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Robert Namer
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November 16, 2021

     Progressives are hurting the Dem PartyWhen Kyle Rittenhouse broke down into sobs on the stand during his trial last week, anybody familiar with the tired rhetoric of the far left knew exactly what was coming next. Not just the predictable allegation that he was faking it, but the use of the pernicious progressive term “white tears.”

     This phrase, brewed from the foul excesses of wokeness, basically means that when accused of racism, white people will cry to get out of it. To begin with, the 18-year-old Rittenhouse isn’t on trial for racism; he’s on trial for murder. He is white, and so are the three men he shot, he claims in self-defense. Presumably, what the liberal media (and President Joe Biden, by the way) think makes him a “white supremacist” is that he was protecting property during a riot that was backlash to a police shooting of a black man. 

     But again, all the participants in the deadly events were white. So why the focus on race? Because progressives today have a bizarre and dangerous fixation on the subject.  To the left, systemic racism, as they call it, infects every aspect of our lives, all the time. So, of course Rittenhouse is a white supremacist because he didn’t think burning down a car dealership was an acceptable way to combat this ubiquitous racism.

     This is where “white tears” comes in. Profit-minded race hucksters like Ibrahim X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo bandy this term, and others like “white fragility,” about in a shell game meant to make guilty-feeling white people cough up some dough for a cure to their racism. Basically the argument goes that if a white person has an emotional reaction to an accusation of racism, that in and of itself is proof of the racism. It is a concept that makes the Salem witch trials look like the gold standard of jurisprudence. Put another way, it’s absolute trash.

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