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A Thought From the Left: Who Gets to Define Racism?

CB-RacismWhile following a tweet thread related to the recent Twitter Deverfication scandal with Beritbart Tech Editor, Milo Yianniopoulos, I stumbled upon a Twitter account of someone who claimed to be a sociologist.  She is clearly a neo-feminist, among other things, and I actually got a headache as I reviewed her Timeline.  Once I got past the fear of sharing the same planet, let along country with this person, I simply had to call out the lunacy.

Among a litany of other insane comments which would give me blog content for the next few years, she stated that white people cannot define racism.  I almost let that go but then I kept circling back to it.  Based on what I could glean, she is probably a grad student, but I guess we’ll let her claim of being a sociologist go for now, but her comment opened up a floodgate of thoughts – the least of all being, that we as conservative have a obligation to engage with people who think like this because, in all honesty, they have gone unchecked for far too long.  Unless we’re talking about a hot-button issue that has polarized liberals and conservatives for decades, each side tends to keep to themselves – yet with social media, that has dramatically changed and we have to step up and start making an argument.

I hate to break it to my little pseudo-sociologist but racism was around long before Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci – it wasn’t something invented in the Colonies or even crystallized here – it has been around for millenniums.  I may be mistaken but I think that slavery existed in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome and Greece and as inconvenient as it is,  in pre-colonial Africa. While the left loves to make their narrative pliable and play-doh-like to fit their version of the truth, in this case there is no wiggle room.  Racism isn’t going anywhere.

Attempting to redefine racism as uniquely a black vs. white context is disingenuous and weakens the argument in question.  Racism isn’t new, it isn’t of American invention, it has been around and will always be around because at the heart of racism is power and the need for power and control over other human beings for your own personal benefit.  It has much more to do with an individual’s personality and life experience than it does the pigmentation of someone’s skin.

Yet arguing about the definition of racism and who can define it and who can’t is a liberal rabbit hole that they all seem to enjoy climbing into together because it apparently makes them all feel better.  The left has gotten so far gone with these that we now have spin-off of things like perceived racism, systemic racism, white guilt, white privilege and so many more.  It seems entertaining new ways to define it has become a hobby of theirs.

So does this mean that only women can define Feminism, not men?  (Which was actually another claim of this “sociologist”).

But, for fun, let’s follow this train of thought …

Who among women is better able to define feminism?  Does she just need to have that XY chromosome combination?  Does she need to be of a certain color? nationality? political affiliation? Does she need to have boobs? Boobs and a vagina?  What about Caitlin Jenner?

Based on this logic are the following assertions correct as well?

Only liberals can define liberalism?

Only conservatives can define conservatism?

Only communists can define communism?

Only fascists can define fascism?

So what about things like:

Ageism?  At what age do you have to be to be able to define ageism?

Sexism?  What sex do you have to be to define sexism?  (Again, the Caitlin Jenner question)

The more I read and attempt to grasp the rationale here, I come to one haunting conclusion, they need all of these definitions, phrases and terms to avoid the root of a problem.  The labeling, name-calling and accusations are nothing more than a ruse to avoid having a legitimate debate for fear of destabilizing their victim-ridden belief that they can fix all of the world’s ills and lead us all into an Utopian state.

For a group of people who claim they despise labels so much, they sure dedicate an overwhelming amount of time inventing them, defining them, redefining them and then, of course deciding who has the right to define them in their world view and who doesn’t.

But that would indicate a bias based on a prejudice …

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