My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz
I have a beautiful friend who is also very intelligent and who was telling me while discussing the Kyle Rittenhouse court victory that racism has nothing to do with race. I did not continue the conversation because English is not my first language, but as soon as she left, I went to my computer and looked for words that my friend and I were referring to during our conversation: racism, race, systemic racism, and “White supremacy.”
Racism: The marginalization and/or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges White
people. Also related are the definitions of Race and Systemic Racism.
Race: Refers to the categories into which society places individuals on the basis of physical characteristics (such as skin color, hair type, facial form, and eye shape). Though many believe that race is determined by biology, it is now widely accepted that this classification system was in fact created for social and political reasons. There are actually more genetic and biological differences within the racial groups defined by society than between different groups.
Systemic Racism: A combination of systems, institutions, and factors that advantage White people and for people of color, cause widespread harm and disadvantages in access and opportunity. One person or even one group of people did not create systemic racism, rather it: (1) is grounded in the history of our laws and institutions which were created on a foundation of White supremacy;* (2) exists in the institutions and policies that advantage White people and disadvantage people of color; and (3) takes place in interpersonal communication and behavior (e.g., slurs, bullying, offensive language) that maintains and supports systemic inequities and systemic racism.
*In the above definition, the term “White supremacy” refers to the systematic marginalization or oppression of people of color based on a
socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges people who identify as White. It does not refer to extremist ideologies that believe that White people are genetically or culturally superior to non-Whites and/or that White people should live in a Whites-only society.
We were talking about a case that was, from the beginning, treated as a racist case despite the fact that all four individuals involved were
White, non-Black, people of White skin born and raised in the United States of America. Yet the left wins people—the anti-Trump groups and the communist media that like to control our system and brainwash those who disagree with them.
It is the adjectives used by ignorant people when they have no other means of defense, trying to win the unwinnable — but what these
commies don’t want to accept is the fact that most people nowadays do not get mad for being called by any of those racial identifiers; in
fact, I believe most of us consider those four words to fall back on the people who use them — meaning they are suffering from a lack of
understanding what a racial term means, coupled with a lack of common sense from these who use them.
They, the communists, know that they are wrong, but they hope that someone will follow them and continue the attacks on our cities and
our decent communities because the fact is that that young man was in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the city of his father, grandfather and many other family members, cleaning the graffiti off the walls left the night before by the communist militia that insisted on destroying that beautiful city in Wisconsin.
And when I refer to that “beautiful city,” I am saying it with pride and sincere honesty because I have been in Kenosha many times and have many good memories of that city and I view with sadness how those rebels are trying to destroy that city.
The saddest of all this is that with the corrupt behavior of the prosecution in the case that was televised and watched nationwide by
many Americans who had a plain view of the corruption that exists in our judicial system and using the “it happens everywhere” excuse is no excuse and people should not accept that as a reason for its existence.
The reality is that American prisons are full of innocent people — and if they are not innocent people, they may be innocent of the case for
which they are being sentenced at the present time. There are many wrongs in the American judicial system.
I am working on a case right now in the Carson City Court System where a Public Defender had the audacity to tell his client, “You are not my client; I get paid by the State.” How dare he tell this to a man who is doing time for a crime he did not commit? How dare he tell that to
a man who does not speak the English language at all? He came from Mexico and went to work; he didn’t have time to learn the language of this country.
What I wonder is this: if former Senator Harry Reid, County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, and all those communist people who claim
to be in favor of illegals entering this country (without having one sole family member who can house them and guide them in the beginning in front of the crowds and in front of the microphones), where is the Mexican Consulate and where are the Human Rights organizations that spend all the time asking for money?
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.
My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz