Is the Problem ‘White Supremacy’ or White People?
Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, January 27, 2021
Just ask Joe Biden.
If you listened to Joe Biden’s inaugural address, it’s clear that the biggest problem the country faces is . . . white people. Mr. Biden worried more about “racism,” “white supremacy,” “nativism,” and “systemic racism” than about Covid. Or the economy. Or anything else. Of course, only white people can be racist, so the greatest challenge to America is us. White people built the country but we are what Mr. Biden called “the harsh, ugly reality of racism, nativism, fear, and demonization that have long torn us apart.”
Mr. Biden also fretted that “violence sought to shake this Capitol’s very foundation.” That was racism, too. As CNN explained, “The Capitol attack was White supremacy, plain and simple.” PBS and National Public Radio reported that “The Capitol insurrection was never about the election. It was about white supremacy.”
The people who broke into the Capitol weren’t asking for segregated schools. They were trying to rescue an election they thought was stolen, but just two days after the riot, Joe Biden had them pegged for “white supremacists and terrorists.”
I’m trying to figure out where this idea comes from. On January 15th there was article in the Washington Post called “To understand Trump’s support, we must think in terms of multiracial Whiteness.” It’s by Professor Cristina Beltran, who is director of graduate studies at NYU. Here is the very first line of her article: “The Trump administration’s anti-immigration, anti-civil rights stance has made it easy to classify the president’s loyalists as a homogenous mob of white nationalists.” She’s saying that if you voted for Donald Trump you are part of a mob of white nationalists. It’s simple: Vote for Trump and you’re a racist. But she notes what she calls an “unsettling” fact: More than a quarter of Hispanic voters and even some blacks were part of the mob of white nationalists.
How can that be? “I call this phenomenon multiracial whiteness,” she writes, “the promise that they, too – meaning non-whites – can lay claim to the politics of aggression, exclusion and domination.” If you voted for Trump you support “aggression, exclusion and domination,” and if you aren’t white, voting for Trump made you an honorary white person.
She says that white politics is about “unequal distribution of land, wealth, power and privilege — a form of hierarchy in which the standing of one section of the population is premised on the debasement of others.” And here’s the conclusion: “Multiracial whiteness offers citizens of every background the freedom to call Muslims terrorists, demand that undocumented immigrants be rounded up and deported, deride BLM as a movement of thugs and criminals, and accuse Democrats of being blood-drinking pedophiles.”
You see, all this awful stuff is what white people do. And if a few deluded non-whites get sucked in, they are acting white. Prof. Beltran has got it figured out: Everything she hates in politics is white.
Here’s another angle. You may remember that last summer, the National Museum of African American History and Culture decided to warn about the menace of whiteness. It put up an elaborate page of the usual stuff about “white privilege,” “white supremacy,” and the need for white people to “confront their whiteness” and learn how awful they are. Of course, “facing your whiteness is hard and can result in feelings of guilt, sadness, confusion, defensiveness, or fear,” but white people have got to do it to end racism.
When the page originally went up, it included this list of white traits that oppress people of color: Such things as rugged individualism, the scientific method, and a strong work ethic. It went on to list being on time, planning for the future, delayed gratification, being polite, and controlling your emotions. That’s how whites oppress everyone else
. But even a few blacks thought this made it sound as though black people shouldn’t believe in science or be on time, so the museum took the list down.
The point is this: Blacks at the Smithsonian were complaining about what they called white culture. Anything distinctly white is oppressive and therefore bad. And this is a perfect complement to what the Hispanic professor, Cristina Beltran, wrote in the Washington Post: Everything that is bad is white. If it’s white, it’s bad; and if it’s bad it’s white. No wonder Joe Biden is so worried about white people.
One of the first things he did was lift Donald Trump’s ban on teaching “Critical Race Theory.” This means government employees will once again be taught that all white people are intrinsically bigoted. Mr. Biden said he had to lift the ban because of “the unbearable costs of systemic racism.”
He also issued this “Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.” It says that everything the government does has to be racially conscious because, “Our Nation deserves an ambitious whole-of-government equity agenda.” “Equity.” Watch out for that word. As Kamala Harris explained in a campaign ad, equitable treatment means we all end up at the same place. Equal opportunity isn’t good enough. Equality merely means everyone gets the same chance. Everyone gets a box. Equity means the government may decide to take away your box and give it to someone else.
As a practical matter, this means discrimination against white people. When Mr. Biden announced plans to help businesses hit by Covid, he said, “Our priority will be Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American owned small businesses, women-owned businesses.” Who gets left out?
So, is the problem white supremacists? Trump supporters? White people? I keep going back to the Washington Post and the Smithsonian. Whatever is bad is white, and whatever is white is bad. That is the message from government, schools, churches, and certainly the media. What do we find at the heart of whiteness? Race, racism, and white privilege.”
A nation’s government and its institutions should represent its people. Ours don’t represent us. Joe Biden says whites are the problem. And his executive order – one of the first things he did – will stick it to them.
The President looks like us, but he doesn’t speak for us. He speaks against us. And he is paving the way for a new America, in which not even the old symbols will remain. This summer, 30 statues of Christopher Columbus came down because Columbus was the first white man to come here. Pretty soon, you’ll be carrying a piece of paper in your wallet that meant to remind you how bad white people are. What do you think it’s going to be like when whites are a minority?
You have a passport and you pay taxes, but if you are white, you are a stateless person – like the Kurds or the Palestinians. The flag is the same and so is the Constitution, but it’s a different country. And we better start to thinking: What are we going to do about it?