Situational racism involves calling someone or something racist when it is convenient for the situation at hand, even if wasn’t considered racist previously. It’s a practice of the political left, useful in advancing their agenda, shutting down any opposition, and pandering to minorities when their votes are needed for an upcoming election.
Consider Barack Obama, described as the first black president, when in reality he was only half black as his mother was as white as Elizabeth Warren. The situation of his presidency called for ignoring his mixed racial ethnicity.
In contrast, George Zimmerman, of Trayvon Martin fame, was called a “white Hispanic” by CNN, highlighting his mixed racial ethnicity. The situation called for emphasizing a white man killing a black man, rather than simply an act of self-defense, hence his characterization as a “white Hispanic.”
Flash forward to 2019 and the latest outrage involving Colin Kaepernick and Nike. Nike created a Betsy Ross flag shoe which their spokesperson for social consciousness found offensive and racist. Nike promptly recalled their new shoe as the situation called for virtue signaling.
Yet when the situation was the inauguration of America’s first half-black president, the Betsy Ross flag was just fine, flying behind Obama as he gave both of his inaugural addresses. Kaepernick and Nike had no criticism of the flag then.
The flag suddenly became racist because of the situation of Trump’s booming economy and record low minority unemployment with the looming 2020 election. Situational racism.
When Donald Trump was a private citizen, palling around with prominent Democrats including Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, contributing to their organizations and other Democrat candidates, no one called him a racist.
Yet ever since he announced his run for the White House in June 2015, he became the biggest racist who ever walked the earth. Bernie Sanders recently said Trump is a “racist, sexist, homophobe and religious bigot.” When exactly did Trump become a racist? Only when the situation called for it.
Then there is Joe Biden, a Democrat senator for 26 years and vice-president for the first half-black president for 8 years. If Biden was such a racist, why did Obama have him as his second in command? During 34 years in national politics, Joe was accused of being a plagiarist, but never a racist.
When the situation changed, meaning that Joe was vying for the nomination of the “woke” Democrat party, in the age of #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo, he suddenly became a racist, as Kamala Harris accused during the first Democrat primary debate.
Expect to see more situational outrage, whether racism, sexism, or another “ism” relevant to the party of political correctness and virtue signaling. What better way to shut down opposing views than to cry “You’re a racist!” Especially when the situation has changed and calls for a reversal of tactics.
Who among the Democrats will next find themselves suddenly labeled as a racist? This week Nancy Pelosi was called a racist by the “squad” of freshman representatives led by AOC, tired of old white leaders in Congress. New situation. New racism.
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