Michael Swartz / August 11, 2021

The Slaveholders’ Republic Lives On?

An “anti-racist” racist connects slavery to reopening the economy after the pandemic.

If you put the “anti-racist” grifter Ibram X. Kendi, who we introduced you to last summer, in front of a sympathetic audience, there’s no telling what he might say. Well, other than it’ll be racist.

Buried in one of his recent podcasts (naturally called “Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi”) was this gem comparing slavery to the current pandemic:

What I argued is that the slaveholder — the individual — wanted the freedom to enslave. There’s no difference between that and the individual saying, “I should have the freedom to infect people. I should have the freedom to kill, and exploit, and harass, and terrorize, and enslave people.” [It] had a different philosophy; instead of “the individual to-,” it was “the community from-.” So, how do we as a community gain freedom from slavery, from oppression, or, in the case of the coronavirus, from infection?

This statement was made in the context of criticizing “the Right” for wanting to open things back up after the China virus pandemic. But while the podcast cohost lapped up this pablum, discerning people should have been asking a question: Who is being oppressive by not opening up, and who is beginning to demand proof of vaccination in order to participate in society? (Hint: It’s not the Right.)

Because vaccinations are paid for and have become widely available in one form or another, there should be no reason that those who wish to receive “the jab” can’t get one. Worth noting, though: A recipient doesn’t completely “gain freedom” from a China virus infection. There are still breakthrough cases.

Yet race is a factor, and it turns out that, if adopted nationwide, those so-called “vaccine passports” are going to discriminate most against blacks, who have been most reticent to get the shots for a number of reasons. Indeed, it’s not the proverbial “white conservatives” who are holding back the rush to full compliance, but instead it’s the minority population that can’t seem to be bribed with promises of massive cash prizes or cajoled through advertisements targeted at them or other means of peer pressure.

Because of that, it appears they’ll be the hardest hit when residents in certain locations have their right to accommodation withheld from them, such as eating in a restaurant or going to a gym — not to mention possible loss of employment.

So when Kendi becomes critical of the Right for wishing to open things up and allowing freedom of choice regarding whether to vaccinate against a disease with a survival rate of better than 99%, he’s doing a disservice to minorities, who would be hardest hit by vaccine-based restrictions. Come to think of it, a scenario with vaccine passports may be a good parallel to a slaveholders’ republic because legitimate objections to getting the shots would no longer guarantee one’s freedom.

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