I have mixed views about Ibram X. Kendi.
“In 2019, the Houston Police Officers’ Union circulated the slogan “Comply Don’t Die. Live to Have Your Day in Court.”
That is an old sentiment. A century ago, the Ku Klux Klan and its powerful enablers delivered a similar message to Black and brown people. …
These questions are not about any individual cop. These questions are not individual. These questions are institutional. The question is whether the institution of American policing is good. …
Within their cloud of fear, they have come to believe that police violence is caused by a lack of compliance, rather than seeing it as the violent son of American slavery. …
Deciding not to defund, disarm, and draw down the police is an extremist, wasteful, violent, and anti-American position.
American defiance of our right to live is the problem. Political compliance—to abolish American policing as we know it—is the solution. …
The institution of American policing has never systematically complied with my humanity, and it never will. To believe otherwise is to comply with an alternative history, with a fantasyland, with wishful thinking, with an American dream that is my American nightmare.”
Allow me to explain.
Ibram X. Kendi is a toxic individual.
There are studies which have shown that exposing black people to the work of people like Ibram X. Kendi, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Charles Blow has a paralyzing impact on them. We don’t live under anything resembling “white supremacy,” but lots of college-educated black people believe this.
These people have been convinced by people like Kendi and Coates – the high priests of corporate wokeness who write for establishment publications like The Atlantic – that black people are living under systematic racism in America in 2021 when in fact never in all of human history have black people been better off or put up on a higher pedestal than in America since roughly 1965. They take the status quo for granted in which White people are subjected to enormous racial and cultural repression by the establishment. The term “Anglo-Saxon” is so controversial that the Republican leadership ran away from it out of fear of being accused of “racism.” It has become verboten to talk about any expression of White identity or White interests in a positive way under the framework of antiracism and multiculturalism. This state of affairs is what the political establishment insists is “white supremacy.” In reality, we live under systematic antiracism or woke supremacy because all American institutions are explicitly pushing Ibram X. Kendi’s racial doctrines and forcing what he calls “equity” on the public, not “white supremacy.”
It is terrible that millions of White people are stupid enough to fall for this nonsense because they were educated this way and because of their overall lack of historical knowledge and perspective. Kendism or Wokeism has had a terrible impact on our free speech rights and monuments. It is also unfortunate that black and brown people are suffering the fallout from the most staggering increase in violent crime in thirty years because of the rhetoric of people like Ibram X. Kendi who have demonized the police.
Far more black and brown people are being killed by criminals than the police or “white supremacy.” Ibram X. Kendi glorifies criminals who actually live in these communities and prey on innocent people. Virtually all “white supremacists” simply avoid these areas and never go there.
If we are being honest, Ibram X. Kendi is probably the best thing that has happened to our cause in the past 20 years. In the Joe Biden presidency, our new message is going to be “we told you so.”
Whether it was White Nationalists or the Alt-Right, the pro-White community had been saying for generations that “anti-racism is anti-White” and that Whites were too cavalier about changing racial and cultural demographics and had let our guard down and that it would end in a racial dystopia like South Africa. By redefining the meaning of the terms “racism” and “anti-racism” and persuading the political establishment to embrace his systematic racism conspiracy theory, Ibram X. Kendi has confirmed that antiracism is synonymous with anti-whiteness and has destabilized the status quo.
From a sheer metapolitical standpoint, this is an enormous victory for us. Kendism has become fashionable on the Left and has supplanted Kingism which is passé. Whereas Kingism cleverly and successfully disarmed White identity for a generation, Kendism is having the opposite effect. MLK and the “reverends” who followed him were held in such high esteem that consensus antiracism became a “mainstream” custom for a generation. Whites put aside their own identity and interests to create what they thought at the time was going to be a colorblind utopia. It was all going to work out. Racism was going to fade away. Racial differences and division was going to disappear. We were all going to be judged by the “content of our character” as human beings. We were all going to “progress” into the happy future.
Conservatives actually believed this stuff and still cling to this old myth like a comfort blanket. They aren’t willing to face the facts which is that Whites were conned. The rhetoric of “colorblindness” was a useful device that the Left cynically used to push their agenda. They had already discarded it by the late 1960s. We often forget that the Civil Rights Movement itself embraced Black Power in the late 1960s. We don’t want to remember that the movement ended in the worst race riots until the ones we had last summer.
Kendi has framed the debate over policing as a choice between antiracism and abolishing the police or “white supremacy.” This isn’t a bad either / or choice for us. Insofar as Democratic cities embrace his progressive doctrines and defund or abolish the police, it leads to an explosion in violent crime that splits the non-White bloc vote. Insofar as Republicans and conservatives push back against this nonsense, it forces them to say “no” to woke professional blacks like Kendi and not to be afraid of being accused of “racism” plus it helps them with non-White voters who don’t like criminals either.
Imagine living in a country where White people can say “no” and stand up for themselves. We, too, have a dream.
Note: William Pierce sounds like an angry prophet these days.