Tuesday, April 6, 2021 : By Virgil Walker
There was a time in our nation’s past when black people were described as lazy, ignorant, and child-like. Most would attribute descriptions like these to the dehumanizing epithets of slavery in the antebellum south. Some might connect the historical dots to the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in 1915 and the movie Birth of a Nation. Still, others would point to segregation and Jim Crow laws. Unfortunately, the past is being revisited.
These overt expressions of white superiority have found new acceptance in a contemporary yet subtle form of white supremacy: Critical Race Theory (CRT). This new expression of white supremacy still holds its patronizing presupposition of black inferiority. Today, however, claiming to be progressive, CRT expresses outrage while still validating the same ideas held by the white supremacists of old.
Last week, as Georgia passed a voting bill titled the Election Integrity Act of 2021, President Biden called the law the “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.” This, from the man who said, “…if you have a problem deciding whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” Biden articulates a prevalent belief that black Americans are a monolith who cannot think for themselves. During the campaign against Mitt Romney, Biden told a black audience that the GOP planned to “put y’all back in chains.” Reminding black people of the historical legacy of slavery is one of the oldest supremacist tricks in the arsenal. Those who use this kind of rhetoric hold to the racist idea that blacks are child-like and ignorant, unable to determine what is in their own best interest.
These ideas are not unique to the political realm; they currently permeate all of culture. Those advocating for social justice, CRT, and Black Lives Matter promote a new brand of white supremacy. The old brand of supremacy said, “Being white is supreme.” The new brand of supremacy says, “Whiteness is still supreme.” According to social justicians, every inequity results from the omnipotent white man and his omnipresent systemic racism. At some point, you have to ask, “Is the white man God?” In the BLM, CRT, and social justice worlds, the answer is, “Of course he is.”
Can’t lose weight? You know why. It’s white systemic racism. So you can’t pass a math test at school? You know why. It’s white systemic racism. Are you underemployed or unemployed? You know why. It’s white systemic racism. Are you experiencing poor health outcomes during the COVID pandemic? You know why. It’s white systemic racism. Everything from green energy to good food, if it negatively impacts blacks or people of color, it’s due to white systemic racism.
As this worldview makes its way through culture, it’s destroying everything in its path. One of the fundamental building blocks of advancing culture is shared values. This is the understanding that each of us values “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” As a culture, we understand that even as flawed human beings, “all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”
Social justicians hold a worldview that is detrimental to those they claim to be helping. No one is ever supported by consistently being sold victimhood. This ideology creates long-term dependency as others are blamed for the shortcomings resulting from one’s own poor decisions. This is a formula for the destruction of people of color, and it must be abandoned.