The interface of white guilt and anti-white violence
Robin of Berkeley—who, until about five minutes before she became a regular contributor at American Thinker a couple of years ago, was on the left—has a piece at AT today called “Black Privilege,” about how whites are expected to apologize and make reparations to blacks. I don’t particularly recommend the article as a whole, but the closing paragraphs are worth quoting for the personal anecdotes they contain, and for the important last sentence.
But if this age is all about guilt and confession, I have a burning question. Why isn’t everyone required to confess their political sins? If I’m supposed to sit in a room, and tearfully confess, Oprah-style, about every judgmental thought I’ve ever had, why aren’t people of color required to do the same?
Reading the latest from Robin of Berkeley brought to mind something I’ve always suspected was true: If one were to gather all of the white kids who went to undergrad at Cal over the last 25 years and asked them if their experience in Berkeley caused them to change their political views and, if so, whether they were changed to the left or to the right, I believe the resulting findings would prove that Cal and the City of Berkeley are more responsible for the creation of right-wing whites than any other institution in the United States.Kristor writes:
Hey, wait a minute! I live in Berkeley! It ain’t all bad. In fact, despite its liberalism, and all the social pathologies and silliness that it engenders, it is a pretty nice place to live. It’s full of beautiful old houses, has lots of trees, still pretty good parking, and the weather is the best in the Bay Area (adjacent neighbourhoods in the Bay Area can have significantly different climates), which means that it is pretty much the best weather in the world. And Peet’s Coffee started in Berkeley, which means that good coffee in America started in Berkeley. That alone makes up for a lot.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 20, 2011 10:00 AM | Send