The Biden Administration made two big pronouncements about racism last week.
First, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared racism a “serious public health threat.”
“The pandemic illuminated inequities that have existed for generations and revealed for all of America a known, but often unaddressed, epidemic impacting public health: racism,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. “It affects the health of our entire nation. Racism is not just the discrimination against one group based on the color of their skin or their race or ethnicity, but the structural barriers that impact racial and ethnic groups differently to influence where a person lives, where they work, where their children play, and where they worship and gather in community. These social determinants of health have life-long negative effects on the mental and physical health of individuals in communities of color.”
The CDC plans to roll out several initiatives to combat this health crisis. But it’s not just our health that may be racist—so are our roads.
“There is racism physically built into some of our highways, and that’s why the jobs plan has specifically committed to reconnect some of the communities that were divided by these dollars,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said last week. “If you’re in Washington, I’m told that the history of that highway is one that was built at the expense of communities of color in the D.C. area. There are stories, and I think Philadelphia and Pittsburgh [and] in New York, Robert Moses famously saw through the construction of a lot of highways.”
Buttigieg’s solution to our racist highways is President Biden’s infrastructure plan, which aims to redistribute wealth to minority communities.
For years, we’ve been inundated with coverage of the hysteria and conspiracy theories of the Right. We were told that idiotic conservatives believed Barack Obama was a secret Muslim, Communist, or both. QAnon and Pizzagate are upheld as examples of right-wing lunacy. Conservative media spreads “disinformation” and so on and so forth.
The people separated from reality supposedly dwell only on the Right. The right-thinking, rational people are on the Left. Yet, the perception that racism infects all aspects of our society—from highways to food—belies this claim. The supposedly rational folk believe racism is a bogeyman living under their beds, ready to strike when they least expect. Anything and everything can be considered racist or blamed on racism. It pervades our culture to the point of hysteria. This is the real political lunacy and ordinary Americans can’t escape its grasp.
Rather than systemic racism, we live under the bootheel of hysteria over systemic racism.
Two new TV shows further entrench this mania. HBO debuted a docuseries this week called “Exterminate All the Brutes.” The show aims to show the history of Western racism, from colonialism to police brutality, and condemns Western civilization for its genocidal impetus. The series makes “white supremacy” the central focus of European and American history. According to show’s creator Raoul Peck, “That’s the history of Europe.”
The show even casts a fictional everyman white character to serve as “the tip of the genocidal sword of Western history.” This character is seen throughout history killing all types of minorities.
“Exterminate All the Brutes” received rave reviews from all the prestigious outlets. Time called it “a radical masterpiece.” The New Yorker celebrated it as “a vast, agonizing history of white supremacy.” Vox described it as “a scorching, brilliant ride through the history of white supremacy.” The consensus: elites need to watch this show and wholeheartedly accept its message. Racism defines Western civilization, just watch this HBO show to learn more.
Fictional shows also convey the same message. Amazon’s “Them” is a horror series that makes white people the monsters. This is a popular trend in the horror genre. Gone are the slasher villains of the 1980s with their hockey masks and machetes. Now the killers are ordinary white people who will go to extreme lengths to terrorize innocent black people. This trend was popularized by Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed “Get Out” in 2017 and is carried on in such works as “Lovecraft Country” and “Antebellum.”
“Them” may be the most extreme of them all. Even critics feel the racist violence depicted is too much. One scene depicts whites gang-raping a black woman, stuffing her baby in a pillow sack, and bludgeoning the child to death. This is what TV execs approve. They agree with the message that racism drove white Americans to unspeakable acts of cruelty and you must watch it after work. Racism is the greatest horror on this earth and it lives in every nice white suburb. It’s apparently more terrifying to live in a non-diverse cul-de-sac than it is to live in a project.
This is how your brain thinks on racism derangement syndrome.
As formal discrimination becomes a distant memory, the chattering class clings to more esoteric forms of racism to explain everyday problems. Liberal elites are the most determined to resurrect the ghost of bigotry. This ever-present danger demonizes their domestic enemies and guilt trips white liberals into subscribing to all manners of lunacy. White liberals don’t want to be like the villains in “Get Out,” so they cheer on critical race theory in schools and nod their heads as powerful government officials tell them roads are an example of white supremacy.
The proper response for the Right is to laugh at and mock these claims. If you argue with them, you take their mania seriously. Don’t do that. These are deranged people we’re talking about. Don’t make the case that roads or the filibuster aren’t racist—just laugh and understand the other side is suffering from severe psychosis. The racism charges are exploited to cow ordinary conservatives into line. But when everything is racist, the accusation no longer holds any merit.