The post civil rights generation has learned the language of anti-racism and white supremacy. In the same moment, white supremacy and overt racial animus has migrated from the frontstage of American life to the backstage, and other private spaces. Tal Fortgang is one of many white students, and some deluded and self-hating people of color in the same cohort, who have learned the language of anti-racism well enough to be conversant while using it to advance the cause of white supremacy.
They are young Padawans–Star Wars day was last weekend, please indulge me–who are tempted by the Dark Side to challenge their masters. I worry that many of the supposed Jedi Masters have become weak and rusty in their skills because they have been surrounded for too long by all too willing students, trained like Pavlov’s dogs to respond with “politically correct” and “anti-racist” slogans.
Tal Fortgang will have a Princeton degree, as well as the benefits of his family’s material resources, social capital, and other assets. Part of Tal Fortgang’s skill set will also be the ability to use the language of “multiculturalism” and “diversity” to protect and advance white privilege. Tal Fortgang would be a much more dangerous foe if he learned to camouflage his racist speech. I am sure that his mentors are giving him that advice in the present moment.
Are black and brown Americans, progressives, liberals, and reasonable centrists, ready and prepared for ostensibly “anti-racist” 007’s who are really double agents for white supremacy? I doubt it. In a moment of changing racial demographics and constrained job opportunities, young people like Tal Fortgang are America’s phantom menace.
I wonder if Chauncey’s been reading this blog?
Here’s a sample of the nasty nonsense that goes on in DeVega’s head.
By comparison, the profoundly ugly and grotesque power of white supremacy and white privilege is seen in the middle part of the distribution and on its low-trailing end.
Historically, white supremacy’s most socially deleterious power, and what so many white folks are desperately clinging to in the United States, is white racism’s ability to elevate mediocre, failing, low-skilled, degenerate, unmotivated, and otherwise sub par white folks to the level of “respectability” and “middle class” over people of color who are in almost every way superior to them.
The successes of the civil rights movement and the Black and Brown freedom struggles have moderated (and in some ways limited) the ability of white human mediocrities to always, all things being equal, succeed in America.
Even if this ridiculous passage had any reality to it, Whites are our people, and we built civilization. No other races have the prerogative to compete with us in the civilization we built. We don’t want them or need them competing for the niches we made possible, and elbowing out our lesser White brothers and sisters.
Some of my favorite White people are short, fat and stupid. Matt Parrott