Making Sense of Progressive Nonsense (3)

Thomas-Sowell-on-RacismRacists Against Racism!

Black men and women who dare to violate the prescribed ideological boundary for their race have been viciously attacked by Progressives for generations.  Thomas Sowell (a prolific and highly regarded conservative economist and columnist) and Clarence Thomas (a sitting Supreme Court Justice) are notable examples.


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  Photo by MGN

Thomas summarized the experience of non-conforming black treatment by Progressives in his statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation process.

“It’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, as far as I’m concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to the old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.”

US rapper Kanye West performs during the

Kanye West

But we need go back only a few months to find obvious and extreme examples of this mentality among Progressives.  Take the case of Kanye West.  Here we have a man who was loved by the Progressive Left for claiming in 2005 that President Bush “doesn’t care about black people.”  He sat atop our culture as the coolest, most hip performer who could get away with anything.

But the second he voiced support for President Trump for materially improving the economic situation of blacks (along with all other Americans) he was viciously mocked and dehumanized.  This instant transformation from worshiped pop-star to hated moron is well described in this article.

What a difference a year makes. It wasn’t long ago that Kanye West was the darling of Hollywood, the news media, liberal politicians and some of the more vocal members of the civil rights groups. Among the words to describe him back then were brilliant, dynamic, talented, musical genius, great humanitarian, successful entrepreneur and so many more. He was praised from every corner of the entertainment world and was often the much sought-after guest of honor at elite gatherings and many times headlined glitzy award shows. He was one of their biggest heroes. Of course, that was when his leftist fan club just assumed that he thought the same way as did they and held the same political opinions that are required to be a ‘good progressive’. But he doesn’t, and his former worshipers went into shock, when he began to express his personal views and, just like that, the love turned to the vilest hatred imaginable.

cnn_mocks_kanyeThis CNN panel discussion is typical of this vicious rhetoric deployed against a previously loved black performer who voiced support for President Trump.

“Kanye West is what happens when negroes don’t read,” said Bakari Sellers.

Candace Owens

Candace Owens

Or consider Candace Owens, a young, prominent conservative commentator.  She and  a colleague were assaulted by a Progressive Leftist mob while minding her own business at breakfast.

While this type of vicious mob action has become commonplace on the left, this incident stands out for what was said by the lily-white Progressive mob to this black woman and the black and Hispanic police officers who arrived on the scene.  Their chant to Owens was “F**k white supremacy.”  When the police showed up to defuse the situation they chanted “Cops and Klan, hand in hand.” They also spent time in a primal scream mode, which they apparently consider to be the equivalent to a compelling argument for their point of view.


A Progressive mob member making a compelling argument to Candice Owens.

What are we to make of a mob composed of white people screaming at blacks and Hispanics that they are white supremacists?  This is clearly something beyond the typical racist denigration of any minority person who rejects the Progressive worldview.

In order to understand the source of this apparent Progressive hypocrisy on misogyny and racism we will have to again reenter the Alice in Wonderland world of current identity politics.

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