The Term “Low-Hanging Fruit” is a Racist Microaggression, Says Activist

Elgin Community College held an online summit on Thursday, put on by the college’s Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC), a name that they undoubtedly arrived at by deciding on the acronym first. During the discussion, viewers and participants were treated to our favorite new genre of racial activism: Inventing all-new ways to be offended. See, because actual racism is so rare these days as to be practically invisible, those who make their living by telling white people to be more guilty and by telling black people to embrace their role as victims have to make it up as they go.

And so we get concepts like “systemic racism,” which neatly sidesteps the problem of not having a whole lot of visible, obvious racism to tackle. See, when you redefine racism and then declare that it is the fundamental building block behind every institution in America – including the country itself – then you have an unlimited palette upon which to paint your theories. Anything can be racist!

And we do mean anything.

“For African-Americans, if you say ‘low-hanging fruit,’ we think lynching,” said Mae Hicks-Jones, an adjunct faculty member at the college.

Hicks-Jones said that black people are reminded of the Billie Holiday song “Strange Fruit” when they hear the term. That song, released seventy years ago, compared lynching victims to fruit hanging from tree limbs.

She did not explain whether or not terms like “juicy fruit,” “fruit salad,” or “Froot Loops” were similarly triggering.

The College Fix has more from this stupid event:

Also objectionable to Hicks-Jones was the phrase “grandfathered in,” because she said it is reminiscent of a grandfather clause, which privileged white people’s right to vote over that of black people during the Jim Crow South. She called for institutions to require diversity and inclusion training in order to discourage the use of such phrases.

Not seeing a person’s skin color is also a microaggression, according to Toya Webb, chief marketing and communications officer of the college.

“[White] people really are trying to connect with people of color by saying to them, ‘When I look at you, I don’t see race,’” Webb said.

She said she believes people making these remarks do so with good intentions.

“But at the same time,” Webb continued, “for the person on the receiving end of this comment, they feel that you are denying their heritage, you’re denying everything about them.”

Of course, that’s not really the problem, now is it? No, and the problem isn’t “white privilege.” And it sure as hell isn’t words like “low-hanging fruit.”

The problem is that, if we were to continue on that colorblind path that this country was on for decades, racial hucksters like Ibrahim X. Kendi, Robin DiAngelo,  and Ta-Nehisi Coates would be out of a job. The problem is that political organizations like the Democratic Party would actually have to compete in the marketplace of ideas instead of simply pandering to you based on your skin color. The problem is that we might actually make real progress as a nation.

And for the people who profit off keeping us divided and angry over the dumbest crap imaginable, that’s just unacceptable.


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