Tag: White Privilege

Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud

 

@drbastiat wrote a characteristically insightful post about recent remarks by the President of the United States to the effect that there is a white supremacist behind every tree and bush in America. These “domestic terrorists,” the president would have us believe, are everywhere and heavily populated by former military and law enforcement personnel.

The “rise of white supremacy,” as the president calls it, is really more of a descent in the definition of white supremacy, as I tried to say in the comments. But it is worth reflecting on the motivation for this increasingly desperate attempt to redefine white supremacy downward.

Civil rights activist Bob Woodson joined host Ben Domenech to discuss the racism behind the left’s recent “anti-racist” activism. Woodson is the Founder and President of the Woodson Center, where you can learn more about his work on the 1779 Project.

Woodson said the message of the New York Times’ 1619 project takes advantage of specifically low-income black communities and falsely attributes their problems, namely the violence and brokenness of cities, as being external. The ideas lead essayist Hannah Nikole-Jones and her colleagues at the New York Times presented are “ahistorical,” he said.

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Racial bias exists in our country. I have friends who have been held at a disadvantage for no other reason than the color of their skin. Even so, “White Privilege” is a misnomer – and even as it has some validity, it is not anywhere near a factor as it’s commonly understood. Taking the argument […]

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I’m about as pasty as they come. With my Irish/Scottish ancestry, I popped out of the birth canal as white as the belly of a bass. Cloaked in White Privilege, it looked as though my journey through life was going to be a breeze. That’s why I didn’t understand why my grades weren’t better in […]

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Libby Emmons joins host Ben Domenech to discuss her son’s personal experience in the New York City public school system and how it pushes the left’s narrative of systemic racism and white privilege. Emmons is a senior editor at The Post Millennial and senior contributor at The Federalist.

Emmons argued that the public school curriculum accomplishes nothing in its teaching of white privilege other than discouraging children from hoping for change. Schools ought to promote ideas of kindness and equality rather than divide children by informing specific children of their inherent racism.

I Didn’t Have White Privilege Growing Up in Inglewood

 
LAX exit sign on 105 freeway. Los Angeles, California Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

It took thirty years to build the Century Freeway (later named the 105) that cut through Inglewood on the way to the Los Angeles Airport. Three governors, including Ronald Reagan, toured the site. In the interim between the planning and completion, the 119th block, a few blocks from my house, was purchased and made into low income housing. Suddenly, we were integrated. Not just black and white. But those who successfully lived through the horrors of the depression and World War II and set out to make a new, prosperous life in the tract-house suburbs of the early 1960’s and those of single-woman families on welfare in the projects.

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A couple of days ago, Victor Davis Hanson published a piece about white privilege, and how some people (particularly politicians) try to avoid it by changing their identity (the comparison between Rafael “Ted” Cruz and Robert “Beto” O’Rourke was especially interesting). I didn’t see any posts here about it, so I thought I’d do my […]

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I did it. I finally did it. I started a Facebook argument (a short one, admittedly) with a fair-trade co-op worker. The tussle began when a formerly libertarian high-school friend of mine decided to write an apologetic post about his white privilege. Usually, I ignore Facebook and its associated political gobbledygook. But this piece sent […]

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I hardly know how to use this material, between reactions of hilarity and despondency. But I thought it might make a nice challenge here. It appears that Black Lives Matter has come down from the mountain and issued 10 new commandents (for white people). I wasn’t aware of this and I’m not sure how “official” […]

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An acquaintance on Facebook posted this article from the Huffington Post the other day. It claims that the politically correct language we use to talk about racial issues is still not enough, that it is “sugar-coated” and is not sufficient for pointing out hard truths about ourselves. We need language that gets through to our […]

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I recently purchased Herrnstein and Murray’s delightful little tome at our local Half Price Books. I was busy corralling my 6-year-old out of the children’s section and toward the checkout counter while my wife was making our purchase, so I didn’t get to see the look on the face of cashier as xhe rang it up. […]

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Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the Left’s rhetoric on the environment, immigration, and higher education have become increasingly divorced from reality.

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This is the title of an online course from the good people at EveryDay Feminism. Here’s a few selections from the description. Feel free to mock (or weep) as the mood strikes you: So with Trump’s policies starting to roll out, you know you want to be fighting alongside people of color. But you also […]

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Polls Apart

 

I ran into my longtime political consultant, frat buddy, and pollster, Phil A. “Buster” Mignon, who handled numerous campaigns for me when I was an influential international political force. Fortunately, neither of us was hurt in the collision, but his Smart Car was totaled. I lifted its remains into the trunk of my baby blue Edsel.

I had barely pushed the first gear button on my Edsel’s dash before Buster began to bring up the crazy hijinks we pulled off in college while we both pursued advanced degrees in White Privilege Studies. He had me guffawing. And you, of all people, should know how much I love to guffaw.

Not The Marva Collins Way

 

Marva CollinsThe New York Times reports the death of a legendary educator:

Marva Collins, a former substitute teacher whose success at educating poor black students in a private school she founded made her a candidate for secretary of education and the subject of a television movie, died on Wednesday in a hospice near her home in South Carolina. She was 78. […] After working as a substitute teacher for 14 years in Chicago public schools, Ms. Collins cashed in her $5,000 in pension savings and opened Westside Preparatory School in 1975. The school originally operated in the basement of a local college and then, to be free of red tape (the same reason she said she had refused federal funds), in the second floor of her home.

Thirty years ago, Collins was a celebrity. She even received that ultimate hallmark of Eighties fame: A TV movie of the week starring Morgan Freeman and Cicely Tyson. Prince featured her in a music video. President Reagan considered making her Secretary of Education. For much of the decade, Collins was a frequent presence on talkshows, book tours and the lecture circuit. The private school she founded became a model for dozens of others across America.

Bask in the Crazy: Accepting Responsibility For Our Whiteness

 

shutterstock_85363474Though I firmly believe that the bulk of a conservative’s time engaging liberal arguments should be spent debating their most pointed, nuanced positions, we should occasionally indulge ourselves by reveling in their worst arguments and fringe elements. Fringe elements like Ali Michael, who took to the pages of the Huffington Post this week to help us all cope with the, and I quote, “overwhelming oppressiveness of our whiteness”.

To call the piece’s logic tortured is to downplay its severity. The article is a war crime committed against rational thinking. At its core is the assumption that sin is transmitted from the actual perpetrators to their progeny. Whites are not merely beneficiaries of a form of privilege, but literally share partial blame for acts of injustice committed long before their birth. Social Justice is a jealous god, who visits the inequities of the (white) father onto, at minimum, the third and fourth generations.

Rachel Dolezal is a fascinating case study in White racial identity development.* She is stuck in the immersion/emersion stage, in which White people, having learned extensively about the realities of racism, and the ugly history of White supremacy in the U.S., “immerse” themselves in trying to figure out how to be White in our society, and “emerge” with a new relationship to Whiteness.