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Why ‘Institutional Racism’ is A Pernicious & Racist Political Ideology

The Atlantic has predictably celebrated the installation of an indubitably racist idea, ‘institutional racism’, created by racist Black Power advocates, like Stokley Carmichael, into Merriam Webster’s Dictionary. This goes along with its promotion of racist neo-black Power advocates like Ta-Nehisi Coates & Jemele Hill. This is a good indication of where we are today: our media’s bastions of liberal progress promote primarily racist black spokespeople with racist ideas, and the ideas of their racist black political heroes.


The Black Power movement’s adoption of the concept of ‘institutional racism’ represents a shift in the black political & leadership model away from Martin Luther King, and his concept of the origin of racial prejudice and how to fight it, with the racist philosophy and racial chauvinism of Malcolm X. What white advocates of this idea do not realize is that this shift represents a shift in the interpretation of American history, from that of MLK to that of Malcolm X. And what is Malcolm X’s interpretation of American history: the white man is the Devil. The Black Power movement was an atheistic movement, so they dropped the theology, but this concept still underlies its interpretation of American history, and results in its underestimation of white American capacity, character, & accomplishments. In other words, it breeds black racial prejudice and racism against whites. It’s sort of like Ben Franklin and the Protestant Ethic. One may not believe literally in the theology, but the doctrines still deeply influence one’s thinking & behavior. That’s what ‘institutional racism’ is really all about: spreading the idea that the white man is the Devil, just like Elijah Muhammad used to preach.


Black Power movements were inspired by white Southern nationalism, and they seek to create alienation from the white establishment in black people who absorb their doctrines, a mentality like the bad Field Negro or ‘slave agitator’. In today’s world this represents the black criminal class, who don’t see a place for themselves in the world of the white establishment. This is Malcolm Little, Malcolm X’s alter ego and former self. This is a mentality that basically guarantees a violent premature death or prison, but this mentality is celebrated in his Autobiography, and Malcolm X even encourages other black people to adopt this nihilistic point-of-view. These Black Power advocates wish to celebrate this nihilistic & alienated mentality & to spread it. This is what this idea of ‘institutional racism’ is supposed to accomplish, to alienate the races from one another, and it does a great job. It is political racism.


The idea is that a black person cannot possibly identify with the white establishment, because of ‘institutional racism’. It’s similar to how Karl Marx uses his concepts of class conflict and alienation. People like Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin are not simply analyzing the situation, but they are also trying to create class conflict for their own political purposes. They are not simply trying to analyze ‘alienation’, but wish to create alienation in their readers, in order to gain more alienated followers. That’s the idea here: to create racially alienated blacks to participate in their racist movement. Like Marxism, underlying this notion of ‘institutional racism’ is the idea that ‘racial conflict’ drives black progress. So this gives racist black people, like Carmichael, Coates, and Hill an excuse to act in a racially chauvinist manner towards white people and to race-bait white Americans. They cleverly call this ‘fighting racism’, and media outlets like the Atlantic support this race hustle.


Martin Luther King believed that the destiny of the black race was in the long run a function of black character. He got this doctrine from Booker T. Washington, and he articulated it most famously in his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. This is why you should judge people by the ‘content of their character’ and not their race, because character is destiny. They believed that traditional racial prejudice was a function of a white misinterpretation of historical black social inferiority. White Americans tend to view this as the ‘natural order’, and have done so since slavery, but in fact they are underestimating black capacity.


Fighting racism really involves elevating white opinion about black capacity, as well as promoting the notion that ‘character is destiny’. This fights the ideology of philosophers of racism, like Arthur Gobineau, that ‘race is destiny’. This racist doctrine was used by white Southern nationalists, as well as by Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad. Black Power movements want to promote this racist ideology.


That’s what ‘institutional racism’ means: that white racism is black destiny. But that’s just another way of restating Gobineau: ‘race is destiny’. It’s an exact parallel. It’s a racist idea and always was. The only way to reduce racial prejudice in this country is to promote the concept that ‘character is destiny’ and judge people by the content of their character, just like MLK said. The racist doctrines of ‘institutional racism’ want us to judge people & their deeds by their race. This is indicated by ‘racial preference’ programs like Affirmative Action.


These programs come out of the idea of ‘institutional racism’ & the Black Power movement, and are a deliberate rejection of MLK’s philosophy. These racist people want us to view white people as Devils, and America as evil. I’d like to see people like Carmichael, Coates, & Hill found a country and do better, because that would be a nightmarish racist place to live. I guarantee you. This is political racism 101.




Il Trovatore (Aristarchus Patrinos); 267.402.7401; <950 words


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