Has Anyone Noticed How Racist Many Anti-Racists Are?

We could be better than this. God calls us to be better than this.

Following the death of her father, Erica Garner became a Black Lives Matter spokeswoman and activist, campaigning against police brutality. On December 23, Erica had an asthma attack which triggered a heart attack. She sustained brain damage from the cardiac arrest and passed away a few days later at just 27 years old.

Her online Twitter account has been commandeered by her friend and political adviser, a man named Reggie Harris. In response to her death, Harris posted (in her name) this unbelievable request to journalists:

“Out of respect to Erica please do not request comment if the journalist is not Black.”

Yes, he really posted that. If you are a journalist who happens to have anything other than a dark skin pigmentation, you will be denied access. How is this not viewed with contempt in 2018? Besides, consider the damage this does to the coverage of Erica’s passing. In a country where the vast majority of journalists – particularly those with large platforms – are not black. By excluding non-blacks from the story, you stunt what could have been widespread coverage for Erica and her mission.

Further, not only is all this textbook racism, it is also at odds with what Erica embodied. In 2016 she endorsed and campaigned with Bernie Sanders for president. You don’t find a much more old and crusty white dude than that. While I don’t agree with her politics in that regard, I applaud Erica for judging the content of Bernie’s character rather than the color of his skin in making her endorsement decision.

Sadly, that lesson was not impressed upon the man who now will use her name to advance his racist politics.

Not that Reggie Harris is alone, of course. Online news and pop culture giant Buzzfeed just recently ran a year-end story entitled “37 Things White People Ruined in 2017.” The list included things like Macaroni and Cheese, Trees (yes, trees), Sneaker culture, and the entire country (given that 70% of voters in the election were white and the majority chose Trump).

Beyond the silliness of its premise, just ask yourself what would have happened if The Resurgent, or the Daily Wire, or National Review ran a piece entitled, “37 Things Black People Ruined in 2017.” What would the reaction have been? I’m sure I just don’t get it because of my white privilege, but seriously – at what point is it fair to ask whether people that write and publish this kind of garbage are truly interested in racial harmony? At what point can we ask if this isn’t more about stoking hostility and division for profit?

After all, that appears to be what is happening on college campuses like San Diego State, where two professors have written a book that claims the presence of a local Farmer’s Market in an urban area breeds oppression.

How, pray tell, do cucumbers and corn oppress anyone? The Farmers Market itself is an intrusion of white culture into black neighborhoods, they argue. Vegetables. Apparently now vegetables are a hallmark of white privilege.

Referring to white culture as “weed-like” (no hint of bigotry or racism there), the professors write,

“Farmers’ markets are often white spaces where the food consumption habits of white people are normalized."

But what is particularly offensive about this article is that it seems to assume that low-income housing in urban neighborhoods is all black people should aspire to, and therefore should be able to keep it racially homogeneous. Leave it to college professors to find a way to exude racist attitudes towards whites and blacks both, all wrapped in pseudo-academic language that masks the hate.

We could be better than this. God calls us to be better than this.

And we can be, once we start ignoring those who claim to be fighting racism by being racist.

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Jules
Jules

Just as the claim that algebra is racist is actually saying it is just too hard for dark-skinned people to understand. The list of things that are "racist" gets longer and sillier every day. Math. Farmers markets. Cotton balls. Banana skins The national anthem. And while some people are constantly adding to the list, they are expressing vile and violent and blatant hatred of white people, much of it coming from demented white people. No one is holding classes in major universities on how black people can overcome their heritage to be more acceptable in society. No one giving school assignments to children on how to be less black, but kids are being told to be ashamed of being white. A recent checklist sent home with young children identified being in a home with two parents as an element of "white privilege". I agree with BenjaminD but will expand his definition of racism a little: I define racism as the assignment of any characteristic to anyone based on his or her skin color or ethnicity, so saying all Asians are good at math is also racist. But favoring or hating anyone based on skin color is the worst form of racism, a form purposely advanced and promoted during the terms of our former president and his administration for the purpose of creating divisions and distrust within our country, weakening it from within.

thesage
thesage

DirkBelig----great comment !!! We all need to remember this and spread it...the logic is spot on.

LibertyLainey
LibertyLainey

You nailed it DirkBelig

DirkBelig
DirkBelig

The intrinsic racism of the Left is perfectly encapsulated in their shrieking about voter ID laws. Unable to admit that voter fraud is a central load-bearing pillar of Democrat electoral strategy, they play the threadbare "Republicans are RAAAAAAAAAACISTS!!!" card trying to suppress voter turnout.

However, if the Dems really thought this was what was going on, wouldn't they just conduct a drive to get all voters the required IDs, most of which are free of charge or only $10? If this imaginary GOP voter suppression was happening, then that ID would thwart it like, "HA! I've got my ID, you evil Republicans! Watch me go vote now!"

But since vote fraud and theft and corruption of the franchise is how Dems roll, they prefer to advance the narrative that literally means, "Come on. You know black people are too dumb to get IDs and live as functioning adults in society." And because the media shares their racism and agendas, they blame Republicans for being so mean as to believe blacks are capable of getting IDs. Perverse, but it's worked for a half-century.

meh130
meh130

I'm old enough to remember when presidential candidate Barack Obama complained to Midwestern farmers about the price of arugula at Whole Foods, and his wife Michelle talked about only buying organic foods for her kids while on the campaign trail. And nobody called them racists.