Squires: Black media obsessed with white coverage slanders Condoleezza Rice for believing in blacks
Condoleezza Rice is the leader America needs right now to guide us through our current obsession with race.
The former secretary of state appeared on “The View” last week, where she discussed everything from Jan.6 to parents demanding a bigger role in what their children learn in school.
The reaction to his comments on Critical Race Theory, however, reveals one of the biggest issues with many people and outlets claiming to speak to and for blacks. They confused being for blacks and being against whites.
Rice pointed out two issues interconnected with our current conversations about race. The first is that white people feel guilty about everything that has happened in the past. The second is that black people feel helpless because of their skin color.
She came up with an alternative that was short and clear and resonated with millions of people who saw her online. She said black children should feel empowered and beautiful in their dark, and suggested it can be done without white children feeling bad about being white.
His words seemed to me well founded and wise. The same cannot be said of the main black media organizations.
Le Grio issued an advisory from Touré Neblett that Rice – who grew up in isolated Alabama – was a “foot soldier for white supremacy.” He argued that white children and adults “should absolutely feel bad about the atrocities committed by white Americans. They should feel guilty ”.
Michael Harriot of The Root wrote a column titled “Maybe White People Should Feel Bad”. His argument was that many racial disparities still exist in America and that whites will only work to change this reality when they are faced with these realities and feel uncomfortable about them.
Black News Channel posted a video on YouTube in which “Start Your Day” host Sharon Reed said black children are born and “they are inherently ashamed of this country and the way it treats black people. “. She went on to explain in more detail that white children felt ashamed because our national history would balance them out and give them perspective and empathy.
These three responses show how social movements can be transferred when the focus shifts from issues to people. We have gone from wanting to rid society of racism and sexism to an attack on whiteness and masculinity in a very short time.
What makes this so harmful is the reality that no amount of making white children feel bad about the actions of people like them is going to improve the academic performance of black students. This is one of the reasons parents of all ethnicities so forcefully reject schools that teach children that black people are perpetually oppressed victims of white oppressors.
Seeing the world this way doesn’t help anyone. It’s easy to predict the effect it will have on black children based on the impact it has had on the most influential black thinkers in this country.
Whites have become the center of the black liberal orbit. Their beliefs, behaviors and values are treated as more than those of blacks ourselves.
This is why Michael Harriot’s long list of racial disparities included white views on the Civil War and the 2020 election, but not a single mention that more than 70% of black children are born to parents who are not. married.
It is not an anomaly.
Harriot presents himself as a “wypipologist”, a concise way of saying that he is an expert on whites. He certainly seems to have a lot of experience in the field and has published several groundbreaking articles such as “The 5 Kinds of ‘Becky”, “The 6 Kinds of Karens” and “10 Ways Good White People Can Help America. black (If ‘good whites’ exist). ”As someone who has written for Root in the past, I have to admit that I am disappointed with what has become of him.
I don’t understand how an online magazine aimed at black people spends so much time focusing and talking about whites. Like the Democrats who claim to hate President Trump but keep talking about him, the Root and other black media have made criticism of whites a central part of their existence. This obsession is a clear sign that the pro-black activist is often a cover for an underlying white superiority complex.
This is why black conservatives who advocate free will and self-sufficiency are attacked so quickly. Their policy recommendations on school choice and cultural prescriptions on marriage and children may be effective, but from the left’s perspective, they are not doing enough to dismantle racist systems of oppression.
I would like to know if black experts and commentators who believe that guilt should be passed on based on skin color are ready to apply these principles at all levels. If so, they have much to complain about, because today the homicide rate among blacks is seven times higher than among whites.
Black men make up the vast majority of murder victims in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis, and many other major cities. For some reason, the black ruling class does not focus on these disparities with the same laser-like focus that is given to any incident it can link to running. For black liberals, racist white cops and crass middle-aged “Karens” deserve national attention, but dead black schoolchildren are a local problem at best.
To make matters worse, some of these same people provide intellectual cover for a hip-hop culture that has glorified and commodified the death of black men for over 30 years. Hip-hop advocates respond to these criticisms by claiming that decades of violent lyrics and music videos don’t influence behavior, but apparently an hour of Dave Chappelle’s jokes will lead directly to violence against transgender people.
Condoleezza Rice grew up in the segregated South and lost a childhood friend in the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. His life is a testament to what good parents can do to prepare a child for future success, even in a culture that treats them with contempt and hostility. She doesn’t need a lesson in American history from people who think the country is no different in 2021 than it was in 1961. Her clarity on race issues is exactly what it is. that this country needs right now. We cannot change the actions of those who have come before us, but we can recognize our common humanity and strive to never allow skin color – or any other steadfast trait – to be used by selfish interests to divide the country. .
Making whites feel bad about American history doesn’t help black people. There are no shortcuts to progress. In fact, the book deals and real estate properties BLM bought on the backs of dead black men are proof of how easily black activists take advantage of white guilt for their political advantage and financial gain. This symbiotic relationship between whites in the grip of generational guilt and blacks who equate brown skin with oppression has contributed to everything from spikes in homicides in major American cities to the breakdown of public schools. Condoleezza Rice realizes that it takes more energy and skills to build and sustain a country than to destroy one. We should too.