A Leftist admits Leftist hypocrisy but says it is justified
Writing on the Leftist "Medium" site, a Seattle graphic designer is full of rage. Excerpts below. His admission of the shallowness of Leftist claims is refreshing but he goes on to say that what really matters is that Leftists are fighting a huge fight against vast injustices. The vastness of the injustices in the world is apparently sufficient to justify almost any opposition to it.
So what are these vast injustices? He seems principally concerned about that old chestnut, black/white inequality. Somehow whites are responsible for black failure and, to correct that, great and coercive changes are needed.
The immutability of low black economic success does not seem to faze him. That it persists in the face of extensive affirmative action policies does not interest him. He shows no serious interest in the causes of the situation at all. It is all just WRONG and he and a heroic band of progressives must fight to overturn it. He has elected himself as a hero of rightness and justice.
Black disadvantage first prominently manifests itself in the schools. Blacks just find it very difficult to do the same work as their same-age white peers and about a third of of them drop out, never graduating from High School at all.
But teachers are overwhelmingly Left-leaning and have over the years turned themselves inside out in an attempt to bridge the black/white educational "gap". But nothing works. The gap barely changes regardless of what policies and ideas are thrown at it. So that shows with perfect clarity that the gap is rooted in something inside blacks themselves. Blacks are just not good at doing many important things. The problem is IN blacks, nobody else. So our Seattle graphic designer is tilting at windmills. Far from doing any good for anybody he is just banging his head on a brick wall -- but it appears to make him feel big. That he is in fact a great steaming nit he cannot acknowledge
I have some difficult news for everyone: Progressives aren’t interested in diversity. We aren’t interested in inclusion. We aren’t interested in tolerance. The progressives I know give exactly zero shits about those things.
We have no interest in everyone getting treated the same. We have no interest in giving all ideas equal airtime. We have no interest in “tolerating” all beliefs. I don’t know where this fairy tale comes from, but it’s completely disconnected from every experience I’ve had with progressive liberal folks in my lifetime.
When conservatives cross their arms and glare and shout “It’s not fair! You’re supposed to welcome everyone but you aren’t being nice to me!” it stings about as much as if they shouted, “It’s not fair, you’re supposed to be wearing tutus and juggling flaming donuts!”
The progressive liberal agenda isn’t about being nice. It’s about confronting evil, violence, trauma, and death. It’s about acknowledging the ways systemic power, systemic oppression, systemic evil, work in our world around us. I’m not fighting for diversity. I’m not fighting for tolerance. I’m fighting to overturn horrific systems of dehumanizing oppression.
What We’re Actually Confronting
Take a few facts on race. White America is exhausted of Blacks invoking 200-year-old history as an excuse for their problems. They’ve had it just like whites since the Emancipation Proclamation. Or since MLK. Or since Obama made it into office.
Let’s pause on this. I live in Seattle, Washington. A liberal city if there ever was one. Full of cheery whites with “Black Lives Matter” signs in their windows. But in Seattle, Washington, black residents make less money than white ones. 5% less, 10% less? No. The average black Seattlite’s income is less than half of the average white Seattleite’s income.
Less than half.
So, either there are unspoken forces at play that make it twice as hard for black people in Seattle to earn money, or black people are exactly half as intelligent and hard-working as white folks. Take your pick. But be honest about which one you’re choosing.
How’s the country as a whole? Well, on average, white families have more wealth than black families. How much more? Is it 200%, like Seattle’s income disparity? 500%. No. White families in the US, on average have 1700% the wealth of black families.
How much progress have we made on racial equality in America? Well, apparently we’re 1/17 of the way there. Only 16/17 more to go.
I have a four-year-old white son. A black boy his age, in the same income bracket, same level of education, will live, on-average, 5 years less than him. Half a decade. Mysteriously.
That same black boy has a higher chance of spending time in prison than my son. How much higher? 110% the rate? 150% the rate? Nope, 500% as likely to be imprisoned.