Racism Claims Remind Me of the Boy Who Cried Wolf

We all know the story of the boy who cried wolf…

There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, “Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!”

The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. The boy laughed at the sight of their angry faces.

“Don’t cry ‘wolf’, shepherd boy,” said the villagers, “when there’s no wolf!” They went grumbling back down the hill.

Several times he cried wolf and they came running. But they stopped believing him – so when a real wolf showed up, they ignored him.

Later, he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, “Wolf! Wolf!”

But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn’t come.

At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn’t returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.

“There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, “Wolf!” Why didn’t you come?”

He learned a valuable lesson that day — if you keep crying “wolf” when there is nothing wrong, when there is a real problem, no one listens.

Seems to me — that is a lesson liberals and democrats need to learn. If you keep crying “racism” when it doesn’t apply, then it dilutes people’s perspective of racism and when there is a real instance of racism or racial bias no one will pay attention.

This is a lesson that Representative Clyburne (among many others) needs to learn. Last week he said,

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., says that the attacks on Rice have gone beyond her job performance. When asked about Rice on CNN’s Starting Pointon Tuesday, Clyburn said that words like “lazy” and “incompetent,” which have been used to describe black members of the administration, including Rice and President Obama himself, are reminiscent of language used to undermine minorities in decades past.

 “You know, these are code words,” Clyburn said. “We heard them during the campaign. During this recent campaign, we heard Senator Sununu calling our president lazy, incompetent—these kinds of terms that those of us, especially those of us who were grown and raised in the South, we would hear these little words and phrases all of our lives, and we’d get insulted by them.”

Now I don’t know about you, but when I call someone “lazy” or “incompetent” its not based on their race, gender, financial status, religion, or any other criteria like that. And I’m pretty clear about what I mean – there is no need to search for “code words”. To me, lazy means the person doesn’t work or has no motivation or ambition. And imcompetent means the person lacks the skills for a job and should be replaced. But that could just be me. That could be a man, a woman, a child, an adult, or a person from any ethnic background – the definition is the same.

Conservatives, white people, Southerners, Republicans, Tea Party members and others are frequently stereotyped as being racist or sexist – if they dare to disagree with another person. There is no question about why they disagree, just the assumption that the person is a racist or sexist. On the other hand – those same groups of people are frequently accused of stereotyping all people of a specific gender or ethnic group in a negative way.

Ummmm – seems like there is a real double standard at work….

What do you think? And if you think I’m wrong, please feel free to share your thoughts…

Article About Clyburne – http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/clyburn-susan-rice-criticism-is-race-based-20121120

Picture by Richard A. Bloom

Boy Who Cried Wolf – http://www.storyarts.org/library/aesops/stories/boy.html

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4 thoughts on “Racism Claims Remind Me of the Boy Who Cried Wolf

  1. […] Anyone who reads this blog is aware that I am sick of many things and people being accused of being racist – in stupid situations. The liberals don’t seem to understand that their complaints are “watering down” the impact of their claims. I blogged about that very topic and comparing their racist claims to the old story of the boy who cried wolf. […]

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  3. Mikey says:

    I’m told where I live in the South is so racist. Except recently the Republicans in my state, ya know, the racists, elected a black Senator named Tim Scott with 90% of the vote. Practically the same level of support Obama got from black Democrats, except this time from a largely white electorate.

    Tim went to speak at Howard University, a black college, and the children there were very moved to hear that a black Republican could be successful. They identified with his story of struggling in school, and his employer helping him through college. According to Democrats he needed an asterisk next to his name because he “voted against his color”, quite literally that is what was said. Doesn’t that sound a tad racist? He can’t make up his own mind, it’s either accept the party or you’re just a silly, silly black man. The students had another opinion, they were encouraged by his convictions. See, many blacks are conservative, and many are religious, and many are still unsatisfied with the Democrats representation.

    My friend who is white moved to Chicago, and he always talks about how tolerant they are. How liberal and enlightened they are about race. Yet over on the South Side it’s a blood bath if you’re black. They don’t call it Chiraq for nothing. That’s the interesting thing about desegregation. So much emphasis was put on making sure the blacks and whites of the Carolinas mingled, but the North was left to form classist boundaries. Segregation there is rampant, but if you ask many it doesn’t exist. You’re just imagining it. Now watch you’re Breaking Bad.

    If you’re making a million dollars the color of your skin suddenly doesn’t matter. They can live in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston or New York. If you don’t, f*** you, you’ll be spending a grand a month on a slum with no bathroom and a shiesty landlord. We’ll make sure you’re taxed to death, and better yet we could put that person on the Government dole so they can’t fight back. We’ll also make sure to patrol these broke a** neighborhoods really close, ya know because we’re looking for racism. Not because we want to make sure these broke folks don’t accidentally try to cross over.

    No – no – you poor black people. You can’t get ahead. And don’t bother getting an education, or trying to better yourselves because racism. Now let ole’ Papa Democrat and his rich elitist friends go slay the dragon of Racism, you wait here on the Plantation…errrrr….social programs…while we go destroy this completely existential threat we make the rules about. If they make the lower classes fight each other, they don’t have to fight them! It’s bloody brilliant is what it is.

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