Far be it from me to violate our newly established cultural expectation never to question the value or substance of someone's doctorate degree. That said, race-hustling is still race-hustling even if the person doing it has a bunch of alphabet soup trailing their name.
And as sad as it is, dividing people along racial lines, promoting discord for dollars, and dedicating your professional existence to grievance-mongering is an extraordinarily lucrative business these days. Just ask America's latest racism expert, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, whose nonsensical suppositions like, "there are no non-racist beliefs, only racist and anti-racist ones," have landed him large checks from guilt-ridden white liberals in media. I'm looking at you, Jack Dorsey.
As much as I understand it's a conventional adage not to hate the player but to hate the game, as firmly as I grasp that Kendi is merely the latest in a long line of grifters cashing in while the getting is good, there's still something particularly loathsome about this kind of hideous bile:
Now, the good news is that Kendi's offensive "white savior complex" perspective on the loving sacrifice of countless white parents who have rescued children from deplorable conditions and given them a blessed life, was widely panned by people of conscience – of all colors and ethnicities.
The bad news is that Kendi's pseudo-intellectual blather continues to be granted an air of sophistication it certainly has not earned and absolutely does not deserve. Just like its cerebrally deficient precursor, Robin DiAngelo's goofy opus "White Fragility," Kendi's racist bestseller "How to be an Antiracist" is peddled by the smart class and lapped up by college sophomores as groundbreaking scholarship.
Anyone under such delusion would benefit tremendously by noting what even left-wing scholars think of Kendi's arrogant pretensions:
And for Christians in particular, reading Samuel Sey's recent review of Kendi's moral mess is beneficial. After quoting Kendi's assault on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s call to colorblindness, Sey writes,
"It's obvious, however, that like almost everything Kendi labels as racist in the book, Kendi's opposition to race-neutrality or colour-blindness has nothing to do with hatred for racism. Instead, his opposition to Martin Luther King Jr.'s colour-blindness has everything to do with his own love for racism.
Ibram X. Kendi's antiracism isn't a commitment to love people, it's a commitment to love power. He's anointed himself as an antiracist prophet, but he's actually an antichrist, a false prophet."
Dubbing Kendi a racist is unquestionably provocative, but it doesn't lack logical justification. After all, "How to be an Antiracist" is nothing if it isn't an explicit call to engage in race-based discrimination. Kendi himself argues,
"[T]he only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy for present discrimination is future discrimination."
In a more rational time and place, the lack of intellectual curiosity it takes to conclude that the solution to past racism against blacks is modern racism against whites, would evoke eyerolls and a mandatory donning of the cultural dunce cap. In our day it becomes bestselling copy.
But not only does Kendi's "overcome evil with evil" approach fly in the face of common sense and reasoned experience, it also is an affront to the moral instruction of Christ Jesus and the explicit command He inspired through the pen of his apostle Paul.
That's why Sey couldn't have been more accurate in this stinging rebuke:
"[I]f you want to know how to be a real antiracist, read your Bible. And if you want to know how to be a real racist, read Ibram Kendi's book."
Sey is right. Which means it's quite simple to assess the future racial harmony our civilization can anticipate. First, ask yourself whether our culture's thought leaders and powerbrokers – from college professors to lawmakers, business executives to media elites – are more dedicated to the meditation and memorization of Scripture, or the reading and recitation of Kendi.
Then pray that changes.