Michael Schaus
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During MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show on Sunday, Republican strategist Ron Christie erupted at a fellow panelist when the issue of race surfaced. The discussion (originally on the power and influence of the tea party) quickly became heated as the African-American Republican strongly objected to the notion that racism has been an “influencing factor” in the conservative movement.

Proving that the Liberal charge of “racism” is generally an ideological-crutch to facilitate a speedy end to debate, the point was made on the racially-obsessed MSNBC show that racism has been an influencing factor in the tea-party’s opposition to President Barack Obama. The video, if you can watch it without breaking your computer screen, is worth the few minutes you can bear.

It is hard to decide what is more difficult to comprehend: The panelist’s apostolic faith that the Conservative movement is full of racism, or Harris Perry’s insistence that only liberalism can acquiesce the inequalities between races in America. Even when Ron Christie presented an eye-witness account that debunked a “racist” anecdote, the panel dismissed his testimony as misinformed and inaccurate.

But the most audacious moment of liberal race-baiting came near the end of the segment, when Melissa Harris-Perry began to wax poetic about “disparate impact.” The concept of disparate impact epitomizes the Left’s desire to illustrate racist policies where there are none, and paint colorblind policies as promulgating tools of racist intentions.

According to the business dictionary (yeah… I have one of those) disparate impact is the adverse effect of a practice or standard that is neutral and non-discriminatory in its intention but, nonetheless, disproportionately affects individuals having a disability or belonging to a particular group based on their age, ethnicity, race, or sex.

The concept behind disparate impact is what lead to Liberals pursuing government regulations that encouraged sub-prime mortgages, predatory lending, and crippling banking standards. It is a concept that defines any intentional effort to discard racial consequence, as racist in nature. It is the bane of business, banking and Conservatives everywhere; because (apparently) only Liberals are immune from the “disparate impact” of their actions.

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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance, and the Executive Producer for Ransom Notes Radio. He is a former talk show host and political activist. Having worked in fields ranging from construction to financial investment, his perspectives and world views are forged with a deep understanding of what it means to be an American.