Torch-carrying neo-Nazis in Charlottesville were the face of white supremacy in 2017.
Today it’s “Nice White Parents.” That’s the title of a new podcast distributed by the New York Times which argues that many black and brown children are not excelling in our public schools because of “what is arguably the most powerful force in our schools: White parents.”
This is inevitable in a society where what’s “acceptable” is in a state of upheaval, and worse when it’s in a continuous state of upheaval. Some examples, old and new:
- The beginnings of Anglicanism, when people lost their lives in the abrupt transitions caused by abrupt changes in monarchs, from Henry VIII to Edward VI to Mary to Elizabeth I…
- Nazi Germany, where Adolf Hitler, having ridden to power with the help of the Brownshirts, disposed of them in the “Night of the Long Knives.”
- China’s Cultural Revolution, where old Party stalwarts like Mao Dun found themselves at the wrong end of group struggle meetings.
- Soviet Union, where people like Leon Trotsky who helped make it happen ended up murdered in exile or at home.
- The McCarthy Era, where people who lived in the 1930’s–where both Communism and fascism were fashionable–suddenly were outcasts. (Fascists got theirs during World War II.)
White upper-income women have been at the front of BLM protests, but now they’re in the crosshairs of Antifa and BLM types. Perhaps they were trying to head off facing their reality.
It’s a dangerous game, don’t try it at home.