Self-awareness and intellectual consistency are in short supply among the American Left, as our next item for your amusement perfectly illustrates.
Huffington Post “Black Voices” columnist Taryn Finley reports on the recent trend of signs bearing the message “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE” popping up on college campuses and streets across the country.
— Kathleen A. Hinojosa (@kathleehinojosa) November 1, 2017
The idea was apparently first proposed and caught traction on the message board 4chan, with one user suggesting that people use Halloween as an opportunity to post the messages all over the place anonymously.
The post said that the signs will gain media attention and “normies” ― what white supremacists refer to white Americans as ― will realize journalists and leftists “hate white people,” leading them to “turn on them.” The anonymous user wrote that it would be a “massive victory for the right in the culture war” by killing media outlets’ credibility and producing more of “our guys.”
White supremacists are the only people who label themselves as normal as opposed to their allegedly fringe or strange opponents? News to me, but okay…
Renay Johnson, Montgomery Blair’s principal, said that the school is investigating the signs in a letter sent home to students’ families. She added in the letter the school’s community was “smart, diverse and inclusive” and that it would not “fall victim to attempts to divide us,” per The Washington Post […]
Concordia President William Craft said he wanted to hold a public forum to engage students around the topic. He followed up with an additional statement on the university’s Facebook.
“The affirmation of human dignity means that we are an inclusive community: there is and must be a place here for people of different ethnicities and skin colors, of different faith traditions or no faith traditions, of different nations, of different gender identities, of different political convictions,” he wrote. “In that sense, it is indeed okay to be white—and to be black, to be brown, to be Christian, to be Muslim, to be straight, to be gay, to be conservative, to be liberal, and so on. We are stronger for this diversity of identities.”
He continued, “At the same time, we recognize that the poster message speaks in its silence as well as in its words…. It speaks in the silence of not acknowledging that it is all too often not ‘okay’ to be other than white. To be other than white is all too often to be subjected to discrimination, lack of opportunity, and even the threat and reality of violence.”
This is just too rich…and more than a little ironic.
“It’s okay to be white” is a simple statement of an obvious truth that nobody would deem controversial in isolation. Its supposed divisiveness and insensitivity come entirely from context, the reader projecting onto it his or her own assumptions that it somehow means it’s not okay to be non-white or whatever.
If what I just said seems familiar, that’s because it’s the exact defense these same liberals deployed in defense of “Black Lives Matter,” another slogan that was objectively true in isolation. Of course the problem with that was that it’s a strawman; nobody in America argues that black lives don’t matter. A great many folks on the Left most certainly do, however, contend that the simple state of being white is an unfair advantage for which someone should feel guilty.
Hypocrisy, thy name is leftist.