The systemic scam behind wokeism | VICTOR DAVID HANSON
There are plenty of reasons the revival spread like wildfire once America lost its collective mind during the pandemic, quarantine, self-induced recession, and riots of 2020.
Wokeism has never really been about racism, sexism, or other isms. For some, it illustrated a psychological pathology of projection: transferring one’s own prejudices onto others in order to attenuate or mask them.
So should we laugh or cry that the Marxist co-founder of Black Lives Matter could be a corporate con artist? According to a New York Post report, Patrisse Khan-Cullors has racked up several high-end homes and one of his foundations has not reported large donations to the IRS. Is it true that the more Khan-Cullors professes Marxist ideology and its damn toxic whiteness, the more comfortable she feels living in a $ 1.4 million house in the upscale Topanga Canyon neighborhood of California? South?
Consider Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, DR.I., an outspoken liberal icon. He is one of the most alert members of the Senate. Yet Whitehouse turns out to be a member of an all-white elite beach club in Newport, Rhode Island. Did Whitehouse engage in the abstract to do away with white privilege so that he could actually relax in the midst of it with other blue bloods?
Barack and Michelle Obama sometimes venture out of their multi-million dollar mansion in Washington, DC or their Martha’s Vineyard estate to lecture the country on its systemic racism. Is such a sermon squaring the circle that Obamas have no desire to return to their Chicago home – a city in which hundreds of African American men were murdered in 2020, most by other black men?
Joe Biden lectures America frequently about its racism and has unleashed federal government bureaucracies to uproot mythical white supremacist plots. Does penance explain Biden’s fixation on systemic racism? When he condemns anonymous white racists, does his outrage mitigate his son Hunter’s reported use of an anti-Asian slur in a 2019 text message?
The second catalyst for revival is its distraction from the frightening problems that threaten American civilization. As the country consumes itself by requiring more than 12% representation of black actors in television commercials, it is approaching $ 30 trillion in national debt. Eventually, the incredible red ink will require a tightening of the recession belt, more inflationary money printing, or both.
The awakened Biden administration cannot prevent hundreds of thousands of immigrants from illegally entering the United States this year. Almost all of them need free American health care, housing, food, and legal subsidies. Violent crime is increasing at an alarming rate. Yet few dare to say why it is – or how to stop it.
America can’t seem to cope with the likelihood that Chinese researchers have engineered a gain-of-function virus – with Chinese military oversight and US grants.
So instead of offering real solutions to these crises, we are fighting over whether the late children’s author Dr. Seuss or the plastic toy Mr. Potato Head was racist or exclusionary. When our elites have no idea about the national debt, inflation, illegal immigration, crime, soaring gas prices and a global pandemic, they are reassured that at least they can cancel Father Junipero Serra or tear down another statue of Robert E. Lee.
Finally, wokeism hysteria is channeled for profit – if it doesn’t already reflect the reality of many of our most awake being the wealthiest among us.
One of the reasons Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle and LeBron James accuse of white racism is to remind America that one can get rich as Croesus while still being a sympathetic victim.
For next-generation crooks like Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo, pretending America was, is, and always will be racist means more than just gigs and book sales. The solution to the pseudo-crises they invent is mass re-education of self-confessional whites – with lucrative consulting fees for both and thousands of others.
America is systematically duped by those who disguise their hypocrisy, who manipulate the culprits, who have no interest in solving America’s most dangerous problems, and who become or stay rich by promoting an America that needs a massive reboot.
Victor Davis Hanson is a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for American Greatness.