Racism: The Last Refuge of Us All? by David Cole.
Race is what you cling to when you have no meaningful achievements of your own to display. It’s a safe space for the unaccomplished. That’s why there’s been such an explosion of racism on the left, especially among some of its less successful demographic groups. When you have nothing to offer, or when you just don’t want to make the effort to be successful or productive, well … at least you have your skin.
And the left has proved to be expert at making everything about skin. With so many layabouts, welfare cases, entitlement whores, and blame shifters among the masses, leftist intellectuals in politics, the media, and academia gain lots of traction by continually reassuring certain constituencies, “Hey, man, your skin color makes you special! Your skin color makes you deserving!” …
Everything white is racist, according to the left:
Just last week here in L.A., a prominent bicycle-rights advocate who was running for city council crashed and burned (metaphorically) when the left declared bike lanes to be racist. And not just bike lanes, but also the enforcement of safe driving laws that protect cyclists.
In other words, the two things that bicycle activists hold dearest — bike lanes and safe driving awareness — are now racist. The arguments? Safe driving enforcement will lead to “racial profiling,” because apparently nonwhites are such shit drivers that any attempt to keep bikers safe will by necessity lead to drivers of color being locked up (at least that’s the reason suggested by L.A.’s favorite Stalinist weekly).
And bike lanes? Why are they racist? Simple, stupid. Bike lanes lead to white people entering black communities in a manner in which blacks are forced to see them. No, I’m not kidding. That’s the new big thing out here. Blacks don’t want to see whites in their neighborhoods, showing off their ofay devil skin and scaring the chillun. No joke. Two months ago, a black entertainment-industry insurer who lives in Leimert Park, a traditionally black L.A. neighborhood, organized a Saturday-morning jogging club made up of his friends and colleagues, most of whom are white. The fact that a bunch of white devils thought they could jog through a black neighborhood set off such a massive firestorm of protest, it became Metro section front-page news in the L.A. Times. …
So of course bike lanes are racist, because only white people use them. A piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette outright stated it: Cyclists are white, so spending city money to create bike lanes to keep them safe is racist. …
Jogging, jogging paths, cycling, bike lanes, not running over cyclists, hiking, the ethical treatment of animals, food appreciation, veganism, health food, herbal tea, nutritional guidelines, vitamins for health, solar power, legalized weed. All racist, because they’re the product of white culture and “privilege.” See the problem, though? These are all things that white folks (especially those left-of-center) generally do like. These are things that many (perhaps most) white people associate with good. This is a dangerous strategy for the left to pursue, associating racist with good in the minds of young whites.
Worse, while accusing whites of being racist for doing things that are seen as healthy and positive, many people of color are exhibiting genuine racism — exclusion, segregation, and words of hatred and bigotry.
Forcing a defensive racial pride on whites?
The end result of the left’s self-defeating strategy is that more and more whites will be practically forced to adopt a kind of defensive racial pride, the kind that goes, “I’m not saying I’m better on account of my skin color, I’m just saying I’m not bad because of it.” There’s a beautiful irony here. A century ago, black Americans were the ones forced by aggressive white racism to adopt exactly that kind of defensive racial pride. And now the roles have been reversed, and even here in ultraleftist L.A., I’ve recently seen five of my young white liberal friends pushed rightward after being verbally abused online or in person for being white.
In one case, an early-20s blond actress friend was chewed out when she left a slow-moving line at Walmart to move to a shorter one. The black woman who had been in front of her in the first line accused her of racism. “You left this line because you can’t stand being near black people, you racist white bitch,” the woman screamed as the cashiers allowed the rant to continue. Later on, my friend admitted to me, “I guess for the first time I see why some people voted for Trump.” …
There’s a reason that 90% of the stories that go viral on social media deal with race or other “identity” issues. That’s what resonates with us now that the political has truly become personal.