Opposing Racism Doesn’t Require Promoting Victimhood
Are you a racist?
All white people are, says White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo.
Race explains everything, says bestselling How to Be an Antiracist author Ibram X. Kendi. “Every policy is either racist or anti-racist.”
Kendi’s and DiAngelo’s books are now recommended reading at schools, corporations, and in the military. Both authors command high speaking fees.
Isn’t that good? It’s important to educate people about racism.
But John McWhorter, author of Woke Racism, says, “The way we’re being encouraged to think hurts black people.”
In my new video, he gives this example: “There is a disproportionate number of suspensions of black boys in schools for violence. [Kendi says] that must be racist…a stereotype of black men as violent. But…the data makes it very clear that black boys do commit more violent acts in schools. If you don’t suspend those boys, the violence is being perpetrated [mostly] against other black kids.”
Kendi’s positions “leave black kids in the lurch,” says McWhorter.
Kendi and DiAngelo call most every disparity between races “systemic racism.”
White people live longer than black people? Racism.
Income inequality? Racism.
White and Asian students get higher test scores? Systemic racism.
In the past, says McWhorter, civil rights leaders asked, “How can we make it so that black kids are better at the test?” Now they want to “eliminate the tests” because they “make black people unhappy.”
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