As the mainstream media spends the majority of their time asking anyone who listens if they see them as “an enemy of the people,” they continue to sink further and further into blatant …
As the mainstream media spends the majority of their time asking anyone who listens if they see them as “an enemy of the people,” they continue to sink further and further into blatant hypocrisy.
The New York Times stood by the hire of journalist Sarah Jeong after countless racially charged Tweets surfaced from the writer’s past. But how can this be? Every week now, it seems that someone’s career or reputation is ruined for this very reason. For an example, see Roseanne Barr’s extremely offensive remarks toward African Americans that ousted her from her show’s reboot earlier this year.
There was one noticeable difference: instead of a minority group, whites were the target of Jeong’s incoherent rambling. All of a sudden and unsurprisingly, the left flocked to her defense in the latest case of party hypocrisy.
“Are white people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically being only fit to live underground like groveling goblins?”
“Basically I’m just imagining waking up white every morning with a terrible existential dread that I have no culture.”
Above I have provided two of the more PG-13 tweets Jeong felt would be appropriate to share with the world (I encourage the reader to research others on their own, as they were too inappropriate to be included). But one liberal pundit would dub her as an “anti-racist” who used satire to poke fun at the “real racists,” or the whites who oppressed her for her Korean ancestry.
Sugarcoat it however you want, but what about the white people who did not “oppress” Jeong, or any minority for that matter? Do they deserve to be lumped into her countless inaccurate rants on an entire race? Of course not. To say otherwise would promote racism. Simple as that.
I can hear the backlash to that paragraph now. That my race oppressed people of color for hundreds of years, and what do I know about racial stereotyping? Admittedly, not too much. As a white man, race has never been something I thought twice about when leaving the house. Despite the prominent strides we have made toward racial acceptance in this country since the 1960s, perhaps I am still privileged for that fact.
As for history’s many atrocities, I simply do not know what is expected of me in 2018 besides understanding the darkness as well as the triumphs of our past. While I do not feel like this is something I should have to state or prove, my family never owned slaves. I can trace my American roots back to Mississippi, where my family was always poor, and Massachusetts.
While I cannot speak for all of my relatives, my southern family seemed to be on the progressive side of history when my grandmother from Jackson voted for John F. Kennedy in the 1960 Presidential Election (even though it is worth noting that the hero of the Democratic Party would be exposed today as a privileged philanderer by the same “progressives” who grew up with his poster on their wall).
But I would not care if I was related to Jefferson Davis himself, it does not change anything about me. I was raised to respect others, was Ms. Jeong? If so, her parents aren't having a proud month.
The simple fact is this: if you attack others solely based on the color of their skin, you are, by definition, a racist. I understand the twisted argument from the left, that these Tweets were sort of a sick way of forcing white racists to look at themselves in the mirror and understand how it feels. If this was Jeong’s overarching goal, she should have called out the white individuals who made her feel that way. With her logic, every human being should bash an entire race if one person within it was disrespectful to them. Her actions instigate a never-ending circle of ugly rhetoric that encourages indefinite racism moving forward. If one fails to see the double standard here, they are the problem.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that hatred is incapable of driving out hate. He believed love, and love alone, could accomplish this elusive goal.
Campbell Atkins is Sports Editor for the Madisonville Meteor.