It seems that not a day goes by that black writers (and their all-too-willing white allies in the press) don’t find another way to find racism in everyday, normal activities. They’ve become as bad as, if not worse than, feminists, who reached peak ridiculousness with their campaign against “manspreading” on the subway systems. Not willing to be left behind by the idiots on Twitter and Tumblr who devote their lives to turning each and every interaction with white America into a “microaggression,” New York Times writer Greg Howard said there was one form of racism he encountered on a daily basis in the Big Apple: White women refusing to move over for him on the sidewalk!
That sound you hear is Martin Luther King Jr. rolling over in his grave…
“In seven years of living and walking here, I’ve found that most people walk courteously – but that white women, at least when I’m in their path, do not,” Howard wrote.
Ignoring the already-racist classification system that Howard is using to divide the New York City pedestrian population, one could write an essay on this topic without turning it into some perceived racism on the part of white women, no? Maybe white women in New York City are simply rude and self-obsessed. Would that really come as a shock to anyone? Maybe, like the rest of America, they are so endlessly-fascinated by what’s happening in their social media feed that they can’t be bothered to watch where they’re going. That, too, would not come as a surprise.
But no, no. Howard is quite certain that they are behaving that way because they’re white and because he is black.
“Why only and specifically white women?” he asked. “Do they refuse to acknowledge me because they’ve been taught that they should fear black men, and that any acknowledgment of black men can invite danger? Do they refuse to acknowledge me because to alter their route would be to show their fear? Do they not see me? Can they not see me?”
Well, first of all, how certain are you that it IS “only and specifically white women?” Where is your evidence? Sometimes we only see what we want to see. Second, why jump to all of these other possibilities without first acknowledging that maybe – just maybe – YOU’RE the one out there carrying a chip on your shoulder? Finally, if the situation is that you want white women to clear a path for you to walk…why isn’t it up to YOU to clear the path for THEM to walk? Is chivalry dead?
This probably isn’t the most dangerous accusation of societal racism we’ve seen emerge from the left, but it’s one of the stupidest. At some point, we’re going to have to admit that the fight for civil rights has jumped the shark. With this essay, Greg Howard is, at the very least, revving up the motorcycle.