Racism and Survivalists, Part 2

So, yesterday’s blog post caused a little bit of a stir on my Facebook page. While several folks commented with their agreement with my point of view on the subject, there was one point of contention. Specifically, that a racist has just as much right to their beliefs as anyone else.

I’d agree with that statement. Everyone has every right to believe what they want to believe. I’d go a step further and say that everyone has the right to express their beliefs, at least if done so in a non-violent manner.

Here’s the thing though. Just as you have the right to believe all blacks are evil, inner city, welfare receiving, watermelon munching trash, I have the right to tell you you’re an ignorant jackpot who probably believes the world is flat and the universe revolves around the Earth.

I’m reminded of two quotes. The first is from author John Scalzi.

You are correct when you say you should be able to express your moral views on social issues, and as a staunch defender of the First Amendment, I will defend to the death your right to say whatever ridiculous, ignorant and bigoted thing that has been fermenting in that cracked clay pot you call a brain pan. But the First Amendment also means that when you say such things, other people have the a right to mock you and the silly, stupid words that have dribbled out of your skull through that word hole above your chin. If you call someone “unnatural,” they might call you an “asshole.” That’s the deal.

The second quote is from country singer Trace Adkins, from his song Fightin’ Words.

First amendment? Son, the first amendment protects you from the government, not from me. You can say whatever you want to out there. You come within reach of me, I’ll exercise my right to give you a good ol’ country ass whoopin’, is what I’ll do for you, by God.

I’m not going to change anyone’s belief system. Not here and probably not anywhere else. Quite often, racist and bigoted beliefs are so ingrained, they are almost part of a person’s DNA. Hard to fight against that with just a few words of text. But, all the energy expended to sustain that belief could certainly be better used elsewhere.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

3 thoughts on “Racism and Survivalists, Part 2”

  1. Most people who are Racist don’t even realize it. In as much, most who scream Racism are themselves Racist.

  2. …that’s like saying anyone who yells “Fire” is an arsonist…To say that Racism doesn’t exist is very naieve. As long as there are Ku Klux Klansmen, The Nation of Islam, Ayran Brotherhood, The New Black Panther Party, Crips, Bloods, MS-13…there will be racism. hy? because it’s easier to hate, than to find a reason to appreciate. It doesnt take a genius to blame a stranger for their own shortcomings. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to use race to divide and conquer that masses that could eventually move as one, turn the tide…and reshape the world. But the “Lords” rely upon the stupid and the easily manipulated…and the stupid are predictable…like a game of checkers.

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