As silly as it may seem, I feel that it is imperative that I preface this post with the disclaimer that I am not a white person. Now that this has been taken care of, we can begin:
BuzzFeed has never been a place for serious discussion about anything. With articles titled, “26 Things Summer Roberts Wore In The First Season Of “The O.C.” That Were Soooooo 2003,” to “What Is Your Inner Potato? ” to “Leonardo DiCaprio Might Be A Human Puppy,” what could possibly go wrong when this self-proclaimed “news organization” decides to venture into discussions of serious topics that require serious adults to discuss them?
Well: this. In a new article, eloquently titled, “19 School Powerpoints That Give Zero Fucks,” BuzzFeed makes perfectly clear that it understands little to nothing about race relations, and that the site is perfectly happy to parade its anti-white racism.
In this article, we are shown a series of photos in which students, mostly of non-white ethnicity, present patronizing Powerpoint slides that endlessly pillory white people about just about everything.
For example, a girl presents a slide that states, “Y’all [sic] White People Are Dangerous: A Horror Story.” (A horror story!).
Another student presents a slide with the very nuanced claim that, “White People Are a Plague to the Planet.” A few scrolls down leads us to a photo of a student with his presentation titled, “White People are Crazy.”
And yet another student bizarrely purports that, “Everybody Wanna be a Nigga, But Nobody Wanna be a Nigga.” (As to what precisely this is supposed to mean, your guess, dear reader, is as good as my own).
And so on.
Apart from the egregious corruption and vulgarization of the English language we witness here (in various academic forums no less), these slides should scream “RACISM,” to anyone with an IQ within one standard deviation of the mean.
At this point, it is necessary to mention the obvious point here, in case it has escaped anyone: clearly, the point of this BuzzFeed article is to venerate and celebrate the so-called defiant and no-nonsense attitudes of these students. It is a proud and willful endorsement of their racist sentiments.
The Oxford English dictionary defines “racism,” as: “The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.”
So when a student writes that “white people are a plague to the planet,” it is as clear as daylight that he or she is being racist. Period.
“Aha! But how wrong and ignorant you are, Mr. Pendulum Blogger,” the BuzzFeeders will reflexively respond.
This is the exact moment when these people will most certainly start feeding us heaping portions of the “buzzword soup,” with copious mentions of, “white privilege,” “reverse racism (and how it doesn’t exist),” “institutional racism,” “power structures,” and so on.
I suppose the below post, which was widely circulated on social media for a few months, can best summarize what would almost certainly be the Buzzfeeders’ response to my claims of their anti-white racism:
Hence the part that is crossed out is essentially a rephrasing of my own argument that I provided above.
But the pseudointellectualism goes into complete overdrive in the red bits below. Per this (non)-logic, since the cards are stacked against minorities on an institutional level, it is impossible for racial and ethnic minorities to be racist against whites. Or something like that. Moreover, it encourages minorities to hurl these types of insults against whites, which is exactly what this BuzzFeed article does.
Now, any sane person can quickly deduce that this type of reasoning is clearly wrong. It amounts to vile obscurantism and flaccid mumbo jumbo that seeks to justify the unjustifiable.
If, for example, a black person made the claim that, “all whites should be sent to the gas chamber,” would any serious person deem this to not be a racist statement? What about if a Latino person said that, “white people are scum”?
You see, what is going on here is a conflation of two issues: interpersonal, everyday racism, which anyone is capable of regardless of their race, and institutional racism which sometimes makes life more difficult for racial minorities.
In other words, the two are not mutually exclusive, and any attempt to portray them as such gives de facto carte-blanche power to anyone who is non-white to endlessly defame white people. It is not only a vile attempt to pander to our basest instincts of frustration and anger, but it is made even more insidious by its attempts to intellectualize and therefore legitimize itself.
It is the classic “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
It is therefore scandalous that BuzzFeed, a widely-read, albeit fatuous site, would pander to such pseudo-theories that do nothing to improve race relations, and everything to deteriorate them. What BuzzFeed and their crusading disciples are doing is dangerous and divisive; it is the flip side to the same ugly coin of white supremacism and white bigotry.
Any sane person- white, black, brown, or anything else- must condemn it with the same vigor and forcefulness as he or she would condemn neo-Nazis and the KKK. For to remain silent is to be complicit in this most unpalatable trend of recent years.