It’s been a wild few days in the media with a story coming out of Washington, DC, related to the March for Life. For those unfamiliar with it, the March for Life is a demonstration for those of a pro life persuasion, and for the most part, it’s not that controversial except for those who think abortion is a right that should be preserved. Let’s call them…the pro baby death movement. Anyway, a group of Catholic school students attended the March for Life when they were riddled with insults from a group called the Black Hebrew Israelites accusing these students of being racist, gay, and potential school shooters.
Now, this is the part where most people start paying attention. A Native American elder walked up to the students as they were trying to sing their school spirit song and started drumming in one student’s face. Someone took a picture of a student wearing a Make America Great Again hat smiling/smirking at the elder, and that has been the focus of the discussion. We can debate who was in the wrong and what should have been done (and, believe me, it’s being done to death right now), but there is one question I have that few, if any, people are even discussing.
What about the Black Hebrew Israelites verbally attacking the students?
Contrary to popular Leftist rhetoric, words aren’t violence (although listening to them for any length of time makes my head feel like it’s been battered by an ANTIFA mob). Yet, I have yet to see a Leftist come forward to condemn the Black Hebrew Israelites for their use of racial and homophobic slurs. I guess they’ve been too busy trying to dox the students at the behest of fellow Leftists to actually bother with such an issue, but their silence is still worth noting.
I have two ideas as to why the Left is silent about the racist and homophobic statements made by the Black Hebrew Israelites, and a combination of the two is just as likely as the two ideas separately. First, the Left doesn’t want to condemn them because of their race. White people in particular are scared to call out racism from non-whites because we’ve been conditioned that any such criticism is racist, even when the criticism is legitimate and warranted. We can thank the Left for this. To the Left, racism is power plus race, which means non-whites cannot be racist because they lack power. (The racism of this concept breaks my Irony Meter 9000.) Ah, but the Black Hebrew Israelites had enough power to hurl insults at the students, and many of those insults were specifically about their race. Kinda destroys the “racism is power plus race” dynamic, doesn’t it?
The other possible reason for the Left’s silence is they agree with the Black Hebrew Israelites attacking the Catholic school students. Lately, there has been an increase in the number and frequency of anti-Catholic sentiments coming from the Left, including some of their 2020 Presidential hopefuls. Reasons for this abound, but they may all be based in general disdain for people of faith. Leftists look at people of faith like zoo animals, but don’t necessarily go into depth about why they are people of faith. Even some Leftists profess to be people of faith, but they seem closer to Unitarians (Do What You Want and Let God Sort It Out) than any actual faith. Just look at Nancy Pelosi. Her Catholicism is looser than her facial skin before a botox injection. Ultimately, Leftists don’t like any faith that involves an entity higher than government.
The Right isn’t off the hook on this, either. They’re spending their time and energy to defending the students, which I get, but in doing so, you’re taking your eyes off those who are the real and verifiable bigots in this situation. The Black Hebrew Israelites deserve as much scorn as anyone in this situation, but they’re being allowed to skate because of what the media are telling you is the real story. Yes, I know the media are spinning this story, but that’s what they do. Just because they tell you what you should be focusing on doesn’t mean there isn’t another angle to consider. And I would say the Black Hebrew Israelites acting like bigots is an angle to be delved into more deeply than an aside in a New York Times article.
There are other ways this matter could have gone down, and these, too, will be debated ad nauseum, but unless we hold all bad actors here accountable, we aren’t going to get anywhere. What the Black Hebrew Israelites did, even if provoked, was unacceptable. If the students provoked them as has been claimed, that is also unacceptable. And what the tribal leader did by banging a drum in a student’s face is also unacceptable. Right now, we’re only trying to hold 2/3 of the entities involved accountable, which leaves one party free to continue to be racist and homophobic without fear of condemnation by those who claim to want to rid the world of racism and homophobia and by those most often accused of both without merit.
Screw the optics and do the right thing.