If anyone is guilty of perpetuating racism in modern America, it’s the Left that keeps “discovering” new “forms” of racism to keep up with their sick demand.

Less than two weeks ago, I made this point in response to a professor calling anti-messiness, pro-niceness, and clean kitchens symptoms of racism. “Actual racism is dying,” I wrote, “which should be seen as a good thing. Instead, the Left, having lost the proof for its precious race claim, is relegated to concocting grievances and hoaxes.”

The Left then went on to prove my point. And they arguably used an even more absurd example.

According to CNN, masses of white people may be guilty of “insidious” racism if they have ever used GIFs or memes of black people.

It’s called “digital blackface.”

The article reads like Babylon Bee satire; I’ll let it speak for itself.

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“Maybe you shared that viral video of Kimberly “Sweet Brown” Wilkins telling a reporter after narrowly escaping an apartment fire, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” wrote columnist John Blake.

“Perhaps you posted that meme of supermodel Tyra Banks exploding in anger on “America’s Next Top Model” (“I was rooting for you! We were all rooting for you!”). Or maybe you’ve simply posted popular GIFs, such as the one of NBA great Michael Jordan crying, or of drag queen RuPaul declaring, “Guuuurl…’”

“If you’re Black and you’ve shared such images online, you get a pass,” Blake continues. “But if you’re White, you may have inadvertently perpetuated one of the most insidious forms of contemporary racism.”

The argument goes something like this: by using pictures of black people, white people are appropriating blackness. (Does the same apply when black people use GIFs of white people?) The author makes it abundantly clear that it isn’t racist only when these images are used mockingly or with racist intent. One can use a meme with no regard for race whatsoever. It’s still “blackface.” In other words, white people can – and do – commit “blackface” all the time.

In fact, we are surrounded by it.

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To highlight this point, CNN cites Elizabeth Halford’s woke apology for accidentally committing racism in the form of digital blackface.

“When Sweet Brown’s apartment building burned down, we laughed at her,” lamented Halford. “We meme’d her. We nominated “ain’t nobody got time fo that” as the perfect response for literally anything we didn’t wanna do.

When Antoine Dodson’s sister had someone crawl in her window to rape her, we laughed at him too. We autotuned him. You knew exactly who I was talking about when I sang “hide yo kids, hide yo wife.” And you laughed. And I laughed. And we laughed.

When you called me bossy, I sent you a GIF of Beyonce repeating “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.”

This week, I’ve been educated that these behaviors are forms of digital blackface. And that’s bad. And I will never do it again.

Learning this sent me on a rabbit hole inside my head digging deep to discover areas where I’ve not been the person I want to be. I refuse to ever employ the phrase “I’m not racist”. I don’t know if that’s true of any white person. I wonder if by default we’re raised with these proclivities and we have to actively dig them up, root them out, and surgically extract them from our white-knuckle-death-grip of privilege that makes it so painful to pry open our eyes and admit that WE. HAVE. BEEN. RACIST. Cuz we don’t have a problem with Black people but, ya know…we don’t want them living in our rental property. And we just don’t feel compelled to finish reading that resume with an ethnic-sounding name at the top. But no way…we’re not racist.”

So, in other words, we
are racist. All of us. At least all white people are.

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The point is white people are not merely perpetuating the problem. White people are the problem. No matter how thoroughly we wash our hands of the racism of yesteryear, whatever we touch is corrupted again. If we refused to use GIFs of black people, the Left would accuse us of “lack of representation.” But apparently using GIFs of black people is wrong too. It’s a lose-lose situation.

This is why the author of “White Fragility,” Robin DiAngelo (a white woman), recently advised black people to “get away from white people.”

It’s why anti-white bigotry is now openly espoused and celebrated.

No matter what we do, the Left will find reason to accuse us of racism. Why? Because an indispensable pillar of the Left’s political ideology is that racism is still pervasive in America. They have zero proof of it, which is why they invent race grievances, such as the “crime” of digital blackface.

With each new “injustice,” however, their fundamental claims are watered down, diluted.

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For example, Elizabeth Halford speaks of “our white-knuckle-death-grip of privilege,” but what is white privilege anymore?

The “privilege” to use GIFs of black people? Or clean kitchen pantries?

If these are the only battles left for the anti-racist crowd to fight, we can conclude the war to end racism in America has officially ended.

As I previously wrote, “Frederick Douglass did not worry about white moms who cleaned their kitchens. And Martin Luther King was not disturbed by the supposed racism of going to the gym. (Yes, even exercise has “racist roots.”) They had bigger problems to worry about. Clearly, the “anti-racist” movement in America today does not.”

The Left’s redefined “racism” is increasingly absurd and increasingly unbelievable. And for as long as white people exist, it will never go away. It will continue to adapt, evolving to ensure its eternal “prevalence.”

In the meantime, however, those of us who are actually anti-racist can rest assured that the Left is running out of ideas.

At one point, racism was, in fact, prevalent in America. But in a society that has to nitpick about how white people use GIFs, it unequivocally is not.

Jakob Fay is a staff writer for the Convention of States Project, a project of Citizens for Self-Governance.

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