A voter may dislike a black, homosexual or female candidate, but it’s not likely that he would openly admit it. However, diversity-crazed leftist/progressive Democrats have openly condemned the physical characteristics of some of their 2020 presidential candidates. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are be leading the polls despite the fact that they have been condemned as old white men. While Pete Buttigieg is homosexual, something that pleases diversity crazies, he is also a white man, young and religious. With Kamala Harris’ departure from the race, the Democratic field has lost one of its persons of color. Another, Senator Cory Booker, stands at 2% in the polls; his days are numbered. That means the only Democratic candidates polling high are those condemned as old white people —two men and one woman, Elizabeth Warren.

LaTosha Brown, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter, said she was initially eager for Joe Biden to enter the race but now has second thoughts. Brown said: “I’m over white men running the country. I don’t know if him (sic) getting in changes the field. He has name recognition, but his strength is also his weakness.” Former presidential candidate Howard Dean lamented, “If we have two old white guys at the top of this ticket, we will lose.” The newest entry into the presidential sweepstakes, Michael Bloomberg, had to apologize for what some see as his diversity insensitiveness namely that of calling fellow presidential candidate Cory Booker “well-spoken” in a TV interview. The New Jersey senator said he was “taken aback” by what he saw as Bloomberg’s racist “trope.”

Michael Moore gave us his racist warning: “Two-thirds of all white guys voted for Trump. That means anytime you see three white guys walking at you, down the street toward you, two of them voted for Trump. You need to move over to the other sidewalk because these are not good people. You should be afraid of them.”

This is the new racism, much of it learned and taught at our nation’s colleges. George Orwell said, “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.” The stupid ideas about inclusion and diversity originate with academics on college campuses. If their ideas didn’t infect the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment. But these cancerous ideas have infected society. Statements such as “If we have two old white guys at the top of this ticket, we will lose” is an example of that cancer.

Last year, Philip Carl Salzman wrote “The War Against White People” in Minding the Campus. He declared: “Anti-white hate is now mainstream American culture. Not just by racial extremists such as Black Lives Matter, for whom statements such as “all lives matter” or “blue lives matter” are racist. Our highest leaders sing the same song.”

When Barack Obama was campaigning for the presidency in 2008, he said of working-class white voters, “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Hillary Clinton claimed that half of Donald Trump’s supporters were “a basket of deplorables” who were “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.” Do you think Clinton was talking about Trump’s black, Asian and Hispanic supporters?

Then there’s Sarah Jeong, a member of The New York Times editorial board and graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard Law School. She expressed publicly many anti-white opinions. Among them are: “The world could get by just fine with zero white people.” It’s “kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.” I guarantee you that The New York Times would have fired any employee making similar statements about black, Hispanic or homosexual people.

The bottom line is that the new racism is just as ugly as the old racism.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.

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diana@yiustrange.com

This entire argument is based on a false equivalency. Being concerned that Joe Biden is too old and too white is in no way equivalent to “old racism”, like, for example, public lynchings. Being mean, or even hurtful, to white men is not equivalent to almost 100 years of slavery. I fail to see how what the author calls “new racism” is in any way equivalent to whatever is considered “old racism”. Are old white men being murdered for being old and white? Are white Trump voters being randomly stopped on the street and frisked? You can’t equivocate white people getting their feelings hurt with centuries of racism toward people of color.

Now, is the statement “The world could get by just fine with zero white people” racist? Yes, of course it is. The definition of racism is discrimination based on the idea that one’s own race is superior. However, context always matters, and this quote is extremely difficult to find any context at all. The best I can find is an article where Jeong apologizes for some of her tweets, and explains that the tweets were an attempt to point out false equivalencies, like the ones in this article.

No one likes being judged for the color of their skin. However, I’m white; when I hear statements like “I’m over white men running the country” I don’t necessarily think of it as an attack on me for my color or gender. I see it as someone explaining frustration that we’ve never had a woman as president, and we’ve only had one black president. I don’t see anything wrong with being tired of something like that, especially when we don’t know what a female president is even capable of.

Will you be able to find a “crazed leftist” who says something about how they don’t want an old white president just because he’s old and white? Yes, you will. Just like I can pretty quickly find a response to Sarah Jeong’s tweets calling her a “dog eating g**k” (perhaps the author would consider this statement “new racism”). But most of the quotes used in this article are out of context, and are absolutely in no way equivalent to “old racism”.

I don’t know if the author knows this or is willfully playing dumb, but statements like “all lives matter” are not seen by most people as racist. The things that these statements represent are what many see as racist. All Lives Matter did not exist before Black Lives Matter. It is clearly a response. What if you and six other people were trapped in a cave, and I found you. I offer everyone but you some bread. You say “I’d like a piece of bread”, and I respond “EVERYONE wants bread!” Does that help? No, it doesn’t. Obviously, everyone wants bread, but you’re asking because you didn’t get any. Responding to Black Lives Matter by saying “all lives matter” is ignoring the point that the initial movement is trying to make, and purposefully trying to confuse what the movement stands for.

Also, just a note, the full quote from Obama is this: “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

The quote was very poorly worded, but he doesn’t once mention white people.

thechaosaysmu@gmail.com

I wouldn't even waste your time coming up with a response (though I dig what you've written.) Walter Williams is a complete and utter hack. One of those conservative "intellectuals" along the lines of Anne Coulter. They go hard on the conservative nonsense, because the field of conservative "intellectuals" today is so pathetically small that it's an easy way to make money, whether you really believe what you're saying or not.

What I'd like to know, is why the Watauga Democrat, a "politically independent" (hah!) newspaper feels the need to post this man's tripe each and every week.

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