(GP) Progressive liberals claim to be champions of racial justice, tolerance, and equality. Their message may rightly identify socioeconomic ills of society, but their solutions are often worse than the original problem. Despite screaming “racism” at just about every dissenter, their reactionary agenda is more regressive than the populist ideals they claim to represent.
They believe people should not be treated differently based on demographics, and yet they actively treat people differently based on demographics. It’s acceptable for them, however, so long as it aligns with their agenda. Of course this means a litany of double standards and hypocrisies.
Refuse to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple? Homophobic bigotry. Begin segregated “black only” dorms? Progressive university that will receive state and federal funding; hell, progressives even want it to be “free”.
Their message is one of victimology. They treat certain demographics as “protected classes” that are in need of social justice - protection from, say, being treated differently based on skin color. Yet their idea of “social justice” is whatever puts these classes at odds with “white hegemony” - you know, like segregated dorms.
How they pursue “racial harmony” is ultimately a divisive and toxic message. Central to this message is the belief that one person’s problems is another person’s fault; that in no way can one be even partially responsible for their own failures. It is this core belief that creates racial divides as it serves only to agitate, not unite.
I actually agree with the left in the sense that blacks have different socioeconomic experiences in life. I also agree that decades of “institutional racism” have played an enormous role in racial disparities - and I have argued this on countless occasions.
Where we differ, however, is significant: I do not believe this is a function of “whiteness”, but rather failed policies and government institutions championed by today’s progressives - specifically explicitly racist government policy from the minimum wage and FHA to the welfare state and Jim Crow. In other words, the black-white economic gap is not significant because of my skin color; it is a function of failed leftist agendas. Progressives want to expand these policies, and then blame my skin color when it fails (again).
You are not a victim of someone else’s skin color, religious beliefs, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. You, and you alone, are responsible for the decisions you make and the life you create. If we continue to group-think matters of race, the rhetoric will only continue to be filled with hate and divisive tones that do not unite us as Americans.
Below are links to articles I have written on the issue of race: