And now, a stunning headline from “The Hill”:
Adidas pulls all-white sneaker created for Black History Month after Twitter backlash
Such an event, and such a headline, could only exist if the following were true:
1. U.S. culture has become obsessed with group identification and contrived racial grievances to an unhealthy, corrosive, dangerous degree.
2. There are no longer known or coherent standards for what constitutes offensive conduct regarding race. The standards are literally whatever a social justice warrior with an agenda, a race-grievance activist, or a politician seeking societal division for career advancement claims is racially offensive at any given moment.
3. No attempt at race-baiting aimed at whites is too ludicrous to be taken seriously, and the fact that the color-reversed version would be regarded as outrageous is no deterrent.
4. Corporations and other institutions run by (spineless and venal) bureaucracies are incapable of acting in a responsible, courageous manner when threatened by any criticism relating to race, no matter how contrived. As a result, they undermine cultural values by reinforcing false and damaging standards in high profile episodes.
5.Social media gives disproportionate power to mobs of anonymous, extreme, often unhinged and substantially ignorant people who do not represent the attitudes of the public as a whole but who wield unearned and dangerous influence simply because they can publish their ill-formed opinions and have nothing better to do with their abundant time and meager talents than to do so.
For the record, there is nothing whatsoever racist, insensitive, unethical or inappropriate about a shoe company featuring an all-white sneaker during Black History Month.
Trust me on this.
The more complex issue of whether a pluralistic, democratic nation like the United States, that is dedicated to equality and individual enterprise based on character and achievement should have any special celebrations based on race, gender or ethnicity i will leave for another time.