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MIDWEST CITY, Okla.- While talking with my black British friends last night, one of them sent me a link to an article about Anne Marie Morris, a Conservative politician, using the phrase “n*gger in a woodpile* while speaking in public. My response, “She must haveforgottent she was public”. I really had nothing else to add, there was no outrage or anger because, from the likes of Anne Marie Morris, I expect it.The phrase originates from slavery when slaves would hide in firewood or pulpwood in an attempt to free themselves from Southern slavery by travelling to the North where slavery had been abolished. The phrase is typically used to describe when something is wrong or suspicious,

Of course, Anne Marie Morris has “apologized”, not for using the phrase but for causing offence by using it. She said in an email “The comment was totally unintentional. I apologize unreservedly for any offence caused.” Of course Prime Minister Theresa May claimed to be “shocked to hear of these remarks” and has withdrawn the whip meaning Anne Marie Morris has been suspended from the party but will remain an MP until the whip is restored. Why May is shocked is beyond me as eight Conservative members have been caught using the word since 1993, and the media has made an issue of it every time. Each of those Conservative members have made excuses, defended it or kind of apologized for causing offence. Just imagine how many times it has been used when there were no cameras around.

The older politicians that have used the phrase have claimed it and defended their use of it, and that’s to be expected. While I do not excuse their use of the word, they are from a generation that is stuck in its ways and is never going to change, they said the word and they don’t care who it offends. Thankfully, that way of thinking is dying out and the world will not have to deal with it much longer. What I can not stand is this post-racial society that seems incapable of considering that a racist or prejudice thought could enter anybody’s head in the 21st century let alone their own. Complaints are seen as ethnic minorities are making a fuss over nothing, and it is from this type of thinking the overused phrase “playing the race card” was born and continues to be used as a way not to talk about the race issues that face today’s society.

This post-racial view of society provides the perfect reason to offer excuses and denial for racism and prejudice. Afterall, there must be other reasons for this seemingly racist and prejudice behavior. A good example of this is with the shootings that have happened to black men in America. There was absolute denial and no way it could be considered that even one of the men that shot one of the many victims of the shootings did so because they were racist or because of their prejudice against black men. “They should have just followed instructions” was one of the common excuses given for the shooting of black men by police, “they have a criminal background” was another excuse. The victims' criminal records were dug up from years before as if it was some sort of justification for being shot. Any flinch or move from a victim being dragged to the floor was seen as resisting arrest, “maybe he had a firearm” I read one time.The Black Lives Matter movement emerged which was immediately challenged by “All Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter”. I watched, and for a moment participated in, the nonsense which was explaining to people with a good amount of common sense why the movement was not an insult to other races or good policemen.

I came to the realization that the denial of racism and prejudice was enabling it to thrive. We  were so busy being polite about Black Lives Matter we had allowed All Lives Matter to hinder the justice we were seeking for these young men. Since then whenever somebody has denied or made excuses for racial issues I have asked them to either sit down, think about it, figure it out and get on board, or move out of the way so that we can deal with this.

So, Anne Marie Morris can save her ridiculous excuse for using in a obvious racist term she knew would take offense, and her refusal to acknowledge her words as wrong. I’m not buying that this educated woman didn’t understand why this slur is offensive. It would have been lovely to hear Theresa May acknowledge the unacceptable use of the phrase throughout the years and vow to do something about it, but her fake moral outrage falls on deaf ears. I will not debate or consider any excuses as it is common sense, Anne Marie Morris was wrong period and needs to resign and Theresa May take some action to sort out her party. Any action less than that only nurses racial problems and aids in its growth.

"As a country, we are in a state of denial about issues of race and racism. And too many of our leaders have concluded that the way to remedy racism is to simply stop talking about race." -Lani Guinier

"You are not born racist. You are born into a racist society. And like anything else, if you can learn it, you can unlearn it. But some people choose not to unlearn it, because they're afraid they'll lose power if they share with other people. We are afraid of sharing power. That's what it's all about." -Jane Elliott

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