The stench of racism does bear a conspicuous resemblance to cancer, because no matter how many bigoted cells we attempt to destroy or rehabilitate, a plethora of new ones appear, as if by magic, to take their places. What I find totally laughable is the notion that racism is a crutch of our imaginations that we lean on heavily to justify our ethnic shortcomings. Yet, whenever someone manages to rise above these alleged shortcomings, the invisible man known as racism finds a way to interject his bigotry into a decisional process, causing some form of an injustice to transpire.
How can an invisible man who is not supposed to exist -- outside of the boundaries of our minds -- continue to wreak havoc on our society? Maybe that's it. As long as so many of us naively yearn to believe that our cancer is only a misdiagnosed case of the measles or the mumps, the invisible man who is our cancer will only continue to strengthen through the proliferation of the momentum given to it by our denials. Which brings me to my next question.
Is it the cancer in front of our eyes or the blind cancer within our minds that's killing us? As technologically and evolutionarily advanced as we are, one would think that our society had emphatically progressed far beyond the bowels of ignorance. But the advancements of things created by our mentality and the evolutionary maturity of our mentality are obviously two different things. Unfortunately, the mentality of our humanity appears to be lagging much farther behind.
How can the same cognitive reflexes capable of producing our information-rich utopia be the same cognitive reflexes that believe a lengthy, staunch denial is a perfectly acceptable substitution for a cure? Any remnants of the old, Mother Goose-like tales which suggest that simply closing our eyes and clicking our heels will make everything better and make all of our problems just go away should not be held in such high regard in today's society, when we have enough informational savvy to know better! Just calling something a post-racial society doesn't make it a post-racial society any more than calling a dog a cat will make Benji the dog go meow!
There is an old saying that goes, "If you build it -- they will come!" Well, the updated version appears to be, "If you believe it -- then it is," no matter how much evidence is presented to show that it is not! I don't know how you can fix a problem that you are unwilling to diagnose. The real world is not a post-racial society any more than there is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow or Vladimir Putin is in Sarah "The Palinator's" backyard.
I think calling our society "post-racial" is just an excuse to sweep the racial rhinoceros underneath the cowardly rug. You want to talk about a crutch? Calling a problem a solution so we don't have to confront its ramifications is the ultimate crutch and the definitive cop-out. And, those who do so are the brain surgeons and rocket scientists who are going to dismantle the massive corruption of the Washington business structure? Sending the conservative architects of this so called post-racial society to Washington is the moral equivalent of sending children to take back the holy land during the crusades.
If the Tea Party or the conservative movement are going to hang their hat on the racially non-existent, post-racial rack, then I have to seriously question the judgments and the motives of the entire organizational ideology. They are either too dumb to recognize the racism that exists within the world, or they do recognize it and refuse to admit it in order to achieve a larger objective, which I believe hits closer to the truth.
Conservatives know that racism is alive, and they manipulate it to their advantage. What makes groups like the Tea Party so politically dangerous is their uncanny ability to exploit an element of society they claim does not exist, which allows them to reap the racial benefits without owning the racial baggage that comes along with it.
Their only purpose is to polarize the country along demographic lines in hopes of stunting the potential success of the Obama presidency in order to make him a sitting duck in 2012, and the fear breeding of racism is the politically colossal beast strong enough to make it happen. It's the invisible mammoth in the room that everyone tries to cover up with denial blankets.
The longer this racial charade goes on, the more it plays into the hands of Tea Partiers and conservatives. The fight for 2012 has begun, and the Tea Party has thrown the first punch! Now will the Democrats decide to punch back?