Talk about a great gig if you can get it. Being able to quit your day job and travel around the country, getting paid good money for bashing your own race. It’s possible you don’t even have to really believe it, as long as it sounds sincere and sufficiently vitriolic.
Not many have been afforded this opportunity. The only one I am aware of is Dr. Robin DiAngelo. She has a Ph.D. in Multicultural Education and was a lecturer at her alma mater, the University of Washington in Seattle. She is also white. However, it appears she feels quite guilty about this.
Now she receives invitations to speak at colleges by organizations such as the Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color at the University of Texas at Austin.
Many colleges and universities host a variety of speakers on many topics, but naturally one of the most popular has to do with racism and sexism.
Dr. DiAngelo’s specialty revolves around both, but emphasizes a phrase she coined called “White Fragility,” or “why it’s so hard for whites to talk about racism.” She penned a book of the same name. I’m sure it’s a real page turner.
She defines “White Fragility,” as “a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.”
One of the reasons whites are so reluctant might be that during her seminar at U.T., she asked the whites in the audience to come to the stage and “read a quote from the projection screen that addresses their ‘internalized superiority,’ ‘racial privilege’ and other deficiencies as whites.”
When they completed this demeaning task, and despite their courage for doing so, she told the audience to “‘not clap’ for the white people as they returned to their seats.”
After this spectacle, “she announced that there would be no question-and-answer session.” And we wonder why it is “so hard” for whites to discuss racism. The left will not allow it. Whites are supposed to just shut up and listen to why we are evil and the genesis of everyone’s problems.
But seriously – what do people like this want from us white folk?
Does the good doctor want us to just continually apologize for being born white? If that’s the case, allow me to borrow a phrase from the pro-illegal immigrant left.
We were born white through no fault of our own. It’s not our fault we are not people of color. We are told that illegal children, or DREAMers, had no choice. Their legacy of illegality was thrust upon them, and therefore they should not be punished for it. They did not ask to be dragged from their homeland. No one ever consulted with them.
Our legacy of white privilege follows the same path, as it was also thrust upon us. No one ever asked us if we chose to be white, as some doctor, probably white, dragged us from the womb.
But unlike DREAMers, we’re stuck. DREAMers have a chance, at least they do presently, to change their lot. They can choose to stay in America or return home – choose a path to citizenship or remain illegal.
We whites have no choice. We are stuck being white. And if someone like the forward-thinking Rachael Dolezal decides to make the change and better herself by becoming a person of color, she is told no.
It is proper in society today to be gender fluid, but evidently being racially fluid is a non-starter. At present, there are no therapies or drugs to assist in transitioning to a person of color.
Through no fault of our own, I guess we’re just stuck being white – like it or not. It’s an odd conundrum and possibly the only time in history where the oppressors are also the oppressed.