Do you see what I see?

By James Tapscott

I read and agreed with Mr. Beck’s assessment of what we are facing with our government. I do not disagree with him at all.

However, it is not limited to our federal government in its encroachment on our liberties. Governor Brown, in conjunction with our state Legislature, has taken it to another level by mandating gender-free bathrooms, toilets, locker rooms and sports teams. This will create more problems as the compliance cops push it down our throats. However harmful this may be to our society, I believe that there is a coming storm that this will pale in comparison.

In the past months what I have observed is a concerted effort to create a racial crisis in our nation that will feed our baser emotions. It did not start with Trayvon Martin, but it has accelerated since the verdict came down.

The charges and counter charges have begun to build a tsunami of reaction and racial animus that I have not seen since the early part of my life. I frankly am worried that there is a concerted effort to split Americans along racial lines. We have already, with the PC crowd, created a class of hyphenated Americans, a concept that I rejected several years ago. What is served by saying that you are an African-American, a Mexican-American? Unless its purpose is to create a schism between Americans of all colors and ethnic backgrounds.

We have a number of people who make their living doing this. I don’t think I have to name them. We know who they are, as our media seems to flock to them whenever there is a perceived “racial issue.”

This phenomenon is laid out in a series of essays by Thomas Sowell, titled “Black Rednecks & White Liberals.” Check it out for yourself.

I just saw “The Butler” this week, in South Carolina! You know, where Civil War started. The opening scenes brought back so many memories of what I saw and was told about.

I spent a good part of the movie in tears as the scenes of the violence perpetrated by white racists and the events that played out in the eyes of a black butler working in the White House from Eisenhower to Reagan.

I am not making a political statement. Those memories will always be painful for those of us who lived through it. That pain was tempered by knowing where we were then and where had gotten to now. My sister-in-law, who I was visiting in South Carolina, laid it out so clearly as we left a restaurant and Beaufort, S.C., “you know, I don’t care if they like me, or are prejudiced, as long as they treat me right, with respect, I can live with that.” She and I are on different sides in the political spectrum today, but she is right. That was what the civil rights movement was about. Leave me alone, don’t get in my way and let me rise or fall based on my efforts or lack of effort.

She is a Buddhist Obama supporter and I am a Christian conservative and we had nine great days together. Do you think it was an accident? I don’t. We respect each other.

However what I see happening in America today scares me. Do you know we are being manipulated to hate each other all over again? People of color are being told to hate white people because……fill in the blank!

If we don’t see what is happening and don’t confront it for what it is, where do you think we will be in a very few years? What will be the response as young blacks beat or kill white people, as we see in the news right now?

We are being played like a cheap violin, people, and I am afraid not enough people will have the courage to face what is happening and do what must be done. If we become so afraid to confront lies with truth and take the heat, but stand together, all of us, no matter the color, we will regress, we will lose this nation. Why do the Jewish people use the phrase “never again” as they remember the atrocities of World War 2? They understand human nature and they know that, unrestrained, it will destroy a people.

If we don’t face our issues head on, with truth, based on our faith in God, not man, we will not be able to do what Martin Luther King Jr. laid out in his speech, which will be celebrated this week, “to judge a man by the content of his character, not the color of his skin.” This is the challenge that we face. We cannot do it with our human strength. We need God in the picture. Are you up to the challenge?

James Tapscott is a Ramona resident.

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