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