[November 18, 2021] There has been an awful lot of hyperventilating about “systematic racism” in the U.S., most of it grossly overblown. Don’t believe me? Please, change my mind. I lived in 20 countries, and across most of America and of all those places, this is where I find the least racist folks. Systematic racism is one of those vague, purposefully, not precisely defined terms to use in any situation where someone disagrees with you. It’s the stupid man’s defense of a poorly articulated argument. Now, with the advent of Critical Race Theory, we are teaching kids to hate one another. That is sad on many levels and destructive to kids psychologically. Today, I’ll be presenting some more interesting articles worth reading.
The Kyle Rittenhouse Saga continues …. I say it continues because the jury was still out when I posted this article, and a verdict is not yet returned. To this point in time, I’ve not written about the trial, not because it doesn’t offer leadership lessons but because there are just too many opportunities to discuss the failures in our current government. The Rittenhouse case is an example. Joe Biden himself for calling the young man a “white supremacist” one year ago. Biden, think what you will of his mental capacity, did it for the votes and defamed Rittenhouse. All this leads to my point that many call Rittenhouse a racist for what he did on that infamous day in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He went there to provide first aid for the injured and protect property against rioters. Rittenhouse was attacked by three white men (two he killed and wounded the third). A bit of sarcasm might be appropriate at this point, but I’ll leave it at that. Apparently, it is now racist to kill white people because “they support BLM and Antifa.” We need to take a serious look at those folks who say so and reject their stupidity. See more craziness here: MSNBC host Joy Reid compares Kyle Rittenhouse and Brett Kavanaugh to male “Karens” (nypost.com)
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says a bridge is part of systematic racism. Well, if you can’t find real racism, here is a story you will love. Buttigieg used the example of how “an underpass [meaning a bridge] was constructed such that a bus carrying mostly black and Puerto Rican kids to a beach … in New York was … designed too low for it to pass by, that that reflects racism that went into those design choices.” Buttigieg was talking about a well-known story from Robert Caro’s “The Power Broker,” his biography of Robert Moses. In the book, Caro alleges that Moses designed the overpass bridges on the Southern State Parkway leading to Jones Beach too low to be used by buses that would carry poor minorities there. A few years ago, Cornell professor Thomas Campanella published a thoughtful assessment of the legend of Moses’ “racist parkway.” You gotta be hunting for racism to use this as an example. Some people are just plain nuts. https://nypost.com/2021/11/14/buttigiegs-systemic-racism-claim-is-the-the-leftist-myth-about-robert-moses/
Rewriting U.S. history with the 1619 Project. This is not a new story, but perhaps we can revisit it here for a moment. The 1619 Project was a poor attempt at rewriting U.S. history. The core idea is that American was built on the backs of slaves, and whites were taking a holiday way back then. Why not? The argument goes, blacks were doing all the work. The critical author, Nikole Hannah-Jones, claimed without evidence that “one of the primary reasons the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery.” After the 1619 Project was published by the New York Times, several scholarly authors published articles and books debunking this history rewrite. Now, we find the NYT retreating as academic work builds up to refute the project and has embarrassed the Times sloppy work. But I suspect that the Times will not openly admit their error by embracing a racist ideology showing itself as particularly destructive to our nation.
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