The above is Reddit’s new policy. It is one more example of unthinking and unethical “answers” to systemic racism.
On June 17, in this post, I concluded with a proposed answer to my Question 13, “What is the “systemic reform regarding race in America” that the George Floyd protests purport to be seeking?” That answer:
…special accommodations and benefits for African Americans in all things. Affirmative action in employment, promotions, salaries and school admissions; preference in grading, contracting and hiring; elimination of any standards that African Americans continue to lag in meeting. Reparations, of course; race-based leniency in law-enforcement and sentencing; plus culture wide discrimination in favor of blacks and against whites in all things, all instituted by the intimidation, punishment and “cancelling” of anyone who dissents.
The accuracy of my prognostication has become apparent within a little more than two weeks. As Jeff Goldlum says ruefully in “Jurassic Park” as the T-Rex escapes,
Though the text of the “What We Believe” section of the Black Lives Matter site is so expansively vague and utopian that it could, literally, mean anything, in the rush to satisfy the explicit and implicit threats levied by spokespersons for the “movement” and the reality of the mobs, the woke, the cowardly, the terrified and the foolish have laid the following at the feet of the champions of “systemic race reform”
- Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced plans to “correct inequalities in healthcare coverage in the state” by expanding health care coverage to every black Kentuckian. Of course, state benefits distributed on the basis of race are per se unconstitutional, but his announcement was widely praised.
This was among the priorities he priorities he said all Kentuckians should support on moral grounds as part of his responce to the fatal shooting of a black woman during a botched house search by Louisville police, though there was and is no evidence that the accident was triggered by race or racism.
- Students at the University of Washington and elsewhere demanded that professors to grade black students’ finals with more leniency. Students started a petition on Change.org that asks for professors to “give Black students a break!”
Over 60, 000 have signed the petition. Such a policy, which some professors have implemented, endorses openly race-based grading.
- Following through on The University of California Board of Regents vote to restore affirmative action to the admissions process, though granting preferential treatment to applicants based on their race or gender in public education or employment has been outlawed in California since 1996, the California legislature has voted to strike these words from the state constitution: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.”
The debate made it clear that the intent of the amendment is to permit discrimination on the basis of race and color. It is in open defiance of basic civil rights and equal protection under the law.
UPDATE: This is as good as a place to mention his as anywhere. Don Lemon, CNN’s second dimmest anchor, recommended that it would be salutary to add Barack Obama, “front and center,” to Mt. Rushmore. The justification would be that he’s black.
- Nikole Hannah-Jones, the avowed Marxist who was allowed to inflict her false history “1619” project on Times readers, schools and the nation, as given a platform again (in the Times Magazine) to call for reparations. Five days later, last Sunday, the paper itself devoted a its opinion section to “The Economy We Need” (“The America We Need” online) a series of articles by Leftist members of the Times Op-Ed staff and academics advocating reparations for African Americans, usually while not using those words. The section was headlined throughout in inch-high red block letters.
Among the most prominent articles: “Banks Should Face History and Cancel Black Debt Now.
- In one of the more mindless examples of the “reform systemic racism” logic, the mandatory face mask directive issued by Lincoln County, Oregon, exempts ““People of color who have heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment due to wearing face coverings in public.”
This is clever (or stupid) because one of the Kentucky governor’s arguments for special health care support for black Kentuckians is that the black community has suffered proportionally more Wuhan virus deaths than other groups.
- At Princeton, a group of more than 400 Princeton faculty members signed a letter to the college’s president and other leaders on the subject of “anti-black racism”—you know, because anti-white racism is just fine, presumably. The intent of the demands is to purge all non-conforming thought regarding race from the campus:
Constitute a committee composed entirely of faculty that would oversee the investigation and discipline of racist behaviors, incidents, research, and publication on the part of faculty, following a protocol for grievance and appeal to be spelled out in Rules and Procedures of the Faculty. Guidelines on what counts as racist behavior, incidents, research, and publication will be authored by a faculty committee for incorporation into the same set of rules and procedures.
As with most of these proposed measures, the assumption is that basic liberties, including academic freedom, must be sacrificed in the pursuit of “systemic racism reform.”
- The nationwide movement to make pot as easy to get, or easier, than liquor, our current legal destroyer of lives and families. is being promoted as a social justice measure, since marijuana use is epidemic in black communities, and so are arrests. Of course, drug abuse, including pot, harms lower income individual and communities far in excess of their impact on more affluent groups. This, however, is the strategy to address “mass incarceration”: stop arresting, convicting and imprisoning African Americans who break the law, either by ignoring, legalizing or not punishing them the non-violent crimes especially rampant in the black community.
- Finally, proliferating rules, policies and proposals to make race a priority in filling jobs, board positions and more. The Oscars announced that racial considerations will determine eligibility for awards, thus making the statement that color trumps artistic excellence. Publishers have declared that the color of authors will determine publishing decisions; literary organizations have been ordered to employ color as a factor in deciding what poems and works of literature are worthy of honors.
Joe Biden is limited to black candidates for his Vice President, though the pool is depressingly thin, especially since he also committed to selecting a woman.
There is much more I could mention, and more is sure to come. The tragedy is that the “answer to Question 13” being embraced is no answer at all. More inequality, bias and prejudice won’t solve the problem, it is guaranteed to make matters worse. Most of the proposals aim at eliminating any sense of accountability or personal responsibility among African Americans, while officially designating them of incapable of competing and achieving without perpetual assistance.
The “answer” will make the African American community simultaneously a supreme race and a perpetually supplicant one.