In her interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Oprah Winfrey asked Meghan: "How do you feel about the palace hearing you speak your truth today?"
Phrases like 'your truth' and 'my truth' are a way of making personal opinions sound more substantial. Meghan Markle's 'truth' is that the Royal Family's racism prevented a title for her son Archie. But in accordance with royal protocol, Archie's lineage doesn't qualify for a sovereign title.
The concept of 'my truth' is fairly common among minority groups that feel underrepresented in society. Their opinions can be questioned but 'truth' is unarguable. Minority 'truth' consists of subjective, preconceived viewpoints. Consequently minorities tend to interpret any unpleasant encounter with a white person as racist. And media rarely attempts to corroborate accusations of discrimination.
Stacey Abrams, our most prominent race-hustler, insists that the Jim Crow era never ended and racism permeates our entire society. Media ignores Stacey Abrams' lies and shady financial dealings and instead portrays her as a benevolent voting rights activist. She was even allowed to secretly and retroactively edit her previous comments promoting the boycott of Georgia by the MLB all-star game.
But the State of Georgia is investigating Stacey Abrams and her non-profit organizations for various voting irregularities. The spending of some of Abrams' non-profit voting rights groups is also being looked into. Hopefully, media adulation of Stacey Abrams will lessen and they will stop promoting her questionable racial allegations.
A coterie of activists are expanding the meaning of racism with the scholarly sounding Critical Race Theory. This theory divides society into two groups: victims (primarily blacks) and oppressors (primarily whites). It maintains that race is not biological but simply a social construction. It also claims that racism has evolved from individual acts of discrimination and is now a vital cog in our legal and social structure. And the experiences of people of color, passed on through storytelling is more important than evidence and reason.
One of Critical Race Theory's strangest assertions is that the insistence on the right answer is oppressive to minorities. In the past, not insisting on the right answer would have been described as “dumbing down.” And 2+2=5 would have been a wrong answer. But the new 'Woke' math allows persons to pick and choose their preferred answers. Restricting a minority to only one answer to a math question is now considered racism. So woke math is being offered as a replacement of Traditional math.
Critical Race Theory's ultimate goal is the elimination of White supremacy. But that will essentially involve replacing our current society. And that objective, although anti-American, is actually being proposed.
As anti-American as the Critical Race Theory are the assertions of the 1619 Project. You probably accepted the sincerity of the Declaration of Independence and thought our Founders were honorable men. But the 1619 Project claims that emerging anti-slavery sentiments in Britain caused colonists to fear losing slave labor, hence independence was declared. The 1619 Project further maintains that enslavement and persecution of Africans was and is the core American ideology.
It was assumed that, even with their differences, Black culture and White culture could peacefully coexist within the same society. But peaceful coexistence is being threatened by Social Justice advocates and Leftist media. These activists insist that White culture must be curtailed or eliminated because it oppresses Black culture. The public won't approve of curtailing White culture, so we can expect activists to exaggerate the negative effects of White Racism to justify their actions.
Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. His writing is influenced by witnessing how versions of news and history were distorted for fashionable 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 with his wife.