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Syracuse University Professor: Maybe conservatism ‘is just a euphemism for white supremacy and … white rage’

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Syracuse University religion professor Biko Gray was one of three panelists at an event hosted by Louisiana State University called “Race, Religion and the Moment We’re In: The Religion of White Rage.” An LSU statement said its purpose was to “shed light on the phenomenon of white rage and map out the uneasy relationship between white anxiety, religious fervor, American identity and perceived Black racial progress,” according to Campus Reform.

Gray told the group: “Maybe conservatism, away from being a financial and economic and political policy, is just a euphemism for white supremacy and its affective variant; white rage.”

Yeah, or maybe it’s just a financial and economic and political policy, Professor Gray.

I have the feeling it won’t be long before conservatism is no longer just a “euphemism” for white supremacy and white rage, but its very definition.

The event statement quoted LSU professor Stephen Finley, who was also a panelist: “Religion is a source of connection and community for many Americans; however, it is also the primary motivating factor for the rise of white rage and white supremacist sentiment in the United States. The Capitol insurrection is the latest example of this. In this episode, we will hone in on this relationship between White apprehension, race and religion, and their subsequent effects on communities of color and the struggle for equality.”

The left finds a way to make everything about race. The Capitol riot had nothing to do with race. A large majority of Trump supporters, myself included, believe that fraud may have altered the outcome of the presidential election.

LSU sociology professor Lori Martin was the third panelist.

The three professors collaborated on the book which inspired the event. It was entitled, “The Religion of White Rage: Religious Fervor, White Workers and the Myth of Black Racial Progress.” The authors claim that “white religious fervor correlates to notions of perceived white loss and perceived black progress.” They argue, “It is not economics but religion and race that stand as the primary motivating factors for the rise of white rage and white supremacist sentiment in the United States.”

Finley described Martin’s portion of the book as a “brilliant analysis of how anger functions and fluctuates figuratively in and through the bodies of White women.”

He said his own chapter addresses “what we now call ‘Karens,’ White women who called the cops on Black men in an attempt to pretty much get them killed.”

In his remarks, Gray called out Louisiana State Rep. Ray Garofalo, who had expressed concern over this event, as well as Campus Reform. He said, “here we are, three black scholars, and no matter how much tenure we get, how much money we get paid, we will always be in a situation of precocity when it comes to discourses, when it comes to this particular country. That’s white rage and we started working on this text long before Ray Garofalo knew who we were or we started getting emails from Campus Reform.”

Campus Reform reached out to LSU for a comment on this seminar. The university’s media relations director Ernie Ballard told them that events hosted by the university do not “represent an official view or statement from the university. … The overarching goal is to inform and educate students, expose them to new ideas, and teach them critical-thinking skills.”

This is how it happens. I don’t recall liberal teachers or college professors forcing their political opinions upon us when I was in school, but that was a long time ago.

By the time my children were in school, the shift had begun. Even at the junior high school level, they knew that if they wrote an essay with a liberal slant, they would receive a higher grade. It was in college where this dynamic was most apparent.

It’s been more recently, however, that the battle lines have been drawn and the subtleties have been replaced by conspicuous efforts to indoctrinate our children.

All conservative white people are racists. They are vile and contemptible because they have suppressed blacks since 1619. Last night, Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan provided a textbook example of this thinking. I posted about it here. She was making the case before her House colleagues for D.C. statehood. Of course, the real reason Democrats are fighting for D.C. statehood is because it would hand their party two extra senators, which would tilt control of the upper chamber of Congress to the left.

Tlaib immediately pulls out the race card to make her ostensible argument:

In opposing D.C. statehood … these representatives and their dark money backers over at the Heritage Foundation [a conservative think tank] — that’s right — are telling over 700,000 Americans to sit down, shut up, and enjoy this authoritarian system implemented by a bunch of elites who thought it was OK to enslave people for their selfish monetary gain hundreds of years ago. … It is shameful that anyone would claim to support democracy and freedom and oppose statehood.

Unlike white conservatives, white liberals are enlightened. Though they may suffer from some inherent racism, they atone for it by their good works on behalf of blacks.

Blacks in America are not victims. They have never had more opportunities available to them than they do today. If there is a country that is less inherently racist, where blacks may have a greater likelihood of success, I am not aware of it.

If blacks are looking for a group to blame for their perceived oppression, they should look no further than the Democrats who have used public aid as a means to maintain control over them for generations. (Please read: “Michelle Obama Gets it Terribly Wrong in Her Commencement Address and Exposes the Root of the Racial Divide.”)

These three professors need to be canceled, at once, for thrusting this misguided rubbish into our children’s classrooms.

Note: Readers, I would love to hear your comments on this topic.

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  1. On fire! Great post!

    Is this white rage and white privilege argument simply nothing more than a deflection, an excuse that people of color can use to explain away any lack of success or achievement in the marketplace, school or interpersonal relationships?

    Not a good student in school? Its the white privilege of teaching me things that are not interesting or relevant to POC. Show up for class, do homework or study? These are whiteness values and my social justice warrior teacher / professors tell me I should not emulate whiteness.

    Not getting hired in the job market? Its not my lack of skills or not being willing to start at the bottom (like most folks do when they start their careers), its that darn white racism that prevents me from getting hired in the first place. Those racist companies keep insisting that I have some knowledge or skills – my teachers / professors call them ‘whiteness’ or ‘white values’ – to contribute to corporate mission.

    Not happy in your life? Its not that I don’t have any values (family, religious beliefs) to guide me on my journey, no, its that terrible white society, so fine-tuned to keeping POC down that its thwarting my chance at happiness, at every turn. If the entire world weren’t operating on ‘white values’, my life would be perfect. I’d be rich, happy, successful. My social justice warrior teachers / professors told me this is true.

    Is my little screed racist? Lots of folks would say yes. Let me posit this – these are the same kinds of excuses I used to think about using when things didn’t go my way.

    At high school and university – my school was at fault – they were ‘boring’ and didn’t teach me ‘relevant’ subjects. (Shame on me for not concentrating and getting that better grade.)

    The employers I wanted to work for were asking for too many skills and qualifications for the job they advertised. (Okay, was I asking for too much?) They only want nerds who continually add certifications and training to their resume (was I too lazy to do training between projects?).

    My life would be so much better if the ‘elites’ weren’t keeping me down. Elite society, so fine-tuned to keeping everyone down, is thwarting my chance at happiness, at every turn. (I mean com’on man, it was just easier to go along with the status quo and complain about my station in life.)

    I now see how this works. If I am a victim, everything is always someone else’ fault. I am never responsible for my own behavior. I can use the whiteness, white privilege, white values, racism argument frameworks to explain away my own failures, my own laziness, my own bias, anything that I feel I need an excuse to explain to myself or to others. All I have to do is substitute the ‘elites’ for ‘white’ and I’ve got an excuse system for life.

    How do conservatives bring our message of values, personal reasonability, equal opportunity (not outcome), self-reliance and family, God and country to those folks who are being told that these very values are white and racist? POC are being told that conservatives are racist to the core, that the very values we hold dear are so racist that we will never be able to free ourselves from our racist points of view. If POC think that conservatives are only white devils who are interested in keeping a POC in a subjugated status, how can you even have a conversation?

  2. I think that’s part of it. But I honestly think that the Democratic Party has been complicit in keeping them down. By controlling them through various welfare programs, they can guarantee that blacks will keep voting for them. Take a look at that “Michelle Obama” article I referenced above. It also includes comments from Shelby Steele, a black author, who believes that Democrats have held them back.

  3. Absolutely agree with you. Democrats are simply reinforcing the victim status of POC. The handouts, the set asides, the grants, the section whatever housing dollars, the welfare, the SNAP….. all of these programs are designed to allow POC to wallow comfortably in their victimhood, never having to find a different way to enrich their lives.

    Vote dem and get lifetime financial support – no need to make excuses why you are taking it – the racist whiteness and POC victim narratives provide that cover. I’ll give the left credit for a hellishly effective program – a nifty strategy for voter allegiance, as long as you really don’t care about those people who vote for you.

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