November 14, 2017

NYT OpEd: 'Can My Children Be Friends With White People?'

Rebel Staff

The New York Times just published an opinion piece titled, "Can My Children Be Friends With White People?" As you can likely imagine, the piece was a racist attack on white supporters of Donald Trump: 

History has provided little reason for people of color to trust white people in this way, and these recent months have put in the starkest relief the contempt with which the country measures the value of racial minorities. America is transfixed on the opioid epidemic among white Americans (who often get hooked after being overprescribed painkillers — while studies show that doctors under-prescribe pain medication for African-Americans). But when black lives were struck by addiction, we cordoned off minority communities with the police and threw away an entire generation of black and Hispanic men.

Likewise, despite centuries of exclusion and robust evidence of continuing racism, minority underemployment is often couched in the language of bad choices and personal responsibility. When systemic joblessness strikes swaths of white America, we get an entire presidential campaign centered on globalization’s impact on the white working class. Even the nerve of some rich or visible African-Americans to protest that America, in its laws and in its police, has rarely been just to all has been met with the howls of a president who cannot tolerate that the lucky and the uppity do not stay in their place. [...] 

Of course, the rise of this president has broken bonds on all sides. But for people of color the stakes are different. Imagining we can now be friends across this political line is asking us to ignore our safety and that of our children, to abandon personal regard and self-worth. Only white people can cordon off Mr. Trump’s political meaning, ignore the “unpleasantness” from a position of safety. His election and the year that has followed have fixed the awful thought in my mind too familiar to black Americans: “You can’t trust these people.” [...] 

Mr. Trump’s supporters are practiced at purposeful blindness. That his political life started with denying, without evidence, that Barack Obama is American — that this black man could truly be the legitimate president — is simply ignored. So, too, is his history of housing discrimination, his casual conflation of Muslims with terrorists, his reducing Mexican-Americans to murderers and rapists. All along, his allies have watched racial pornography, describing black America as pathological. Yet they deny that there is any malice whatsoever in his words and actions. And they dismiss any attempt to recognize the danger of his wide-ranging animus as political correctness.

It's ironic that the author chose to focus on Donald Trump, when it was really Barack Obama, the first black president, who did absolutely nothing to help the African American community during his time in office:

The poverty rate in the black community increased dramatically during Obama's presidency, and he made no progress in education with regard to high school dropout rates.

In the end, all Obama did was divide our country along racial lines, which has led us to being more divided than ever before. 

It should be noted that the New York Times author offers no solution to actually help the black community. Instead, he rants against white people and portrays African Americans as victims who are powerless to help themselves.

It's time to stop dividing ourselves even more along racial lines and instead focus on fixing the racial issues that plague our nation. 

What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. 

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commented 2017-11-16 11:01:13 -0500
Wise souls assert that poverty is best avoided when individuals, regardless of group identity, graduate from high school, avoid criminal activity, and only have children inside of wedlock.

Unfortunately, large swaths of the black community fail to meet these preconditions. Perhaps cultural factors are largely to blame. Racism? Not so much. Poverty is certainly more likely within cultures where fathers are disproportionately absent and a large percentage of single moms lack a high school diploma and employable skills.

No doubt it is easier on the ego to blame others for our bad choices or attribute personal misfortune to racism. Then we can see ourselves as blameless victims. Perhaps this spawns a culture of entitlement with demands for reparations, rather than one where we earn things through our efforts.

Yet it is an inconvenient truth that all of us have weaknesses and nothing will improve if these are ignored or subordinated to feelings of persecution. Is it not more beneficial - more personally uplifting - when we strive to overcome our weaknesses or find a productive niche where weaknesses are circumvented ?

In essence, individual initiative is better than obsessing over injustices, real or imagined, that are allegedly directed toward one’s group. Perhaps the plight of many blacks would improve if they and their culture placed more emphasis on personal responsibility, as well as education and intact families.

Kris Larsen
Halifax, NS
commented 2017-11-15 17:52:13 -0500
I thought this was a bizarre column when I first read it. It appears to be making a case for self-segregation. Ironically that’s also a goal of the White supremacists.

Any why all of a sudden? You’d have to go a long way back in history to find a president who screwed the Black community worse than Bill Clinton. Yet this guy writes as though everything was just great before Trump was elected. I’m also not certain why he lumps Latino people in which his cause. I don’t see the Latino community as being common cause with his views.
commented 2017-11-15 05:24:02 -0500
Presuming that all races are entitled to their familial values, then I am entitled to caution my grandkids about some “black values”?… Or does it strangely work in only “one direction”?…
commented 2017-11-15 00:43:18 -0500
Some folks seem to have difficulty understanding why the Left hates Christians and conservatives. This is not complicated. The Left are communists. Right wing Christians created these capitalist democracies, and they hate it. They want their socialist utopia, and they feel they have to oppress the conservatives as a means to get there. That’s it that’s all!
commented 2017-11-14 19:50:21 -0500
Change the word black for white, and white for black and his screed would be called racist by all.

Its interesting that only 13% of the US population is black, but are usually over represented on TV and in films. Anything happens to someone black, or if they don’t win an award its, because of race. But its OK to have black only awards. What outrage there would be if there were white only awards, and they, too, were broadcast to the nation.

Anything whites do well is considered privilege. Anything whites work hard to do and succeed is considered privilege. Merit seems to mean nothing. Promotion must be because of racial quotas.

Hispanics make up 17% of the US population. So many are discriminated against by black Americans. But that seems to be OK. Why is that? Why is that something unstated by the virtue signallers?

I wonder how Ekow Yankah would react if an op-ed would be printed stating that whites should not take blacks as friends. Not only would he be leading the outrage, but just about everyone would be outraged. But its OK to be racist toward whites, OK to hate whites for being white, and to discriminate against whites for being white.

A big question is why would the NY Times allow such a piece of racist tripe be printed on its pages? Oh. Right. Its a leftist rant against whites, so its acceptable.

A side note: the Koran states that Muslims should not take unbelievers as friends nor invite them into their homes. No one calls that racist. I wonder why?
commented 2017-11-14 19:47:56 -0500
Lee Horsman commented 9 hours ago
If his article doesn’t convince you that Ekow Yankah is a raving racist lunatic, this interview he gave to Fox will erase all doubt:
http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/11/13/tucker-takes-nyt-op-ed-professor-who-said-black-people-should-distrust-white-people

The look of disbelief on Tucker Carlson’s face says it all!

The worst thing about the left isn’t that they never objectively consider their own beliefs and actions…the worse thing about the left is, IT WOULD NEVER OCCUR TO THEM to objectively consider their own beliefs and actions!
All the bigotry, racism, hatred, anger and violence the left always goes on about is simple transference, or psychological projection…these are some sick puppies.
The attacks against Christians, the right or conservative minded people and heterosexuals – otherwise known as normal people – is stepping up!
W.T.F!
commented 2017-11-14 16:28:40 -0500
Tweet on this article by black conservative lawyer and radio show host:
Larry Elder‏ @larryelder Nov 12
A NYTimes piece asks, “Can My Children Be Friends With White People?”
Better Q: Can my children be friends with people who read @nytimes?
commented 2017-11-14 12:08:28 -0500
… Only the Left considers race anymore. Obama could not see past race.
… Trump does not speak of race. He speaks only of all Americans.
commented 2017-11-14 11:43:01 -0500
Ekow Yankah—-If things are so bad , why not pack up and go back to Africa. I’m tired of listening to you complainers. All you accomplish is to hold up progress for all races of people that want to get ahead.
commented 2017-11-14 11:09:49 -0500
The author’s socialist leanings anti-white bigotry are very troublesome.