“Of course it’s about race — everything is,” Ted G. Waechter writes in a piece in the Harvard Crimson.
“Our country was built on oppression, and race is everywhere, at every moment on my standard trip back to Harvard.” That’s right. Not just most of the moments, but “every moment.” Every. Single. One.
“The view from my airplane window is about race,” Waechter writes....“It is impossible to separate the wealth that paid for my plane ticket from structural oppression,” he continues.
“When I land at Logan, it’s about race.” Other things that Waechter insists are “about race” include the Central Artery (a section of freeway in Massachusetts), “luxury high-rise developments,” Boston’s Silver Line bus system, and the benches at Jamaica Pond and Trinity Church.
“In a country built on oppression, everything is about race,” Waechter writes. “Including the benches.”
"America’s wealth and power is derived from the violence of genocide and human bondage. We reify white supremacy through exclusion, eviction, and eminent domain, and we reinforce white supremacy by denying it. We say, 'Not everything is a race issue. Don’t make this about race.' But Harvard exists on this land because of race, I pay for plane tickets because of race, and I get here on the Silver Line or by the Central Artery because of race," he writes.
There are many problems with Waechter's focus here, let's just take one.
What Waechter is describing here is power and conquest. It can be based on race, but this is far from always the case. Evictions and eminent domain can occur on behalf of whites against other whites. On other continents, it can be Asians against Asians and on still other continents, it can be blacks against blacks. The same with conquest.
To reverse all the "wrongs" that have been done is as likely as reversing and bringing back to life everyone who has "wrongly" died of cancer or other death-causing diseases.
Of course, as civilized people,we should object to any current future abuses of power, which is mostly government abuses, since by definition government is abusive.
And that is the key, Eliminate central points of power, i.e. government, and there can no grand scale abuses of power for any reason.
(ht National Review)