Years ago Morgan Freeman was asked by journalist Mike Wallace how he would solve racism and the actor responded with the wisest solution anyone has yet devised: "Stop talking about it." By contrast, The New York Times insists on stoking the fires of racial division and resentment by constantly harping on it with articles like Sunday's opinion piece with the depressing title, "Can My Child Be Friends With White People?"
In that article, Yeshiva University law professor Ekow N. Yankah worries that in the "ominous political period" of Donald Trump, he must teach his boys to be cautious, suspicious, and distrustful of white people, because "these recent months have put in the starkest relief the contempt with which the country measures the value of racial minorities... I will teach my boys to have profound doubts that friendship with white people is possible."
"[T]he rise of this president has broken bonds on all sides," Yankah writes. "Imagining we can now be friends across this political line is asking us to ignore our safety and that of our children, to abandon personal regard and self-worth. Only white people can cordon off Mr. Trump’s political meaning, ignore the 'unpleasantness' from a position of safety. His election and the year that has followed have fixed the awful thought in my mind too familiar to black Americans: 'You can’t trust these people.'”
Yankah blames this fatalism not on Donald Trump himself, whom he dismisses as a racist blowhard -- a man who in decades of being the public eye was never accused of racism until he ran for President as a Republican -- but on Trump's "many allies and apologists" and supporters who deny his racial "malice" and do not consider themselves racist.
Here is a another sample of Yankah's racial paranoia:
Don’t misunderstand: White Trump supporters and people of color can like one another. But real friendship? Mr. Trump’s bruised ego invents outrageous claims of voter fraud, not caring that this rhetoric was built upon dogs and water hoses set on black children and even today the relentless effort to silence black voices. His macho talk about “law and order” does not keep communities safe and threatens the very bodies of the little boys I love...
We can still all pretend we are friends. If meaningful civic friendship is impossible, we can make do with mere civility — sharing drinks and watching the game.
I pity Professor Yankah's children because he, like many others, is handing down to the next generation the false claims of white supremacy and oppression being perpetuated by innumerable leftist race-mongers like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Colin Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter, the entire staff of MSNBC, and so on. The fact of the matter is that Prof. Yankah's boys have more to fear from black-on-black violence than from white Trump supporters or from actual white supremacists, who are the most pathetic, marginalized, politically impotent racialists in the country. Until black Democrats like Prof. Yankah free themselves from the victimization narrative their radical party promotes, racial division in this country will continue to fester.