In a recent post Ann started with,
I hesitate to write posts like this because voicing ones opinion can so easily cause drama these days.
I agree with her about that, and…
I hate racism, but I tend to be prejudiced in favor of blacks. I had some black friends in high school, and some members of my family were prejudiced and were upset about my friendships. I think there is still a lot of discrimination against them (and other minorities) and would vote to have that changed. I also have the same worries that The Economist has,
Our cover this week argues that a set of illiberal ideas about how to tackle American racism will only hinder progress. Leaders like Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King used vigorous protest and relentless argument to push society towards their vision of equality of opportunity and equality before the law. Most Americans still hew to that classical liberal ideal, as do many of those who marched with justified anger over the killing of George Floyd by a white policeman in Minneapolis. But a dangerous rival approach has emerged from American universities. It rejects the liberal notion of progress. It defines everyone by their race, and every action as racist or anti-racist. It is not yet dominant, but it is dynamic and it is spreading out of the academy into newsrooms and boardrooms. If it supplants liberal values, then intimidation will chill open debate and sow division to the disadvantage of all, black and white.
I agree. If the liberal idea of equal opportunity and justice for everyone loses, we all do. Fingers crossed.
July 9, 2020