Monday, December 23, 2019

The line from the Nation of Islam through Critical Race Theory to Intersectional Feminism

This is slight rewrite of today's Twitter rant:

I'm tempted to stop talking about identitarianism and just refer to left-racism and left-sexism. There is a straight line from the Nation of Islam's Yakub theory (which Malcolm X called racist) through Derrick Bell's Critical Race Theory to Kimberle Crenshaw's intersectionality.

The Nation of Islam believes a black scientist named Yakub created white people, who are responsible for all the world's evils.

Derrick Bell, called the father of Critical Race Theory, never praised a socialist, but he did praise Louis Farrakhan as "perhaps the best living example of a black man."

Kimberle Crenshaw, who coined "intersectionality" was Bell's disciple. She may have given Critical Race Theory its name—Bell originally called it racial realism. Some race reductionists try to connect Kimberle Crenshaw to the Combahee River Collective instead of the problematic Derrick Bell, but that appears to be an act of retconning.

Critical Race Theorists became colloquially known as antiracists, a term that was rarely used before neoliberal Ivy Leaguers like Bell and Crenshaw developed a theory of privilege that was originally restricted to sex and race.

A founding belief of antiracism is that all white people are racist. The idea that all people of any race are alike in any way should be an obviously racist idea, but racists always insist they are not racist. For what it's worth, implicit association tests refute their belief—a large minority of white people reveal a preference for dark folks, and a smaller minority have no discernible preference.

After leaving the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X said, "I totally reject Elijah Muhammad's racist philosophy, which he has labeled 'Islam' only to fool and misuse gullible people," and "I have made sweeping indictments of all white people. I will never be guilty of that again."

Sadly, today's antiracists prefer the Malcolm X who was a minister of the Nation of Islam to the man he became, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, who said, "I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being, neither white, black, brown nor red."