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The hot new definition of racism has nothing to do with hatred of people based on their skin color. Racism is being redefined as “support for policies that increase racial inequality.” Not being racist isn’t good enough, now we have to be “anti-racist.”

OK.

The novel coronavirus apparently disproportionately affects African Americans. It also spreads when people gather in large groups, especially if they are close together. Using the new definition of racism, that would mean support for any policy that increases the spread of the virus is a racist belief, which, we are told, is not a moral judgment, but simply a descriptor.

[But don’t the lockdowns also disproportionately affect African Americans? Yes. both locking down and not locking down are racist.]

Having established that support of policies that increase the viral spread in general is a racist attitude, we can certainly say that it would be especially racist to support or encourage groups that are disproportionately made up of African Americans to gather. This is true regardless of the intentions involved; remember, intentions matter no longer.

[Wait, you may object, Doesn’t this deny the agency of African Americans in a pretty traditionally racist way? Yes.]

I think that’s enough of a framework to argue for the idea contained in the title of this post. One could go a step further and argue that not bringing out the National Guard to break up the large gatherings of protesters is a racist policy, because it increases the exposure of African Americans to a deadly virus. Using the new definition of racism, this is probably true.

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  1. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    Same with so called “white fragility”. It I object to the concept, then that is evidence I am fragile. If I don’t object, then I must agree with it. Catch 22.

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    • June 4, 2020, at 9:22 PM PDT
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  2. Weeping Member

    Earlier this week, many people on Facebook participated in what was called Blackout Tuesday, meaning they posted black squares in place of their avatars for the day. This was done in support of Black Lives Matters, and many used the BLM hashtag when they did so. As a result, the hashtag was apparently inundated with black squares that day, making it difficult for activists to use it to pass on information. In place of tagging black-square avatars with the BLM hashtag, someone in my feed suggested better ways to express support for the movement.

    If you need a new way to express your support for [Black Lives Matters], here are some actions to try:
    -Share or retweet meaningful commentary from Black voices. If a post taught you something or made you think, it might make others think.
    -Buy a book by a black author, for yourself or for someone else
    -Post about the concrete real-world actions you plan to take to support Black lives to help other people get ideas
    -Donate to a bail fund for protestors or a non-profit organization that works with Black youth
    -Resist the temptation to ask your Black friends your race questions. Talk to other white people instead. (Learning to override racialized instincts is good anti-racist behavior.)
    -Read about issues of systemic racism and bias, recognizing that the discourse is not meant to judge you personally. A lot has been written.

    Wait! What?!? Instead of asking my black friends questions about race and finding out directly what their answers and perceptions are, I should go to my white friends and ask them what the answers are? Really?

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    • June 5, 2020, at 4:28 AM PDT
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  3. JoelB Member

    Wait! If we all hashtagged BLM a lot, we could screw up their operation in some small way?

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    • June 5, 2020, at 4:53 AM PDT
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  4. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Weeping (View Comment):
    Wait! What?!? Instead of asking my black friends questions about race and finding out directly what their answers and perceptions are, I should go to my white friends and ask them what the answers are? Really?

    It gives the White Saviors a gig.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 5:34 AM PDT
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  5. philo Member

    The only thing we do know for sure is NOT racist is being hyper-fascist while calling yourself anti-fascist or, as I like to say, anti-fascist in name only (afino).

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    • June 5, 2020, at 6:06 AM PDT
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  6. Richard Fulmer Member

    I thought about replying to this post, but then I realized that doing so would be racist. But then I realized that not doing so would be racist. Then I realized that trying to decide whether to post was racist. Then I started to beat my head against the wall, but stopped when I realized it was racist.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 7:56 AM PDT
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  7. RightAngles Member

    They broaden the definitions of everything until the words lose all meaning. Their new one “Silence is violence” (no it isn’t). “Sexual harassment” now includes a 7-year-old boy pulling a girl’s pigtails on the playground. We’re in real Orwell territory now. He wrote that eventually there will be no Thought Crime because the words to commit it will no longer exist.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 3:06 PM PDT
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  8. Old Bathos Moderator

    Having established that support of policies that increase the viral spread in general is a racist attitude, we can certainly say that it would be especially racist to support or encourage groups that are disproportionately made up of African Americans to gather. This is true regardless of the intentions involved; remember, intentions matter no longer.

    Wrong! Intentions are everything. Remember how Tinkerbell was saved? That is exactly how we will get through this crisis and undo systemic racism.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 3:49 PM PDT
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  9. Richard Fulmer Member

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    Their new one “Silence is violence”

    Wait, I thought speech was violence. I’m so confused. Uh oh. Is confusion racist?

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    • June 5, 2020, at 3:49 PM PDT
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  10. Paul Stinchfield Member
    Paul Stinchfield Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    Their new one “Silence is violence”

    …which again proves the totalitarian nature of the Left.

    Furthermore, this slogan (along with many others) is crafted to justify criminal penalties and mob violence against those who do not participate in all the left’s dramas. The previous step was to demonize and criminalize speech, but now the left has moved on to criminalizing non-speech. This follows a pattern that Marxists repeat whenever they gain sufficient power because the impulse is baked into the ideology.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 4:22 PM PDT
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  11. ExcitableBoy Member
    ExcitableBoy

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    “Sexual harassment” now includes a 7-year-old boy pulling a girl’s pigtails on the playground.

    Makes you wonder if they’re sexualizing children in order to destroy the west or destroying the west in order to be free to sexualize children.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 4:27 PM PDT
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  12. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    They broaden the definitions of everything until the words lose all meaning. Their new one “Silence is violence” (no it isn’t). “Sexual harassment” now includes a 7-year-old boy pulling a girl’s pigtails on the playground. We’re in real Orwell territory now. He wrote that eventually there will be no Thought Crime because the words to commit it will no longer exist.

    “Systemic racism” allows people to claim racism even when race plays no role. But then, if every difference is due to racism, doesn’t that kind of make light of actual racism?

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    • June 5, 2020, at 5:13 PM PDT
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  13. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White Male Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    They broaden the definitions of everything until the words lose all meaning. Their new one “Silence is violence” (no it isn’t). “Sexual harassment” now includes a 7-year-old boy pulling a girl’s pigtails on the playground. We’re in real Orwell territory now. He wrote that eventually there will be no Thought Crime because the words to commit it will no longer exist.

    “Systemic racism” allows people to claim racism even when race plays no role. But then, if every difference is due to racism, doesn’t that kind of make light of actual racism?

    I’m seeing an increasing number (by which I mean 3 or 4) people on my facebook feed insisting that “nothing has changed since the 50s” with regard to racism in America. Which is such utter codswallop that it’s hard to take seriously. But these people are dead serious. And some of them are old enough to know better.

     

     

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    • June 5, 2020, at 5:29 PM PDT
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  14. Old Bathos Moderator

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    They broaden the definitions of everything until the words lose all meaning. Their new one “Silence is violence” (no it isn’t). “Sexual harassment” now includes a 7-year-old boy pulling a girl’s pigtails on the playground. We’re in real Orwell territory now. He wrote that eventually there will be no Thought Crime because the words to commit it will no longer exist.

    “Systemic racism” allows people to claim racism even when race plays no role. But then, if every difference is due to racism, doesn’t that kind of make light of actual racism?

    When you need to find racism so as to be able to broadly blame racism for whatever but actual racism is in short supply, you can instead blame ‘systemic’ racism which is racism that can be invisible and usually undetectable yet everywhere and thus requires constant political action and expenditures.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 5:36 PM PDT
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  15. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Why don’t we all just change our Rico handles to Racist McRacistpants and be done with it.

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    • June 6, 2020, at 1:41 PM PDT
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  16. Old Bathos Moderator

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Why don’t we all just change our Rico handles to Racist McRacistpants and be done with it.

    If you really want to go for it, while I have not checked, I am willing to bet that the domain name McRacistPants.com has not been taken

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    • June 6, 2020, at 1:50 PM PDT
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