Beware mob rule of the new racism

Beware mob rule of the new racism, by Janet Albrechtsen.

Black racism is creeping on to university campuses in the US and into the broader American culture. And if it’s happening there, it can happen here. …

Last month in the US, a panel discussion at Rutgers University about identity politics as a new form of racialism was subjected to the now familiar disruption: chanting, screaming and ranting from students who came not to listen but to shout down those who today hold views that are treated as confronting, offensive or, crazier still, a form of violence.

Members of the audience shouted down one speaker in particular at the event, … Kmele Foster. … Foster is black …

Foster pointed out that proponents of race-based identity politics have a few things in common with white supremacists. He said few in the audience would wish to hear from Richard Spencer — a white nationalist who speaks of race as a source of pride and division — because we recognise that it is backward to talk about race in that way. Yet black activists make the same claims about their race and fail to recognise how similarly retrograde their ideas are. “What’s retrograde is not the embrace of whiteness,” Foster said. “It is the embrace of race.” …

Race-based identity politics, premised on the belief that political views are dictated by skin colour, delivers a trifecta of poor outcomes for black people. It’s a travesty that those who historically had power stripped from them for being black are stripping free will and the power to think for oneself from other blacks. And screaming down debate shuts out the search for facts, making meaningful change on genuine issues of racial discrimination or law and order less likely. …

Assistant professor Lucia Martinez Valdivia, who describes herself as mixed race and queer, … said: “I am scared to teach courses on race, gender or sexuality or even texts that bring these issues up in any way … I’m at a loss as to how to begin to address it, especially since many of these students don’t believe in historicity or objective facts (they denounce the latter as being a tool of the white cisheteropatriarchy).”

So there. The gimmedats have an answer for everything.

hat-tip Stephen Neil