The Stigmata of Racism April 2, 2014Posted by geoff in News.
Some rabid comments about white privilege have been making the rounds:
“Being a white person who does anti-racist work is like being an alcoholic. I will never be recovered by my alcoholism, to use the metaphor,” Radersma said. “I have to everyday wake up and acknowledge that I am so deeply imbedded with racist thoughts and notions and actions in my body that I have to choose everyday to do anti-racist work and think in an anti-racist way.”
She argued that until white people admit they have a problem, they will not be able to fight against white privilege.
There’s lots more ridiculous, stupid stuff at the link.
But I just want to focus on the snippet above. Here’s the deal: If I’m so inherently racist that I can never be cured, well, I guess I’ll just give up. If my white skin afflicts me with a racism that I can’t even sense or fully comprehend, then what’s the point of trying?
It seems like this hopeless situation that the whiteness folk have created would actually encourage racism. After all, there are no gradations of racism acknowledged by their philosophy. So if I’m going to be called racist for the incurable condition of being white, why not go Full Racist?
Of course there is a basic reason why that won’t happen (you never go Full Racist). It’s because most of the people that Radersma is maligning are fundamentally decent, well-intentioned people who try to be fair and kind despite their apparently incorrigible nature. Rather than giving them credit for those efforts, Radersma is alienating them by raising the bar impossibly high and assigning them guilt for crimes they can never stop committing.
Radersma and her ilk have created a new Original Sin which is itself deeply steeped in racism. It’s another example of how the liberal elevation of Perfect Justice to the highest societal ideal creates more injustice, more acrimony, and more societal dysfunction.
As for me, I’m going to strive to be nice and treat everybody equally. Like I’ve always done. That’s hard enough without worrying about things I can never change.