For a supposed champion of equity in modern society, recent comments made by anti-racist academic Robin DiAngelo were strikingly similar to those of segregationists from past decades.
During a webinar hosted by Berrett-Koehler Publishers that was subsequently shared to YouTube by the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism, DiAngelo — the author of several books teaching white people to hate themselves — encouraged people of color “to get away from white people and have some community with each other.”
DiAngelo’s language eerily echoes that of Plessy v. Ferguson, in which the Supreme Court established the principle that the 14th Amendment permitted “separate but equal” treatment of African-Americans. However, the Court reversed that decision in Brown v. Board of Education:
Segregation of white and colored children in public schools has a detrimental effect upon the colored children. The impact is greater when it has the sanction of the law, for the policy of separating the races is usually interpreted as denoting the inferiority of the negro group. A sense of inferiority affects the motivation of a child to learn.
From what DiAngelo claimed during the webinar, it seems that she would be more inclined to endorse Plessy-esque segregation policies rather than the community-based doctrine of Brown v. Board of Education.
Two other panelists joined DiAngelo to endorse destructive corporate policies that undermine healthy workplace settings. Mareisha N. Reese and Mary-Frances Winters work for The Winters Group, a group committed to fundamentally restructuring American organizations.
Despite the panelists’ insistence, disruptive leftist bureaucrats and their race-obsessed schemes do not foster environments that create healthy workspaces. At best, they do nothing. At worst, they distract from an organization’s mission, waste precious time and resources, and foreshadow a bleak future where one’s skin tone determines his social standing.
In contrast, Scott Adams, the author of the “Dilbert” comic strip, blew up after commenting on his YouTube channel, “Based on the current way things are going, the best advice I would give to white people is to get the h-ll away from black people.”
Wandering into segregation territory fared poorly for the cartoonist. Shortly after his remark, newsrooms across the United States canceled his comic strip, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.
But by switching “black” with “white,” DiAngelo has found herself among the leftist elites and swimming in cash. According to DiAngelo’s website, she has spoken for companies such as Amazon, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Metropolitan Council of Minneapolis, and the University of Washington Medical School. According to BigSpeak, she charges $30,000 for a single event, five times her fees from two years earlier.
Assuming DiAngelo does, in fact, get paid $30,000 once a week per speaking engagement as her book “Nice Racism” seems to suggest, that would mean the author earns more than $1.5 million a year for making comments that — if she were to be consistent with her worldview — she should renounce as bigoted.
This story has been updated to reflect the fact that DiAngelo’s remarks were made during a webinar hosted by Berrett-Koehler Publishers that the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism reposted to YouTube.