New buzz words or movements often spring up in the political world: ‘politically correct’ is now ‘woke’, for example, and in the fight against racism, some are trying to promote a new ‘approach’ and so we have a new preferred term. Anti-racism, also known among proponents as ‘critical race or social justice theory’, is the latest.
But when you have ‘anti-racists’ and white supremacists agree, you know that there is something unsavory going on.
Infamous white nationalist Richard Spencer recently noted the common ground that he found with one of America’s most celebrated intellectual anti-racist activists, Ibram X Kendi, after Kendi offered his opinion on interracial adoption. (Yes, that is the same Richard Spencer who calls for the ‘ethnic cleansing’ of America and for the European Union to be transformed to a white empire.)
Kendi is a professor at Boston University and also a CBS news contributor and writer for The Atlantic magazine. He is author of the book “How To Be An Anti-Racist” where he argues that not being a racist is too neutral and that is simply a “mask for racism”. Therefore, in the language of ‘anti-racists’, being in favor of a society that does not see race is inherently racist (yeah, I had to think about that one for a while, too).
Most recently, Kendi went on a bizarre rant about inter-racial adoption when Amy Coney Barrett, who has two adopted children from Haiti, was nominated for the Supreme Court. “Some white colonizers ‘adopted’ black children. They ‘civilised’ these ‘savage’ children in the ‘superior’ ways of white people, while using them as props in their lifelong pictures of denial, while cutting the biological parents of these children out of the picture,” Kendi wrote.
It turns out that anti-racists and white supremacists share a similar disgust with interracial adoption.
And, as it turns out, they hold the same views on a lot of issues related to segregation. Which, I realize, boggles the mind….and it should! ‘So don’t be an anti-racist’.
For those interested in a deeper look at ‘anti-racism’ and critical race theory, you will find an “intellectual” movement that explains and forms a basis for the beliefs. And among the main tenets are that there are only two kinds of people: oppressors and the oppressed. You are one or the other. And proponents of critical race and social justice theory really don’t like to discuss it with people that disagree because, at their core, they believe that critical thinking and rational thought itself are actually a construct of an oppressive society to set boundaries on what can and can’t moral or immoral. An oppressive society has taught people to be critical thinkers because critical thinking only reinforces oppression, so the argument goes.
Without getting into a long discussion of the theoretical basis for critical racial and social justice theory, which would bore most to death, suffice it to say that proponents dismiss things many of us take as common sense as a paradigm of an historically oppressive society. Such measures of success as hard work and initiative are inherently racist, we are told. Discussion and thought based on scientific method or rational linear thought are constructs of oppression designed to lead to a conclusion that keeps people oppressed.
All that seems incredible, I realize. Yet, those are among the fundamental tents of ‘anti-racism’. And more incredible, radical school boards in Seattle and New York City have incorporated this into school curriculum (your tax dollars at work if you live in those cities).
In this impassioned climate we find ourselves in these days in our country, it’s sometimes difficult to think independently and stand for beliefs that don’t fit the current cultural narrative.
Yet, segregation is still wrong no matter who is in favor of it. Success requires, and should require, hard work and effort. And being able to have a discussion with someone you disagree with and to be able to find common ground without hate is still a worthy ideal.
Given the evidence we have, it’s hard not to beg the question if ‘anti-racism’ is just another word for ‘black supremacism’? And, if so, it’s just as dangerous and reprehensible as any other racial supremacy ideology. So don’t be an anti-racist, despite what the name implies.