New York Times Op-Ed Asks “Can My Children Be Friends With White People?”

There’s no doubt that race tensions in the U.S. have reached a peak in recent years.

Some of these tensions are based in real issues that Americans are dealing with: immigration, terrorism, and the ever-present issue of globalism. Other so-called tensions, however, are clear race-baiting: statues of celebrated Americans torn down on a whim and political ads pinning candidates against each other with atrocious accusations of race hate.

For absurdity in this arena, there is no shortage of stories. Still, one recent op-ed published in the November 12th issue of the Sunday New York Times may take the cake.

The piece, written by a law professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University named Ekow Yankah, is entitled “Can My Children Be Friends With White People?” In it, he outlines his worries for his children — namely, that they will be baited into false friendships with their white peers.

“I will teach them distrust,” he writes. “Much sooner than I thought I would, I will have to discuss with my boys whether they can truly be friends with white people.”

A Common Thread

It’s alarming to many that this New York Times piece would be one of the most popular articles on the NYT website. However, it shouldn’t be. Far-left publications and websites have been publishing stories like this for some time now. As Tucker Carlson put it when he invited Ekow Yankah on his show, “[This] was hardly unusual … go to any liberal website: Salon, Slate, Vox, HuffPo and you’ll find similar pieces arguing that an entire racial group is untrustworthy and dangerous.”

But what happened? Wasn’t it not long ago that liberals believed in “colorblindness” — that no individual should be judged, awarded, or punished based on the color of their skin? Yankah invokes the famous hopes and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his piece — particularly, Dr. King’s “famous dream of black and white children holding hands.”

Indeed, it was Dr. King who said he had “a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” This is arguably Dr. King’s most famous quote.

Yet Yankah says that King’s words were only a dream, “precisely because [King] realized that in Alabama, conditions of dominance made real friendship between white and black people impossible.”

Impossible? What about the millions of Americans who do believe King’s words and live them every day? What about those for whom the content of another’s character is what defines that person and not the color of their skin — who is Ekow Yankah to argue otherwise? Is not this racism in the highest order?

Trump Derangement Syndrome

In a climate where every tweet from President Trump, every word uttered, every paper towel roll thrown in good fun, is met with protests, sobbing, and cries to the heavens, it’s no doubt that in Yankah’s piece, he eventually attributes his children’s inability to make friends with white kids to “Mr. Trump” and his supporters:

“Were it not for our reverence for money, Mr. Trump would be easily recognized as the simple-minded, vulgar, bigoted blowhard he is.”

“What has truly broken my heart are the ranks of Mr. Trump’s many allies and apologists.”

“Mr. Trump’s supporters are practiced at purposeful blindness.”

Quotes from the piece.

Yankah blatantly blames anyone allied with President Trump for creating and stirring this race war: “His allies have watched racial pornography, describing black America as pathological.”

Yes, apparently, we are all to blame. It is clear that “Mr. Trump” is coercing “the ‘good’ Trump voters, the white people who understand that Mr. Trump says ‘unfortunate’ things but support him because they like what he says on jobs and taxes.” He is coercing these poor souls into creating rifts between the white and black and brown people of this nation.

It’s a shock isn’t it? To know that you are so racist — when for so long you thought you were judging people by the content of their character. Yankah is explaining to us that this is why we can’t be friends. Thank you, Professor Yankah.

But fortunately, many “ ‘good’ Trump voters” will continue trying. They will teach their children to find friends wherever they can — based on the other’s character and not what they look like. Because we know that Dr. King was right and Mr. Yankah is wrong.

~ American Liberty Report


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