Racism on the Rise: What the Massacres in Buffalo, Nashville and Israel Teach Us This MLK Day

By Peter Wolfgang Published on January 15, 2024

It’s still there. Racism in the familiar sense. The Buffalo shooter deliberately massacred black people because they were black. However much the exploitation and misuse of the death of George Floyd may have wearied us, however rotten the Anti-American racial grifters are — Ibram X. Kendi and all that — it must be said that racism remains a problem for America. A bigger problem now, in fact, that at earlier points in my lifetime.

But if we are being honest about race on Martin Luther King Day in 2024, we have to talk about the other racism too. The unfamiliar racism that has manifested itself in spectacular ways this past year.

We have to talk about the Nashville shooter. She killed those kids specifically because they were white. That is how far anti-white Wokeness has taken the unhinged.

We have to talk about the October 7th massacre of Israeli Jews by Hamas. Specifically, the Teen Vogue writer who tweeted, approvingly of the massacre, “What did y’all think decolonization would look like?”

‘Decolonization’ Looks Like it Would Lead to Genocide

Now we know. The Nashville massacre. The October 7th massacre. This is what they mean by decolonization. They are setting us up for genocide. Or our children or grandchildren or great-grandchildren. But whenever it is, if we continue down our present path, that is where it will end.

“This idea of an entire group of people bearing some sort of collective race-guilt forever, that they can never expunge, you know, as a Jew, I feel like I’ve seen this movie before. It doesn’t end well.”

I don’t say these things lightly. I never bought into the Woke lie that it is somehow impossible to be racist against white people. But white complaints about reverse-racism mostly struck me as silly, when measured against history overall.

They don’t strike me as silly anymore. Not after this past year.

And maybe I sensed it coming, even before this past year.

I Said This Years Ago to Someone Studying Antiracism

A few years ago a young person was telling me how he was studying antiracism, white privilege, etc, at his university. While a little more sympathetic than some of my fellow Righties to the overall topic, I nonetheless expressed disagreement with the way it was being presented to today’s youth.

“Systemic racism, white privilege, I don’t agree with these terms,” I told him. “I get what they are trying to convey. That there is something about race that is ‘baked in the cake’ when it comes to America. That’s a real thing. It needs to be understood and overcome. But the way Martin Luther King did it, not the way the authors you are studying are attempting to do it. Not with those phrases, which imply much more.”

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And then I said something about Ibram X. Kendi-style “antiracism” that surprised me. I am not technically Jewish, as it is my father and not my mother who is Jewish. Nevertheless here is what I said next.

“This idea of an entire group of people bearing some sort of collective race-guilt forever, that they can never expunge, you know, as a Jew, I feel like I’ve seen this movie before. It doesn’t end well.”

That just kind of came out of me. And that was before Nashville and October 7th. But whatever that was — a premonition of some sort — I have felt it more ever since.

Happy Martin King Day, 2024. Let’s rediscover his vision. We can already see, from the events of the past year, where the alternative leads us.


Peter Wolfgang is president of Family Institute of Connecticut Action. He lives in Waterbury, Connecticut, with his wife and their seven children. The views expressed on The Stream are solely his own.

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