What do you mean, "What does that mean?" Thought I told you kids to get off my lawn. . .
Race itself is a product of social discrimination; so long as the white race exists, all movements against racism are doomed to fail... The key to solving the social problems of our age is to abolish the white race. Until that task is accomplished, even partial reform will prove elusive, because white influence permeates every issue in U.S. society, whether domestic or foreign.
What's that!? The insane ramblings of some Al Sharpton wannabe? Ummm, no. It's Noel Ignatiev, fellow at Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois Institute, author of How The Irish Became White and the man who runs a website called Race Traitor whose motto is treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity & believes that the deconstruction of the white race is the only hope for worldwide social change.
It's the Sharpton line that tempts. And I don't even like the man that much.
In the comments, which are in no way influenced by the inflammatory title and condescending write-up, someone named dswensen writes:
White people don't have any more choice about the circumstances they're born into than anyone else. Asking people to give up their privileges based on their race seems to me just a whit counterproductive to the idea of abolishing racism.
In his -- call me crazy, but I'm thinking "he" -- in his defense, this reply is titled "I'm posting drunk, please forgive me."
On the other hand, readers have declared the remark nuanced.
I only quoted the first of two paragraphs, and "declared" in this instance refers to the karma system on Plastic, but it's hard to riled up including all those details.
Fairly standard stuff. Is there a Federal mandate that someone in these sorts of discussions say, "There's just one race, the human race," or "Forget Italian-American or African American, we're all just Americans," or something to that extent? Or are there really people out there who find such statements profound?
Rhetorical question. I've met people like that.
They usually live in the suburbs.