Diversity. The word we’re told we need. The word we’re told to accept, encourage, and explore and rightly so! Yet still, amongst the latest justified outrage over the unlawful killing of George Floyd and the under-sentencing of Derrick Shauvin, the veil has been lifted on the marked assault on intellectual diversity.
To explain this, we need to investigate how blacks are perceived by the elite ruling class in the United States. Throughout the decades, politics and the media have played a huge role in how black people perceive the world and are perceived by others. The way that politicians commodify and manipulate the black community in pursuit of acquiring power or notoriety. To democrats and republicans alike, winning elections means winning swing states and beating the electoral college but, a topic that is obsessed over in a lot in the news cycles is the mystical “black vote”.
There is an ingrained obsession with the black vote. Whether it’s looking to “win over blacks” or “garner the black vote”, it sets the foundations for political malpractice and dirty tactics used to “win” the support of the black community. The main problem is with the stereotypes of blacks within these elitist circles and ruling classes. Have we ever noticed that every attempt to “reach out to the black community” has been about race? Whether it be slavery reparations, affirmative action programs, or race and hate speech laws (to name but a few), the assumption that blacks are merely one homogenous conglomeration – with blinkers on to everything other than issues of race – is explicitly stated and actively pushed. This leads to the sort of political extortion and emotional manipulation we’ve seen to convince the black community that they can’t make it anywhere, systems are stacked against them and institutions are actively out to get them. It’s generally done subtly, by slowly edging the conversation out of the realm of what is verifiable and into an ill-founded and dramatized realm that’s far beyond what the situation is.
This over-simplification of the needs and wants of the black community has been no different in 2020 and arguably a hell of a lot worse. With the #BlackLivesMatter movement seemingly re-energised with more vigor and conviction than ever before, a new narrative is being set in real-time that’s consequently leaving large swathes of the black community behind.
There’s now only one acceptable method of thinking and acting in response to the tragic death of George Floyd. This movement seeks to follow on from the view of the ruling class elites that blacks only care about race and push it into the public. Anyone that doesn’t believe that systemic oppression is the reason their lives haven’t panned out the way they wanted it to be, is cast aside. Anybody that brings up any evidence that remotely suggests the blacks are not being slaughtered en masse is quickly dispatched (digitally speaking). Anybody that doesn’t ‘fight the establishment’ in the form of passionate vocalisation, protests, social media posts, or riots are sidelined – usually under the Desmond Tutu doctrine that not doing anything means you’re supporting white -supremacist oppressors. This way of thinking has garnered so much support that it’s now the only appropriate way of thinking for middle-class university-educated whites and other races, who are now instrumental in parroting the narrative that rioting and uprising are the only way.
This is being ratified by celebrities vocalising their support for riots and the impending uprising. The unrest is even being promulgated by presidential front-runner, Joe Biden who said that if you don’t vote Democrat ‘you ain’t black’. All of this comes after Mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, and former-POTUS, Barack Obama, touched on a subculture within the black community that rates you on your ‘blackness’ which is proving to be more true by the day.
But, contrary to popular belief, many blacks don’t feel this level of animus towards society. 8% of African Americans voted for President Trump in 2016. It may not sound a lot on its face, but that’s nearly 3.3 million individuals. Many blacks do not “fit the mould” of an archetypal African American individual that only cares about race – because of this, the movement is leaving them behind. Many have come out to condemn rioting. However, what becomes of those who don’t subscribe to the notion that the group is being hunted, en masse? What about those that are choosing not to go along with hysteria and pursuing specific and verifiable problems?
What about these blacks? You’ve guessed it, they’ve been vilified by some of the BLM higher-ups as being complicit in white supremacy. This group of black ‘white-supremacist race traitors’ are being condemned for things that were previously accepted under the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
This movement has created issues for blacks who disagree with the talking points or are unsure of the validity of the claims of the new movement. It now says that being ‘colour-blind’ isn’t good enough when it was, once upon a time, the goal. It now states that if you don’t care about race, you will now be made to care and conform. Anyone that wants to tackle specific race-based discrepancies contributing to the plight of black individuals are left behind as simply ‘part of the problem’ and are uneducated in oppression. This comes directly from the Ibram X. Kendi school of thought.
This all leads to the point of intellectual diversity. Black people are not a homogenous bunch of race-obsessed people who can’t think beyond skin-colour, and they shouldn’t be treated as such. Instead of opening a dialogue about tackling systemically ingrained racism or police brutality, a unidimensional narrative has been trotted out and has told people to conform or be dumped. Unfortunately, for the free-thinking black community, their voices won’t be heard anytime soon and any discussion about facts or specifics is buried underneath the damaging ‘world is out to get you’ rhetoric. It’s this same rhetoric sent out by the media and politicians to bring you down, masquerade as the saviour that picks you up to collect your “black vote”.
We shouldn’t be scared of intellectual diversity, facts, and other viewpoints. Not conforming to a narrative doesn’t make you ‘less black’. My message to this sect of the #BlackLivesMatter movement that has other ideas on how to tackle the problem – do it your way. New ideas and innovation help change more than smashing apart your own communities (figuratively as well as literally) and you’re not alone in thinking that.
If you strive towards racial egalitarianism, you’re on the right side – don’t let the hysteria mob tell you, you aren’t and dictate the way you pursue to reach the end goal.