Fascinating piece up at 19th Ward about what some people of the Caucasian persuasion are doing to themselves over a leftist narrative
Purely out of curiosity, I attended a series of local library seminars dealing with racism, entitled “Conversations in a Brave Space,” held in cooperation with the local League of Women Voters and a local university. The topical sessions dealt variously with bias, oppression, privilege, and most recently, Black Lives Matter. The content was unsurprising, as was the makeup of the attendees — white and comfortable, reflecting the town itself. What was striking was the level of guilt among these participants.
Conversations in a Brave Space? What Liberal do-gooder thought up that idiotic term? Surely on a “woke” person could confer such a title for such a needless exercise
The hand-wringing was palpable. The confessions were effusive. The apologies were abject. These were people burdened with white privilege, and they despair over what to do about it.
I do understand their predicament. It is impossible for them now to adopt an ascetic life and devote their passions to working remedies full-time, on the streets, within their affected communities. Yet they resent what they possess because, in their view, they possess it unjustly — they “didn’t build that” as Obama said.
It should be obvious that these folks have been bamboozled by leftist, and deeply racist rhetoric of “White Privilege” which is part of the “America has been bad for 400 years” nonsense. A central part of that nonsense is that White skin equals privilege. This privilege is actually racism, so, no matter what a White person does, feels, or conducts themselves they are inherently and hopelessly racist. The only absolution offered to these “privileged White folks is to give support and money, mainly money, and of course power to groups like Black Lives Matter.
These White people are also indoctrinated to accept that America, is also deeply racist, and, in fact can never be redeemed, so, it must be “cleansed” of its inherent sins. The redemption? It can ONLY be achieved through the destruction of America’s heritage, heroes, history, border, language, traditions, and of course capitalism. The resulting Marxist Utopia will cure America, which, of course can not be named America because, well I think we get it by now. Dave sums it up
They assert that since racial oppression still exists and can no longer be attributed to individual actions, then the institutions and invisible cultural influences must be the new source of racism. No one is racist, but the collective is racist. Contradictions and delusions such as these are far from clear thinking.
These individuals are also predisposed to intolerance toward those who do not share their guilt. Guilt of this kind self-confers an amount of self-righteousness, the epitome of “wokeness” underlying a fierce, indignant rejection of opposing views. It can have an ugly side. Politeness vanishes in the face of contrary views. It was clear, for example, that “blue lives matter” would not be a welcome statement in these forums. “Conversations” are ended by such “racist” thinking. Brave minds are closed to “hate speech.”
Go read it all, it is lengthy, but so worth it