Over the last two months, we have seen a couple of major holes getting poked into the progressive narrative around “systemic racism”.
First, Florida State University criminology professor Eric Stewart—the guru who proclaimed “systemic racism” infested America’s police and American society—was fired for “extreme negligence” in his research. At least six of his articles in major academic journals have since been retracted. Twenty years worth of his data was found to be in question. He was ultimately fired for “incompetence” and “false results”.
Then the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University started imploding in September, with allegations that it mismanaged funds and exploited workers.
This is the organization established by systemic racism “expert” Dr. Ibram X. Kendi in June 2020 to “solve” racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Besides charging exorbitant fees for talks (e.g., $20k for a “virtual lecture”) and trainings, the center took in tens of millions of dollars in donations from the likes of Jack Dorsey and George Soros’s Open Society Foundation. Kendi barely produced any research, repeating an unfortunate pattern he started at American University.
Kendi infamously claimed that, “there is no such thing as a not-racist idea,” only “racist ideas and antiracist ideas.” He also said that action is one of the key differences among people who use the phrase “antiracist” instead of “not racist.” Antiracists actively fight against systemic racism, while those who claim to be “not racist” are actually "complicit with systemic racism” in Kendi’s world. So if you’re not an active antiracist, then Kendi says you’re a racist.
It’s hard to imagine a more racist way of thinking than this, yet in the wake of George Floyd’s death, communities all over the country embraced the narrative that systemic racism was embedded into every aspect of American society, and that everyone needed to become an antiracist in order take a stand against systemic racism. Because if you didn’t, then you would be labeled a racist.
Many people in Greenwich responded to the post-Floyd call to action.
Greenwich Indivisible even organized the “Greenwich Cares” Rally against Systemic Racism on June 6th, 2020, an idea that comes straight out of the original Indivisible Guide to Defeating MAGA. One of the founders of Indivisible, Joanna Swomley, told protestors that, "systemic racism exists in every aspect and corner of American society".
U.S. Representative Jim Himes also spoke at the rally, and said that, “one of the attributes of systemic racism that has haunted this country for four centuries is that forever, white men of privilege and power have spoken, and others have listened,” right before he confessed to his own white privilege.
On August 28, 2020, State Representative Stephen Meskers reinforced the systemic racism narrative when he said, “The time is now to look inward and reflect on the systemic racism that exists in our country” before he vowed that he would "always be in support of the Black Lives Matter movement."
Greenwich Superintendent Toni Jones lined up with the antiracists, too. She told a group called "Activists for Antiracist Greenwich Schools” in October 2020 that she was “working on this very issue right now” and indicated that GPS was even "engaged in a book study of White Fragility…” — the critical racy theory classic.
Then Alma Rutgers added some fear to the equation when she warned that, “until we uproot the systemic racism that runs 400 years deep, we are not safe”.
She subsequently slammed Greenwich Patriots in local media for not buying into the “woke” narrative about systemic racism.
But now that Kendi is mired in controversy, and the validity of the data used to support “systemic racism” has been called into question, we wonder…
How much longer will the “systemic racism” narrative last? Will it be enough carry Indivisible through the finish line, per the Practical Guide to Defeating MAGA? Or will the narrative start to crumble because Americans are fed up with being told they are hopelessly racist, and tired of being forced atone for their privilege?