Whilst running on the theme of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, it might be worth turning our attention to the latest ‘woke’, social justice warrior’s contribution to societal betterment. It’s something that can only be called ‘Positive Profiling’ (hope that’s not already been coined). But despite the onset of good intentions, it’s every bit as discriminatory, insidious and borderline racist as the very backwards ideologues they often seek to condemn through pushing it in the first place.
Are these people ill-motivated, probably not. After all, what’s the harm in promoting only ‘black businesses’, refusing to be ‘colourblind’ and acknowledging race in conversation or even listing their microaggressions? Well, nothing. It generally all stems from a place of positivity and a desire for inclusion and unification. But, for many, it comes with a set of unintended consequences that could easily be misconstrued as some form of racial discrimination in its own right.
Take the practice of ‘positive discrimination’ in the workplace, education and within public institutions. Although technically illegal in the UK under the Equality Act of 2010, it doesn’t stop institutions undermining the capabilities of blacks and other ethnic groups. The UK fire brigade is a prime example of such a practice. In a bid to be more ‘diverse’ the West-Midlands Fire Service has not only set themselves ‘racial quotas’ but have also lower test scores for minority applicants. Blacks and other ethnic minorities only have to score 60% in this test whereas white men have to score 70%. Since when melanin levels dictated someone’s their ability to pass a test? You’d be forgiven for thinking that members of the ‘woke’ side of the aisle are now profiling based on a borderline racist assumption that all blacks have all been trampled on by society and are therefore rendered helpless? Either way, not a good way to treat your ‘equals’.
What about microaggressions? Are we seriously at the point that asking where somebody is from is an act of racial aggression? last time I checked, that’s cultural assimilation. Getting to know an individual’s background, culture and lineage is what living in a ‘melting pot’ society is all about.
The “I don’t see race” apparent microaggression is a really interesting example. Refusing to acknowledge a person’s race is refusing to acknowledge their previous racial experiences. This one even diametrically opposes the Jane Elliot, “we’re all one race, the human race” doctrine – as if even a famous, respected race activist has been eaten alive by the progressive cult? That’s laughable. What if they’re basing their encounter with a minority individual on their character and merit? It’s asinine to think that you can make a preconceived judgment about their past experiences, upbringing and current socioeconomic position based on their race and it doesn’t make you a racial aggressor – period.
Lastly, the meritocracy microaggression – “everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough”. Where for some, success isn’t always as simple as pulling yourself up by the bootstraps, but, for God sake – it isn’t a bad message. Since when was striving for success a microaggression? Unfortunately, messages to minority communities are sometimes dramatized by sects of the BLM movement, painting a worse image of society than it is. Should we not be saying this to everybody? A good work ethic, a positive attitude and a world view that isn’t tainted by the ‘everybody is out to get you’ narrative breeds far more success than instilling an irrational, anti-establishment hatred in western societies fundamental institutions – frankly, where it might not even be warranted. What about Blacks that worked hard? What about the Blacks that are financially secure? What about the Blacks that have achieved, apparently against all-odds in a white supremacist society?
Firstly, the idea of trying to help Blacks and other ethnic minorities by lowering test boundaries, changing societal dialogue to make it “race friendly” and advocating for people to support specifically “Black-owned” businesses, may initially seem to be righting racial injustices, but for many of us, it sets the stage for being profiled in many other ways.
The profiling now comes from a ‘woke’ class that now assumes because of the colour of an individual’s skin that they know everything about that person. That they have a history of oppression, that they’re a victim that’s been trampled on by a ‘white supremacist society’, that they need your help in climbing the social and financial ladder to success, and without your help, WILL ultimately fail. This is not the case. There is a vast amount of intellectual diversity within the black community and we’re not just some race-focused, hive-minded conglomerate that are all members of the victim class. Many of us have spent years looking for equality and making things ‘easier’ for us because of the presumption that we’re victims is a twisted form of subordination in its own right.
Finally, this type of profiling helps reiterate the damaging narrative that insists that the world is far more racist than it is. As many blacks still suffer, a vast number are thriving and succeeding and are doing so by not caving to the notion that the world is out to get them or they have a target on their backs. Equality will only be achieved when we’re treated like it. We are no less capable. We are no less responsible for our actions. We are not all victims. And it’s this flippant tokenism that is also playing its role in restricting the successes of black individuals.
We need to be careful about assuming the needs of the black communities, assuming that we’re all struggling and lumping us into one group based on the struggles of some.