Excusing irresponsible behavior by blaming The Other is how
Identity politics hurts the most vulnerable
The Lord High Commissioner of Blaska Policy Werkes advised a candidate running against incumbent Alder Mo Cheeks two years ago. We started by bellowing into our candidate’s face: “YOU X#!*X#X RACIST!”
“W-W-WHAT?” the discombobulated candidate yelped.
Get used to it, we counseled. Never mind that you have lived in your neighborhood 30 years. Does not matter that you are vice president of your neighborhood association, etc. You are a white man running against a black man in The Emerald City. That makes you a racist. Sure enough, he was soon played the race card, face up.
As was school board candidate Cris Carusi in today’s Wisconsin State Journal (12-30-18).
Selling hate to the gullible
It’s how the Left explains the failure of More Free Stuff liberalism. It is true that students of color are disproportionately failing their classwork and are suspended from school. The black arrest rate is, indeed, 10 times higher than the white. The only answer, according to the race hustlers: they are victims! Their teachers, the school district, the police, the entire legal system are Racist To The Core.
Which is why terribly “woke” school board members Dean Loumos, T.J. Mertz, and Anna Moffit (all Progressive Dane) wanted to kick the cops out of our troubled high schools. They actually believe, as the social justice warriors claim, that police are trained to kill students of color even though the school resource officers themselves are minority races. (More here.)
“We’re all steeped in racism,” said Laura McNeil, a volunteer with Groundwork, a Madison “white anti-racism collective.”
Chris Rickert writes about it in today’s WI State Journal.
Confronted with the reality of white supremacy and the unearned privilege they enjoy, white people will often exhibit “white fragility,’ generally defined as the emotional distress they feel when forced to confront racism or race in general, activists say. …
So, when you see a black person doing something you perceive as suspicious, … you can think twice before acting on it. … Thornton said five or 10 years ago, if he’d seen a couple of black teens peeking in the windows of his parked car, he would have called the police. “Now, I think I’d turn on an outside light,” he said.
Chew on that a while. If Thornton is able to turn on a light, the car is in his driveway. But don’t call the cops — unless the perps are white, of course! Does he ever think that calling the cops might save those kids’ lives or of their innocent victims? That the cops might help steer their lives in a more sustainable direction?