Joy Reid's Anti-White Agenda
CNN, The New York Times, and Washington Post are prominent anti-White news sites. But the most virulent anti-White news site is MSNBC. It features Joy Reid, whose enmity towards Whites borders on hatred. This is a classic Reid quote: “I’ll say it again: people on the right would trade all the tax cuts for the ability to openly say the n-word like in ‘the good old days.’ To them, not being able to be openly racist and discriminatory without consequence is oppression.”
Joy Reid supports the anti-White Critical Race Theory (CRT) which claims races are just social constructs used to oppress minority groups. And this is Reid’s interpretation of Thanksgiving: “A simplistic fairytale interpretation of a 1621 encounter between indigenous tribes and English settlers that erases the genocide that followed. We’re a country that chooses violence over and over again. There is no facet of American society that is untouched by it, as all the recent headlines remind us.”
The MSNBC/Joy Reid denigration of America goes something like this. This country was founded by slave masters and built by slaves whose ancestors are still denied full citizenship benefits. Leftist news sites accuse a callous White racism of preventing Black opportunities. In these news sites, the term “Whites” is often preceded with the modifier “privileged.”
Not surprisingly, Joy Reid is critical of the phrase: “It’s okay to be white.” Her justification: “The phrase has been labeled a hate slogan by the Anti-Defamation League.”
Reid’s mindset is revealed in her criticisms of White Republicans (the Right) : “Democrats have the culture. They have the Hollywood culture. They have the glamorous culture, and the right hates that. They feel that the culture is too woke, it’s too multicultural. It’s not John Wayne anymore. There’s all of this multiculturalism and wokeness and liberalism and they hate it.”
Ms. Reid agrees with the Biden administration’s description of racism as “systemic”, permeating all aspects of American life. The administration even created a high-level Federal government position designated as “Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.” His lofty goal is “to ensure all individuals are treated equally.” But the administration’s fancy language doesn’t indicate how they will monitor the implementation of that, seemingly unattainable, goal.
Joy Reid is not a “do-gooder”, naively attempting to improve relations between the races. Nor is she trying to create “equality”, an endeavor that has failed every time it was tried. She supports ‘diversity’ because it involves holding back Whites, one of her primary goals. And, even though her viewership has seriously declined, MSNBC will not cancel her show.
Whiteness Characterizes America
A psychoanalyst recently diagnosed Whiteness as a mental illness. Another psychiatrist said she had fantasies of shooting White people. These are just two examples of the intensity of the disapproval of Whiteness currently taking place in America. But Whiteness is essential to American society as well as Western Civilization so it should be esteemed and preserved.
Conflicting opinions of Whiteness are offered in two recent books; “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo and “The Diversity Delusion” by Heather Mac Donald
Robin DiAngelo takes the standard Leftist view. Her book. “White Fragility” is based on two basic assumptions: “All Whites are racists” and “Its hard for Whites to talk about racism.” Social justice activists and Left-leaning journalists might promote DiAngelo’s two assumptions but I disagree with both. Her claim, “Its hard for Whites to talk about racism” might be true but that doesn’t mean Whites are racists.
You would think DiAngelo’s cliches would no longer hold an audience’s attention but people actually pay to attend her lectures. They also pay to participate in her workshops where guilt-ridden Whites are scolded for denying their racism.
At the other end of the spectrum is Heather MacDonald who refers to herself as a secular conservative. She uses the modifier “secular” because she feels conservatism does not need to be propped up by religion. In essence, MacDonald rejects Leftist racial banalities in favor of ‘common sense.’ Problems within the Black community cannot be blamed on White racism nor is it the cause for the disproportionate number of Black males serving prison sentences.
Heather MacDonald’s level-headed interpretations of race relations is what we need to hear instead of DiAngelo’s one-sided accusations. Also MacDonald’s writings and lectures tend to uphold the importance of Whiteness.
For most of our history ‘Whiteness’ was a euphemism for what was considered ‘normal’ and beneficial. White society was a crucial part of Western Civilization and ancient Greece was generally considered the birthplace of Western Civilization. Greece, with help from the Roman Empire, spread Western Civilization (aka White Civilization) throughout Europe. This White European culture permeated the newly formed American colonies.
But Western Civilization has had little impact on what are categorized as ‘Third World’ countries, so-called because their development lagged behind USA and the Soviet Union (identified as the first and second worlds). Countless citizens of under-developed Third World countries have immigrated to America and have not been turned away. Today, one out of every 10 American voters is an immigrant.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture had a “Whiteness” poster in its “Talking About Race” series. The poster contained this statement, “If you identify as white, acknowledging your white racial identity and its privileges is a crucial step to help end racism.” The poster ascribed traits such as hard work, being on time, and politeness to “white culture.” But ascribing a multitude of positive traits to Whiteness was considered to be condescending and unfair to Black people, so the poster was removed.
In this age of coerced equity, the concept of separate races is considered “old-hat.” Today everyone is assumed to belong to the same race and that lessens the uniqueness of Whiteness.
The existence of racism was originally determined empirically by social scientists but today political organizations, social justice warriors, and far-Left zealots are deciding what constitutes racism. These zealots have actually described Whiteness as “an existential danger to the country and the world” and have demanded its elimination.
The USA was founded by White Europeans who created a White dominant society. However, non-White minorities have continually relocated to America. But although Whites as a percentage of the population has declined it remains the ascendant culture. And Whiteness still characterizes America.
Preferential treatment and White privilege are either positive or negative based of your socio/political persuasion. They both concern racism but one involves providing favorable advantages to persons based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, age and sexual orientation, whereas the other refers to unfair societal advantages certain people are deemed to have over others. But I’m primarily concerned about another racial phenomena, race hustlers.
When slave labor ended, many freed slaves and former masters negotiated future working arrangements and continued their association. But other freedmen had to seek employment wherever it could be found in the larger society. Practical difficulties involved in transitioning slaves into freedmen have had long-standing consequences. The process simply hadn’t been thought through. So in the contentious era following emancipation, Whites and Blacks had to assume new roles and adjust to new ways of coexisting.
Government coercion, Reconstruction, made the already strained race relations worse and the term “racism” has become an essential part of our vocabulary. Over time, the media-hyped phenomenon ‘racism’ has helped create a new profession, race hustlers. These are persons who exploit racial situations to serve their own interests. The race hustling of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson literally built empires. Race hustling has become such a profitable and newsworthy career that some of this generation’s race hustlers have become celebrities.
A popular race hustler is Ibram X. Kendi (Ibram Henry Rogers) , a college professor and the director of the Center for Anti-Racist Research at Boston University. Kendi is obsessed with racism and finds it everywhere: “When I see racial disparities, I see racism.” Others may offer various explanations for these disparities but for Kendi, racism is the cause of all racial disparities. There are no shades of gray for Kendi, everything is “racist or anti-racist”.
I find his conclusions on racism and antiracism simplistic and unacceptable but he has a large following, who, we assume, are taken in by his reasoning: “Racism is a powerful collection of racist policies that lead to racial inequity and are substantiated by racist ideas.” And he makes this cynical assertion: “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”
I’m surprised that Kendi publicly admitted the following truthful admission: “Racist ideas love believers, not thinkers” And consider this quote: “The opposite of “racist” isn’t “not racist.” It is “anti-racist”. In other words, those who don’t actively oppose racism are supporting it.
Kendi’s disparagement of capitalism shouldn’t come as a surprise., he says: "Capitalism is essentially racist," and "racism is essentially capitalist." This sounds like a rehashing of the opinions of Angela Davis, the 1960s counterculture Marxist/Feminist. She said: "I am convinced that the ultimate eradication of racism is going to require us to move toward a more socialist organization.”
It is claimed that Ibram Kendi is” the closest approximation we have to a national guru on race relations.” But before we make him a guru, we should consider his superficial cliched comment about America. “The full arc of American history can be understood as a battle between these two souls (Trump and Biden) with genocide, enslavement, Trump and bigotry on the one side and equality, science, Biden and empathy on the other.”
I’m opposed to constant societal upheavals because our country has been so successful. So I think our minority groups should assimilate into the White majority, preserving only essential aspects of their own culture. But Ibram X. Kendi objects to assimilation:“Assimilationist ideas are racist ideas. Assimilationists can position any racial group as the superior standard that another racial group should be measuring themselves against, the benchmark they should be trying to reach.”
Professor Ibram X. Kendi has even proposed a Constitutional Amendment that would create a Department of Anti-racism to pre-clear all proposed public policies to assure that they wouldn’t cause any inequalities. A department to assure proposals wouldn’t cause inequalities? This is what I would call a “Kinder Garden” proposal.
I strongly disagree with Kendi’s self-serving opinions about racism in the 21st century. The harm it is supposedly causing Black society is greatly exaggerated and will not stand up to scrutiny. Kendi and long-time associate, Bina Venkataraman, editor-at large of The Boston Globe, hope to create a publication to focus people’s attention solely on racism. Hopefully Ibram Kendi’s temporary celebrity-hood will end before this anticipated publication comes to fruition.
Age Limits and Term Limits
The Social Security Administration currently allows retirement at age 62 with reduced benefits and full benefits with retirement at 66. And most organizations, business and nonprofit, have a fixed retirement age usually between 65 and 70. Some state legislatures and charitable organizations have term limits as well as age limits.
But our Congress has neither age nor term limits consequently it has many older career politicians , some in their 80s. And quite a few of these elderly career politicians seem to be just going through the motions. Some are essentially abusing the system and some have actually been corrupted. Nancy Pelosi is a classic example of a corrupt career politician. She has been in congress almost four decades and although she will soon celebrate her 83rd birthday, she refuses to retire. Nancy Pelosi is essentially the poster girl for term limits.
For a long time Pelosi was a pet of the Leftist establishment, especially news media who would not report anything unfavorable about her. But a recent public poll indicated that 37% had a ‘very unfavorable’ opinion of Pelosi whereas only 18% had a ‘very favorable’ opinion.
Although Nancy Pelosi insists that she is a devout Catholic, San Francisco’s Archbishop Cordileone has barred her from receiving Holy Communion for advocating abortion. But the Archbishop’s censure didn’t prevent her from summoning Catholic priests to perform an exorcism on her home to get rid of evil spirits after her husband was attacked,
As House Speaker, Pelosi stacked the J6 committee investigating the riot on the Capitol with 7 Democrats and only 2 Republicans. And both had voted for Trump’s impeachment. As we would expect, Pelosi’s Committee blamed Trump for the riot and the Biden White House made the ridiculous claim that the riot damaged the country as much as the Civil War.
Some may have naively thought Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was a shrewd investor who was able to anticipate legislation and governmental actions that would benefit or constrain a corporation or an industry. But various accusations of ‘insider trading’ have surfaced, implicating Nancy and Paul Pelosi. Finally Congress introduced the “Pelosi Act”, a bill to prevent Congress members and their families from investing in the stock market.
Pelosi removed a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the Capitol and replaced it with a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Her justification: “The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation. Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals.”
Trained historians would never describe Robert E. Lee as someone who “advocated cruelty and barbarism.” In fact, Lee is held in esteem by many historians. But Pelosi interprets the past in the way that best suits her political positions which are based on today’s Leftist cliches.
Although Pelosi didn’t approve of the use of slave labor in the 1800s she justified today’s using illegal immigrants as slaves “to pick the crops in Florida.” This is another example of those ill-advised comments she is noted for.
Nancy Pelosi has neither ethics nor integrity and no one would accuse her of being a deep thinker. Her confused verbal offerings give the impression of someone who has had too much to drink. But she insists that she doesn’t drink so her frequent befuddled ramblings might be caused by the senility of an 83 year old woman. Nancy Pelosi represents the need for Congressional age and term limits.
Not a Good Time for Whites
Whiteness is now considered toxic. Academia’s ‘Whiteness Studies’ are basically anti-White diatribes. And Whites are faulted for not taking responsibility for today’s ‘systemic racism.’ Essentially the Left and its news media have made White folks persona non grata.
Once a substantial majority of Georgians were White. But Whites are currently only a little over 50% of the State’s population and may soon become a minority. News media’s coverage of recent elections in the State of Georgia focused on the Black candidates with little or no mention of White folks.
Georgia’s leading Black celebrity, Stacey Abrams has accused Whites of suppressing Black voters. But Black voters recently elected Raphael Warnock as Georgia’s first Black Senator. But we shouldn’t expect that incident to alter Abrams’ insistence that Whites are inhibiting Black progress. And we don’t expect Black complaints received by the “Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity” to subside.
Georgia’s new Black senator, Raphael Warnock has publicly stated the problem with America is “wealth, power and whiteness.” Warnock supports Reverend Jeremiah Wright who reinterpreted “God bless America” as “God damn America.” Warnock has also praised Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan’s criticism of Christian churches and he cited Farrakhan’s accusation of Christianity as a “White-man’s religion - a slave religion.
MSNBC’s Race Lady, Joy Reid traveled to Atlanta to support Raphael Warnock’s candidacy. Reid confused the day after Thanksgiving with Robert E. Lee’s birthday and falsely argued that a Confederate holiday prevented Warnock supporters from voting on a Saturday. Joy Reid doesn’t like Whites or White traditions. She describes Thanksgiving a “simplistic fairytale” to hide how the US was founded on “genocide” and “white supremacy.”
Georgia’s other Senator is also a far-left, anti-racist Democrat, Jon Ossoff, the State’s first Jewish Senator as well as the youngest at age 33. His political positions are more than just progressive, they lean towards socialism. Ossoff is heavily involved with Georgia’s Black militants and his candidacy was endorsed and supported by the late Civil Rights activist John Lewis,
Its hard to believe that leftist Democrats like Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock could be elected to the Senate by Georgians. Jon Ossoff aligns with the State’s powerful Blacks and militant Raphael Warnock has a constituency of Black Georgians. These radicals are out-of-step with White Georgians politically as well as sociologically.
The State of Georgia in the 1960s and 1970s was ripe for demeaning White folks. Social Reformers insisted that racism influenced Whites day-to- day behaviors. White Georgians felt no need to defend themselves against what they considered spurious accusations. Indeed, accusations of racism are usually based on perception. It someone expects racism, they will encounter it.
When Elizabeth I established colonies in the New World, Britishers who settled in the Southern region found a soil and climate that favored large crops. But they lacked the manpower needed for planting and tilling. The settlers relied on New England slave traders who imported great numbers of slaves into their Boston seaport. Slave trading, and later Southern grown cotton, essentially created the wealth of New England.
Although commercial interests in the Northeast were heavily dependent on Southern planters, there was an absence of social relationships. Agriculture and industry require different kinds of workers. Northerners felt no remorse in castigating Southern plantations for using slave labor although the North frequently employed child labor in its factories.
Southerners eventually seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America. The Confederacy had its own customs and traditions based on the concept of State’s Rights. But the Northern establishment has described them as “American pseudo historical mythology” or simply “The Lost Cause.” But it wasn’t a “lost” cause but a “different” cause from what was being promoted by the North.
These conflicting North/South versions of society, and not simply slavery, are what led to the ‘War Between the States.’ Abraham Lincoln himself stated the purpose for the ‘War’ was not to free slaves but to keep the Southern states in the Union. Lincoln also stated; "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists."
In fact, the ‘War’ raged for two years before the Emancipation Proclamation was issued and that document only freed certain slaves. Lincoln’s Proclamation was actually a war measure to maintain the support of European Nations. It only freed slaves in regions engaged in military actions against the Union. Slaves in other regions were not freed.
Roughly a dozen years after the ‘War Between the States’ ended, there was a contested presidential election involving Democrat Samuel Tilden and Republican Rutherford B. Hayes. At that time, a couple of Southern states were still occupied by Union troops, attempting to enforce the failing Reconstruction efforts. Republicans made a deal with Democrats, the ‘Compromise of 1877.’ If their candidate, Hayes, could be made President, Republicans would withdraw the remaining Union troops occupying the South. So a backroom political deal ended twelve years of Reconstruction.
Currently, members of the Black community are demanding reparations based on the slavery of their ancestors. But two thorny questions plague 21st century demands for reparations. Should the current generation of Whites be held responsible for actions of a previous generation? And are today’s free Blacks entitled to reparations simply for being descendants of slaves ?
An example of how historical evaluations change is how our 14th president, Franklin Pierce, has been depicted by historians. Pierce, who occupied the White House from 1853 to 1857, was a Northerner with Southern sympathies. Franklin Pierce ranks in the top ten most handsome presidents as well as the top ten youngest presidents.
Some historians have considered him a failed president. Their disparagement of Pierce stems from his refusal to act aggressively to end slavery. But Pierce maintained that since slavery was legal, Congress must amend the Constitution making it illegal. Otherwise, he didn’t have the authority to eliminate it. That was a correct decision.
Franklin Pierce was also criticized for his support of popular sovereignty, allowing residents to decide how their states would be governed. Pierce signed into law the Kansas-Nebraska Act that allowed residents of these newly formed states to decide for themselves whether slavery would be allowed. The creation of these states involved the repeal of the Missouri Compromise which had outlawed slavery in these lands. Some maintain these actions lead to the Civil War. But that conflict had been brewing for some time, the result of long-standing social and political differences between the regions.
Slavery stereotypes characterize vignettes of the antebellum South. Although 75% of Southern families in the eighteen-hundreds did not own slaves, establishment journalists portray the antebellum South as a slaveocracy. But contrary to what many believe, only 4% of antebellum White Southerners lived on plantations with 20 or more African slaves. The vast majority of White Southerners were not wealthy and had to work to support themselves, many working alongside African slaves.
Before becoming president, Franklin Pierce served in the Senate with Jefferson Davis who would later become president of the Confederate States of America. The two became lifelong friends and when Pierce became president, he made Davis his Secretary of War. When, after the Civil War, Davis was imprisoned awaiting trial for treason, Pierce offered to defend him. Davis looked forwarded to testing the legality of secession in court but Northern prosecutors canceled the trial and released Davis.
Although today’s journalists associate slavery with the antebellum South, the practice was common in other parts of the country. It is estimated that the Cherokee Nation owned roughly 5,000 African slaves. The use of slave labor was a common practice even in prehistoric times. Long before towns and villages were established, nomadic hunters and gatherers used slave labor. The institution of slavery even predates the emergence of religious beliefs and is still a common practice in many parts of the world.
Although journalists were once considered members of a profession and held in esteem, their attempts to report history have not been successful. Today’s news reporters have achieved more celebrity-hood than their predecessors but they are not esteemed by the public. Impartial journalistic reporting has essentially been replaced with advocacy journalism.
The news of the day can be so distressful that it could cause something akin to “paranoia” in a growing segment of the population. Many persons consider paranoia to be a form of mental illness but the term can simply mean dreading something that may or may not occur. Slanted media coverage of a particular phenomenon might make the public hypersensitive about what is happening. The average person is highly unlikely to scrutinize media reports so whatever is reported is usually accepted, even stereotypical views.
In the past, establishment historians tended to rank Franklin Pierce as a failed president. But recent biographies have re-assessed his presidency and it is now being presented in a more favorable light. During his presidency, Pierce had to cope with his wife’s mental deterioration, the deaths of his three young sons before their twelfth birthdays, and his periods of depression and his dependence on alcohol. But regardless of setbacks, Franklin Pierce was a fully functioning president and never neglected his presidential duties.
At this time of year we should recall that Franklin Pierce was the first president to include a Christmas Tree in the White House.
On Tuesday, December 6th, 2022, Georgia’s voters will choose between two diametrically opposed candidates to fill one of their Senate seats; Republican Herschel Walker and Democrat Raphael Warnock. The seat is currently held by Warnock whose socio/political views are those held by Stacey Abrams , who could be called Warnock’s mentor. Abrams views include typical Leftists positions, accusations of Black voter supression, LGBTQ+equalty, same sex marriage, unlimited abortion rights and, of course, the usual race baiting .
Admittedly Herschel Walker is a representational candidate. He wasn’t chosen for his political skills and talents but for what he symbolizes. But the Left’s criticism of Walker is contradictory . They oppose his political positions while accusing him of not articulating his positions. And most of their disapproval is focused on unsavory events in Walker’s personal life.
The Right’s opposition to Warnock also goes far beyond his political positions. Warnock’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, MLK’s former pulpit, is the largest church in the Atlanta area. But Warnock ‘s church’s callous dealings with its apartment renters might not have happened during King’s time. A circulating story describes the eviction of a tenant for non-payment or late payment of roughly $25.00. While evicting tenants for small delinquent payments, the church pays Warnock a church salary of $7,417 per month. However, his church is exempt from paying income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Internal Revenue Service hasn’t always taken action against flawed clergy like Raphael Warnock. His improprieties may not be on the level with Jimmy Swaggert or Jim Bakker but they shouldn’t go unheeded.
In addition to his divisive political positions, Warnock’s personal life has also been a disaster. His ex-wife accused him of abuse including running over her foot with his car. There are other reports of violence against his family and also claims of his refusal to pay child care expenses. And MLK’s niece denies his claims of closeness with her uncle.
But Warnock is a favorite of the Leftist establishment and they support his extreme views. He often faults our country and makes sardonic accusations that White folks should repent their Whiteness. In fact, traditions of White America seems to be one of his primary targets. And with accusations of White privilege being so widespread, I don’t think we need another senator who claims Whites should repent their Whiteness.
The book of Genesis recounts the tale of the Babylonians attempt to build a tower that would reach into the heavens. But God prevented the tower’s construction by having the workers speak so many different languages that they couldn’t communicate. These frustrated workers migrated to different parts of the earth with others who spoke their language. This is the Biblical explanation of different languages in different countries.
Not only are there different languages but language is often used deceptively, frequently by members of Congress. They use clever language to cover up their abuse of their elected office. A classic case being Nancy Pelosi. During her decades in office, Pelosi’s investor husband Paul always knew, long before the public knew, when and how pending legislations would affect certain industries - so his investments were always successful, and the Pelosis amassed enormous wealth as a result of their insider trading scam.
In prior years corrupt Congress persons, like Pelosi, could be voted out of office but that is difficult with today’s rigged elections. And those who question election results are disparaged with the negative label “election deniers.”
Many believe Kari Lake was denied the Arizona governorship as a result of a fraudulent election. Lake and her lawyers are challenging the legality of the Arizona election. If the Arizona’s governor race is overturned it should encourage investigations of other questionable elections. And there are entirely too many questionable elections.
Experts predicted an abundance of Republican victories if the midterm elections were conducted fairly and the votes counted fairly. Unfortunately, the 2022 midterm elections not only had numerous voting machine failures, but paper ballots were often misplaced and found later. It often took several days to determine the winner of a local election and results are still being questioned.
Many are questioning if America will ever have a fair election in the future. And unfortunately some actually think fraudulent elections are justified because of the importance of the issues involved.
Admittedly our current society is far removed from what was envisioned by the Founders. In May 2022 , opinion polls indicated 78 % thought the country was headed in the wrong direction. Just six months later in November 2022, 85 % held that opinion. Americans are disillusioned with both the ineptitude and the corruption of their leaders. And they are not sure how to remedy the situation and worrying what will happen if it’s not remedied.
Dumbing Down in a Pollyanna Society
The disparaging characterization “dumbing down” has been resurrected to describe our current society. Today’s credulous folk rarely question leftist activists especially their claim that ‘all people are equal.’ All people might be born equal but only some have satisfactory lives while others do not. Social activists blame success or failure on society rather than individuals. They claim that lack of achievement is the result of societal flaws; racism, xenophobia, bigotry, sexism, ageism and other forms of intolerance.
If activists can convince our leaders that society is holding people back then our leaders must reorder society. Activists have already implemented various ‘feel-good’ changes in order to create an accommodating society. Their imagined society would have been a powerful social panacea wherein differently qualified groups became equals. But the envisioned paradisaical society has never materialized.
Social scientists try to make groups equal with their impressive sounding theories: diversity, multiculturalism and egalitarianism. Diversity implies inclusiveness of dissident groups. However a nation cannot function as a collection of dissident groups. Minorities must assimilate into the majority but assimilation of groups goes against diversity.
We are living in a strange new time with a strange new vocabulary. This vocabulary involves what I would call manipulative terminology, an old political phenomenon once called ‘spin.’ I maintain that diversity, egalitarianism and multiculturalism are a sophisticated form of spin. They are not only questionable theories but political ploys.
Societal groups have been greatly affected by manipulative terminology like diversity. Black minorities have always assimilated into the White majority without abandoning essential aspects of their own culture. This Black/White assimilation has worked well. But segments of the Black minority, ostensibly influenced by concepts like diversity, have recently become reluctant to assimilate. Maintaining their independence is not economically advantageous, so it appears to be a political decision.
Pollyanna is an excellent characterization of today’s social activists. What keeps them going is focusing only on the positive and ignoring the negative. However, society has become so derelict that they can no longer look the other way. And it may be too late for activists to replace idealism with realism.
Our contemporary society has been variously described as broken, shallow, narcissistic, and without purpose. We've had flawed societies in the past but there was usually a feeling that normal conditions could be restored. But there are no hopeful recovery signs for our current defective society.
Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. He attended the University of Alabama and has a degree from Birmingham Southern College. His writing is influenced by years of witnessing how versions of news and history were distorted for political reasons. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Society of Independent Southern Historians and his articles have appeared on various websites, magazines, and publications for several organizations. He lives in Coastal Georgia.