Wednesday, September 22, 2021

12 Steps to Becoming an Anti-Racist: It's About Much More Than Just Slithering Around in Toxic Victimhood

Editorial note: I shouldn’t be permitted to write this article since looking back on my family pictures with my sister and parents, it turns out I’m a dirty white boy (abject apologies to Foreigner).
These days Martin Luther King is rolling over in his grave because we Americans are no longer judged by the content of our character, but by the color of our skin. As William Shakespeare once wrote in Hamlet, “"Me thinks thou dost protest too much." Way too much!
Now that Joe Biden is firmly ensconced in the White House and the mean-tweeting Orange Man is back in Mar-Lago watching America headed for a dumpster fire, I suspect many of you are dying to know how you can become anti-racist.
A note of caution before beginning. The term anti-racism contains certain linguistic and logical enigmas that bear a moment’s consideration. First, logically how can something be not something and what would it mean if it could? Second, linguistically, anti-racist is poor use of language when there are several better, un-hyphenated words that bear the same but more parsimonious meaning. My unabridged Random House dictionary lists unprejudiced, impartial, nonracial as better alternative representations. I can guess that unprejudiced and impartial don’t carry enough hyperbole for the inventors’ tastes. Nonracial can be ruled out as an alternative word since the people using anti-racist are in fact, very racial. Could it be just the left’s penchant for virtue-signaling?
I have researched anti-racist, paying close attention to the New Yawk Times Magazine’s “1619 Project,” and the other writings of Nickle Hannah-Jones, Rockin’ Robin Di Angelo’s White Fragility, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, and Jim Wallis’ America’s Original Sin. Despite their literary infirmities, these are must-reads for those of you who want a two-fer, to be anti-racist and woke.
I know you passionately wish to become anti-racist and so I’ve given you some hopefully helpful propositions that allow you determine whether or not you are really a genuine anti-racist or simply an anti-racist wannabe.
1. If you supported, even marched, joining in the public demonstrations, arson and looting of stores and businesses in protest of George Floyd’s, Ahmaud Arbery’s and Breonna Taylor’s unjust, not just unfortunate deaths, you have taken a step toward being an anti-racist.
2. If you are a young person of color, by definition you are an anti-racist, unless you voted for Donald Trump in 2020 or Larry Elder in California’s recall election of Newsome this year.
3. If you believe there is no doubt that Justice Clarence Thomas actually sexually harassed Anita Hill and should not be a Supreme Court justice, you have taken another step toward being an anti-racist.
Read the rest from Elliot Steil HERE

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