The danger of the white American liberal
What a team of 10-year-olds building a robot can teach us about sexism and racism in the US.

Metta, John

Publisher:  Al Jazeera
Date Written:  01/09/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21212

The Liberal white American reaction to the sexism and racism exeplified in the Google manifesto and the killing of nine innocent people at Emanuel AME church in Charleston shows how remarkably how easy it is to condemn the evil other when we can use that to avoid facing our responsibility for the society we ourselves have created and work to maintain.



The overlap of racist realities with liberal demographics is generations old and points to an uncomfortable truth those liberals often find too easy to ignore. Sadly, "diversity" is the new "politically correct," and we all know what a disaster that has become. What was intended as a way to learn a modicum of cultural sensitivity became that wretched assurance to white people that if they said African American instead of black, they were not racist - despite their actual thoughts or actions.

In his letters from the Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr shamed the white moderate, those of a liberal mind who sided with the oppressed in concept, but who did little to help - or even obstructed - their progress. This is similar to how I see much of liberal America, and certainly much of the technology industry. Diversity is a nice idea in concept, but it can wait for "a more convenient season" - that season likely being after a company's exit strategy or possibly as a settlement of its sexual harassment lawsuit.
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