Jonah Goldberg’s current G-File deals with the racism being directed at white people by some on the Left. He starts by recounting a story of an incident of an older white woman going off on an bank teller of Asian heritage, saying, “You damn gooks killed my husband and my son!”
It seems to me that the old lady at the bank had more “reason” to hate Asians than Jeong has to hate white people. But the simple fact remains that the individual American of Asian descent that the old lady at the bank attacked didn’t do anything wrong.
What the old woman did was not really different from what Sarah Jeong has done, but no one would expect media outlets such as the WaPo to publish opinion pieces supporting such behavior.
It goes without saying, or should in a rational conversation, that Left’s racism directed at white is inconsistent with their criticisms of anyone else’s racism, sexism, ableism, etc. As Goldberg notes, it’s also counterproductive.
Liberals despise any argument that claims that they are part of the reason we “got Trump.” But for decades now, numerous liberals have acted like members of a cult awaiting the fulfillment of a demographic prophecy that, one day soon, whites will be a minority in this country. When that happens, various versions of this prophecy foretell, white power and culture will be wiped away. This analysis has always been deeply flawed on a number of fronts, but that’s a topic for another day. My point here is that the rhetoric associated with this hope is profoundly dangerous because it flips the switch on whites to suddenly see themselves as white. As I discuss in my book, economic issues had far less to do with Trump’s success than feelings of cultural displacement. And Trump’s margin of victory stemmed in large part from triggering or activating many voters who invest large parts of their identity in being white.
You can come up with as many polysyllabic explanations as you like for why it’s okay for you to mock, demonize, or ridicule white people. You can prattle on to your Ph.D. adviser’s content about how whiteness is a social construct that needs to be dismantled. But maybe you should have the simple decency and common sense to understand that many people won’t see it that way, because the net effect of your “counter-trolling” is that it leads to the opposite of your stated goal: You are making white people feel threatened, and, as a result, you’re making at least some of them more racist. You are making whiteness a thing. And you are blaming today’s white people for things they never did. Just as the old lady at the bank did to that poor bank teller.
Read the whole thing.
Simple decency and common sense? Good luck with that.