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In his timely new book Woke Racism, Columbia linguistics professor John McWhorter examines the force of an ascendant political religion that to his mind “has betrayed black America.”“White privilege becomes the original sin that requires perpetual atonement,” McWhorter observes. Woke rebukes white America for its passive, unpardonable complicity within a fundamentally racist system. One is cleansed only through self-mortification.According to McWhorter, a multi-racial Elect thinks of itself as a bearer of exclusive wisdom and empathy.Woke positions itself against the white race, men, Christianity, capitalism and private property, heterosexuality — in other words, against people, institutions, belief systems, and worldly activities at the nation’s core. Convinced of its superior moral vision and divine duty, the Elect displays humorless fanaticism and demands total allegiance.Providing a ministry of racial auguries, authors Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ibram Kendi, and Robin DiAngelo have catapulted to fame and fortune. With forensic skill, McWhorter analyzes their thin premises in what he has called “go-to books of the moment for whites seeking a way to help America heal racially.”McWhorter does not think racial prejudice is the main obstacle to black advancement, and this sets him apart from many other prominent commenters on race. As he states in his preface, being black enables him to write a critique that would get a white observer accused of hate speech and racism. Concise and blunt, hastily written, sometimes choppy but deeply sincere, the book compares and coincides with a 624-page “new origin story” from the New York Times’ 1619 Project, “created” by Nikole Hannah-Jones and published by a Random House imprint.The proposition that white racism is baked into American life has been around since the 1970s. As it goes, U.S. institutions advance Anglo-European ideas and symbols that ensure control over people of color and other oppressed groups. The time-tested idiom is “systemic racism,” which McWhorter considers a “clumsy term.” Woke goes a step further. It rejects time-honored standards of talent and virtue as colonizing, invasive, genocidal, and soul-destroying.The Elect can be slippery and underhanded, McWhorter has noticed. One minute, as before the Virginia gubernatorial elections, it declares that nothing is going on in schools that we need to talk about. Critical race theory is not even being taught, media and progressives exclaim. The rubes don’t even know what it is. The next minute, this same Elect declares anti-racism lessons to be imperatives — but to thwart backlash from the rubes, we shouldn’t talk about the new developments.The 1619 Project — perhaps the Elect’s proudest conceptual showpiece — seeks to reframe U.S. history by “placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” Its editors claim, “out of slavery — and the anti-black racism it required — grew nearly everything that has truly made America exceptional: its economic might, its industrial power, its electoral system.” The nation’s leading historians agree the 1619 opus flagrantly ignores established political and economic truths. Insinuating the U.S. is a criminal enterprise not worthy of survival, the Project’s ambitions border on sedition.Yet this testament has received acclaim from the nation’s highest offices. Its architect, Hannah-Jones, has received a Pulitzer imprimatur for her commentary. “The #1619Project is a powerful and necessary reckoning of our history,” California’s then-senator Kamala Harris commented upon its release two years ago. “We cannot understand and address the problems of today without speaking truth about how we got here.”Woke is increasingly official policy. California’s newly mandated ethnic studies curriculum contains lessons to make students “agents for change,” and maintains that “one of the main focuses of ethnic studies is translating historical lessons and critical race theory into direct action for social justice.”Not just in California but nationwide curriculum supervisors and school librarians won’t consider text or trade books that do not make race and far-left fixations the center of the narrative. Health and sex education frameworks often de-center mom-and-dad families, pushing free-form sexuality and more.Most functional Americans of all ethnicities try to act what is lazily labeled “white.” As University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax and Judith H. Katz have indicated in radically different ways, much of the anti-white critique is merely anti-bourgeois. Making a case for “bourgeois culture” four years ago, Wax drew intense censure for “assertions of white cultural superiority.” Katz’s 1978 anti-racism training manual, White Awareness, introduced the now familiar theme of white privilege. Assumptions of white culture, Katz professed, included two-parent families, hard work and politeness, objective “linear” thinking, respect for authority and law, investment and saving, punctuality, and emotionally blandness.Woke is unable to understand why black juvenile violence is a problem, or why white parents who harbor no inherent ill feeling about blacks are protective of their children’s minds, innocence, and safety.If Woke is accelerating, what is to be done? Modernity’s spiritual hole gives it mass psychological entrée. Legalizing drugs, advancing literacy, and rethinking vocational education is a beginning, McWhorter advises. What to do about black social pathologies and demands of impunity? He hedges, too clever to touch the third-rail. Should you question Woke in many quarters, McWhorter said recently on National Public Radio, “You are to be dismissed from polite society. You are to be sanctioned. You can’t be among us. You’re dirty.”McWhorter closes his book with advice to Woke’s adversaries to stand up, civil but firm, not roll over: I don’t care what you call me…I will not retract…no, we will not refocus our entire curriculum…and so on. It’s a firmly principled approach but not always easy to execute when a marriage, friendship, or career is at stake.Woke might be a religion, a quasi-religion, a political death cult — maybe it’s just a passing intellectual fad — but comparisons of Woke to Christian sanctions against pagans in the late Roman empire seem apt. Yet Woke offers no salvation or forgiveness, no solace. It seeks never-ending apologies and humiliation. Whatever the restitution, the debt can never be repaid.The last decade’s experience suggests Woke does not plan to rest until bourgeois America folds its tent. Whether the Democratic Party has the capacity or will or desire to contain lawlessness and social disorder remains an open question. Woke radicals demand temporal power to redeem virtue, mindful of their responsibility to crush heresies.The priests will be hard to dislodge. The diversity project has captured vast endowments and offices in the nation’s core institutions. As abbots and bishops of old discovered, there’s good money and prestige — even pleasure — in dispensing faith, touched by a singular state of grace and the power to excommunicate.
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Most functional Americans of all ethnicities try to act what is lazily labeled “white.” As University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax and Judith H. Katz have indicated in radically different ways, much of the anti-white critique is merely anti-bourgeois. Making a case for “bourgeois culture” four years ago, Wax drew intense censure for “assertions of white cultural superiority."
Much of the bluster about combating systemic racism, it turns out, doesn’t have much, if anything, to do with actually addressing poverty, incarceration rates, and illness in racial minority communities. Indeed, if an increased number of racial minorities in commercials for Coke, McDonalds, and Coors persuades them to buy more of those products, that would likely result in increased levels of obesity, diabetes, and alcoholism in populations already disproportionately suffering from those maladies. Not exactly a win for anti-racism.Or consider an example from professional sports: the emphasis on changing the names and logos of teams associated with Native Americans. The NFL and MLB have taken pride in their ability to persuade the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians respectively to abandon their “racist” mascots. Yet “how these changes might do anything to reduce the poverty, violence, and lack of educational opportunities that plague reservations is unclear,” writes Naomi Schaefer Riley in The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians. ...“We have reached a point where black multimillionaires like LeBron James seem to really think that they’re being hunted like rabid dogs by racist cops,” writes Loury.This ideologically provoked alarmism identifies all manner of racist bugaboos for perpetuating systemic racism, among them standardized tests and the police. Yet abandoning IQ tests or the SATs and ACTs — which offer an important, if imperfect means of evaluating cognitive ability — because they are racially biased is a “laughable” example of shooting the messenger, says Loury. And Murray reminds us that blacks and Latinos already get through the educational pipeline “with preferential treatment in admissions to colleges and to professional programs.” ...The narrative from media and entertainment elites elides the reality of race in America in favor of the easier, the more visible, and the self-congratulatory.
So, here’s the good news. On what sometimes seems the inexorable course towards progressive capture, we can see multiple fronts of resistance, and the early congealing of independent-minded forces, from the rational Right to the traditional liberal-left. Our society may never regain the feistiness of previous eras, and our new elites might continue marching through our institutions. But as they become increasingly discredited, they would be unwise to forget that all long marches one day come to an end.
Virginia Governor Bans Critical Race Theory, Names Anti-CRT Advocates to Key Education PostsOn his first in office, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin fulfilled his campaign promise by prohibiting public schools in the state from teaching critical race theory, which he described as an “inherently divisive” concept.Youngkin, who was sworn in as governor Saturday in Richmond, signed nine executive orders and two executive directives to address some of his admiration’s hot-button issues, with the first on the list aiming to end “the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education.”“Inherently divisive concepts, like Critical Race Theory and its progeny, instruct students to only view life through the lens of race andpresumes that some students are consciously or unconsciously racist, sexist, or oppressive, and that other students are victims. This denies our students the opportunity to gain important facts, core knowledge, formulate their own opinions, and to think for themselves,” the order states.
Youngkin said in one of the orders that, in 2021, Loudoun County Public Schools was made aware of a sexual assault that took place at a district high school, with a decision made to transfer the assailant to another Loudoun County school, “where the student was able to commit a second sexual assault.”Both Loudoun County Public Schools and school administrators “withheld key details and knowingly lied to parents about the assaults,” Youngkin said, adding that no one has been held accountable.
Martin Luther King Jr.In 1983, Republican President Ronald Reagan signed into law a bill designating the third Monday in January a national holiday honoring the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., who was born on January 15, 1929. ...Despite the fact that the Democratic Party claims King’s legacy, and Democrats argue they are the sole protectors of his ”dream,“ they have turned this iconic sovereign’s message upside down, as if King had said, "I have a dream that my children will one day be judged by the color of their skin, not the content of their character.” They’ve converted it from a dream into a nightmare, and their failed statist “Great Society” programs have enslaved generations of poor, mostly black Americans on urban poverty plantations.But poor blacks have been a staple Democrat Party constituency, having been inculcated with the belief that they are perpetual “victims of injustice” who must depend on their Democrat masters to take care of them. ...In 2009, Obama was heralded as the savior of black America, promising to take them from suppression to black supremacy, precisely what was drilled into Obama’s psyche by his Marxist mentor Frank Marshall Davis and his religious mentor Jeremiah Wright ....In 1901, King’s most notable predecessor in the fight for civil rights, Booker T. Washington, founder of the Tuskegee Institute, wrote in his seminal work, Up From Slavery: “[I] resolved that I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. … I pity from the bottom of my heart any individual who is so unfortunate as to get into the habit of holding race prejudice. … In the sight of God there is no color line, and we want to cultivate a spirit that will make us forget that there is such a line anyway.”He added, “Great men cultivate love. … Only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.”Washington was a critic of those who made a practice of fomenting racial division. In his 1911 book, My Larger Education, Washington wrote racial agitators words that are even more applicable to their present-day brethren: “There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. … Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays.”Washington continued: “Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. … There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”And that sums up today’s Democrat Party haters, who want the patient to remain ill in perpetuity, and thus have killed King’s dream.In 1957, King wrote of loving your enemies, “Time is cluttered with wreckage of communities which surrendered to hatred and violence. For the salvation of our nation or mankind, we must follow another way.”In 1960, King noted: “Black supremacy is as dangerous as white supremacy, and God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men. God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race and in the creation of a society where all men can live together as brothers.”In his 1963 book, Strength to Love, King centered his message on this theme: “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” ...In 1964, King was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. In his acceptance remarks, King acknowledged “the profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time — the need for man to overcome oppression and violence WITHOUT resorting to violence and oppression.”On July 4, 1965, preaching at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, MLK declared, “Love is the only absolute. … I’ve seen too much hate to want to hate myself; hate is too great a burden to bear. … Hate does something to the soul that causes one to lose his objectivity. The man who hates can’t think straight; the man who hates can’t reason right; the man who hates can’t see right; the man who hates can’t walk right. And I know now that Jesus is right, that love is the way.”One of the most outspoken detractors of the Left’s orthodoxy is King’s niece, Alveda. She was 17 at the time of her uncle’s assassination, and she recently recalled a conversation with her father, King’s younger brother Alfred, on the day MLK died.Alveda told him, “I hate white people. They killed Uncle M.L.”Her father, also a pastor and civil rights leader, replied, “No, white people didn’t kill my brother; white people didn’t kill your uncle. White people march with us, pray with us, go to jail with us, live with us, die with us. No, no, the devil did this. You have to forgive; you have to forgive.”Such forgiveness is anathema to most of today’s Democrat leaders — and the black community leaders in their stable.Alveda added, “Acts 17:26 says, ‘Of one blood God made all people, to live together on the face of the earth.’ So we can be brothers and sisters because we are one blood; we are the human race. And I believe if my uncle were here today, he’d like for us to consider ourselves as human beings, not different races. One race, colorblind.”We should all remember that Liberty is colorblind.Despite questions about King’s personal character and his proper place in history, I encourage you to read his letter from a Birmingham jail, which provides a window into the soul of King’s vision for all Americans.For four years after the Obama regime, there was greater hope for the poor black Americans MLK wanted to lift up. It came from somebody who Democrat Party leaders, their Leftmedia propagandists and their supporting cast of race-bait profiteers derided daily: Donald Trump. Black Americans are among the major beneficiaries of the Trump/GOP economic policies. Before the coronavirus pandemic, household income among blacks increased, while unemployment hit a record low. The Trump administration’s economic policies proved to be the rising tide that, in the words of John F. Kennedy, “lifted all boats.”We believe that MLK would have recognized and acknowledged this good — but today’s Democrat Party is all-consumed with its message of fear and hate.In 2021, the ascension of Obama’s former VP, Joe Biden, heralded the return if the Democrat Party’s race-baiting, economic-stifling policies.The Democrat Party was, is, and will continue to be the agents of Black oppression. Demonstrably, the socialist Democrats are now, simultaneously, the historical author and political beneficiary of the systemic racism which they have institutionalized over the last century. It is Democrats who have kept generations of poor non-White Americans ensnared and enslaved on urban poverty plantations — which they both seeded and institutionalized over the last century. The Democrat Party platform has, by design, kept poor people in bondage to the welfare state and consequently, is the blueprint for the most enduring racial exploitation architecture in America.
Midwest Hospital System Stops Using Race-Based, Anti-White Covid Treatment Plan After Legal Threat ...Attorneys at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) issued a letter Friday to SSM Health warning that it is illegal to distribute monoclonal antibody products (mAbs) based on race. The letter cited a Dec. 31 email to physicians by SSM Health that referenced a risk scoring calculator, in which non-White patients received a 7-point head start out of 20 total and were therefore more likely to receive life-saving medical treatment over White patients with medically recognized co-morbidities or symptoms, the attorneys argued.