We are thus instructed by this hysterical tweet from Salon’s Twitter feed on March 27: “If you’re white, you’re racist and don’t realize it. http://slnm.us/PtdXyAA”. As The Daily Caller noted in picking this up, the line is so batty it appeared to have come from the Salondotcom parody Twitter feed.
But alas, it’s the real thing. The tweet links to a piece at Salon, which in turn lifted it from Alternet, another of the left-wing attics where the moonbats nest. The headline at that site was this: “Hey, Smug White People: You (Yes, You) Are a Racist, Too/Don’t imagine that being a racist is something that only happens to other people.”
The piece offers a list of claims purportedly showing that most whites are racist even if they don’t know it. The myriad unproven claims aren’t worth unpacking in detail, but consider just this one tendentious half-truth: “[B]lack students — even preschoolers — are far more likely to be suspended from school than white students. (That fact is even truer for dark-skinned black students.)”
Note here the usual left-wing tactic: Point to a disparity between officialdom’s treatment of blacks and whites, then splutter that “bias,” “hate” or “racism” explains the disparity. Don’t mention the obvious: Blacks are suspended from school more often than whites because blacks cause more trouble.
Here, then, is the lesson we are supposed to get:
Racism is comfortable and easy; it helps us make quick, baseless decisions without the taxing act of thinking. The next time you catch yourself having a racist thought or feeling, try not brushing it off. Ask yourself where it came from, what it means and how you can unpack it. Because if the evidence above suggests anything, it’s that critical self-examination is our only hope of moving the needle at all on this thing. Stop imagining that being racist is something that only other people do, and start looking closely at your own beliefs.