You Can’t Even Save a Bunny Without Being Accused of Racism

In the middle of all the terrible wildfire videos from California, you may have seen one that went viral, showing a man stopping in the middle of traffic to run into the raging inferno to save a defenseless bunny rabbit from being cooked alive in the ensuing flames. It was the kind of feel-good video that some people are destined to love, some to roll their eyes at, and others to ignore completely as they contemplate – once again – shutting down their Facebook accounts and, perhaps, going off the grid entirely. But no matter if you found this the most life-affirming, heartwarming video of 2017 or simply began wondering what a rabbit would taste like after being singed to a perfect crisp by a wildfire, it probably did NOT occur to you that what you were witnessing was the “whitest thing you’d ever seen.”

But then, you’re probably not the kind of racist writer who pens articles for GQ and Very Smart Brothas, which is itself an offshoot of The Root – one of the most anti-white websites on the mainstream internet. If you were, you might have seen things Damon Young’s way.

To wit:

Not only is it the whitest thing I’ve ever seen this week—it manages to synopsize everything problematic about white people on both a macro and micro level in 30 seconds. This clip does such a great job of articulating whiteness that it should win a MacArthur “genius” grant.

Although the fires raging in Southern California were apparently likely sparked by downed power lines, they’ve become so massive and devouring because of the uncharacteristically hot, dry weather that region has experienced this year—conditions able to exist because of that thing that an entire political party has agreed to refuse to believe exists.

Wait, so…did the bunny-saver CAUSE the wildfire? If not, what’s the relation? You’re talking about the wildfire part of the video and not the bunny saving? And wait, what does whiteness have to do with your environmental agenda?

Oh, he explains it.

“I do know that colonialism and aggressive industrialism have had an adverse effect on our environment,” he writes. “And I also know that this is a byproduct of manifest destiny—an existential edict ingrained in white people where they believe everything belongs to them.”

Gotcha. But…what about the hero of the video?

“It was brave,” he admits of the man’s actions. “It was fearless. It was valiant. It was altruistic. It was everything good about humanity. But when witnessing the act and the fawning over the bunny rescue, I can’t help juxtaposing the feelings expressed about this bunny with the feelings generally expressed when black people are in grave danger.

“The lives and well-being of animals seem to be considered—by many white Americans—much more precious and much more deserving of protection and care than the lives of black people,” he argues. “I have no doubt that if the aliens from Aliens somehow landed in Brooklyn, N.Y., and were shot on sight, there’d be more white people upset about that than about Tamir Rice.”

We excised a lot of the “humor” of the piece to get to the “point” Young was trying to make, but the point remains the point. Young saw this video of a white man saving a bunny rabbit and all he could think about was the White Man’s destruction of the environment and how much more White People care about bunny rabbits (and aliens?) than black people.

If one of our friends made this argument, we would pity them for having to live in a world (meaning, a headspace) where they thought such insane things were true. But Young isn’t one of our friends and we don’t know if he really believes this crap. We suspect, like many of his cohorts in the grievance/SJW industry, he’s simply faking it for the sake of fame and riches. Thus, he’s guilty of a sort of “environmental destruction” of his own. A sort that, if you recall Baltimore and Ferguson, can also lead to real-world fires.

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