I ‘d like to call your attention to an important piece at Throne, Altar, Liberty. It’s titled ‘The Ism that Isn’t”.
When you read the piece, you will see how the title applies, but I am calling my piece ‘The Reigning ‘-ism‘ because it is something that, in my humble opinion, does exert a lot of control over our lives, compelling us to obey the PC rules as to what words we may use, how we are to behave, and it inhibits us when it comes to even broach certain subjects. For example, I have had it in mind to write a piece much along the same lines as the piece by Gerry T. Neal but in this atmosphere of censorship I suppose I felt that I would have to walk on eggshells and take care with my word choice. But in any case I think his piece is much more thorough than one I would have written.
I appreciate that the writer traces the history of the ‘R-word’ and its usage down the decades, showing how the left began to tamper with words and meanings so as to shape people’s ideas. The word ‘racism’ was apparently coined by them during the pre-WWII era. I have heard varied stories about that — such as the story that Trotsky himself invented the word; that is likely not correct. Then later the more neutral word ‘racialism‘ was used. I know that it was more commonly used in Britain as a less condemnatory label. Someone correct me if I am wrong, but to the best of my knowledge, the term ‘racialist‘ described someone who believed in the reality of race or in certain accepted tenets on the subject. A racist, on the other hand, was to be condemned as a bigot and scoundrel. I never hear anyone use the term ‘racialist’ anymore, but if the term were used, I believe it would carry the same stigma as the ‘r-word’.
The term ‘colour bar’ was often used in the context of South Africa’s apartheid policy and in the case of young people I knew, it often referenced any segregation or ‘discrimination’ in the UK. Young friends used to ask if we as Americans ‘agreed with the colour bar’; this was a test I suppose to see whether we were acceptably liberal.
But how did the ‘Ism’ become so all-powerful that even using a word could lead to loss of livelihood, social status, lawsuits, loss of friends? Now many churches, for the most part have become not Christian soldiers, but Social Justice Warriors, or perhaps witch-hunters, with their declarations that the r-word or ‘ism’ is a sin.
I was taught that we are not to add to or take from the Word of God, not to invent sins and add them to the already listed ones. It appears the churchian faction puts human opinions ahead of the Word. Another example of this is the feminist attempt to legitimize their liberal ideas as compatible with Christianity, but that’s another story, though the people and the ‘theology’ involved are similar.
It seems that Political Correctness, which essentially requires and mandates dishonesty and outright lying, has more power over most White people’s behavior than does the Law of the Land or the Ten Commandments. People are more afraid of unwittingly offending some person of the ‘protected groups’ as TPTB put it, yet more afraid still of losing social status by having the wrong opinions and being shunned by people whose acceptance is important to them. I see people adopting insincere and deceiving poses so as not to breach any rules of behavior or speech. I see people in public being treacly-sweet towards certain groups while in their presence, whereas that is not their normal self. I think PC has contributed to insincerity and to falsity. Ideally we would and could be civil and polite to all, but life doesn’t always work out that way. The Word tells us that, insofar as it’s possible we are to be at peace with all, but forcing people together or pretending a goodwill which is nonexistent is dishonest, and can’t be an acceptable way of life.
I personally think that the ‘Ism’ should be subtracted from our vocabulary, and that we stop all the falsehood and pretense and fear that is wrapped up in that one word.