Why white is beautiful too.
In the early ’90s, my most P.C. friend boasted about attending an anti-racism workshop. Although the event was called “Healing Racism,” I silently dubbed it “Blaming Whitey.”
As she described it, whites and blacks faced each other on opposite sides of the room. Whites guiltily told tales of being racially insensitive, and blacks berated them. Then blacks recounted stories of racism while whites bowed their heads in shame and apologized.
My friend pronounced the day as healing. I thought it sounded sadomasochistic.
I chalked it up to “only in Berkeley.” But over the years I’ve heard of more and more such happenings.
In states both blue and red, incoming college freshmen must attend social justice seminars during orientation. As though 18-year-olds don’t feel crappy enough about body fat and pimples, now they have to recoil at the color of their skin.
The targeted audiences for these blaming and shaming sessions are getting younger, which is predictable. Every cult from the Moonies to the Left recruits from the malleable young.
Even kindergartners are being groomed to be the littlest of community organizers. One of my twenty-something clients cried herself to sleep in second grade after her teacher graphically detailed the conditions of slave ships. While this lovely young person never harmed a flea, somehow she became responsible for genocide.
Blacks in this country have been subjected to true horror in the past. This terrible fact of life cannot be changed.
Punishment is not possible for the evildoers; they are long dead. But that doesn’t stop Obama and the Left from exploiting grudges and grievances for their own agenda.
Whipping up racial antagonism harms us all, but it especially harms the youth. Hopeful, eager black children can turn angry and demoralized from constant reminders of bigotry. White kids may start believing that their race is evil.
Fostering friction benefits the Left’s goal of redistribution. To achieve socialism, they need whites under their thumb. The Left’s modus operandi: Crush white people’s spirits. (The Left excels at this — they’ve been trampling on blacks’ self-confidence for decades.)
By convincing whites of guilt by association, the Left can induce them to act against their own best interests. Sheepish whites will give up first-class health care and sacrifice Granny for reasons of “justice.” Or they’ll embrace illegal aliens, even if this means a degraded standard of living.
Brainwashed Americans will even risk their own safety and excuse crime. (“It’s not my mugger’s fault. He’s a victim of white privilege.”) They’ll offer up their own children to hostile public schools for the utopian vision of multiculturalism.
They’ll do anything, in fact, to get that scarlet letter “R” (Racist) off their backs. Most disturbingly, guilty whites will support a president who obviously despises them.
Think I’m exaggerating about Obama? Just witness his contempt on any given day, whether he’s demeaning Middle America, or Sen. Scott Brown’s truck, or the Cambridge Police.
And behold Obama’s friends: Eric Holder, who is revolted by our nation of cowards, and Michelle Obama, whose enraged speeches, caught on tape, can make your skin crawl.
For possibly the first time in our history, we have leaders who can’t stand most of the people who elected them. And Obama and his crew are working overtime to get whites to detest themselves too.
On the one hand, I understand the hatred and desire for revenge.
Our country’s history is different from most others’. Germany exterminated millions of Jews — but few Jews now live there. The Khmer Rouge massacred much of its population — but those killed were other Cambodians.
In the U.S., blacks coexist with whites, a race that once enslaved them. And the media, schools, and the government take every opportunity to pick at this racial wound.
So I recognize where this antipathy comes from — the shame of slavery and segregation. However — and I’m sorry if this sounds harsh — Obama and friends need to get over it. They need to start living in the world circa 2010.
You see, I am not one of those shrinks who encourage clients to rage for years about their rotten parents. And I don’t believe that bad childhoods exonerate bad behavior. Simply put, people remain in bondage when they allow the past to become their identity today.
The social justice campaign against white America is itself unjust. No matter how great someone’s suffering, retaliating against the innocent is inexcusable.
White privilege seminars are a forum for propaganda, a way to bully and browbeat. They are the elitist version of the New Black Panthers and their billy clubs.
As a psychotherapist, I see the damage done to young people: There’s Shannon, a teen, who had a full-blown panic attack when a teacher fulminated against “white supremacy.”
And then there’s Lara, a Midwestern girl who has had her sense of self-worth decimated since arriving in Berkeley for college. Once confident and secure, Lara now takes antidepressants.
Last week, Lara said to me the following: “When I first came here, I had no idea of all the terrible things white people have done. I’ve come to hate white people. I hate myself. Sometimes I fantasize about killing myself so there would be one fewer white person.”
This is what it’s come to.
I said the following back to Lara:
“Your life matters. You have a right to be here, no matter what anyone tells you. You are a precious gift to the world. Don’t let anyone ever convince you otherwise.”
And the same words apply to every one of us:
To blacks rendered permanent victims
And whites tarred as racists;
To the old being cast out;
And those of faith being jeered at:
“Your lives matter. You have a right to be here. You are a precious gift to the world. Don’t let anyone ever convince you otherwise.”
A frequent AT contributor, Robin is a psychotherapist and recovering liberal in Berkeley. To protect client confidentiality, names and identifying information have been altered.