I grew up, as most millennials probably did, with an understanding that basic morals and decency dictate that people should be treated as individuals, based on their own efforts, rather than on immutable characteristics which they cannot control. As a primarily Arab-American, I’m in a unique position to observe race relations in America, and I’m beginning to notice an alarming trend. This trend needs to be addressed before American society tears itself apart further.
Multicultural societies, like the one we live in, are fantastic. They blend cultures, races, belief systems, and ideas that largely homogeneous societies do not have the opportunity to experience. This topic may be uncomfortable for some, and understandably so, but it is becoming clear that the only form of racism that is still tolerable in American society, is anti-white racism.
Don’t believe me? Let’s start with a few examples.
The most recent example is a BuzzFeed article, published at the end of 2017, called 37 Things White People Need to Stop Ruining in 2018. The article, written by Patrice Peck, lists protests, sneaker culture, makeup, macaroni and cheese, and the United States of America as just a few things ruined by white people last year.
BuzzFeed is not exactly a fringe website. It is valued at $1.7 billion, far more than the Washington Post, for reference, and touts a global audience of 650 million people.
It is a massive platform and somehow gets away with abhorrent and blatant racism constantly.
Yet, BuzzFeed is not the only guilty party.
In fact, other outlets promote anti-white racism on a far larger scale. By my count, Salon published more than fifteen anti-white pieces in 2017. The following is a selection of a few Salon articles:
- Are White Men Waging the Real “War on Cops?”
- How to Talk About White Men
- The Plague of Angry White Men: How Racism, Gun Culture, & Toxic Masculinity are Poisoning America
- Why is it Always the White Guy: The Roots of Modern, Violent Rage
The Root, owned by Univision, provides similar content.
All of a sudden, it seems to be acceptable to attack people solely on the basis of their skin color, which obviously people cannot control. This is the textbook definition of racism. Imagine the outrage if you were to substitute any other race in place of “white” in any of these headlines.
Ridiculous articles aside, there is a far more salient point here. The aforementioned media outlets are largely frequented by left-leaning audiences. The left, as we know, is vehemently against white supremacy— as they should be. Most people of sound mind are.
What they don’t seem to realize is that this type of content promotes what they claim to abhor.
Allow me to pose a hypothetical to illustrate my point: Imagine for a moment being a “low-skilled” white man working in manufacturing in middle America. Your main focus is putting food on the table for your family, paying your mortgage, and squirreling away some savings for a rainy day. You’re worried about losing your job to automation. Will you be able to put your children through college? Will you be able to achieve the American Dream of giving your children a better life? Will you be able to retire at a decent age, or at all? These are all legitimate questions.
In the meantime, you are constantly bombarded with stories like the ones written in BuzzFeed and Salon. You are told that your very “whiteness” is a problem. More specifically, you are told that you are a problem. You are told that your very existence is a burden on society. You are told that you’ve been endowed with a certain privilege that minorities in America do not have. These stories simply don’t reflect your reality, given your economic situation. By the way, most of your friends and family, many of whom are white, are in the same situation.
Now let me pose a question: What is your reaction to such media given your situation?
To many people, it’s probably not a huge concern. After all, you don’t have to read BuzzFeed articles and you have more important things to worry about.
To a certain percentage of people, irresponsibly published pieces like the ones listed above inspire resentment and anger. They drive people to more extreme political positions. Thus, if you claim to abhor white supremacy as the left so often does, why attack white people, giving them a reason to become resentful? This seems counter-intuitive.
Large media platforms, instead, could promote harmony and respect. They could promote judgment of others based on individual character, not based on affiliation with a certain racial group, over which none of us has any control.
Why don’t media platforms behave responsibly? It’s simple. Race-baiting garners more clicks and page views, which sells more ads. Certain outlets are taking advantage of the fact that society has deemed it appropriate to promote racism against white people.
My suggestion is this: Avoid this trap at all costs. Racism against one group today does not alleviate tension from racism against another group in the past. In fact, it creates more racism. Why don’t we stop shredding our social fabric in 2018?