John Reynolds of Pleasant View writes in complaint about racial victimhood, which he describes as, well, minority people keeping the pot stirred. Reynolds is a guest columnist in the Standard-Examiner. You can read his latest here.
His argument apparently is that we should condemn minority racial advocacy. But to what end? He does not complete his thought. OK, I’ll follow the obvious bread-crumb trail of his line of thinking, because he’s too timid to say what he means. Let’s spell it out.
He’s annoyed that minorities, and their advocates, are still causing trouble for white folks today. He points to African Americans’ persistent sensitivity to words perceived as derogatory, whether in truth they are or not. He questions the uproar over the Arizona immigration law, vaguely dismissing the controversy as yet another case of racial victimhood.
Reynolds even found a couple of individual villains. In the case of continuing racial issues affecting African Americans, he singles out Al Sharpton and Maxine Waters as deplorable pot-stirrers, champions of a cult of victimhood. But Sharpton and Waters are easy targets. They’re often over-the-top oafs (yes, all racial groups have them), but to read Reynolds’ screed, they represent all African Americans, in all things.
White people are being inconvenienced, and Reynolds is here to complain about those minorities, who are still flapping their lips about supposed remaining inequalities in America. Dissent by minorities or on their behalf is whiny victimhood, Reynolds concludes.
The irony is that Reynolds himself comes off as a purveyor of, well, let’s call it white victimhood. Those black folks and Hispanics have been holding him down too long, poor fellow.