New ‘action plan’ can help whites overcome systemic racism, become abolitionists (of whiteness)

New ‘action plan’ can help whites overcome systemic racism, become abolitionists (of whiteness)
Barnor Hesse

Despite having once given the eulogy of Sen. Robert Byrd, a segregationist and KKK member, Joe Biden on day one of his presidency signed an executive order calling for racial equity and an end to systemic racism.

The measure is more aspirational than practical, but not to worry. Barnor Hesse, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology at Northwestern University, has devised an action plan that will enable white Americans to shed their toxic whiteness in eight easy steps. All that’s missing is the “before” and “after” pictures of the same once-morbidly obese man tugging at the waist — now many sizes too big — of a pair of his “fat” pants.

In a tweet, Christopher Rufo of City Journal provides a graphic of the plan, which, he notes, the principal of a New York City public school sent to white parents. Notice the unhealthy behaviors and attitudes (in the weight-loss infomercial these would include photos of binge eating and and impulse food shopping with X’s emblazoned over them) are in red. As the “patient” gradually jettisons his racist tendencies. the colors morph, too — first to orange, then yellow, and finally green. When the white person achieves level 7 — that of “white traitor” — he is within hailing distance of nirvana, i.e., white abolitionism.

At this stage he is equipped with the tools to engage in changing institutions (putting an end to systemic racism) and dismantling whiteness (whatever that means).

Needless to say — and perhaps needful — reactions to Rufo’s tweet are mixed. Some read like this:

Others have messages like this:

Still others carry sentiments similar to this:

We have miles to go.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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