Missouri state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal has made no secret of her one-woman racist battle. The Democrat has been one of the loudest voices in the Ferguson discussion, often coloring her comments with divisive rhetoric that only serves to add fuel to an already-scalding fire. Judging by her Twitter account, she has no plans to cool it in 2015.
“LET ME BE CLEAR,” she said in a Tweet, “When you exercise your #whiteprivilege, don’t think I’m not going to remember. I will use it for the future. Uncomfortable?” She followed the comment with another, insisting that the “system has literally failed the people I represent. There is no hope that anything will change.”
Well, it sounds like her “people” have elected a representative who has already conceded victory. A victory on what is not clear, but it probably has something to do with that white privilege she insists on calling out.
“I don’t know what she is proposing,” said Fox News host Tucker Carlson, “other than inflaming people over so-called white privilege and invoking the notion of a race war.”
But see, that’s the beauty of being a liberal. You don’t have to get specific. You don’t have to really say anything at all. You can sit on the sidelines and make snarky tweets, emboldened by the knowledge that legions of college kids will support you in the absence of the facts. And while it would be nice to slap an “extremist” label on Chappelle-Nadal and be done with it, her idea of “white privilege” is quickly gaining ground in the mainstream. And that’s dangerous for everyone.
Liberalism: The Only Winner
The term dates back to an essay written by University of Michigan professor Peggy McIntosh in 1989. In it, she claimed that white people in America are given thousands of invisible benefits purely through the color of their skin. The notion took a while to gain traction, but it is front and center in today’s social justice movement. “Check your privilege” has become the movement’s favorite phrase, meant to stifle discussion and put minority viewpoints beyond reproach.
Whenever conservatives like Carlson snap back against the notion of white privilege, they are met with predictable scorn by the mad left. But Carlson isn’t trying to protect any white hegemony. He’s trying to expose this as the obvious racism that it is. And the end result of that kind of racism isn’t the ascendancy of the American black. It is the growth of welfare and other liberal policies that have been proven to harm the very people they are supposed to help.
Morgan Freeman, who is no conservative, told CNN’s Don Lemon that race has nothing to do with inequality. “You and I,” he said, “we’re proof. Why would race have anything to do with it? Put your mind to what you want to do and go for that.”
America will never be perfect. Humans will never be perfect. There will always exist racism to one degree or another. But by putting that racism at the forefront of the national conversation, protestors and agitators and politicians only hurt the communities they propose to serve.