Commentary by Charles Landis
By definition, systemic means a system, not a part of a system. When the Left says there is systemic racism in the United States, they are saying it is our system of governance in the United States that is racist . They do not mean just police departments or just parts of our system.
Our system of government is framed by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, amendments, and interpretations of the Supreme Court. Therefore, what the Left is saying is the founding documents are racist, as are the founding fathers. Indeed, the whole of Western civilization and the Judeo -Christian tradition is reduced to… racism. All the contributions of the great thinkers of the eighteenth century to liberty and freedom, culminating in our founding documents, are reduced to racists and dismissed as old white supremacists who had no interest other than preserving slavery and their estates.
Many on the Left,, especially academic elitists and media commentators who promote the idea of systemic racism in the United States, re-write our history. This is the narrative the NY Times promotes in their 1619 Project to re-write our history by changing the date of our founding from 1776 to 1619, the date the first slaves arrived in Virginia. and have it taught in all schools. It is what Governor Northam means when he says he wants to re-think how we teach history of Virginia.
Nearly every country on Earth is identified by race or ethnicity. For example, I could never become Japanese or Chinese except by looking Chinese or Japanese and documenting ethnicity back for at least 4 generations. An American, however becomes an American the moment they are born here or immigrates and choses to become one, hyphenated or not. This evidences that our system of government is anything but systemic racism. The identity politics of the Left, however, identifies everyone, first, by race, creed, color, gender, or sexual orientation.
It becomes, therefore, necessary to understand why the Left says racism in the United is systemic. One need only look at the rhetoric, agenda, ideology of the Left (Socialist Democrat Party). When they say they want fundamental change or their agenda is a movement for change, they really do mean they want changes , not only in our system of government but everything in our social contract and culture. They are Marxists Socialists and their goal is authoritarian control.
The whole of the ideology and apparatus of the Left is to change our system of government. They did not like the results of the 2016 election, so, they want to change the electoral system. They have spent all the time since Trump trying to remove him remove him. History will record this effort as an attempted coup.
Equality to the Left means equal outcomes, not equal opportunity. Social justice means a guaranteed standard of living ( redistribution of wealth),of income, housing, free college education, and health care. Whereas Marx wanted ownership of the means of production, the Left of today wants worker representation on corporate boards and control.
The social unrest today is all about Trump because he represents all the things in the system which the Left wants to change. To say the Progressive Socialist Democrat Party is liberal, is a travesty upon all the liberalism of the 18th century whence it began.