Glorification by the media of Black Lives Matter—a criminal, Marxist organization—has given a small but vocal cadre of mentally unbalanced individuals in the black community the license to cry “white supremacy” and “systemic racism” every time they feel the need to experience a tantrum. Expressing support for blacks should not require the vilification of whites, yet that is exactly what we are witnessing with black behavioral tantrums. Let’s face it, it is open season on Caucasians. Before BLM, overt anti-white language and behavior were unacceptable. Now anything that is arguably a product of white people—the American Dream, economic success, the rule of law, medical advances, Western civilization—is a legitimate target of black anger.
The crudest example of black tantrum is the epidemic of riots, looting, and arson that has become commonplace since the George Floyd incident. The Daily Caller exposed a more sophisticated example: “A subcommittee of an organization called the Conference on College Composition and Communication that named itself the ‘Why We Cain’t Breathe!’ subcommittee published a list of demands calling for the abolition of ‘White Mainstream English’ to make way for ‘Black Linguistic Justice.’” It seems that five black English professors are having a tantrum because correct grammar is a ploy of white supremacists.
The group’s official statement alleged that “anti-Black violence toward Black people in the streets across the United States mirrors the anti-Black violence that is going down in these academic streets.” In other words, requiring black students to use standard rules of grammar (created by whites) is just as violent as alleged street violence against blacks. That argument is one hell of a stretch, especially when you recognize that the vast majority of violence against blacks is perpetrated by other blacks, not by whites. It doesn’t matter—logic has never played a large role in tantrums of any sort.
The danger posed by this attack on English grammar and usage is that, if taken to its logical conclusion, it will lead to a demand that the pursuit of excellence is unacceptable because it is intrinsically a product of white supremacy. Going in for surgery will become an act of suicide, as surgeons will no longer be held to “white” standards of excellence. The expectation of safe air travel will become a thing of the past as the requirement for competent pilots is discarded as another symptom of white supremacy. Excellence developed by white people in any and all forms of human endeavor will become manifestations of systemic racism. No longer will we admire successful businessmen such as the founders of Microsoft, Apple, and Google. Brilliant legal scholars—as functionaries of the white legal system—will be despised. And, of course, the entire structure of American government, including separation of powers and checks and balances, will have to be jettisoned because it was developed by racist white people.
The irony is that the legitimization of racial tantrums is harmful to “people of color.” Giving in to extremist race-based demands will only make life worse for blacks. Tolerating racial tantrums means we accept that blacks are inferior and so they should not be held accountable if they exhibit inferior behavior. George W. Bush referred to this as “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” It is the basis for the Democratic Party’s welfare state. The low expectations implicit in the welfare system have resulted in the break-up of low-income black families, the explosion of out-of-wedlock births, systemic poverty, higher black crime statistics and rates of incarceration, and the substantial decrease of black households headed by someone who works.
Another sophisticated version of the black tantrum is the New York Times initiative known as the 1619 Project. This attempt to revise American history argues that “white racist supremacy is irrevocably intertwined in the country’s DNA,” says black entrepreneur Ian Rowe. The 1619 Project unwittingly supports the notion of black victimization. “It grants to the white race a wicked superiority, treating them as an oppressive people too powerful for black Americans to overcome,” says black author and Fox News contributor Burgess Owens. “It brands blacks as hapless victims devoid of the ability, which every other culture possesses, to assimilate and progress.”
Blacks must be encouraged to believe that they possess the ability to meet “white” standards. The alternative, lowering standards across the board, will negatively impact everyone. At a time when we are in a race with China, every effort must be made to defend American standards of excellence. We can’t do that as long as we legitimize racial tantrums.