photo by Boyd Loving
by Jerry McGlothlin and Celinda Hawkins
Ridgewood NJ, After the guilty verdict in the George Floyd murder trial, President Joe Biden proclaimed, “It ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism. Systemic racism — a stain on our nation’s soul.” He also referred to the fact that other police officers testified against Derek Chauvin.
Perhaps racism had something to do with the murder of George Floyd, or perhaps it was just a murder without racism being a factor, but if it was racism, what was systemic about it? Wasn’t the murder carried out by an individual?
Here to discuss these questions is former mayor of Shiloh Israel, David Rubin, the author of the new book, Confronting Radicals: What America Can Learn From Israel.
1.Does the guilty verdict prove what President Biden calls “the stain of systemic racism”? No, it absolutely does not. There is definitely individual racism in America and that will only be eradicated through education about judging people by who they are inside, not by their skin color or their ethnic background, but there is nothing inherent in the American system that is racist. Systemic racism ended with the Civil Rights Act in 1964. From that moment onward, racism has still existed and has been exhibited by many individuals, but it’s just not honest to say that it’s built into the system.
- If what you are saying is true, why does the president and why do other leading politicians continue to use the term systemic racism over and over? Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the Democrats as a political party do not want this issue to go away after the verdict. Identity politics has been very successful for them, and therefore, even if it’s not honest, they will definitely continue to exploit the inaccurate loaded term “systematic racism” in order to keep their rioters and looters angry and to score political points.
- Are you saying that the term systemic racism is part of a political propaganda campaign? Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying. There is a war of semantics taking place in America. Here in Israel, we know about semantics from the loaded terms that have been used against us for many years. Historically inaccurate terms like Palestine (instead of Israel) or the West Bank (instead of Judea and Samaria) have long been used to mislead people about the real history in our region. So, too, in America, with terms like systemic racism, or fictional mental disorders such as homophobia and Islamophobia. These are all politically loaded terms that have been created recently by the radical Left for the political purpose of keeping conservatives on the defensive, as well as activating their own radical Left political base with identity politics.
- Can we expect to see more of this dishonest use of semantics in the coming weeks and months? Absolutely, we already are. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has approved of a proposal to ban the use of the terms mother and father in the House of Representatives. This is semantic warfare against the traditional family that was once the bedrock of American society. This is cultural warfare that the Democrats are exploiting to charge up their radical Left base. The late great Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was a Democrat, had warned of this semantic deception years ago, as did George Orwell, but one thing is certain, Moynihan would not feel at home in the Democrat party today.
- In your new book, Confronting Radicals: What America Can Learn From Israel, you discuss the danger of the radical Left in America and what we can learn from the Israeli experience. Where can people get a copy? The book will be released in the coming week, but it can already be pre-ordered on Amazon. Just go to Amazon and type in the words, Confronting Radicals: What America Can Learn From Israel. Or go to the website www.DavidRubinIsrael.com