The Progressive Racial Narrative and Its Beneficiaries

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll reveals that nearly 6 in 10 people believe race relations are bad, with 23% saying they are “very bad.” The causes of these perceptions are many, including nationally publicized police killings of two black men, disorderly and violent demonstrators ignoring the facts of the cases to brand the police “racist,” a lazy media neglecting to dig up and then publicize those facts, and a president, Attorney General, and mayor of New York willing to exploit and widen racial division and consort with hustlers like Al Sharpton.

What we see at work in these events is the long established racial narrative in which endemic white racism accounts for all the ills that afflict black people. Not just individual whites harbor this original sin, but our educational, political, social, justice, and economic institutions are racist as well, favoring white people and hence conferring on them “white skin privilege.” The wide scope of racism means that no matter how well meaning towards blacks, or how socially and economically disadvantaged, individual whites cannot purge themselves of racism. Only radical transformation of all our institutions can redeem America from racism.

This fairytale regularly ignores numerous facts.

  • simus1

    “Lazy media”?
    Do they think suppressing the truth to enhance Emperor Barry’s image among his American leftist/dullard fans is easy work, year after year?

  • sonomaca

    All the race hustling we see is related to the fact that blacks have lost status as the preeminent minority. Hispanics have taken over the #1 spot, and they have little patience for black whining. After all, they weren’t slave owners or practitioners of Jim Crow. Ditto for the Asians, who will eventually be the #2 minority.

    • winniec

      I beg your pardon? Spanish colonies used just as many slaves or more. And Portugal used the most slaves in the New World of all! That’s why Cuba and Brazil are predominantly black countries!

  • winniec

    To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?
    You may not criticize young, black hoodlums or Islamic terrorists.

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  • Frau Katze

    There ARE a rather large # of people and groups who benefit from this:

    So cui bono, as the lawyers say, who benefits from this narrative? The federal and state entitlement industry, of course, whose agencies and bureaucrats profit from having a permanent underclass of clients.

    So too the Democratic Party, which buys black votes with promises to keep the transfers and set-asides flowing.

    So too the racial grievance industry, that gang of activists, academics, ethnic studies professors, “diversity” consultants, and shakedown artists like Al Sharpton who use black misery as leverage for more power and pelf. So too the leftover leftists, who find in racial discord a weapon for attacking the country that kicked their cherished collectivist ideology into the dustbin of history.

    • Xavier

      Pelf! What interesting words the Canadian language has!