noun ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also -ˌshi-
: poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race
: the belief that some races of people are better than others
A blogger wrote that libertarians have a racial blind spot.
He cites a recent incident, caught on a cop car’s dash cam, of “a black female college professor refusing to show ID – as any good libertarian would – and getting thrown to the ground and arrested” by two white cops.
Libertarians know very well that there is still racism in America. But not every thought or action that occurs between people of different races is racism, even though some people aren’t content with the dictionary definitions and attempt to redefine it for their own political, social, cultural, economic or personal motives.
The reason the so-called libertarian “racial blind spot” doesn’t work is twofold.
Libertarians, to the extent they genuinely embrace and adhere to the non-initiation of force, intimidation or fraud as demanded by the Zero Aggression Principle are not racists. By definition they don’t initiate “poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race” or any other reason.
Further, the “blind spot” is nonexistent since libertarians themselves come in all manner of races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, ages, shapes, sizes and sexual preferences.
The blogger said it himself: “black people have a long history in this country of being singled out and abused by people in power.” That’s government abuse, not libertarian abuse. So what we’re witnessing today isn’t a libertarian racial blind spot; it’s a social blind spot about the police state.
The police state in America has become an equal opportunity abuser. Black people are no longer being singled out; every citizen is being singled out simply for being a citizen, no matter what race, sex, age, religion, ethnicity, or any other factor except one: police do not abuse the ruling classes who control and pay them.
This blind spot most commonly occurs in the minds of big government supporters and “law-abiding citizens” on both the political left and right who still cling to the myth that the police are there to “help them.” They are not. The Supreme Court ruled long ago that police do not have a constitutional duty to protect anyone; today they exist to dominate and control us.
No one of any race or other description should ever be treated as this professor was, and such treatment would never be tolerated in a libertarian society.