Racism is not right or wrong, its politics.

I am not naive. I know what racism is. Its whites-only water fountains and crosses burning in your front lawn and lynchings and dogs attacking voters and Bloody Sundays. It can be clearly defined and examples labeled beyond argument by all who see it; no matter their political affiliation.

Today’s racism is fluid. Some mean well when they use the term – ‘Racist,” in order to fix a wrong whereas others use it to advance some nefarious agenda; most likely the attainment of political influence.

I detest the racism of today more than the racism of my parent’s day and earlier. Why? In the era of Jim Crow, the perpetrators were more honest with their evil. They displayed their hate proudly and spoke plainly about it. Racism now is wrapped in political ideology; not basic morality. I hate that.

Today we have laws and government agencies penalizing racist behaviors and a widely accepted public opinion says the worst thing you could be called is – a racist.

We marched to overcome (blacks and whites) and in a very real way, we overcame. Yet, some will not allow progress to proceed because there is too much money to made and political power to gain to ever let racism go.

One cannot legislate racial harmony anymore than what can regulate a person’s heart not to hate. There will always be ignorant people. It is important to note however, when racism stops being a profit center then (and only then), will things change in the perception of mainstream society. Until that day, people will be people and there will always be a reason to hate (ignorance, money or political power). So don’t expect racism to end anytime soon, if ever. Sigh.

Today, I focused on articles that touched on racism in some way. I might turn this into a weekly report at the rate these type of stories appear in my newsfeeds. What do you think, should I? Okay, enough of that. Here is my rant for the day.

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I have not read this book yet, I suspect this review is accurate based on Diangelo’s previous work.

Obama reveals ‘white resistance’ stopped him from pushing for reparations. Here’s a quote from the tweet below.

“What I saw during my presidency was the politics of white resistance and resentment, the talk of welfare queens and the talk of the undeserving poor and the backlash against affirmative action,” the 59-year-old continued. “All that made the prospect of actually proposing any kind of coherent, meaningful reparations program struck me as, politically, not only a non-starter but potentially counter-productive.”

Christopher F. Rufo might be my new hero based on his challenge to the NY Times. I hope they take him up on it. I would be there with popcorn.

I like it when people stand up. > Smith College staffer resigns over ‘hostile atmosphere’ involving race theory

Jodi Shaw, a white and now-former employee at Smith College, described herself as a “life-long liberal” who was forced to “participate in racially prejudicial behavior as a condition” of her employment, according to a video she posted online in October.

“I ask that Smith College stop reducing my personhood to a racial category. Stop telling me what I must think and feel about myself,” Shaw said. “Stop presuming to know who I am or what my culture is based upon my skin color. Stop asking me to project stereotypes and assumptions onto others based on their skin color.”

Shaw described the method of conflict resolution at the school as watching “my colleagues manage student conflict through the lens of race, projecting rigid assumptions and stereotypes on students, thereby reducing them to the color of their skin.”

I posted Jodi Shaw’s viral video in an earlier post. Here it is again as a reminder.

Did you know Dr. Seuss was racist? Me either. Here’s a quote from FOX News.

“Realizing that many schools continue to celebrate ‘Read Across America Day’ in partial recognition of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it is important for us to be cognizant of research that may challenge our practice in this regard,” Loudoun County Schools said in an announcement reported by the Daily Wire.

“As we become more culturally responsive and racially conscious, all building leaders should know that in recent years there has been research revealing radical undertones in the books written and the illustrations drawn by Dr. Seuss,” the school district continued.

Further down the article it reads:

Learning for Justice cited a study by St. Catherine University that claimed Dr. Seuss’s books are covered with “orientalism, anti-Blackness and White supremacy” in a magazine article they released. The group also claimed that the characters who were not White in the books were “subservient” to White characters.

Bill Maher and Megyn Kelly Argue White People Are Being Targeted. Here’s a quote from a rather snarky writer:

Then, they got down to the real reason Maher invited Kelly onto the program: her recent decision to pull her kids from New York City private school, citing how the “leftist” school was teaching her children critical race theory at too young an age. Kelly has been shouting from the rooftops about this school situation in an apparent effort to draw attention to her new podcast.

“You took your kids out of the school in New York, and I’ve been hearing—anecdotally—very much the same thing from many parents,” said Maher, who surely hangs out with a bunch of New York parents. “Just tell us why, basically, you did this.”

“We were in the New York City private school system,” explained Kelly, “and they were definitely leftist, we’re more center-right, and that’s fine… then they started taking a really hard turn toward social justice stuff.”

Kelly described how the school entered her third grade son into what she called “an experimental trans education program on these 8- and 9-year-old boys. And it wasn’t about support. We felt it was about trying to convince them, like, ‘Come on over!’”

An occasion of acceptable racism…

I debated whether or not this next quote was an issue of race or leftist hypocrisy. I decided to post it as an instance of acceptable racism because it benefits the left. I will not make mention of the ethnic identity of the people in the video clip who both defended Governor Northam’s past antics.

CBS Regrets ‘Big Time’ Cancel Culture… When It Impacts Democrats. Here’s a quote:

CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King and liberal author Michael Eric Dyson on Monday lamented the “big time” rise of cancel culture sweeping the media. But the big example they mentioned was Virginia’s Democratic Governor, Ralph Northam. Northam, as many will remember, wore blackface and a KKK costumein decades past. 

Dyson began with a statement that most Americans would agree with: “I don’t think the result and the answer is for us to go around willy-nilly, arbitrarily canceling other people.” But rather than mention someone like fired Mandalorian actress Gina Carano, the CBS guest launched into a defense of a liberal governor: 

Ralph Northam is the governor of Virginia. When he was a medical student 20 some odd years ago he dressed in black face. Was it wrong? Of course. Was it ridiculous? Yes. Was it nefarious in instances? But my point was don’t cancel him out.

Another example of leftist double standards

The following tweet is from Daniella Byck, a so-called “anti-racist” journalist and editor at the influential Washingtonian magazine. Source: The National Pulse

The Gateway Pundit reported, “Ivy League University Offers Rock Climbing Class — No White Students Allowed

Cornell University was offering a racially-segregated rock climbing class for their students physical education — but no white students allowed.

The physical education class, “BIPOC Rock Climbing,” was originally slated to be restricted to “people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or other people of color.”

After Campus Reform reached out the university for comment about the discrimination, the course description was edited to state that the class is “designed to enable Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or other people of color underrepresented in the sport of rock climbing to learn the sport and to feel included and supported.”

This headline from The Daily Wire made me raise both eyebrows when I read it: “Boston Public Schools Will Suspend Advanced Classes Because Too Many Students In Them Are White Or Asian

GBH News reported that the selective program, called Advanced Work Classes, will suspend enrollment in part because of the pandemic but also because of “concerns about equity.”

The school district analyzed the demographics of the program and found that “more than 70 percent of students enrolled in the program were white and Asian, even though nearly 80 percent of all Boston public school students are Hispanic and Black,” GBH reported.

“There’s been a lot of inequities that have been brought to the light in the pandemic that we have to address,” Superintendent Brenda Cassellius told the outlet. “There’s a lot of work we have to do in the district to be antiracist and have policies where all of our students have a fair shot at an equitable and excellent education.”

And this bit of anti-semitism from NBC was reported on by the NY Post.

And finally this…

Amazon did this during Black History Month. Is it racist? No. I think its purely political. The timing is ironic though.

This from The Federalist:

Amazon appeared to drop the PBS title, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” while still promoting a wide array of feature films under the category of Black History Month such as “All In: The Fight For Democracy,” with Stacey Abrams and two movies on Anita Hill, Thomas’ accuser of sexual misconduct who attempted to derail his confirmation. All come free to stream with a Prime membership.

The Thomas documentary released in January last year remains available to purchase on DVD. A simple search for “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” comes up short for the title however. To find it, users must include “DVD” in the search box, and the documentary will come up as the 10th result. A search for “RBG” on the other hand, will bring three documentaries on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s documentary to the top after promoting a sponsored post of her biography, “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

Amazon did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s request for comment.

Hmm… Why would Amazon do this? Could it be because it made President Joe Biden look bad? A few articles suggest that. Here are a few.

No matter. Cancelling the video sparked a DVD sales frenzy in protest. So, maybe more people saw it than Amazon hoped? #justice

That’s it for today. More outrage tomorrow.

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