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Longtime sportswriter Jason Whitlock exposed the latest attempts by liberals to get the black community to “live up to our skin color.”
The “Outkick” columnist spoke with Fox News host Tucker Carlson about the Associated Press decision to change its writing style guide to capitalize the “b” in “Black” when using the term in a racial, ethnic or cultural sense. Whitlock agreed with Carlson that the change does not denote a sense of respect but is just another shot by the left at getting control.
Citing the Associated Press change, which came amid months of racial tensions in the U.S. and ongoing protests, Carlson noted on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” this week that the “w” in the term “white” was not given the same makeover because, as the outlet explained: “White people generally do not share the same history and culture.”
“So, what does this mean. Is there a deeper meaning that we can take from it? And what effect does it have on society? Language changes the way we think, it’s the means by which we communicate, but also the means by which we understand the world, so when the words change, so do our ideas and understanding,” he said.
(Source: Fox News)
Whitlock weighed in, saying the move was a “much bigger deal.”
“It is a way of defining to black people that your most prized possession, your greatest asset, your most defining characteristic, is your skin color. And once you convince people that their skin color is their most important asset, defining characteristic, they then start to cater all their behavior to show off that attribute,” he said.
“No one else has to live up to their skin color. They are free to accentuate their intelligence, their faith in God, their commitment to family, their love of freedom,” Whitlock added.
“But we, as black people, as defined by the white liberals, in my view, running the mainstream media, running Hollywood, we have to live up to our skin color above all else, and that’s just not much of an attribute, in terms of — it’s a great packaging. I’m very proud of being black. But that’s not my number one attribute,” he explained.
“I want to be defined by my faith in God. I want to be defined by my intelligence. That’s what I want people to see when they think about me, not my skin color,” Whitlock told the Fox News host.
Carlson noted that this view was decidedly different from many who would see the AP change as “an elaborate show of respect” rather than, in Whitlock’s perception, as “a means of control.”
The sports columnist agreed, noting how “400 years ago when America introduced slavery,” the black people’s skin color would tell you “all you need to know about them,” as they were generally defined as a special classification of people who lacked the freedom and wealth enjoyed by others.
“These people, 400 years later, these are the ideological descendants of those bigots from 400 years ago, doubling down a written reminder to black people, your skin color is your defining characteristic. And therefore, we are going to limit your freedom. You spend all of your energy trying to be unapologetically black. Everybody else gets to go out and try to be intelligent, responsible, God-fearing, patriotic,” Whitlock explained, noting how other groups do not want to be defined by skin color but prefer to focus on “intelligence and ability to achieve in this country.”
“Black people, unlike everybody else, you go out and prove to everybody how black you are. Become unapologetically black and we are going to celebrate it,” he continued, noting how they cannot even “control what is black” as “every liberal running Hollywood” does it for them, adding in a shot at former vice president Joe Biden.
“We are not even in control of that, so we are actually trying to meet standards defined for us by other people, live up to their standards…and they are defining blackness as a lot of things that just aren’t healthy for us,” Whitlock told Carlson.
He called out black celebrities like stand-up comedian and actor, Dave Chappelle who are allowing themselves to be manipulated, as “the people in control of Hollywood grant you that stage,” and tell you to “go be black by saying the n-word, “generalize about white people, be racist, be angry, be all those things.”
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