much.

            As for education I was speaking of our school system.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

            It’s one of those fundamental rights that are disparaged.  That’s something you aren’t supposed to lose and yet that’s exactly what happens.

            Further, you are discriminated against based on your felony record despite 1st Amendment protections from ex post facto laws.

             Unless you are arguing that the justice system systematically wrongfully convicts minorities then  you are placing te blame on the wrong group.

            Right…

            You’re telling me that the system doesn’t systematically make it difficult for minorities to defend themselves in cases?  Might want to talk to Texas and how many executions he’s done.

            Yet, when he gets it wrong, there’s no consequences.

            If you have a complaint it is about the legislative branch, which for the majority of the time since WWII has been controlled by the dems.  SO blame the dems for all these laws you hate so much.

            No Jim, this is the stupid bullshit that has given us the system we have right now.  Republicans are hideous, Democrats are cowards.  NEITHER needs to be the only party in rule and both parties should be held accountable for their members.  The big banks are firmly with the Republicans.  The Republicans, not Democrats, have created a budget that’s horrible, prevented much if any compromise, have used fear tactics to bully the Congress to a 14% approval rating, have done their absolute BEST to support the richest of American society, and to hell with civil rights.

            I could give two shits to a God Damned about Dems being in charge for so long because the party switched in the 60s over the civil rights era.  You know this.  Quit trying to act as if either party has been the same for the last 200 years because the basic idea is that both parties changed with the times.

            Now, Republicans represent a hideous ideology that is not conservatism.  It’s fascism, pure and simple.  They want a merging of state and private interests far more than most Democrats are willing to ever do.  Sure, you have the Rahm Emanuels and the Tim Geithners that are part of the establishment as Democrats, but I can assure you that the majority of the Democrats don’t seem possessed with the notion of screwing over the middle class.  What I’m blaming is the current crop of Tea Party members and GOP reps that are doing everything in their power to destroy the concept of the American dream by destroying the idea of what a good government truly is.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Oh.

            My.

            The First Amendment reads (in it’s entirety):

            Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

            Nothing there regarding felons and employment.

            As regards “ex-post facto” laws, well, it does not mean what you seem to think it means.

            An ex-post facto law is one which is  passed and signed into law after an action which could he prosecuted under that law.  It is making an action illegal after the fact.

            I’m just going to walk away form this now…

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

            See also:  Drug laws (which we’re talking about) and how it was hard banned in 1973, making that which was once legal now illegal.

            Also, refer to Article 1 Section 9 Clause 3 of the Constitution as well as Article 1 Section 10 Clause 1.

            Of course, since Nixon was known not to have read the Schafer commission report in the first place, that argument is rather (unfortunately) moot even though it’s unconstitutional.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

            Also Rodney, you might want to read the Constitutional Amendments.  Particularly the 15th.