Skip to comments.How to Answer a False Accusation of Racism
Posted on 12/09/2016 5:41:55 AM PST by NYer
Yesterday, a student contacted me with a concern that is common among those taking courses in the social sciences and humanities. This particular student is enrolled in an online criminology class taught by a leftist professor. During a discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement, one of the more conservative students in her class used the phrase all lives matter. Predictably, the leftist professor objected. But he went even further by repeatedly accusing the student of racism. To make matters worse, the ad hominem attacks were made in front of all the students enrolled in the course. It was part of an online class discussion.
Although the student who contacted me was not the one attacked, she wanted to know how to confront the professor who was so clearly out of line. She was understandably reticent to express her own views after seeing a fellow student attacked in the middle of class discussion. Given the importance of the issue, I am printing my response to the student to help other students who are similarly attacked or intimidated in the classroom:
Dear Amber: The first thing to remember about responding to a false accuser is what not to do. Above all, you must resist the temptation to accuse the professor of harassment or of breaking the campus speech code. That is what leftists do and it is wrong. The best way to respond to bad speech is with better speech, not censorship.
Furthermore, you need to respond to accusations of racism with questions rather than assertions. Here are the three questions you need to ask. William Wilbanks, author of The Myth of a Racist Criminal Justice System, inspired the first two questions. Greg Koukl, author of the book Tactics, inspired the third:
1. What do you mean by racism? First of all, you need to realize that academic leftists rarely understand the terms they are using when they attack conservatives. Racism is a specific belief that races can be ranked according to genetically inherited characteristics. For example, when a white supremacist takes a racist view of blacks he is really saying that they are genetically inferior. This genetic inferiority allegedly manifests itself in lower intelligence, which, in turn, translates into other undesirable characteristics such as sloth and a propensity toward crime.
If the professor cannot supply the correct definition of racism after he has used the term then he makes a complete fool of himself. If he can supply the correct definition, this leads to an even bigger problem, which we will explore with the second question.
2. How does racism apply to the situation at hand? If the professor does happen to know the real definition of racism then hes in quite a pickle here. You can ask the professor How exactly does the assertion that all lives matter (read: all lives have equal value) translate into the notion that certain categories of people are genetically inferior to other categories of people?
3. Have you ever considered the following? After showing that the professor doesnt know the meaning of the words he is using and has no evidence to support his position his credibility is decimated. Now it is time to move in for the kill.
There are a lot of options here. For example, one could simply ask, Have you ever considered that the statement all lives matter is fundamentally anti-racist? Asking, Are you at all concerned that by opposing an anti-racist statement you align yourself with the true racists would be a good follow-up question from which the professor could never recover.
In academia today, it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish the mentors from the protégés. Fortunately, exposing these incompetent professors is never more than a few well-placed questions away.
You hit back with the facts.
Far more whites are killed by police than blacks.
Plus, singling out “blacks” alone hurts the cause of reigning in the “very real problem” of police all to quickly leaping to deadly force in various situations regardless of the race of the citizen. Their are countless stories of police kicking in doors and shooting innocent homeowners because they were at the wrong house, shooting kids who answer the door holding video game remotes, ect Most of which were white.
Moroccans are not a race, and people who criticize Moroccans are not racists."ML/NJ
So what if they were?
Race is a somewhat arbitrary characteristic assigned to breeding populations. There is no reason why such populations could not develop characteristics considered undesirable by some or all of the other breeding populations.
Not bad - bookmark.
One needs to commit these responses to memory.
Anytime there’s a news article about BLM or other phony, paid protest group, submit a comment to the online newspaper article labeling it as “Fake News.”
To be a racist, does one only have to have the belief, or does one have to act in accordance with said belief?
No one has ever called me racist to my face, though it has happened online. Typically my response is some form of smirk and a thank-you. Because without fail, every time I have been called racist it is of course false, and has been completely irrelevant to the discussion/debate at hand. So I thank them for admitting defeat - because obviously they have no real counter to my statements, and chastise them on an awkward and obvious ad-hominem attack.
Everyone is a racist except the Lord.
Seriously though, I disagree with the author. Don't acknowledge their words at all; going on the defensive and trying to prove that your are not what they claim is their point- they have won then. Simply ignore their accusations, and go on calmly with making your point and treat them as your intellectual inferiors, or as though you are talking to a small child.
This article is good except for one thing: Libs and dims and BLM’ers do not apply logic and reason to much of anything. It is all about feelings. The libs and dims in the class would be lost after the first question. Expecting them to follow the dots is expecting to much.
Are there races of dogs? There are quite a few different looking and acting breeds. What are the charzeteristics of a breed vs that of a race?
I have to wonder if this ever really works. Leftists DO NOT accept reality, nor the real definition of words.
They certainly don’t accept the definition of “racism” that we do.
My grandmother was a Jehovah’s Witness. We constantly discussed the Bible. The thing is, we just wern’t talking the same language. Even “Son of God” meant different things to her and me.
So it is with liberlas
since all whites are racist no matter what, just embrace it. No win for you trying to get out of it. Crying racism is used to put YOU on the defensive in an argument or conversation.
Nice practical answers. Like this one.
Here is another possibility. Why do you say that “ All lives matter” is a racist statement? Do you not believe that all lives are of equal value? If so, which lives are more equal than others,and under what criteria may the less equal lives be disregarded? Who gets to make that determination?
How about asking “so, black lives matter, ok, so which lives don’t matter?”
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