Is there such a thing as “good” racism?

If you’re asking me, the answer is no.  Never was, never will be.

But you’re not asking me.  I’m asking you.

And before you answer, I will ask you to read the following email, written by former Seattle City Council candidate Christopher Rufo, explaining why he has decided to withdraw from the race:

“I’m writing to you with a heavy heart. After spending the past two days in discussion with my family, I am terminating my campaign for Seattle City Council.
“I had hoped that this would be a campaign of ideas, but I quickly discovered that the activists in this city have no interest in ideas. Since the campaign launch, they have harassed and threatened my family nonstop. I was prepared to take the heat, but unfortunately, they have focused their hatred on my wife and children. They’ve made vile racist attacks against my wife, attempted to get her fired from Microsoft, and threatened sexual violence. They have even posted hateful messages to my 8-year-old son’s school Facebook page. I know that as the race progresses, the activists will ratchet up their hate-machine and these attacks will intensify significantly.
“I feel deeply disappointed about this turn of events and hope that I have not disappointed you, too. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support, love, and passion from hundreds of people all over the Puget Sound. I know in my heart that our cause is just and our ideas would make Seattle a better place. But my primary responsibility is to make sure my family is healthy, happy, and safe. That’s not possible in our current political climate, which has been overtaken by polarization and the ever-present threat of violence.
“I’ve learned that our problem here in Seattle is much deeper than the city council’s policies—we have created a culture of intolerance that is deeply destructive to the common good. I plan to spend the next few months reflecting on this experience and charting a way forward in a series of essays. I hope that some positive benefit can come out of this disappointment.
“Over the next two weeks, I will be refunding all of our campaign donors and will personally cover the costs incurred since the launch of the campaign. I’m deeply grateful for all of you who have made contributions and hope you can reroute your hard-earned money to other candidates in the city.
“I’m going to take a few days with my family, but please reach out if you have any questions. I’m honored to have had your support.”

As you probably have guessed, part of Christopher Rufo’s campaign involved speaking against Seattle’s plentiful supply of left wing activists who, he believes, are ruining the city.

Whether Mr. Rufo is correct or incorrect in his belief should have been up to the voters.  But the voters won’t get a chance to decide because, for the sake of his wife and children, Rufo is no longer running.

The reason?  He is White, his wife is of Asian ancestry, and they have biological, therefore interracial, children.  And that racial component of his family has been used as a sledgehammer against him running for the Seattle City Council.

That, folks, is “good” racism.

Hey, it must be “good” racism because, other than a few local news stories and a couple of conservative-leaning websites, I can’t find media coverage of it anywhere.

By contrast, if it were “bad” racism, I have no doubt I’d find such coverage.

Illustratively, suppose a Black candidate for the City Council in heavily Republican city, running against the far-rightists in control of that city, had his interracial marrage attacked by right-wing activists to the point where he withdrew from the race.  Is there any doubt it would generate media attention?

Of course it would.  As it should.  Racism is ugly and should be condemned whenever it occurs.

So why is it being neither addressed nor condemned here?

Can you think of a reason, other than media’s collective decision that this is “good” racism (maybe because it is getting rid of a candidate who is against the left-wing fringe in charge of Seattle), so there’s no problem with it?

Put another nail in the coffin holding media integrity….if you can find room for another one, that is.

1 Comment

  • Ken, you and I both warned this was going to happen. My only surprise is that it isn’t happening more.

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