RealClearWorld has a recent post that should be instructive to Americans in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case and the racism claims that accompanied it. Though racism certainly exists in America (I’m willing to bet it will always exist everywhere to some extent), to obsessively focus of America’s past and present sins while ignoring the rest of the world is problematic. Here are a few points the RCW article makes:
- A large number of Hungarian parents will not allow their children to be friends with Jews (46%), Africans (58%), or Roma/Gypsies (68%).
- Italy’s first black government minister was openly compared to an orangutan by a senator and had bananas thrown at her by a citizen.
- Dutch politicians exploit racial tensions to advance a particularly anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant agenda.
- Mexican navy cadets were attacked by some 300 “soccer fans” on a Polish beach.
- The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party caught 7% of the Greek popular vote in June.
- The National Front caught nearly 18% of the French vote in the April 2012 first-round presidential elections.
- The Freedom Party in the Netherlands caused the government to collapse in April 2012.
- Extremist parties were part of government coalitions in Italy, Switzerland, Austria until recently.
- Similar parties are gaining momentum in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland and were met with electoral success in the 2009 European Parliament elections in Hungary, the UK, etc.
As the article concludes, “Perhaps those who continue to obsess over American race relations should try reading global news every once in a while.”