Right-wing nutjob Steven Crowder has not only gone on a totally ridiculous rant about what’s happening in Baltimore, but he’s also posted some incredibly racist and clueless photos to his Facebook page. His rant is a letter to the rioters in Baltimore, where he calls them all sorts of names, and demonstrates typical white privilege as he rails that those people don’t even deserve the most basic of understanding. Of course, he means that their issues don’t deserve understanding, too.
On his website, Louder with Crowder, he says he’s hoping to cut through all the horrible, liberally-biased media coverage with what we suppose could be his idea of truth. But one interesting thing stood out near the end, which said:
I was raised in Canada, and moved to the United States as soon as I was legally able. This is not the America I sought. This is not the shining city on a hill which I admired from afar. It turns my stomach, and it makes me even more sick to know that people like me will be vilified for voicing these opinions.
Why is that interesting? Because white people being vilified for voicing opinions is nothing compared to the decades of inequality that black people have dealt with. Nothing. If we’re such a free country, if we’re supposed to be the land of equality, is getting vilified for having an opinion really what should be making him sick?
Furthermore, white people do not have the right to tell people of color what they should and should not find offensive. White people do not have the right to tell people of color that America is post-racial, and they should open their eyes.
But wait! He didn’t say America was post racial, did he? Not in that post, he didn’t. However, he did in one of the images on his Facebook page, which is also below:
Obama has nothing to do with this. This is long-simmering anger that’s reached a boiling point, perhaps because these people hoped a black man getting elected to the White House meant they might start to see race relations actually improve in their own communities. That hasn’t happened, and if Obama played any part, it’s this: Racist whites are angry that a black man could be so uppity that he’d dare to invade the highest office in the land. It’s not because of any race-baiting on Obama’s part.
To Crowder’s racist mind, the Civil Rights Movement happened, and black people were given full equality under the law, so obviously, we’re post racial. Signing the Civil Rights Act into law automatically wiped out all biases everywhere, in the single stroke of a pen, so society needs to shut up. Black people need to shut up; they’re the ones making problems out of nothing these days. If we all just stop talking about it, we’ll forget about it, and it will go away.
Crowder also said:
It is my complete lack of any interest in your race, background, gender, personal beliefs and/or struggles that makes me an insensitive jerk. I accept that. It also makes me incapable of discrimination.
That is just nonsense. To claim color-blindness, and to advocate for it, sounds great to the privileged. It even sounds logical. But it’s dismissive of the real, lived experiences of people of color. We could even go so far as to say that the color-blindness mentality is an insidious way of accusing people of color of exaggerating—or lying—about what they see and deal with every day. That is one of the most racist people can do.
Finally, he says that the rioters in Baltimore don’t deserve understanding, and his understanding is reserved for the people and businesses they’ve hurt. Here’s a newsflash: Most people who empathize with the rioters’ cause don’t agree with what they’ve done. We just understand why they’ve done it. He does say they deserve justice, but that one little nugget of real truth is overshadowed by calling them animals, scumbags, and horrible human beings. You can’t write a rant like this and toss, “You deserve justice,” in the middle, as though that makes the rest of your racist shtick okay. It doesn’t work like that.
The ends don’t justify the means, but peaceful protests and doing things the “right” way has resulted in…nothing. Their voices are still unheard. Their grievances are still swept under the rug. They’re still underrepresented in political leadership and in the workplace. When a black leader’s words on racial inequality make the news, the entire black community is accused of race-baiting, playing the race card, and told they’re the real racists here.
Anger that goes unanswered for too long erupts in very unfortunate ways. They shouldn’t be rioting. Innocent people don’t deserve to pay for what’s been done to them. But they need to be heard, too. Actions and words like Crowder’s add fuel to the fire. They don’t open the dialogue that needs to be opened.
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