Speaking as a guest lecturer at Dartmouth College this week, Duke University professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva shared his skewed take on racism in today’s America.
Ignoring decades of progress, he told his audience the U.S. is “not post-racial,” calling assertions to the contrary “suave but deadly.”
Bonilla-Silva claimed minorities are still being mistreated on a scale comparable to the 1960s, though modern whites have cleverly disguised their racism. In his opinion, a Caucasian’s embrace of inclusion and tolerance is actually proof of his or her hatred of non-whites.
When whites defend themselves against false accusations of racism, he said they are doing nothing more than blaming “descrimination on the victim and the incomprehensible response to the topic of race.”
To this professor, the majority race is stuck in a catch-22. Even whites who took an active role in the fight for civil rights, he contends, did so in hopes to cover up their own “personal prejudice.”
Telling those in the crowd they “must fight white supremacy,” Bonilla-Silva continued trashing an entire race of people in his convoluted attempt to classify them as racists. While he is not an English professor, it might serve this fraud well to familiarize himself with the meaning of the word. Lumping people together to disparage them based solely on their pigmentation is exactly what he is ostensibly arguing against.
The only step toward remedying the situation, he said, involves whites admitting their racism.
While one can endlessly parse the mistakes made in generations past, contending modern America is overrun by white racists is a provable fallacy. While individual cases of prejudice — stemming from and directed toward people of all colors — will always exist, Bonilla-Silva is attempting to feed racial discord with his charged rhetoric.
Considering the rash of violence aimed specifically at whites, one can easily make the argument those in the minority are in large part responsible for keeping alive any residual racism.
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