WaPo Op-Ed: Remember, Blacks and Latinos Can Also Be White Racists




The left always reserves their most potent hostility for minorities who support the Republican Party. They absolutely loathe Clarence Thomas, Ben Carson, Candace Owens, Tim Scott, and anyone else who fails to swing the Identity Politics bat in accordance with their skin color. This antipathy even stretches to include women – with the exception of Trump himself, did anyone infuriate the left more than Betsy DeVos, Sarah Sanders, and Amy Coney Barrett?

As far as we can tell, the left finds themselves especially frustrated with these “traitors” for one simple reason: They can’t be dismissed with a casual hand-wave and an accusation of “RACIST”! Or sexist, as they case may be. And since the left’s entire worldview is crafted on the premise that all that stands between the United States and utopia is white supremacy, this really puts them in a bind. Thus, it’s not surprising when they lash out like cornered animals.

But maybe they’re turning the corner. No, they’re not going to start giving these minority conservatives respect for their individuality, don’t be ridiculous. Instead, in an age where men can be women and vice versa, they’re apparently decided that the easiest way through this Gordian Knot is to simply declare that, well, people of color can be white racists as well!

That seems to be the argument from NYU Professor Cristina Beltran, who explained in a recent Washington Post op-ed that America needs to confront the reality of “multiracial whiteness.”

You might want to roll up your pants for this one:

One of the organizers of the “Stop the Steal” movement is Ali Alexander, a Trump supporter who identifies as Black and Arab. The chairman of the neo-fascist Proud Boys is Enrique Tarrio, a Latino raised in Miami’s Little Havana who identifies as Afro-Cuban; when he arrived in Washington for the Jan. 6 march, he was arrested for allegedly burning a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a Black church the month before.

What are we to make of Tarrio — and, more broadly, of Latino voters inspired by Trump? And what are we to make of unmistakably White mob violence that also includes non-White participants? I call this phenomenon multiracial whiteness — the promise that they, too, can lay claim to the politics of aggression, exclusion and domination.

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Multiracial whiteness reflects an understanding of whiteness as a political color and not simply a racial identity — a discriminatory worldview in which feelings of freedom and belonging are produced through the persecution and dehumanization of others.

This isn’t entirely new, of course. We’ve heard similar accusations lobbed against openly-gay Trump supporters like Peter Thiel and Richard Grenell – the idea is that you’re not “really” gay if you don’t support the gay agenda. Apparently gay as a description for sexual orientation is secondary to its political connotations. And, according to Beltran at least, the same is true for race.

There’s more that we could say about this phenomenon, but we doubt we’ll hit the hammer any more cleanly than Harper’s columnist Thomas Chatterton Williams, who wrote: “If you find yourself reaching for arguments about ‘multiracial whiteness’ to explain why there are non-white people who think and act differently than you’d expect them to, you should at least *consider* the possibility that race can’t explain everything.”

But of course, that would presume that these wokesters are arguing from a place of good faith, and that’s plainly not the case.


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