(Editor’s note: This is the final part of a two-part series discussing the myriad ways to “reject white privilege” – a bizarre list gaining traction on social media. Today, we feature the last five of these nonsensical suggestions.)
As you may have read in part one yesterday, people on the left have been sharing a graphic over social media that gives white people ten different ways to “reject their white privilege.” Yesterday we learned such important lessons as “listening to those who call you out on microaggressions” and remembering “never [to] invite people of color to the table for the sake of claiming diversity.”
We realize you all have become such enlightened people after reading and implementing this advice. But let’s not stop there – there is oh, so much more to learn, so we’ll pick up where we left off with number six:
- Stop lifting up non-confrontational people of color as examples of what POC activism should be.
Non-confrontational people of color? I cannot think of a single civil rights leader who was non-confrontational. My guess is that they are talking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was very much a confrontational figure. His boycotts and marches were designed to directly repudiate the injustice black people were experiencing.
It seems the left is confusing non-confrontational with non-violent.
The reality is that King’s non-violent approach was highly effective. The violent methods being advocated by other civil rights leaders were not able to change people’s minds. It was King’s philosophy of non-violence that moved the needle.
Of course, this is beside the point. If a white person is engaging in dialogue about race, they are entitled to their opinions. The left cannot expect white people not to have their views on these issues. If they believe King’s approach is more efficient, they should be able to express this belief.
- Call your friends, family and co-workers out on racism – even if a POC isn’t in the room.
This point is laughable. There have been times when I have seen white people get more upset about racism than black people. Sure, many stay silent. But people seem to forget that it wasn’t just black people who marched for civil rights; indeed, there were significant numbers of whites who marched with Martin Luther King Jr.
People on the left seem to forget that whites are not some monolithic group that espouses the same values. Many whites fought for Jim Crow. Many whites fought against it. The left neglects this fact because it does not fit into their false narrative.
- Understand that all anti-racism work doesn’t look the same and advocate accordingly.
Sure. So, all forms of anti-racism work are equally beneficial. White people should not comment when leftists engage in violent protests against perceived racism. As a matter of fact, they should support every type of anti-racism activity. After all, they are privileged, so they have no right to have an opinion, right?
- Realize that all discussions about race aren’t for you. And be okay with it.
This is yet another example of the left’s penchant for silencing any form of dissenting opinions. In a previous article, Liberty Nation noted:
By perpetuating a culture of victimhood, the left has created a highly-charged atmosphere that makes it difficult for anyone to speak about race in an honest and productive manner. If a person — especially a white person —- dares to disagree with the leftist point of view on race, they are shamed into silence. They are subject to erroneous accusations of racism. They are told that their “white privilege” prevents them from engaging in conversations on race. Then, they are told to shut up.
If racism is the issue the left says it is, then all Americans should be able to participate in the discussion. It is foolish to believe that only minorities can talk about these issues. The reality is that the left does not want to have an actual conversation on race. They just want to dictate the narrative and force everyone to go along with it.
- Recognize that you’re still racist. No matter what.
How inspiring! So even if whites do exactly what the leftist social justice warriors ask, they are still hopelessly racist. And they wonder why people don’t take them seriously.
This last point is the problem with the left’s approach to the issue of race. They simply cannot accept the fact that all whites are not racist. Ergo the need by the left for Americans to remain in a perpetual struggle against racism.
It doesn’t matter what progress we have made as a country. These people have made it clear that white folks will never be able to do enough to satisfy them. This is more dangerous than it sounds. If whites are being told they are racist, no matter what they do, why should they keep trying?
Real racism is an evil that destroys lives. It is against everything for which the United States stands. If we want to make greater strides in eliminating racism, we can’t allow the left to define the narrative because they are not interested in making real progress. Instead, we must work together to promote understanding. We must be willing to engage in conversations about the issue, even when we disagree.
Healthy dialogue is the only way we can work to achieve greater unity.
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