What do Americans think about their country? Until the turbulent 1960s, most had a favorable opinion of America. But the upheaval of the ‘sixties decade’ permanently altered our society and how it was viewed. Electronic media essentially replaced print media, a new group of journalists replaced old-line reporters, national news outlets took precedence over local news outlets, and our society was portrayed as racist.
This concern with racism has not only expanded since the 1960s but extreme measures are being proposed to end it, especially by indignant members of the Black community. In a Lancet book review, Dr. Rhea Boyd, a pediatrician and activist for communities of color, excoriates the racism of White Americans maintaining that the only way to stop racism is ‘to eliminate Whiteness all together.’
Resentful Black organizations are demanding the elimination of Whiteness although their opinions vary on how it can be done. Some claim that eliminating Whiteness is meant figuratively rather than literally. Others insist that Whiteness can be eliminated if “the identity and culture of White people” is destroyed. Eliminating Whiteness is a goal of irate Black organizations because they lump all Whites together as White supremacists and anti-Black bigots.
Among the many justifications for eliminating Whiteness is the insinuation that Whites aren’t “sacrificing privileges “ or working hard enough to accomplish “true racial equality.” But what is the distinction between “racial equality” and “true racial equality.” Is this simply a linguistic devise to set the stage for additional racial remedies. We know that each time a racial concession is made, militant Blacks demand another concession.
Luckily, all Blacks aren’t militant. Most realize they are better off coexisting with Whites and assimilating into the existing culture. Also, Blacks are only 13% percent of the population whereas Whites are over 60%. Consequently, a minority take-over of society is unrealistic. Unfortunately, our agenda-driven news media doesn’t hold our society in esteem.
The average age of American adults is roughly 40 which means that most came of age after electronic media became the primary source of information. It was initially thought that this new medium would improve the quality of news reporting. A typical comment was that electronic news media “... has replaced print with better and fast flowing news and information.”
It is undeniable that electronic news media has “replaced print” and its reporting is certainly “fast flowing.” Also, a significant segment of the public prefers hearing brief, spoken versions of events rather than reading a news article. But today’s electronic news reports are not necessarily “better”, in fact, what is called “news” is primarily scolding of Whites for their racism and media hype that kowtows to elites and militant Blacks.
Some reporting goes beyond biased opinions and is actually “fake news.” In this time of impotent moral standards, fake news is widespread. Fake news is not just a ploy used by political candidates to allay derogatory coverage. The term has been around since at least the 1890s. News media reports can be deliberately false or unintentionally misleading.
News media’s coverage of the critical race theory movement is more positive than negative. And it doesn’t refute CRT’s claim that America is a structurally racist society with Whites oppressing Blacks. White racism is a popular topic with news media as well as google sites and online videos. These, often zealous, characterizations of White racism are encouraging the elimination of Whiteness.
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.