America is on the brink of collapse.
The violent protests over the murder of George Floyd have caused division in the country on an issue where virtually all American agree.
Now CNN just made things worse by promoting one insanely racist idea.
The rioting and looting in response to the death of George Floyd has accelerated the spread of an incredibly dangerous and corrosive ideology.
The idea being propagated everywhere is the neo-Marxist Howard Zinn view of America that the country is irredeemably racist.
This thinking has spawned the college discipline of critical theory, which, simply put, looks for disparities between groups and chalks up that difference to prima facie evidence of discrimination.
For example, critical gender theory would look at the “pay gap” and surmise that women are being discriminated against, not that they’re choosing to go into less lucrative professions.
For the devotee that goes one layer deeper, the next argument is that systemic discrimination has conditioned girls from a young age to be socialized into attitudes and professions that were less conducive to wealth creation.
The same goes for critical race theory.
And tragically, these ideas are catching.
New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones recently won a Pulitzer for her thoroughly debunked 1619 Project essay, which frames the founding of the country around the institution of slavery.
If these arguments sound foolishly unfalsifiable, it’s because they are, and that’s the point.
And CNN recently dedicated time to promoting this radical ideology.
CNN interviewed far-left activist Robin DiAngelo about her 2011 screed “White Fragility,” in which DiAngelo hectors fellow white people to acknowledge their white privilege.
In light of the recent protests and virtue-signaling across the country, DiAngelo’s book has discovered renewed popularity.
DiAngelo argues, “White privilege is the automatic taken-for-granted advantage bestowed upon white people as a result of living in a society based on the premise of white as the human ideal…And it doesn’t matter if you agree with it, if you want it, if you even are aware of it, it’s 24/7/365.”
This is an incredibly racist view of the world.
America has done a better job of integrating multiple races and cultures than anywhere else on the planet, and the country did it by taking the exact opposite tack of DiAngelo’s thesis.
John McWhorter, a professor at Columbia who happens to be black, summed up the hysteria of the current moment in a 2015 essay where he argued that antiracism has become a religion.
He is clearly right.
Antiracism ideology has original sin (being born white), absolution (acknowledging white privilege), and a catechism of dogma including how to promote allyship.
Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the new bizarro religion is that it’s specifically designed not to solve problems, just bully people into becoming adherents.
McWhorter wrote in his piece, “A typical presentation getting around lately is ‘11 Things White People Need to Realize About Race,’ where the purpose of the ‘acknowledgment’ is couched as ‘moving the conversation forward.’ A little vague, no? More conversation? About what? Why not actually say that the purpose is policy and legislation? Because this isn’t what is actually on the Antiracists’ mind.”
If there were actual solutions, then this cultish new religion wouldn’t exist.