Everything is racist nowadays. Bike helmets are vestiges of Jim Crow, at least according to the city of Seattle. Who knew? I suppose swimming pools are racist too if one considers the hazards for sinking among certain, shall we say, racial demographics. I will await the defund public pools movement.
Donald Trump is racist. His supporters are racist. The Canadian trucker convoy is racist. And now, add the concept of freedom to the list. Yes, freedom is racist. Quick, someone tell Harriet Tubman! That bigoted woman transported tons of racism across the Ohio River.
An article by an over-educated and underwhelming thinker was published in the Washington Post not so long ago. Now, because leftism kills both brain cells and morality, life is reduced to a struggle for power. In the case of the author, this means that in her Neanderthal thinking, Freedom Convoy Bad! No Freedom Convoy Good! It’s an insult to cavemen and cavewomen everywhere. Even the Denisovans would be right to feel offended.
These are real words written by a real person, so far as I am aware. Someone actually thinks this makes sense:
“The primarily white supporters of the Freedom Convoy argue that pandemic mandates infringe upon their constitutional rights to freedom…The notion of ‘freedom’ was historically and remains intertwined with whiteness…”
“The belief that one’s entitlement to freedom is a key component of white supremacy. This explains why the Freedom Convoy members see themselves as entitled to freedom, no matter the public health consequences to those around them…”
The Washington Post’s content isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, and it isn’t like it has a great track record. In its intellectually and morally corrupt defense of the Biden administration, it has published other articles proclaiming the virtues of steep inflation and admired the prospects of safety and wealth foreign wars could bring us. Aside from the big words, you could be forgiven for assuming this logic belonged to a five-year-old.
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Speaking of children, an unrelated piece attacking freedom as a marker of white supremacy also appeared in Teen Vogue – yes, Teen Vogue – with the headline “Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ Trucker Protests Aren’t About Freedom.”
The idea that their convoy wasn’t about freedom must have been news to the participants of the convoy, who wore shirts and carried signs saying to mandate freedom. I don’t even know what Teen Vogue is about anymore, so it’s hard for me to decipher how old the author is. I also don’t care to look it up, and ultimately it doesn’t matter. A ten-year-old and an adult leftist think alike, so age is irrelevant when it comes to certain politics. This person wrote:
“This op-ed argues that the Ottawa ‘Freedom Convoy’ is really about white supremacy and white nationalism…The protests have included white supremacist and white nationalist imagery, and in that inclusion have given rise to the false and dangerous supposition that those views are a function of freedom, amplifying existing threats to public safety.”
The argument that freedom has any relationship to white supremacy (whatever that means) is absurd on its face and wholly hypocritical. As the title of this piece suggests, freedom is what slaves the world over have desired for as long as there has been slavery. It is what animated the Christian West to abolish the practice in the 19th century and usher in unheralded, unprecedented, and if you were alive in any time prior, presumably unimaginable opportunities.
Freedom in some form or another has animated generations of black thinkers in America, ranging from Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Barack Obama. Black Lives Matter calls for freedom from police oppression every day. To the best of my knowledge, none of the riots after George Floyd took too much fentanyl included chants to “chain us up!” Maybe I went home before the looting started and missed that part.
The cynical side of me thinks that corporate whores publish tripe like this to plant certain seeds and to eventually shift the Overton Window. The idea that freedom is bunk sounds silly today, but will it always sound silly? Leftists are very adroit at playing the long game. I hope I am wrong, although some things are just too stupid to attribute just to stupidity.
This is one of those things.
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