The liberal end of the political spectrum in the US has been obsessed about race for at least 20 years now, and that’s a very bad thing.
Among liberals, the consensus is that “racist” views should not be tolerated. Of course, censorship is legally difficult to achieve in the US, so liberals have used, and used very effectively, the following tactics of limiting conversation to what they think is acceptable:
- Name-calling. Any time someone says something you don’t like, call them names. “Racist” is very popular.
- Ad-hominem attacks: Insult the speaker personally, often about things not remotely related to the conversation in question.
- Refuse to listen, and exclude the speaker from the venue by any excuse that can be brought to bear.
Unfortunately, liberals then make every issue they can into a racial issue. Want to talk about poverty? A lot of people in minority groups are poor, therefore anything you might say on the issue that a liberal would disagree with gets called “racist”. Want to talk about illegal drugs? A lot of minority group members use illegal drugs, so the only safe thing to say around a liberal is that you’re for them. Want to talk about gun control? Young minority males shoot each other a lot, so you’re not free to express your opinion about that. Want to talk about unwed women giving birth? A lot of them are in minority groups, so all you’re allowed to say about unwed motherhood is that it’s a great institution.
It is a very clear pattern: once liberals had bestowed upon themselves the authority to censor, that power has corrupted them and they are abusing it across the board.
Regarding any problem that minority group members are having, the only explanation that a liberal will tolerate anyone talking about is unfair discrimination. Among intelligent liberals, it gets a little more nuanced than that, one can discuss other causes, but only so long as they are all seen as indirect consequences of unfair discrimination.
This leads to a consensus, among liberals, that unfair discrimination is a huge problem, and the root cause of just about all of society’s ills. Which makes liberals pursue their censorship policy even more stringently, in a viciously increasing frenzy.
And that whole world view is poppycock. Among the lower classes of all ethnic groups, there is enough dysfunctional behavior to explain most if not all of their problems.
But we’re not allowed to talk about dysfunctional behavior, because if we do we’ll be called names.