Shouting mean things at your neighbor yields more press and outrage than a black person literally murdering a white person. How many threats were shouted at this “protest” that were allowed by authorities? https://t.co/JyNb2D8L4y— Optics Respecter (@OpticsRespecter) July 5, 2021
Ladies and gentlemen, this is why conservatives lose every debate on race, culture and gender. They accept the premises of progressives and fight the battle on their terms and lose.
“Again, I want to start with what the new progressivism is interested in changing. One change involves increasingly familiar terms like “structural” and “systemic” racism, and the attempt to teach about race in a way that emphasizes not just explicitly racist laws and attitudes, but also how America’s racist past still influences inequalities today.
In theory, this shift is supposed to enable debates that avoid using “racist” as a personal accusation — since the point is that a culture can sustain persistent racial inequalities even if most white people aren’t bigoted or biased.
But the basic claim that structural racism exists has strong evidence behind it, and the idea that schools should teach about it in some way is probably a winning argument for progressives. (Almost half of college Republicans, in a recent poll, supported teaching about how “patterns of racism are ingrained in law and other institutions.”) Especially since not every application of the structural-racist diagnosis implies left-wing policy conclusions: The pro-life and school choice movements, for instance, regularly invoke the impact of past progressive racism on disproportionately high African-American abortion rates and underperforming public schools. …
What’s really inflaming today’s fights, though, is that the structural-racist diagnosis isn’t being offered on its own. Instead it’s yoked to two sweeping theories about how to fight the problem it describes. …”
No, Ross, the system IS NOT structurally or systemically racist. In fact, the opposite is true. It is systemically antiracist. It is biased in favor of blacks. Every institution in our society including the Southern Baptist Convention is infected by antiracism. Jim Crow ceased to exist over 50 years ago and our current system of race relations which has developed in its wake since 1965 has replaced it.
Woke progressivism is responding to the failure of the liberal version of antiracism to achieve its ends. It was based on the false premise that White prejudice and racism was the cause of racial inequality. As anyone can see, White prejudice and racism has faded since the 1960s and the entire country has been transformed into a racial uplift charity for blacks, trillions of dollars have been spent on the quest for racial equality and racial differences have persisted in spite of our best efforts. Reality itself is the problem and will continue to thwart all efforts to achieve racial equality. Degrading Whites and redistributing wealth from Whites and limiting opportunities for everyone else in this country too who isn’t black will not bring about racial equality. It will just make life worse and more difficult for non-blacks.
There is no reason to believe that all individuals have the exact same talents and capabilities and will achieve the same outcomes given the same opportunities in life. There is no reason to believe that racial groups will either on average. All the evidence strongly suggests otherwise.
Even if you take the Declaration of Independence at face value and believe what it says that “all men are created equal,” it is only saying that all men have a natural right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It DOES NOT say that blacks are the same as everyone else. It DOES NOT say that they are owed the same material standard of living. It DOES NOT say all outcomes will be equal. It is not incumbent upon White people to embrace communism and sacrifice themselves to uplift blacks.
Sen. Ben Tillman of South Carolina once put it this way:
“I realize that there are millions of good negroes, if they are let alone and not taught heresies and criminal thoughts and feelings and actions. I should like to see this good, easy, good-for-nothing people given a chance to live. Give them justice; give them equal rights before the law; enable them to get property and keep it, and be protected in its enjoyment; give them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, provided their happiness does not destroy mine.”
Treating blacks equally isn’t treating them better than everyone else. It isn’t putting them up on a pedestal and having the entire country revolve around their problems like our current system.