Any conservative or moderate political commentator (be it on social media or anywhere else), will tell you that especially now, in the age of AOC, just about everything is branded as “racist.” Be it someone’s views on a specific issue unrelated to race, or simply someone calling bad behavior out (regardless of race), if your opinion is not in line with hard-left liberals, you are a racist.
Just this past week, President Trump was called “racist” by the likes of Nancy Pelosi for pointing out the very real issues in Baltimore, MD under the long-time reign of Democrats, including Rep. Elijah Cummings and multiple corrupt mayors over the last few years. The filthy, rat-infested city is a problem, and it is by no means “racist” to call on Baltimore’s leaders for answers as to why there have been no improvements.
In response to the false accusations of racism against Trump, he replied to them with solid truth, stating “There is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district, and of Baltimore itself. Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts.”
Last week, state Rep. Javier Martínez (D-11) took to Twitter, responding to Hispanic Sen. Marco Rubio’s tweet, saying “One can’t be racist against white people. That’s not how it works,” to which he was met with much backlash by multiple New Mexicans, unsettled by his actually racist comment. If there are rules for one set of people but not another, that sounds like discrimination, and yes, racism to me.
Now, a local columnist for the Santa Fe New Mexican, Milan Simonich is starting to understand how it feels to be falsely branded as a racist for simply stating facts. On Sunday, Simonich replied to an angry email which accused him of being a racist for pointing out facts in a previous column regarding the Sen. Richard Martinez case, where the elected official was charged with an aggravated DWI after crashing into a jeep and injuring two people.
According to Simonich, an email from one of Sen. Martinez’ supporters (an Alfonso Duran) read, “You use the cases of Richard and Monica to make your case. … What do the two have in common? They are both Hispanic. Have you advocated for the removal of [Sen.] Mimi Stewart? I don’t think so. She was in a similar situation as Richard and Monica. … In your case it isn’t political bias but I think it is racial bias.”
Simonich defended himself, explaining that when Sen. Mimi Stewart had her DWI in 1999, he wasn’t working in the state yet, so he couldn’t possibly have written about her case. Milan mentioned another case, where then-Sen. Phil Griego was arrested twice in 2000 and 2001 for a DWI but remained in the Senate until he was involved in a racketeering scandal, under threat of expulsion.
“Duran was eager to bring up Stewart, who is Caucasian. He avoided any mention of two-time offender Griego, who is Hispanic,” Simonich explained, going on to write “Race wasn’t the issue then any more than it is now. Legislators of different ethnic backgrounds were treated about the same in press coverage. Griego received more attention only because he had two convictions.”
Stop Calling Everything ‘Racist’
In this current age, the Left’s knee-jerk reaction to just about anything remotely unpleasant is to scream “racist” at the top of their lungs, in the hope that it will discredit whoever decides to simply mention facts. From what I have read authored by Simonich, the guy may be a dyed-in-the-wool progressive, and often times a total jerk, but I haven’t seen anything racist.
The issue with calling people who are not racist “racists” is that it discredits REAL offenders, who actually are prejudiced based on the color of someone’s skin or someone’s ethnic origin. By blindly saying it is “racist” to simply point out facts, as Simonich did in regard to Sen. Richard Martinez, we are going down a dangerous path, where REAL Nazis and Klansmen are roaming around free, being branded equally “racist” as a small-town liberal columnist. The “race card” doesn’t work anymore, and if liberals don’t stop frivolously using it as a defense mechanism, actual racists won’t be properly ridiculed.
It is not racist to point out facts. Calling people racist for something that is not, just proves how weak that argument must be in terms of reasoning and truth.