New York Times editorial board member Sarah Jeong tweeted “cancel white people,” “white men are bullshit,” and “dumbass f—king white people.” It came as no surprise to anyone who has been watching current social trends. Caucasians are being demonized and marginalized by the Left and its media enablers. Black Lives Matter activists allege that all white people are racists and must apologize for their skin color. “Racist” has become the most often used word in the English language. It brings up the old story of “cry wolf,” defined by the Cambridge English Dictionary as implying that, “If you cry wolf too often, people will stop believing you.” Thanks to its overuse, the accusation of “racist” has become an example of crying wolf.
I have become accustomed to being called the R-word. It all started in 2008 when some liberal acquaintances, upon discovering that I was not going to vote for Obama, called me a racist. Calling someone a racist without proof is now part of the liberal playbook. Welcome to the Left’s new rule for establishing culpability: a mere allegation of wrongdoing is sufficient to convict. Say goodbye to the bulwark of our legal system. If you are white, you are guilty of racism until proven innocent. Ironically, the shoe may be on the wrong foot. A Rasmussen poll reported that 37% of American adults think most black Americans are racist, while only 15% say the same about white Americans.
Individual instances of racism are occurring and always will occur—against both blacks and whites—but to suggest that white racism is institutionalized is to deny the colossal changes that have occurred since the civil rights movement that took place more than 50 years ago. Thanks to those changes—put in place by blacks and whites together—blacks now have the same opportunities as whites. Not equality of outcome, but equality of opportunity. White America has bent over backwards to ensure that blacks can realize that opportunity. Blaming the problems of the black community on white racism is patently false, as respected African-American author Shelby Steele has pointed out. “The oppression of black Americans is over with,” he said.
“America is not a racist country,” agreed black political activist Candace Owens. “Anyone claiming otherwise has a vested interest in keeping us divided. The easiest way to maintain power over any group is to keep those within it at war with one another.” Black talk show host Larry Elder is passionate about this. “The goal of identity politics is to tell black people that we are victims,” he says, “that discrimination and racism remain major problems in America when in fact they don’t.”
“Racism is not dead, but it is on life support,” says African-American economist Thomas Sowell, “kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as “racists.’” By race hustlers, he was undoubtedly referring to Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the Black Lives Matter crowd. Sowell also said, “The word ‘racism’ is like ketchup. It can be put on practically everything—and demanding evidence makes you a ‘racist.’”
A racial inquisition aimed at white people is underway. The New York Post reports that schools across the country are teaching white students as young as six that “they’re born racist and should feel guilty about benefiting from white privilege.” Tucker Carlson on Fox News reports that eighth-graders are given a privilege test that identifies them for being white or rich or having an intact family. In response, Carlson asked, “How is this compassionate to single out little kids to make them feel bad about their race?” Racist indoctrination training—for white students only—is pervasive at colleges and universities. The purpose, says Scott Greer in No Campus for White Men, is to make whites feel badly about their skin color.
The idea that white people are inherently flawed is absurd on its face. The objective is to foment racial discord. Minority special interest groups are using the banners of “equality,” “diversity,” and “social justice” as a power grab. Supporters of the social justice movement are not seeking justice, they are seeking control. Blacks who identify as “oppressed” want to trade places with their alleged oppressors.
At the forefront of the “all whites are racists” campaign is Black Lives Matter. “The movement has been criticized for appearing to tolerate violent demonstrations in its name, for stoking racial tensions, and for creating an unsafe environment for police,” according to influencewatch.org. “There are numerous incidents of BLM-associated persons committing acts of violence and lawlessness, particularly violence against police.” Marchers using a BLM banner were recorded in a video chanting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.”
BLM is based on the false narrative that cops are killing blacks. Heather Mac Donald, author of The War on Cops, observed that violent crime has recently increased in many American cities due to the fact that the false narrative of police brutality, spread by groups like BLM, has forced officers to decrease the use of proactive policing. “The crime victories of the last two decades, and the moral support on which law and order depends, are now in jeopardy thanks to the falsehoods of the Black Lives Matter movement,” says Mac Donald. “Police operating in inner-city neighborhoods now find themselves routinely surrounded by cursing, jeering crowds when they make a pedestrian stop or try to arrest a suspect.”
Author David Horowitz is appalled by blatant anti-white racism. “The fact that white people are better off is not a privilege,” he says, “it’s earned.” Yet white America has been mostly passive about the blitz of anti-white rhetoric—perhaps because of white guilt, perhaps because of fear of violent reprisals, perhaps because so many people are uninformed. No one wants to be called “racist.” It is the contemporary equivalent of the 1950s insult, “Pinko!” Because of this, many gullible whites are capitulating to the demand of Black Lives Matter thugs that whites should genuflect before black people. I thought this was a joke until someone showed me a video of a large crowd of whites on their knees in Bethesda, Maryland, as they were led through a mass confession of their racism. It reminded me of the Chinese Cultural Revolution where victims were forced to admit various crimes before a crowd of people who would verbally and physically abuse them. Let’s hope that BLM doesn’t go the same route.
BLM’s destructive influence is growing as the public is manipulated by social media into endorsing anti-white messages. People are losing their jobs simply for speaking out against BLM. A TV newscaster in California was fired for exercising his right of free speech by saying “all lives matter,” which is considered anathema by BLM adherents. The BLM demand that Caucasians must apologize for their skin color is racist and abhorrent. It is time to declare that white people are the objects of racism. Someone should explain to “people of color” that white is a color too.