A black victimhood white guilt hurricane of racial grievance doesn’t happen often. But thanks to MSNBC, it happened today.
While discussing the shooting of St. Louis teenager Michael Brown, MSNBC host Ronan Farrow and the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart began to delve deep into a little-known racial phenomenon called “Black Mother-itis.”
Now, I’ve never heard the phrase “Black Mother-itis” before Farrow said it. But after doing some research, I have concluded that “Black Mother-itis” is the inherent and constant state of fear experienced by all black mothers whenever their black children are out in public. It is informed by the idea that at any given moment, a black mother’s child could be unfairly apprehended, handcuffed, beaten, and arrested by the police, without just cause.
And because of America’s past struggle with racism, this fear is routinely rammed against a concrete slab of historical legitimacy.
It’s the same fear that informed the erroneous comparisons between Trayvon Martin’s death and Emmett Till’s slaying.
“Black Mother-itis” has been called “The Black Mother’s Burden” in other places, in case you were wondering.
“If there is—if anyone is under siege,” Capehart said, “I would say it would be African-Americans and African-American men in particular.”
Capehart then went on to accuse the police of disproportionally targeting black men, which opened up the door for Ronan Farrow to give us this:
“You know, it resonates so much for me on a personal level because I grew up with a black brother and people talk about this term Black Mother-itis,” Farrow said.
“My white mother had Black Mother-itis. I heard the speech so many times. My brother was a big black guy and he’d run in the supermarket as a young teen. She’d say you can’t do that. And that he had to dress in a different way from me because there were all these fears about maybe violence against him if he went across the street in a supermarket,” Farrow explained.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call a category 5 black victimhood white guilt hurricane of racial grievance.
You’d be hard pressed to see Jonathan Capehart on live TV saying that the black men shooting and killing each other on a daily basis in Chicago are “under siege.”
And it took the rare instance of a white cop killing an unarmed black teenager, for Ronan Farrow to conjure up stories of how his white mother guarded her black son from being wrongly accused of illegality, or getting snatched up by racist cops.
Farrow and Capehart, however, represent that reflexively indignant cohort of commentators who cling tightly to a victim-centered worldview.
Capehart is black, and is therefore forever victimized for being black. And Farrow must feel forever guilty because he is white, and is therefore innately subject to boundless blessings.
It’s all a load of crap.
And as the facts surrounding Michael Brown’s death emerge, an intellectually honest discussion will be nearly impossible because people like Ronan Farrow and Jonathan Capehart aren’t really interested in having an intellectually honest discussion.
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