I think that white supremacy hardens the hearts of white people so much, that when we get into diverse spaces we put up our defenses and hide behind the lie of meritocracy. On the other hand, social justice is not a thought experiment. As we begin this blog, let us remember that authenticity begins with the breath.
I worry about our society, and I don’t believe socialism is the right answer to our problems. Many people agree with me. And yet many social justice people seem to be oblivious to the blatant Marxism of what they are proclaiming….
….And so, as white people, who are not officially “woke”… As white people who still care, but don’t want to go “overboard”… What is the function of our attempts to integrate hard left social justice into conservative frameworks? (Which is one of my ambitions with this blog…)
I think it’s misguided to integrate extremes just for the sake of maintaining safety for oneself because one is already privileged. And I think that it is unjust to maintain stoicism in the face of true suffering or to ignore the cries of social justice warriors and their allies. Rush Limbaugh died today. The Wall Street Journal talked about him as a conservative, while the New York Times talked about him as a racist and a misogynist. Shame on the NYT for dragging a recently deceased man’s name through the mud.
At the same time, Limbaugh was indeed what white people channeled as they hardened their hearts toward structural injustice. How did he think that he was on the right side of history? As soon as you have that arrogant tone, you are mistaken, no matter what comes next – be you liberal or conservative. And that is what Limbaugh and then Trump cultivated.
Social justice people can be just as fundamentalist with their righteous anger. They have a point. But so do the white people on the right – with one major difference: structural inequality favors whites.
And so I get why social justice warriors get a pass with their cancel culture while conservatives complain about being silenced. If our society was just, we wouldn’t have this mind warp. We just wouldn’t. And so I think that, even if we disagree with their methods and their tone, we can’t take a Rush Limbaugh approach anymore as white people. We can’t harden our hearts and double down against Marxism. We need to soften. Because Black people can’t breathe.