Race-hustling is still race-hustling even if it comes with a PhD and the air of sophistication.
As sad as it is, dividing people along racial lines, promoting discord for dollars, and dedicating your professional existence to grievance mongering is an extraordinarily lucrative business. Just ask America’s latest racism expert, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, whose nonsensical suppositions (like: there are no non-racist beliefs, only racist and anti-racist ones) have landed him large checks from guilt-ridden white liberals in media:
Jack Dorsey just took Big Tech’s bankrolling of radical, anti-capitalist, social justice movements to the next level, donating $10 million to Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research, with “no strings attached.” The center was founded this summer by “How to Be an Antiracist” author Ibram X. Kendi.
And those in academia:
The conventional wisdom, of course, is not to hate the player, but to hate the game. Kendi is just cashing in as so many others before him have done. Still, there is something particularly loathsome about what he is doing, and this last week it showed itself in its ugliest form:
Thankfully, Kendi’s offensive “white savior complex” perspective on the loving sacrifice of countless white parents who have rescued children from deplorable conditions and given them a blessed life, was widely panned by people of conscience – of all colors and ethnicities. And when it happened, as professional race-baiters do, Kendi refused to repent, but instead doubled down and shook a judgmental finger at all the unenlightened rubes who just didn’t understand.
Yet no matter how hard Kendi tries to move the goalposts he erected in the first place, all one has to do is going back to his “How to be an Anti-Racist” thesis – that every thought and action is either racist or anti-racist – and pin him to the wall. Here’s the question:
Is interracial adoption, specifically white parents adopting black children from Africa or the Caribbean, racist or anti-racist?
Remember, Kendi says there is no in-between. He teaches there is no neutral on this issue. Capitalism is racist. Western legal tradition is racist. So what about interracial adoption? Is it an act of altruism, self-sacrifice, generosity, and love that crosses racial barriers to care for another fellow image-bearer of the Creator even when it costs so much? Or is it a veiled, even subconscious attempt at individualized, racist colonialism?
Unsurprisingly, Kendi doesn’t answer, because Kendi can’t. If he tried, if he even engaged the question, his scam would be exposed for the fraud that it is.
It’s too bad, really. Ideas – particularly regarding the ones that impact our ability to live and thrive together as human beings – deserve to be discussed and debated, and then either dismissed or accepted on their merits.
I guess sometimes the grift is just too good.