Is this the new direction that radicalism is taking? Are extreme solutions such as reparations no longer enough to atone for the “systematic oppression” some groups have been made to endure?
The answer to both questions seems to be yes judging from an article published in 2017 by Black Lives Matter Louisville organizer Chanelle Helm. The title, which could not be more straightforward, is “White people, here are 10 requests from a Black Lives Matter leader.” So what sorts of requests does Helm make? Give up your seat on a bus to a black person? Note even close. Here are two items from her list:
White people, if you don’t have any descendants, will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably one that lives in generational poverty.
White people, if you’re inheriting property you intend to sell upon acceptance, give it to a black or brown family. You’re bound to make that money in some other white privileged way.
Notice how artfully the author worked in a gratuitous dig at her would-be penitents in the second item.
During Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House, his administration took bolder steps to even the score between Americans “of privilege” and those of need by radicalizing Title IX, which bans sex discrimination in educational institutions. For the first time in the history of American jurisprudence, the burden of proof in rape cases fell on the accused. But even when the accused had the evidence on his side, the mantra “Believe all professed rape victims” became a rule of thumb for Democrats.
Now the whole matter has been taken to its absurd conclusion by Emilly Swaven, a Canadian feminist, who tweeted:
Men, if a woman accuses you of rape, even if you didn’t do it, you shut up, and accept the charges, women have been systematically oppressed for years and you giving up some years of your freedom doesn’t compare to the oppression they’ve been through.
Men, if a woman accuses you of rape, even if you didn't do it, you shut up, and accept the charges, women have been systematically oppressed for years and you giving up some years of your freedom doesn't compare to the oppression they've been through.
— EmillySwaven (@EmillySwaven) July 24, 2020
If men are condemned to endure punishment for suffering they never inflicted on another person, when is enough enough?