Because I’d like to nominate this one.
Where to even start?
A) Duh. Yes. If I kidnap you and torture you for hours while loudly going on about how much I hate people of your race, chances are my motives are racist. Next case.
B) (and this frankly infuriates me) Except that it’s not obvious at all, is it? Not to the people who have actually made themselves responsible for spreading the propaganda that guides American attitudes and assumptions, and who have said for decades that only white people are capable of racism. By this reasoning, when a black person harms a white person because the victim is white, that’s not racism. That’s racial justice.
C) Anyway who cares if it was racist? These people kidnapped a helpless person, then tortured that person while publishing the video of the act. We’re done here – the only controversy should be over whether they’re dead when we bury them. What part of “that’s completely barbaric and utterly, absolutely unacceptable” is difficult to understand? You want more of this sort of thing? Because making excuses for people who behave this way is how you get more of this sort of thing.
The rest of this article is as stupid as its headline, just longer.
In calling the kidnapping and assault racism, we’re staking claim to moral language — and uniquely powerful moral language — to which white people can’t easily lay claim, even in cases like the one in Chicago, which seems to qualify for the most vehement reproach available.
And it’s why, I suspect, the folks of color I talked to seemed so visibly uncomfortable. Calling what happened in Chicago racism seems to cede at least some of that moral authority to the many [white] people who we suspect are engaging in conversations about race and racism in bad faith…
I thought the folks at National Propaganda Radio were supposed to be smarter than the rest of us? That was how they got their jobs of telling us what to believe, right? By passing some “smarter than the proles” test? I think they should be required to re-take the test.
I’m from Detroit. The first part of my childhood was spent in a segregated whites-only neighborhood, and that was wrong. Making all judgments of moral authority a segregated blacks-only neighborhood is at least that wrong, and it wearies me. I seldom choose to discuss any matter that involves race, but this is just stupid. And immoral. And wrong.