There comes a point where even the most left-leaning person should recognize that a given statement is genuinely racist (the operative word being should). That point has come, and it is time to separate the wheat from the chaff, to show who is really advocating for equal validation of all races, and who is advocating for supremacy of one over the other.
Yusra Khogali is the co-founder of the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter, and she has a rather lengthy history of rather inflammatory and derogatory language directed at white Americans. It has gotten to the point where some on the Left are calling her out, saying that she needs to step down.
As the co-founder of the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter, Khogali is used to being an outspoken leader for a movement that has seen more publicity than nearly any other activist group in North America over the past two years. She has been at the forefront of nearly every racialized controversy in Toronto and is one of the most visible members of the organization.
And now, respectfully, it is time for her to resign.
Now, normally my white skin would admittedly preclude me from even suggesting that a black activist should hang up the megaphone, but Khogali has made a habit of directing violent, hateful language towards people with white skin, so much so that I feel comfortable calling her out. She once mused that just by having white skin, white people are sub-human. She tried to qualify that statement by saying white people did not have a high amount of melanin, which prevents them from absorbing light, and with it a sense of moral clarity.
Now, maybe if this was her only controversial statement all could be forgiven, but this is a pattern of hate that can’t be ignored any longer. In April 2016 Khogali tweeted “Plz Allah give me strength to not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz Plz Plz.”
— Jerry Agar (@jerryagar1010) April 5, 2016
Notice one sentence that he wrote, in that second to last quoted paragraph, where he mentioned that she claimed whites are subhuman. That is where we are right now. There are higher ups in the BLM movement who claim that the black race is literally superior to the white race, no question about it.
Here a social media post in its totality, where she touts an incredibly derogatory and racist tirade against white people, courtesy of the Toronto Sun.
Who is going to say that this is not inherently, blatantly, and completely racist?
Who has the gall and audacity and ability to live in denial to such a degree that this kind of hatred is not classified as a racial supremacy complex?
I don’t care who you are. I don’t care what you think or say or do. THIS is racist, and just because I’m a white male does not make that fact any less true. Simply because I am the humble correspondent bringing this hatred to your attention does not mean that the words touted are not racist in nature.
If you are going to deny that such ideas are racist, there’s really not much more that anyone could say to you. After all, the definition of racism, according to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary:
1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
a : a doctrine or political program based on the assumption of racism and designed to execute its principles
b : a political or social system founded on racism
3 : racial prejudice or discrimination
Is that not the epitome of what Khogali posted? To anyone with a rational mind, and a properly functioning conscience, this is simply the inverse of what was done to black Americans in decades and centuries past. Racism to combat racism.
However, simply because such msitreatment has taken place in the past does not mean that future mistreatment is the answer. Such an approach will only undo the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and his contemporaries.
Do we really want to go back to an era where people were judged on the color of their skin, and not on their character?
For some, apparently the answer is a clear and resounding YES.