One of the biggest problems with this essay is the sleight of hand it employs regarding race. It starts with the country’s desire to correct the wrongs done to black Americans but the two examples given are related to immigration. 1/5
This only makes sense to someone who thinks “people of color” is a useful and precise category. I assure you that it’s not, especially among the growing number of black citizens that see the Dem hand-wringing about voter ID as more about immigration than “racial justice”. 2/5
Also, it would be nice if @DavidAFrench acknowledged that the issues with modern anti-racists go well beyond DIE training. Corporate media makes EVERYTHING about race when it fits their preferred narrative (eg., white cops shoots black suspect). 3/5
They also infuse race into headlines (eg., the troublesome 53% of white women who voted for Trump) and celebrate when they hear the white population in America is declining (eg. J. Rubin). This is extremely unwise in a large ethnically diverse country where “white” includes…4/5
Both Mayflower descendants & ethnic Italians, Irish, etc. Racializing the latter w/Robin DiAngelo struggle sessions will summon dark forces elites won’t be able to control. We should build coalitions around shared values & principles, not superficial identity markers. 5/5

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29 Oct 21
No, we just know that there was not a single reference to police brutality or violence in any of BLM’s 13 Guiding Principles.

They did manage to take a swipe at the nuclear family though. Don’t you find that odd for a group that’s allegedly pro-black?
We also know there are typically about 10-25 unarmed black men involved in fatal police shootings each year, while there are hundreds of school-aged kids killed in street violence every year. And in cities like Philly and St. Louis, over 90% of the homicide victims are black.
So a lot of black folk who oppose BLM do so because they realize it’s a Trojan Horse that uses the dead bodies of black men to pursue its primary agenda around LGBT issues.
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26 Sep 21
I read this post by @DavidAFrench to hear his arguments and heart. That said, this essay suffers from the same problems most analyses on crime and punishment in this country do: 1) a lack of specificity, 2) misplaced sympathies, 3) and an unwillingness to assess tradeoffs.
As is often the case in this area, David never says WHY people in this country are incarcerated. Before I do that, it is helpful to know what the ecosystem of confinement looks like. There are about 630K ppl in local jails.
Some are awaiting trial, some are serving short sentences (< 1 yr), and some are serving the final stretch of a longer prison sentence. There are about 160K ppl in federal prison. About 45% are in for serious drug trafficking and another 40% for Public Order crimes [Table 15].
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12 Sep 21
I see the conservative rejection of race labels (eg, hyphenated Americans) as a desire to encourage a single national identity as “Americans”. The conservatives cheering for Tamara Mensah-Stock did so because they see her primarily American, not her ethnic identity.
That said, I agree that there are cultural histories and norms specific to groups within the broader culture. I think it’s unwise to act as if that diversity of experience doesn’t exist or matter. HBCUs, Ebony and Jet, the “black church”, etc. all came to be in a specific..
historical context. Those things, as well as the Knights of Columbus, zydeco music, and the tradition of bagpipes in the NYPD all add to the rich tapestry which constitutes American history. The challenge is forging a national identity out of all of that.
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10 Sep 21
Hey @rolandsmartin, It’s bad journalism (and manners) to ask someone a question, not allow them to answer, and insert your own response.

Your problem is you think I’m a partisan like you. I can assure you I’m not. I have certain values that are anchored in a biblical worldview.
That’s why I believe that people are made in the image of God and that their value is inherent—NOT dependent on whether they are wanted by their parents, how they were conceived, or how other people feel about them.
You have guests who compare women who travel cross-state for an abortion to slaves searching for freedom on the Underground Railroad. They see FEWER black kids being born as a form of liberation.
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26 Jul 21
My goal in responding is to be as charitable in my understanding of your positions and gracious in my response as befits two brothers in Christ. You didn’t have to say “all abt racist policies in the past”. What you left out of your assessment of black life says it for you.
@DavidAFrench For example, you tie redlining to wealth disparities btwn groups. No one denies that inheritance passed down through generations contributes to wealth. So does income. Yet you never mention how differences in marriage rates & households impact income & wealth.
So if you don’t believe the issue is racist policy whites must remedy, please share what specific issues you believe black people are responsible for fixing ourselves.
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13 May 21
A few more words on Fault Lines. One thing I appreciate about @VoddieBaucham is that he makes his positions and arguments using clear language. One of the worst parts of the SJ/CRT/Antiracist movements, both in and outside the church, is that it has turned people (esp. men) 1/12
Into mealy-mouthed euphemism machines who constantly change the meaning of words to fit whatever ideology they’re pushing. They are intentionally vague so that they can come back and say “well that’s not what I meant”. Plausible deniability may make for good political drama 2/12
But it only makes productive debate that much more difficult. And debate is actually what we need here. No more “you’re not reading the right scholars” or “they’re trying to please white folks”. If you’re a Christian and you believe “whiteness” is a biblical concept that is 3/12
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