Controversial activist and Boston University Professor Ibram X. Kendi says Republicans are not the “party of parents,” but rather “the party of white supremacy,” and they are “grooming” kids to be racists.
In an op-ed for The Atlantic, the author of “How to Be an Antiracist” pushed his new book while attacking the GOP in a divisive rant about Republicans’ rejection of critical race theory and gender identity classes for third-graders.
“This Republican Party is not the party of any group of parents, but the party of white supremacy,” Kendi declares.
“The Republican Party is clearly not the party of parents,” he continues. “The Republican Party is certainly not the party of parents of color. But is the Republican Party even the party of white parents?”
“This new branding is a myth,” Kendi stated, “a great myth. It is as fictitious and dangerous as the great lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump.”
This article is far less alarming than it once would be because the author and his crowd have redefined white supremacy to mean anything they don’t like, the word has been drained of its power to shock. Guess there is a downside to ideologically fueled sloppiness in terminology.
— rutheday99 (@rutheday99) April 17, 2022
According to Kendi, the “myth” is the result of a “Trump Tower of GOP propaganda” that is built upon “four hugely false conceptual building blocks”:
- Republican politicians care about white children.
- Anti-racist education is harmful to white children.
- Republican politicians are protecting white children by banning anti-racist education.
- The Republican Party is the party of white parents because it is protecting white children.
If Republican politicians really cared about white children, argues Kendi, “they would not be ignoring or downplaying or defending or bolstering the principal racial threat facing white youth today.”
And yep, you guessed it, that threat is, of course, “white-supremacist ideology,” which Kendi describes as “the toxic blend of racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamaphobic, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic ideas that is harmful to all minds.”
Kendi throws in every cliché and stereotypical slur he can against white conservatives to try and support his ludicrous assertions, and points to TikTok, video games, QAnon, and Pepe the Frog as sources for the spread of white-supremacist ideology.
“But the exposure to white supremacy through online video games is eclipsed by the 17 percent of 12-to-17-year-olds who encounter white-supremacist views on social media, according to [an Anti-Defamation League] study,” Kendi writes. “TikTok’s abundance of young users makes it a major recruiting ground for white supremacists. One study of TikTok videos found that almost a third ‘amplified white supremacy.’ In addition to anti-Black views, the TikToks also spewed offensive content about Asians, queer people, migrants and refugees, women, Muslims, and Jews.”
“And yet, there might be more white-supremacist material preying on vulnerable young people on Instagram than on TikTok,” Kendi warns. “White supremacists deploy all sorts of memes, especially Doge, Pepe the Frog, and Cheems.”
And instead of confronting this “very real” threat to our nation’s children, says Kendi, Republicans lean on QAnon conspiracies.
“Instead of focusing on this very real threat, Republican politicians — to justify Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law — have cited QAnon conspiracy theories about public schools being overrun by child predators who are ‘grooming’ children to be gay,” states Kendi.
Golden/TIPP poll: Americans back Florida’s falsely-named ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill https://t.co/U1UBh7v6SP
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) April 11, 2022
As American Wire News reported last week, a new Golden/TIPP poll revealed that most Americans support Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education Bill,” and 47% believe it’s “inappropriate” to refer to the legislation, which prohibits the subject of sexual orientation and gender identity from being taught in kindergarten to third-grade classes, as the “Don’t Say Gay” law.
But that doesn’t stop Kendi from repeating it.
“A spokesperson for Governor Ron DeSantis reframed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill as an ‘anti-grooming’ bill,” Kendi writes. “But if QAnon Republicans really cared about white children, then they would be worried about white-supremacist grooming. This is the grooming that parents of all children should be worried about.”
On Twitter, many were quick to suggest that it might just be Kendi who is the racist.
“Who is the real racist here…” tweeted one user in response to the article. “read above, and then look in the mirror. Racist definition — ‘ a person who is prejudiced against or antagonistic toward people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group.'”
“Yeah sure…. derp derp,” writes another user, citing a study which shows “Racism/diversity/culture” at the bottom of issues concerning Black adults in their communities.
“@DrIbram children in the black community are failing when it comes to education but instead of pushing for better schools and better results you just keep on pushing black victimhood,” a third user noted. “You and BLM should be ashamed of yourselves instead of elevating children you push them down.”
Who is the real racist here… read above, and then look in the mirror. Racist definition – “a person who is prejudiced against or antagonistic toward people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group, “
— FuckOffWokester (@FuckOffWokester) April 18, 2022
Yeah sure….derp derp pic.twitter.com/2OWpAzatdv
— Mister Johnson (@MisterJ46398662) April 18, 2022
@DrIbram children in the black community are failing when it comes to education but instead of pushing for better schools and better results you just keep on pushing black victimhood. You and BLM:should be ashamed of yourselves instead of elevating children you push them down.
— TCP (@PT03191166) April 18, 2022
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