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Never one to mince words, Yvette Carnell says that black people react to fiercely to charges of racism when they could, in fact, be reacting to things that actually matter in their everyday lives, like jobs and good government. It’s not that racism isn’t important, and shouldn’t be taken into account, but that black people spend far too much time fixated on the topic of race and racism.
In fact, Carnell thinks black people spend so much time obsessing over charges of racism in disparate areas that the media now uses race to distract African Americans away from issues that matter.
According to Carnell, black writers are mostly to blame because they take the bait and sensationalize all racial news in favor of news that actually impacts the everyday lives of ordinary black Americans. Carnell made previous comparisons to black people and Pavlov’s dogs in a January article titled Is Ron Paul a Racist?, but does she have a point?
Here is a portion of the article:
Pavolov was a scientist who studied physiology, and this was Pavlov’s experiment:
Pavlov became interested in studying reflexes when he saw that the dogs drooled without the proper stimulus. Although no food was in sight, their saliva still dribbled. It turned out that the dogs were reacting to lab coats. Every time the dogs were served food, the person who served the food was wearing a lab coat. Therefore, the dogs reacted as if food was on its way whenever they saw a lab coat.
In a series of experiments, Pavlov then tried to figure out how these phenomena were linked. For example, he struck a bell when the dogs were fed. If the bell was sounded in close association with their meal, the dogs learnt to associate the sound of the bell with food.
Black people react to racism, or the mere suggestion of racism, the same way Pavlov’s dogs reacted to lab coats and bells. It is a learned response to a perceived threat, but it makes us weak prey to people who would much rather have us distracted than engaged. And this reflexive is damning us to permanent second class status, especially here in America.
Take for example the highly sensationalized reporting on Ron Paul’s 20 year old racist newsletters. Republicans didn’t even need to do any heavy lifting to get Ron Paul disqualified based on the inflammatory accusation that he published those newsletters. Why? All they needed to do, all they did, was mention that Paul supposedly wrote racist newsletters 20 years ago and, instinctively, black writers went in for the kill, and wasted their time and valuable platforms fighting a battle that wasn’t their own.
With unemployment at record levels and discretionary spending being gutted, the space underneath the bylines of black writers would’ve been put to better use un-peeling back those layers, and sounding the alarm so that black Americans were made aware of the devastation to come. But, Pavlovian as they are, black writers couldn’t resist drooling over a story which involved race. You see, it is not just racism that undoes us, but our reaction to it, as well…. READ MORE