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Ed Brodow: Confessions of a Heterosexual White Male

What was the most significant social development in the U.S. during the twentieth century? Answer: the Civil Rights Movement, which affirmed the promise of America that race should not determine the destiny of any individual. And the most dramatic change in the last 50 years? We have reverted back to a time when race was responsible for everything by reversing the achievements of Martin Luther King and the movement he personified. Now if you are a straight white male, you are automatically considered a racist, a bigot, and an enemy of the people. In a metaphorical sense, white men are no longer allowed to drink from the water fountain.

Confession: I am a heterosexual white male. Imagine my shock when I discovered that the American Left wants to paint me as an oppressor of my fellow human beings, a modern-day Simon Legree, simply by virtue of my skin color and sexual orientation. Am I overreacting?

Blaming white supremacy has become the new national sport. A racial inquisition aimed at white people is underway based on the erroneous notion that the number one threat to America is ingrained racism by whites against blacks. Under the false flags of systemic racism and white supremacy, the inquisition demands that all white people confess their racism and make amends in the form of wealth and power redistribution. Even the president became a promoter of the inquisition when he referred to Kyle Rittenhouse as a white supremacist.

The ideology behind the “all whites are racist” inquisition is called critical race theory. CRT argues that America is inherently racist, that minorities and women are oppressed by whites and especially by white men, and that whites achieve their economic and political objectives at the expense of people of color. “Critical race theory,” said Greg Gutfeld on Fox, “undermines the positive core beliefs of America by redefining the nation as an engine of oppression.” CRT is busy destroying the legacy of Dr. King as it divides the country along racial lines. Thanks to CRT, the Left wants people to be judged based on the color of their skin, not by the quality of their character or the fruits of their labor.

According to CRT, if you are Caucasian you are automatically guilty of racism by virtue of your skin color. Two popular books support this abomination. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo asserts that if you are white and doubt that you are a racist, it is proof you are a racist. This is classic Catch-22: you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. “A book about racism,” says Tucker Carlson, “that is far more aggressively racist than anything Louis Farrakhan has ever written. If you are white, your DNA makes you evil.”

The second work is Ibram X. Kendi’s anti-white book, How to Be an Antiracist. Kendi has openly admitted that he hates white people. “The only remedy to past discrimination," Kendi writes, "is present discrimination." Kendi’s thesis is refuted succinctly by black author Shelby Steele. “Past oppression,” says Steele, “cannot be conflated into present-day oppression.”

David Horowitz, author of I Can't Breathe: How a Racial Hoax Is Killing America, calls the U.S. “the least racist country in history.” Horowitz is appalled by blatant anti-white racism. “The fact that white people are better off is not a privilege,” he says. “it’s earned.” The argument that the problems of the black community can be blamed on white racism has been refuted by respected black figures such as Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Bob Woodson, and Larry Elder. They are unanimous in their agreement that oppression of blacks is a thing of the past.

Rather than exhibiting systemic racism, white Americans have bent over backwards to make life better for blacks. “America is not a racist country,” agreed black political activist Candace Owens. “Anyone claiming otherwise has a vested interest in keeping us divided. The easiest way to maintain power over any group is to keep those within it at war with one another.”

Running side-by-side with CRT is Black Lives Matter, a Marxist organization that is based on the false narrative that white cops are deliberately killing unarmed blacks. BLM has glorified black violence and placed it on a pedestal. It’s not violence anymore, says BLM, it is peaceful protesting for social justice. BLM’s destructive influence is growing as the public is manipulated by social media to excuse looting, arson, and murder. It is perpetuated by race baiters such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Oprah Winfrey in order to encourage white guilt and to inflame the black love affair with victimization.

The idea that white people are inherently flawed is absurd on its face. The objective is to foment racial discord. Minority special interest groups are using the banners of equity, diversity, and social justice as a power grab. Supporters of the social justice movement are not seeking justice, they are seeking control. CRT wants to reintroduce racism and segregation to the forefront of American life, and to substitute equity for the equality championed by Dr. King.

What is equity? Equity means that skin color must determine everything—your job, your promotion, the house you own. The right kind of skin color is black and brown. White is the wrong color. In case you didn't know, that's what your kids are being taught in public schools and elite universities like Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford. Yes, that's what the next generation of Americans is learning.

My family taught me to be tolerant of people who look different or who embrace different ideas. As I am a strong believer in meritocracy, my life today is the result of working hard and working smart, not from oppressing others. I remember living in Florida as a boy and being disgusted by the separate drinking fountains at Woolworth’s: “white” and “colored.” Blacks were forbidden to drink out of the white fountain. With the ascendency of critical race theory, we may be seeing separate drinking fountains again—only this time whites will be targeted for exclusion.

Well, guess what. We’ve had enough of this racial bullying. I want to be allowed to drink from the same water fountain as the next person. It is time to declare that white men like me are the objects of racism. Someone should explain to CRT supporters that white is a color too.

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Ed Brodow

Ed Brodow is a conservative political commentator, negotiation expert, and regular contributor to Newsmax, Daily Caller, American Thinker, Townhall, LifeZette, Media EqualizerReactionary Times, and other online news magazines. He is the author of eight books including his latest blockbuster, Trump’s Turn: Winning the New Civil War.

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