Ekow N. Yankah is a Professor of Law with degrees from Michigan, Columbia and Oxford.
He must be a pretty smart guy, wouldn’t you say?
Well, read these excerpts from his op-ed piece in yesterday’s New York Times and see if you still feel that way:
Donald Trump’s election has made it clear that I will teach my boys the lesson generations old, one that I for the most part nearly escaped. I will teach them to be cautious, I will teach them suspicion, and I will teach them distrust. Much sooner than I thought I would, I will have to discuss with my boys whether they can truly be friends with white people.
When systemic joblessness strikes swaths of white America, we get an entire presidential campaign centered on globalization’s impact on the white working class. Even the nerve of some rich or visible African-Americans to protest that America, in its laws and in its police, has rarely been just to all has been met with the howls of a president who cannot tolerate that the lucky and the uppity do not stay in their place.
As against our gauzy national hopes, I will teach my boys to have profound doubts that friendship with white people is possible. When they ask, I will teach my sons that their beautiful hue is a fault line. Spare me platitudes of how we are all the same on the inside. I first have to keep my boys safe, and so I will teach them before the world shows them this particular brand of rending, violent, often fatal betrayal.
Mr. Trump’s supporters are practiced at purposeful blindness. That his political life started with denying, without evidence, that Barack Obama is American — that this black man could truly be the legitimate president — is simply ignored. So, too, is his history of housing discrimination, his casual conflation of Muslims with terrorists, his reducing Mexican-Americans to murderers and rapists. All along, his allies have watched racial pornography, describing black America as pathological. Yet they deny that there is any malice whatsoever in his words and actions. And they dismiss any attempt to recognize the danger of his wide-ranging animus as political correctness.
Got that? Donald Trump is a bad guy – based on premises that are far less than settled fact – and, therefore, Mr. Yankah’s children cannot be friends with White people.
Does that come across as smart to you? Or as whiny, racialized BS posing as intellectual philosophizing?
And let’s not forget that people who supported Donald Trump – over 60 million of them – don’t have good reasons for doing so; they are just a bunch of nitwits who pretend that he’s not the horrible human being Ekow N. Yankah knows him to be.
I’m particularly intrigued by the Professor’s complaint about President Trump’s “entire presidential campaign centered on globalization’s impact on the white working class.”
Can Professor Yankah show us one instance when President Trump said, or in any way intimated, that the jobs he wanted to keep in our country would, or should, go exclusively to White people? I challenge him to do so.
And, since Barack Obama is thrust out as a counterpart to President Trump, would Professor Yankah care to write another piece on how Black people made out during Mr. Obama’s 8 years as President?
Does the fact that – although they almost monolithically gave him their support – Black people, as a group, suffered greatly under President Obama mean anything to the Professor?
Maybe he thinks it is the White half of Barack Obama’s gene pool that caused him to perform so poorly for Black people. Hey, everything else is White and Black to Mr. Yankah, so why not this too?
The New York Times has put up similarly embarrassing op-ed pieces in the past, and I’m sure it will do so again in the future. But I do commend its publishing of Ekow N. Yankah’s piece for showing us that legitimate racial concerns can lead to ugly conclusions.