Case in point: Last month, The Atlantic published a rather lengthy article entitled “American Blackout,” in which the author of the piece, Alice Ristroph, seemed to suggest that the recent solar eclipse was racist because it wasn’t seen by many black people. And for those who are wondering, no, it was not satire.
In the article, which was published just three days before the solar eclipse, Ristroph explained, “The moon’s shadow will be about 70 miles wide, and it will race across the country faster than the speed of sound, exiting the eastern seaboard shortly before 3 p.m. local time.” Then came the part where Ristroph somehow connected astronomy to racism: “It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people.”
This is a prime example of not only how obsessed with race the left really is, but also of how much credibility the progressive movement has lost over the past few decades. It’s become blatantly obvious that they are more interested in creating an environment of victimization than they are in actually putting an end to racism, which isn’t nearly as big of a problem in American society as they make it out to be. Furthermore, it really is pathetic how, while the entire country was eagerly anticipating the solar eclipse in the days leading up to the event, liberals like Alice Ristroph remained bitter and resentful like the malcontents they are.
This is hardly the first time that the left has put their bizarre obsession with race on full display. Just a few days ago, for instance, the University of Mississippi cut a fraternity retreat short after a participant threw a banana peel up into a tree, which evidently made some students feel uncomfortable.
“To be clear, many members of our community were hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred at [the retreat]… Because of the underlying reality many students of color endure on a daily basis, the conversation manifested into a larger conversation about race relations today at the University of Mississippi,” wrote interim director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Alexa Lee Arndt in a letter to the campus’s Greek life community. In other words, a banana that was thrown into a tree was perceived as racist, even though the student who threw it wasn’t even thinking about skin color when he discarded the remains of his midday snack.
If it seems as though the left is on a quest to make anything and everything in American society about race, that’s because they absolutely are. The problem with this is that if everything is racist, then nothing is. The more the liberals claim that racism is embedded in the fabric of our society, and the more examples they come up with to try to perpetuate this claim, the less credibility they end up with. It is an ongoing pattern of phony outrage that quite frankly, the American people are catching on to. (Related: Read about how Obama and the racism industry are tearing America apart.)
One could even argue that this was one of the key reasons why Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump last November – the public is starting to wake up, and as they emerge from their slumber, they are increasingly turning away from the race-baiting progressive left.