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Ibram X. Kendi: As soon as you see a name like this in the public arena, you know you’ve got trouble. And when you see all of our institutions, including the United States military, being infected with the neo-Marxist, race-based rantings of someone with a name like this, you know you’ve got really big trouble.
So, who the hell is Ibram X. Kendi? Well, let’s see … He’s got the African/Muslim-sounding name. His original name was Ibram Henry Rogers, but he rejected the white/European sounding parts (how original!) and replaced them with names from Kenya and southern Africa, two places where there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell he will ever be taking up residence. He’s an author, a professor, and a “historian of race and discriminatory policy in America,” because, of course, that’s a thing that a racialist ingrate wants to obsess over.
But what really put him on the map is his book How To Be An Antiracist. And what, exactly, is “antiracism?” Stripped down to its essence, it’s the idea that simply not being racist is not good enough. You must be “antiracist,” which involves actively fighting against racism. And since white racism permeates everything, everywhere, all the time, you must be righteously obsessed with fighting it, every waking moment, even though if you’re white, you are basically defective and you can never get rid of it. Got it?
And you know what one of the surest signs of your racism is, according to Kendi? “To be racist is to constantly, consistently, deny, deny, deny, like Donald Trump.”
Case closed, deplorables! You’re not fooling anybody with your incessant denials!
Due to the success of his book, Kendi has hustled his way into becoming the founding director of – are you ready for this? – the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Just let that sink in for a moment. How slick is that? This has to be one of the greatest hustles of all time! By the way, guess who donated ten million smackeroos to it? It’s that guy who looks like somebody you might bump into at a methadone treatment center. That’s right, leftist Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey! See how these things work?
Speaking of Twitter, here’s a relevant tweet from Kendi: “We should eliminate the term ‘not racist’ from the human vocabulary. We are either being racist or antiracist. Is that clear for you? There is no such thing as ‘not racist.’”
Excuse me while I pick my jaw up from the floor. “There is no such thing as ‘not racist?’” Actually, what there’s really no such thing as, is a legitimate intellectual discipline called “antiracism.” That’s just something Kendi thought up as a way of assuaging the gigantic chip on his shoulder, but it’s nothing more than a crock of neo-Marxist claptrap that any garden-variety, leftist academic could have thought of while loafing in the faculty lounge during a break between classes on any given afternoon.
Nonetheless, a prestigious university, which costs approximately $76,000 per year to attend, has provided him with his very own “antiracist” research center to play with. He can sit up in there all day long cranking out his pseudo-intellectual, racialist nonsense to his heart’s content and all the while this very woke university gets to virtue signal with its very own mascot of color. Talk about a win-win.
Look, can I interrupt the woke, intersectional, racialist revolution long enough to ask a simple question here? If systemic racism, white supremacy, white privilege, unconscious bias, etc., etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseam, are as ubiquitous and intractable as guys like Kendi claim, then why are they the toast of the town and being fawned over like pop stars? If all our institutions (which are all controlled by leftists) are shot through with systemic racism, then why are they all onboard with guys like this? Do you think that could have happened in pre-civil rights America, which was the last time systemic racism actually existed to any significant degree? Let’s think about that for a moment . . .
. . . Harking back to a time of actual systemic racism … a l-o-o-o-n-g, l-o-o-o-n-g time ago … going back … b-a-a-a-c-k … so far back that only elderly people can even barely remember it through the hazy mists of time … going w-a-a-a-y-y back to a time of segregation and oppression … grainy black and white images … Martin Luther King … I have a dream … civil rights marches … police dogs … fire hoses … remembering b-a-a-a-c-k, b-a-a-a-ck across the many decades … actual Jim Crow … actual systemic racism … s-o-o-o, s-o-o-o very long ago…
Nope, there ain’t no way there could have been something calling itself the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research back then. And its existence now is more than ample evidence that systemic racism in present-day America is total BS. And that, in turn, makes “antiracism” total BS because part of its premise is that racism is so ubiquitous.
Let’s just get down to cases here. Why does a guy like Kendi devote his life to this divisive garbage? He was lucky enough to have been born in the United States of America, rather than Africa, long after the victories of the civil rights movement. He had all the advantages in life, including successful parents, private schools, and college. In other words, he had privilege. He could have chosen to become a doctor or an engineer or an architect or a computer scientist or anything else he might have wanted that would have actually contributed something to society. Instead, he chose race hustler. Why?
I’m not a professional psychologist, but I know enough about human beings to do a little spitballin’ about their motives. So, how about … because he feels compelled to come up with a reason why so many blacks have failed to take advantage of the endless opportunities afforded in America and anything other than racism would require some kind of accountability on their part. Yeah, I think we’re onto something here.
And how about power? In this case, it could be about his self-perceived moral power that comes from calling out white people for their endless alleged sins. But I wonder … Could that supposed moral power really just be compensation for – dare I say it? – his envy of white/European accomplishments that we generally think of as Western civilization?
Those accomplishments would include the development of virtually everything that modernized the world and made life longer, healthier, richer, safer, more productive, more free, more enjoyable, and less of a struggle. Those accomplishments provide Kendi with a very nice place to live and you can bet your last money he won’t ever be moving to Mother Africa, despite its glorious absence of oppressive whiteness.
Of course, contrary to what race hustlers like Kendi would have you believe, there’s no reason why black people can’t fully partake in and contribute to the accomplishments of Western civilization. Every institution in this country has been bending over backward for decades to try and help make that happen. And plenty of black folks do take full advantage of the opportunities here (more power to ‘em!) and are able to accomplish anything they want, up to and including becoming president. Thanks to majority-white America, Obama was the most powerful man on earth for eight years.
But if you try to convince Kendi that America is fundamentally decent and as unracist as any human society can be, he will “constantly, consistently, deny, deny, deny.”
Would it be too harsh to say that Kendi is a parasite on Western civilization? Well, in what other civilization could he get away with this hustle? He denigrates it endlessly, fomenting resentment and hatred towards whites, but all the while he is siphoning off an excellent living and prestige for himself. Parasitic? You make the call.
One thing’s for sure. He’ll never live in a country that isn’t majority-white because that life is too damn good to give up, despite his endless bellyaching and his nauseating ingratitude. It’s like a black co-worker of mine once told me: “I don’t wanna live in no Africa!” And neither does Kendi. He’ll just settle for the disingenuous ostentation of an African name while he lives the good life right here in the U.S.A.Published in