Are you antiracist?
From the sound of a CNN article, it’s a tremendous task to undertake:
Being anti-racist means more than ridding yourself of racist attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. It means you’re also actively fighting that reprehensible trinity as it manifests in your life on a daily basis.
Donating to activist organizations and protesting injustices are definitely good starts to becoming an ally. But that’s not enough. Actively rebutting prejudices in your own circles is key to lasting change, as those ideas and beliefs — unless challenged — are what our children absorb and are woven into the fabric of our culture.
Per the outlet, antiracism demands a moratorium on the following microaggressions:
- “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.”
And now, those wanting to qualify are obligated to adopt an additional stance.
On Monday, Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley tweeted out the update.
She linked to a Washington Post piece titled “The Faces of Student Debt.”
The newspaper noted, “Nearly 45 million people hold $1.7 trillion in education loans…”
The Post also pointed out, “[B]lack students are among the fastest growing group of borrowers.”
Apropos, Ayanna laid it out:
“You can’t be anti-racist if you’re anti-student debt cancellation.”
You can't be anti-racist if you're anti student debt cancellation. https://t.co/Woi5S1rDX2
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) April 12, 2021
A self-described “retired ethics professor” offered an Amen:
I totally agree! As a former university professor I would go further to say that it’s impossible to consider oneself a “good person” if they’re anti-student debt cancellation. All ethnically and morally good people can agree that student debt must go! Thanks for leading! Cheers.
— George Lord (@georgelordtalks) April 12, 2021
As for The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh, if I understand correctly, his response was more of the “Thumbs Down” variety:
People Who Disagree With Me Are Racist, Volume 8,901,283
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 12, 2021
Overall, it was a mixed crowd:
Thank you Congresswoman!! Keep fighting for the middle class! We are behind you
— anas_rex (@anas_rex) April 12, 2021
The benefits of student debt cancellation largely fall on wealthier whites. Disagreeing about a policy such as student debt, is not racist. This is dangerous and wrong
— Gen Z Moderate (@GenZ_Moderate) April 12, 2021
Systems that uphold extreme economic inequality are core to structural racism.
This is true even if a handful (or even many) of the ultra wealthy are BIPOC.
Why? Because the exploited underclass that enables such concentrated wealth remains disproportionately BIPOC.
— Eric Reinhart (@_Eric_Reinhart) April 12, 2021
You signed the papers, you pay the loans. Canceling student debt is the greatest transfer of wealth from the working class to the middle and upper middle class in the history of our country.
— Beau Geste (@BeauGeste11) April 12, 2021
I am a conservative! But I have fallien in love with you! That’s right my Sista! Hold their feet to the fire! Our people have suffered so much at their hands! Killed for reading! Deprived of education! Familiesdestroyed by slavery and racism! They should cancel led our loan debt
— Dave (@Dave83727472) April 12, 2021
As part of a multi-tweet reply, one user wrote, “That’s insanely harsh…I believe in equality, I don’t believe that we should be cancelling debts when services were provided and many have paid their debts in full.”
The remark raises quite the question: If those who haven’t paid their debt have it covered by others, where’s the fairness factor for burden-bearing taxpayers who previously paid what they owed in full?
As relayed in December by RedState’s Mike Miller, amid talk of debt detonation by Elizabeth Warren, that very issue arose.
During her appearance at a campaign event, a man who purportedly worked double shifts to fund his daughter’s education put it to
Poca the lady:
“My daughter is in school. I saved all my money just to pay student loans. Can I have my money back?”
“Of course not.”
He requested clarification:
“So you want to help those who don’t save any money, and the ones that do the right thing get screwed?”
Accepting Ayanna’s edict, if Washington goes fully “antiracist,” I’d guess similar questions are on the way.
In fact, among millions of Americans who leveled their own loans via thousands of work hours, I wouldn’t be surprised if some come up with a term different than “antiracist” for a debt-decimating deal: anti-responsibility.
Perhaps we’ll soon find out.
But if this is the direction we’re headed, does anybody know how one might acquire a federal loan to finance a Ferrari?
Asking for a friend…
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