What do you call a white person who accuses all black people of being criminals? A racist. What do you call a white person who says all Indians are cheapskates? A racist. What do you call a black person who says all white people are guilty of racism? You call him George Yancy, a writer at the New York Times, a professor from Duquesne University, who has made his entire career about racism. More specifically, about keeping racism alive (those open letters won’t write themselves). You can also call him a douchebag. In Yancy’s case, both terms are interchangeable.
Yancy recently penned an open letter in the New York Times titled “Dear White America.” Before continuing on, ask yourself how the media would’ve reacted if I’d written “Dear Black America,” then proceeded to lob stereotypes, generalizations and accusations at black people. Okay? Okay.
Oh and it’s also not lost on me that, to leftists, “majorities” and “oppressors” in white men are the only ones seen as capable of racism. But let’s assume for a second that a logical person is reading this. Okay? Okay.
Before Yancy addresses these grievances all white people commit before their morning coffee, he frames his letter with a pre-emptive strike:
“But on the whole I came to see these interviews as linked by a common thread: They were messages to white America — because they often directly expressed the experience of those who live and have lived as people of color in a white-run world, and that is something no white person could ever truly know firsthand.”
Translation: “You can’t possibly question my authority because there is NO WAY you can know!” His phrasing is designed to shut down any dialogue of ideas, to change the dynamic of intellectual discussion to “I speak, you shut up. Always.” Also, if you’re white, you cannot know the suffering. Because you caused it. You cannot argue this letter, you cannot question the experiences of these black people. You’re a racist. Because you’re white. Also, you suck at hip hop. Stop it.
I know I asked you think about how a Dear Black America letter would be received, but here’s another thought to ponder: Yancy just accused an entire race of people of ignorance. His only justification is entirely based on their race. Let that one simmer on your mental back burner. Don’t leave it unattended, might cause a fire. Fires are a tool of the white patriarchy.
“I have watched my male students squirm in their seats when I’ve asked them to identify and talk about their sexism. There are few men, I suspect, who would say that they are sexists, and even fewer would admit that their sexism actually oppresses women. Certainly not publicly, as I’ve just done. No taking it back now.”
Yeah, so this is about sexism but it’s not off message. He’s assuming only men can exhibit sexist behavior. Do you think he asked women about how they oppress men?
Of course not. Yancy’s entire article asserts that racism and sexism can only go one way. Which, if you really think about it, is condescending. It assumes black people are powerless wimps who cannot exude any kind of control over their own surroundings, how they’re perceived, or the outcome of their own lives. If we follow Yancy’s black rabbit down the hole, white people have total control over everything, just by being born white. Men, same thing. Just by having a penis, men are more powerful and exert more control over women just because of the penis. Well isn’t that a bit sexist? Oh, right… he’s admitted to being a sexist. So we both got that going for us.
“Again, take a deep breath. Don’t tell me about how many black friends you have. Don’t tell me that you are married to someone of color. Don’t tell me that you voted for Obama. Don’t tell me that I’m the racist. Don’t tell me that you don’t see color. Don’t tell me that I’m blaming whites for everything. To do so is to hide yet again. You may have never used the N-word in your life, you may hate the K.K.K., but that does not mean that you don’t harbor racism and benefit from racism.”
If you chose not to read the entire open letter (because you value your sanity), this right here is the crux. Yancy’s whole piece might as well be called “DON’T TELL ME ANYTHING! I DETERMINE WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT SAY!” Regardless of problems with the substance of the piece, my problem is with the way leftists attempt to subvert the dialogue before it begins. Always. Yancy lists as many definitions of non-racism as he can, then calls you a racist for claiming you’re not a racist. There you are in your comfy chair reading the letter on your iPad, powerless to respond. We see it every day with leftists. Insults first, yelling arguments later. Not a discussion of actual ideas. No, a leftist will always call you a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, transphobe and a hater of Star Wars before any kind of discussion can begin. Like Yancy, leftists try to discredit you as horrible cis-scum simply for disagreeing with them.
Would Yancy suggest a “white only” and a “black only” country where the two could live separately, but equally, from each other? Where blacks would no longer live in this supposed debilitating, perpetual fear of whites? All evidence points to “no.” Start by looking at all our massive immigration issues, with people from all over the world wanting to live with us nasty white folk.
Here’s yet another idea to put on the back burner: Yancy has made his career from racism. He needs it. Yes, he’s a race-baiter. If racism dies, he’s out of a job. He’s incentivized to keep racism alive and well. This isn’t the first we’ve seen of this (see Fake Black Guy Shaun King Gets Mad about Teens in Black Face).
Most importantly, this open letter “Dear White America” was not in The Onion, Slate, or Salon (No, Salon.com, I Don’t Need to ‘Understand’ The Plight of Pedophiles), this is the New York Times! When people say “Eh it’s just a leftist rag, a small faction of the regressive left,” they’re wrong. Hillary Clinton could have written this drivel. Bernie Sanders could have written this (had it included a detailed gang-rape fantasy). Hell I’m not even convinced Elizabeth Warren didn’t write this. Though, to be fair, her letter would’ve contained more American Indian stereotypes. How.
Cis-ladies and cis-gentelmen, this is the mainstream Democrat party. This is mainstream liberalism. It’s the NEW YORK FREAKING TIMES! Doesn’t get any more “mainstream liberal” than that.
Watch me talk about this at great length with formal liberal, Dave Rubin below: