Continuing with the trend of privileged “progressives” blaming bigotry where alternative explanations for inequities exist, Nobel, Pulitzer and Presidential Freedom prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison uttered a shocking but nonetheless revealing set of criteria for declaring racism over. The exchange came in an interview The Telegraph conducted earlier this month with the 84-year-old Morrison in her lower Manhattan apartment.
“People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race,’” Morrison said. “This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back. And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’, I will say yes.”
This is what she wants to see? Cops killing other human beings based solely on their race? Women being sexually assaulted, again, all based on race?
How very “progressive.”
It’s not like Morrison ever personally experienced the travails of being truly oppressed. She grew up middle class, had educational opportunities to attend prestigious universities, and was welcomed into academia and then the publishing world. She has since been recognized with acceptance, honors and rewards. Most of humanity would pray to have things that tough.
But the thing is, by Morrison’s own criteria, the racism problem is “over.”
She must not have heard about “Gilbert Collar, a white, unarmed 18-year-old … shot and killed Oct. 6, 2012, by Officer Trevis Austin, who is black, in Mobile, Alabama.” She must not have heard about Dillon Taylor.
And as for Morrison’s rape wishes, she must have missed the convictions and life sentences imposed on four white men in Tallahassee for a 1959 rape of a black woman. By her reckoning, racism was “over” back then.
Of course her stated conditions are ridiculous. These incidents don’t prove or mean a thing other than they happened. For Morrison to want violent death and rape to happen again, just to make some kind of ignorant and hateful point, is absurd, although it does nicely demonstrate critical thinking or even basic Google skills aren’t necessary to receive prestigious establishment art and achievement awards.
That “progressives” condemn racist police violence and then do everything in their political power to ensure cops are the “only ones” keeping and bearing arms is a paradox none of the proponents seem capable of even admitting, let alone explaining. Likewise, that they are the ones against a woman’s right to choose to protect herself with a gun points to another disconnect. That they further represent themselves as populists yet vehemently oppose true egalitarian power sharing is yet another irreconcilable inconsistency.
Not that blatant disconnects with logic bother Toni Morrison, a supposed voice against racism who defiantly declares “I’m writing for black people … I don’t have to apologize.”
That’s pretty easy to say when four of your works have been promoted by Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club, and white women constituted the majority of that talk show’s audience.
Yeah, the main problem is racism, alright. Just remember that when the charge comes from “progressive” race hustlers, every day is Opposite Day.