Celebrated anti-racism expert and New York Times best-selling author Ibram X. Kendi is facing accusations of "transphobia" for comments he made in a recent interview.
Speaking to the New York State Association for Independent Schools, Kendi called his daughter's recent announcement that she wanted to be a boy, "horrifying" for he and his wife.
"[A]nd of course, you know, we're like 'okay, what affirmative messages about girlhood, you know, can we be teaching her to protect her from whatever she's hearing in our home, or even outside of our home, that would make her want to be a boy."
Kendi's assumption that a child despises their true gender due to social prejudice completely contradicts transgender theory. As does his explicit suggestion that parents must "protect" their children from pro-transgender messaging.
Transgender activists contend that a child's declaration that they "want to be" another gender, or that they think they are another gender, are actually subconscious cues to adults that the child is, in fact, another gender. In multiple states, transgender activists have sought legislation requiring parents to affirm that "reality."
During an October presidential townhall on CNN, Joe Biden seemed to endorse the idea of gender transition for children as young as 8. It defied reason, the president said at the time, to think that a boy that young would "choose" to become a girl if he wasn't really a girl in the first place.
But Ibram X. Kendi's view, exposed in his recent interview, offers a philosophy that completely contradicts Biden's. Kendi compares a young girl wanting to be a boy to a black child wanting to be white.
"[I]t's the same thing you know with kids of color, in which they're regularly hearing these messages that may [make] them want to be white," Kendi explained in the interview.
In other words, the anti-racism expert is saying that a black child wanting to be white is the result of anti-black messaging they hear around them. It needs to be remedied by affirmative messaging about black people. In the same way, he suggests, a boy wanting to be a girl is the result of anti-boy messaging they are surrounded by, and could be remedied, not by embracing a gender transition, but by affirmative messaging about boys.
Kendi's parallel is one that isn't likely to sit well with transgender activists.
🔦 Wealthy progressives like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have poured millions into promoting Kendi and his ideas.