What are primary examples of systemic racism? Lately, a wealth of voices have confirmed its existence, yet we seem a bit shy where specifics are concerned.
And if you can’t point to exact problems, how can you fix them?
Conservative author and economist Thomas Sowell has an idea: “Systemic racism” “has no meaning.”
Speaking to Fox News host Mark Levin, Thomas explained he believes the term — along with “systemic oppression” — is invalid.
Mark posed his question thusly:
“You hear this phrase — systemic racism, systemic oppression — you hear it from our college campuses, you hear it from very wealthy and fabulously famous sports stars, you hear it from media types. First of all, what does that mean, and whatever it means, is it true?”
Here’s Mr. Sowell:
“It really has no meaning that can be specified and tested in the way that one tests hypotheses.”
For Thomas, this whole current situation brings to mind some prominent socialists:
“It does remind me of the propaganda tactics of Joseph Goebbels in the age of the Nazis, in which he was supposed to have said that people will believe any lie if it’s repeated long enough and loud enough. And that’s what we’re getting.”
It seems Thomas believes a lot of those ringing the bell aren’t clear as one:
“It is one of many words — I don’t think even the people who use it have any clear idea what they are saying. Their purpose is served by having other people cave in.”
There’s certainly a heaping helping of political-, corporate- and academic-sponsored combat in the systemic skirmish.
As noted by The Daily Wire, the NFL has pledged a quarter of a billion dollars over the next decade to battle the sport’s systemic evil.
On the education front, we find Michigan State University’s James Madison college confessing it’s “riven by policies and practices that disadvantage people of color,” without providing any of those.
In Washington, reopening schools will prioritize everyone who isn’t straight and white to be first allowed back into classrooms — in order to help “students furthest from educational justice.”
The University of Colorado-Boulder recently sent a letter professing the following:
“We may be confronting the unparalleled challenges of a global pandemic, but we can’t let that work distract us from making real changes to our campus culture to combat systemic racism and bias-motivated behavior. These changes must be seen in how we recruit students, faculty, staff and administrators — in how we signal to them the need to embrace our community values as a bottom-line, non-negotiable condition of enrollment and employment.”
And Virginia’s largest school district has created a new “anti-racist” and “culturally responsible” curriculum.
Anti-racism — as per CNN — includes ridding the world of microaggressions such as these remarks from white people:
- “Don’t blame me. I never owned slaves.”
- “All lives matter.”
- “I’m colorblind; I don’t care if you’re white, black, yellow, green or purple.”
Are those the things systemically messing things up?
Or are we sinking due to Emory & Henry College’s mascot — they’re considering changing it, due to the potential mixup between a wasp and White Anglo-Saxon Protestants.
Back to Thomas, he was asked about the impact of a Biden presidential win. If you haven’t heard, the Democratic nominee is touting reparations and immediate action against “institutional racism.”
Mr. Sowell believes Joe’s poised to severely damage the country:
“What I see is if the election goes to Biden, then there is a good chance that the Democrats will then control all the two branches of Congress and the White House. And considering the kinds of things that they are proposing, that can well be the point of no return for this country.”
Well, if Joe triumphs, then systemic racism, lookout — if we can find you, we’ll be doing you in. We’ve got the Democratic Party hot on your trail.
And if that doesn’t work out, we’ll still at least replace an insect as a college mascot in our quest for radical relief.
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