During the presidential debate on Tuesday, moderator Chris Wallace asked President Trump to “condemn white supremacy.” Trump wasn’t precise enough in his answer for the Democrats and media, and so story after story went on about Trump’s supposed refusal to “condemn white supremacy.”
Wallace’s question exemplifies the Left’s trick of changing the meaning of language to suit their preferred outcomes and ideology.
If you look at a typical dictionary definition of the phrase, “white supremacy, you get:
“The belief that white people constitute a superior race and should therefore dominate society, typically to the exclusion or detriment of other racial and ethnic groups, in particular black or Jewish people.”
I suspect if you ask the average American, this is their concept of “white suprem
For the Left, such a definition is just the beginning. Sure, you include such a concept, but then you expand and broaden the definition until it lets you justify whatever action you wish.
So, the Anti-Defamation League adds that white supremacy includes the “belief that white people have their own ‘culture’ that is superior to other cultures.”
Do white people not have their own culture? To the extent any subgroup of people with something in common have a culture, it seems odd to exclude white people. There is no doubt Europe, at least, was predominantly made up of white people until rather recently. Were white societies so inclusive, they could not be called “white?” Or are they so inclusive now, they aren’t “white?”
But the real twists come with what the academic Left considers “white supremacy.”
The academic Left is beholden to Critical Race Theory, which, as UCLA law professor Cheryl Harris explained in the Nation, focuses “on the way that race is baked into the current political, economic, and social system so that racial subordination is reproduced through normal operations.” So, according to Critical Race Theory, the normal operations of society – presumably here, American society – is racist, because it results in racial subordination. There is no human agency here, simply the “system.”
University of Tennessee College of Law Professor Emeritus Frances Ansley, as quoted by Critical Race Theorist David Gillborn, states that white supremacy is, “a political, economic and cultural system in which whites overwhelmingly control power and material resources, conscious and unconscious ideas of white superiority and entitlement are widespread, and relations of white dominance and non-white subordination are daily reenacted across a broad array of institutions and social settings.”
So now, white supremacy can mean the KKK stringing up “strange fruit” on “Southern trees,” but it also can mean, you know, the entire American society. All the same thing.
And then, after twisting the meaning of the term, the Left then goes ahead and changes the dictionary definition, just to cover its tracks.
So what exactly do you mean, Mr. Wallace? Are you asking Trump to condemn all of American society?
If so, I can understand Trump’s seeming hesitance to do so.