There’s a difference between “anti-racism” and actually overcoming racism. Overcoming racism requires liberalism, and “anti-racism,” as it is currently being taught, can only increase it. This is most obvious when the tenets of “anti-racism” are set side-by-side with the liberal counterparts we have come to honor, cherish, and uphold. These liberal values are the ones “anti-racism” would supplant and replace with its alternatives. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.
“Anti-Racism” Vs. Liberalism
Comparing two approaches to fighting racism.
Anti-racism is not the same as being against racism. Despite its lofty goals, “anti-racism,” when examined, in practice leads to increased divisiveness, social unrest, and intolerance.
There are better ways to fight racism than being anti-racist, but the discussion is clouded by changing definitions and overly simplistic reasoning.
Anti-racism employs racist attitudes to determine who is racist (only white people are racist based on the social position they hold on account of their racial origin).
Liberalism employs individualism, tolerant attitudes, and reasoned arguments to minimize prejudiced attitudes and discriminatory behavior against individuals or groups on the grounds of race, both in self and others (of any race).
Anti-racism adopts an extreme worldview that racializes every human interaction.
Liberalism sees some interactions as racialized, and others as not racialized.
Anti-racism: Racist until proven innocent (which isn’t actually possible)
Liberalism: Innocent until racism is proven.
Anti-racism denies the possibility of white and “white adjacent” people ever being not racist due to automatic “white complicity” in a “racist system.”
Liberalism contends that each individual can choose not to hold racist views and should be expected to do so.
Anti-racism demands a simple-minded commitment to callout and cancel culture, and all of its destructive implications for freedom of speech, subtlety in reasoning, and the possibility of redemption and forgiveness.
Liberalism recognizes that freedom of speech is the best protection of the minority; avoids oversimplification; and sees that issues of race are best dealt with honestly while still working towards shared goals and a common vision.
Anti-racism encourages discrimination by race.
Liberalism encourages universally upholding the principles of not discriminating by race.
Anti-racism requires commitment to social activism that is lifelong and “ongoing.” “No one is ever done.”
Liberalism requires no commitment to social activism. Just be yourself and treat people as equal individuals.
Anti-racism encourages conflict through a race-based derivative of Marxist “conflict theory.”
Liberalism offers neutral, fair, and objective standards so we can resolve conflicts successfully.
Anti-racism increases the social significance of racial categories. In fact, it makes them central.
Liberalism decreases the social significance of racial categories while acknowledging and correcting remaining problems.
Anti-racism begins with the assumption racism is present and seeks to find it to make it visible. Intentions don’t matter.
Liberalism begins with openness to consider all possible situations and avoids reading bad intentions into situations.
(Special thanks to commenter kasey for this transcription)