Zach Goldberg, in Tablet Magazine, documents the sudden rise to mainstream acceptance of the radical Marxist viewpoint on American History and society.
In the wake of the protests, riots, and general upheaval sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the United States is experiencing a racial reckoning. The response from Americaâ€™s elite liberal institutions suggests that many have embraced the ideology of the protesters. Here, for instance, is a sampling of the titles of opinion pieces and news stories published over the past month by the countryâ€™s two most influential newspapers, The Washington Post and The New York Times:
â€œWhen black people are in pain, white people just join book clubsâ€
â€œBlack Activists Wonder: Is Protesting Just Trendy for White People?â€
â€œTo White People Who Want to Be â€˜One of the Good Onesâ€™â€
â€œAmericaâ€™s Enduring Caste System: Our founding ideals promise liberty and equality for all. Our reality is an enduring racial hierarchy that has persisted for centuries.â€
The last entry on the list, a lengthy feature on Americaâ€™s â€œcaste systemâ€ in The New York Times Magazine, explicitly compares the United States to Nazi Germany.
Countless articles have been published in recent weeks, often under the guise of straight news reporting, in which journalists take for granted the legitimacy of novel theories about race and identity. Such articles illustrate a prevailing new political morality on questions of race and justice that has taken power at the Times and Postâ€”a worldview sometimes abbreviated as â€œwokenessâ€ that combines the sensibilities of highly educated and hyperliberal white professionals with elements of Black nationalism and academic critical race theory. But the mediaâ€™s embrace of â€œwokenessâ€ did not begin in response to the death of George Floyd. This racial ideology first began to take hold at leading liberal media institutions years before the arrival of Donald Trump and, in fact, heavily influenced the journalistic response to the protest movements of recent years and their critique of American society.
Starting well before Donald Trumpâ€™s rise to power, while President Obama was still in office, terms like â€œmicroaggressionâ€ and â€œwhite privilegeâ€ were picked up by liberal journalists. These terms went from being obscure fragments of academic jargon to commonplace journalistic language in only a few yearsâ€”a process that I document here in detail. During this same period, while exotic new phrases were entering the discourse, universally recognizable words like â€œracismâ€ were being radically redefined. Along with the new language came ideas and beliefs animating a new moral-political framework to apply to public life and American society.