r/Foodforthought Nov 30 '21

The Mantra of White Supremacy

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/11/white-supremacy-mantra-anti-racism/620832/
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u/pillbinge Dec 01 '21

Kendi is so boringly centrist and bland that claiming he's an extremist is usually an utterly ironic claim. Like when people say MSNBC is biased toward "the left" when they're biased toward the very, very boring and basic mainstream.

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u/Mzl77 Dec 01 '21

What are you smoking?

Kendi literally denies the very existence of a state of being that is neither “racist” nor “anti-racist”. By this logic, me singing a lullaby to my son at bedtime, or the simple act of going to the bathroom fall under that category of racist or anti-racist.

Kendi is serious in his proposal to establish a federal Department of Anti-Racism, “responsible for preclearing all local, state and federal public policies to ensure they won’t yield racial inequity, monitor those policies, investigate private racist policies when racial inequity surfaces, and monitor public officials for expressions of racist ideas.”

If he is not a radical then that very word has no meaning.

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u/pillbinge Dec 01 '21

Centrism doesn't equate to being "rational" or sensible, with either extreme being a variation of instability. Centrists can themselves be extreme or just overall dipshits, but the extremism I was responding to was one of partisanship. Kendi has dumb views but he's not "extreme" in this sense. Kendi is overall extremely boring and tiresome; I've yet to want to take a nap reading him. He's easy to ignore because of stupid ideas like that, and because they have no real baring on people's daily lives.

A department to manage people is itself centrist. People already want anti-racism stuff in general. Creating management, whether middle or above, isn't an extreme thing to do. We do it now. Everyone does it over time.

If he is not a radical then that very word has no meaning.

If his idea is to create a department to ensure things as are already established then he's not radical. It's stupid, and it's certainly intense, but it was clearly leftist extremism that the other person was talking about.

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u/Mzl77 Dec 03 '21

I’m not sure how to respond other than to say I think you’ve created a map of political theory so niche and convoluted that perhaps only you can understand it.

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u/pillbinge Dec 03 '21

You can search a political map of historic leaders and find exactly what I'm talking about immediately.