Ibram X. Kendi, a professor at Boston University, criticized the GOP and defended critical race theory in a Saturday op-ed, saying that people that have a problem with the theory are "white supremacists."
The op-ed was published by The Atlantic, which lists Kendi as a "contributing writer," and "the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research."
Kendi, who has been reported as making as much as $32,500 per hour for a speaking engagement, takes issue with people calling the Republican party a "parents' party," and cites contributors at Slate and Vogue, who claim that the GOP is "talking about white parents" only.
However, Kendi then attacks this philosophy itself claiming that they don't care about white parents, children or families either:
"The foundational assumption of this great myth is that Republican politicians care about white children," opined Kendi.
"But if they did, then they would not be ignoring or downplaying or defending or bolstering the principal racial threat facing white youth today."
He wrote that:
"But this great myth is not as rudimentary as the great lie. It represents a Trump Tower of GOP propaganda, built over the past year on four hugely false conceptual building blocks:
- "Republican politicians care about white children.
- "Anti-racist education is harmful to white children.
- "Republican politicians are protecting white children by banning anti-racist education.
- "The Republican Party is the party of white parents because it is protecting white children."
Kendi then continued his point with: "White-supremacist ideology: the toxic blend of racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic ideas that is harmful to all minds, especially the naive and defenseless minds of youth."
"The more that white kids swallow white-supremacist memes—and like and share them—the more they are introduced to troubling and extreme material," Kendi wrote. 'The algorithms for social-media apps and search engines enable this 'slow roll' process,' researchers told Insider. Just like innocently inviting a stranger into a multiplayer game or chat room, innocently liking a 'funny' meme can lead children into a dangerous hole of white-supremacist ideology. While in the hole, youth may be 'groomed' through direct messages that are sent en masse by white supremacists. 'You see 30-somethings talking to 14-year-olds and kind of grooming them for the far-right ideology,' the far-right-extremism researcher Miro Dittrich told Insider," he wrote in The Atlantic.
Kendi then goes on to blame online video games for exposing white children to extremist ideology, and then continues, saying that social media is an even worse threat for youngsters. "TikTok's abundance of young users makes it a major recruiting ground for white supremacists," he proposed.
Kendi specifically attacked the recent anti-grooming legislation in Florida, equating it with "conspiracy theories about public schools being overrun by child predators," despite actual evidence of such cases resulting in actual arrests, trials and convictions being rampant.
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