Some recent headlines:
“The Electoral College is an instrument of white supremacy — and sexism,” exclaimed Slate magazine.
CNN: “Math is racist: How data is driving inequality.”
From the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma: “ ‘To be white is to be racist,’ Norman student offended by teacher’s lecture.”
Wow, things are bad here in America. Maybe I should move to Canada? Uh oh, from Heat Street: “Canoes reek of genocide, theft and white privilege, says Canadian professor.”
Is there no place safe from white supremacy? Let me check the Huffington Post. “North Korea proves your white male privilege is not universal.”
In other words, going by the headlines, you’d think everything is about race. Or, as the Harvard Crimson put it, “Everything is about race.”
You might call it a cheap technique. Headlines are supposed to be provocative, particularly in the age of clickbaiting that passes for much of what we call journalism. Let us look to the academy, where cool reason rules.
(Hey, stop laughing. I haven’t even gotten to the punch line yet).
Over at the Journal of Applied Philosophy, we’re told that condemning racism is — wait for it — racist.
“The moralization of racism that often permeates philosophical scholarship reproduces colorblind logics, which provide individualistic explanations for structural problems, thereby sustaining white dominance,” writes Marzia Milazzo in an article titled “On white ignorance, white shame and other pitfalls in critical philosophy of race.”