Israelis were horrified last month after the terror group Hamas left men, women, and children laying in pools of their own blood. It was no doubt the same sense of horror families at Nashville’s Covenant School felt when transgender mass shooter Audrey Hale butchered their kids.
At first glance, you wouldn’t think an LGBTQ woman would have much in common with Islamic militants who execute homosexuals. However, it turns out that the same ideology which inspired the former also drives support for the latter.
That’s evident from the manifesto Hale left behind. While authorities have refused to release the document, conservative podcast host Steven Crowder recently published a leaked copy, and it shows how Hale had a deep hatred for white children, denigrating them as “little crackers” with “white privileges.”
The concept of white privilege is a core tenant of critical race theory, something which was developed in the 1980s by academics like Kimberlé Crenshaw and Derrick Bell. It contends that society is structured to benefit white people at the expense of minorities. To support this claim, critical race theorists often point to racial outcome disparities, such as how African American suspects are disproportionately killed by the police; FBI data showing that black suspects also disproportionately try to kill the police usually goes unmentioned. The fact that Asians are significantly less likely to be killed by law enforcement than white people are typically isn’t brought up either.
Since critical race theory says society confers systemic benefits on whites, it follows that all white people are privileged (even if they happen to be one of the over 19 million who are living in poverty). Closely related to this is the idea that white people share a collective blame for the suffering of others. This concept is promoted in Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, which is aimed at children aged 4 and up. On page 59, it teaches that people obtained privilege by selling their souls to the devil.
Given that white people are seen as collectively sucking resources from the world while offering nothing but oppression in return, their existence is roughly analogous to that of a tumor, and some activists will make the comparison explicit.
Further, any action taken against whites can never be regarded as racist since, by definition, racism can only be experienced by those who are oppressed. New York State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou articulated this view last year.
Whenever a group is portrayed as being entirely composed of victimizers and devoid of victims, it’s natural that resentment will follow. In the case of anti-white resentment, this can range from verbal harassment and assault to lethal violence. In 2020, Jayvon Hatchett stabbed an AutoZone employee, subsequently telling police that he wanted “to find a white male to kill” after watching videos about police brutality. That victim survived, but Hatchett later managed to murder his white cellmate while awaiting trial.
While Audrey Hale’s crimes clearly fit within this ideological framework, one might be puzzled by how it could account for the open support for Hamas that is being seen in protests across the country. After all, Israel is a multiracial society and Jews were historically regarded as being non-white. The answer is that critical race theory proponents don’t limit their definition of whiteness to skin color, as those who embrace what they consider to be “white culture” are fair game as well. This explains why Los Angeles Times columnist Erika D. Smith was quick to label conservative talk show host Larry Elder as “the black face of white supremacy.”
It also explains why Israelis and Jews in general are being vilified by the same people who made careers out of denouncing what they deem to be white privilege. An example of that could be seen in Black Lives Matter Chicago tweeting out an image of a Hamas terrorist following last month’s murderous attack. That Hamas had just raped and murdered victims of all ages wasn’t a problem since, just like white people, Israelis are regarded as inherently privileged and collectively responsible for oppression. Any act of violence against them is thus understandable.
For critical race theorists, Israel is a white colonial project and it must be decolonized–by any means necessary. On the day of the slaughter, former Teen Vogue contributor tweeted, “What did y’all think decolonization meant? Vibes? Papers? Essays? Losers. ‘Not like this’ Then like what. Show us LOL.'”
Two weeks ago, conservative activist Candice Owens questioned why there has been an effort to shame college students who support Hamas given that little has been done about them “espousing anti-white, anti-American and anti-police, terrorist rhetoric for years.” Daily Wire co-founder Jeremy Boreing responded that what we are currently seeing is “something else – something truly and urgently evil.” Unfortunately, he’s wrong.
Cheering on the murder of Jewish people isn’t some new phenomenon that just sprouted from the ground. Rather, such behavior is the fruit of a poisonous tree that has been allowed to grow for decades, and it needs to be uprooted if our society is to survive. Because under critical race theory, Jews are just one target in a very long list.
Most of us are on it.