Racist Journalism in Rhode Island
Perhaps it’s evidence of a sea change in journalism schools over the last decade, but it seems as if local news media outlets are taking the final steps into pure propaganda for the racist left-wing ideology. Consider a recent article by Amy Russo (Hunter College class of 2017) about Providence’s taxpayer-funded exercise in race-card politics:
The 194-page analysis, titled “A Matter of Truth,” spans pre-1600 to today, revealing the ways in which racism has permeated institutions and policymaking itself, creating a “separate and unequal” existence for people of color and indigenous populations. That includes employment, housing, urban redevelopment, education and tribal sovereignty.
Note the framing that the report “reveals” the truth about racism, which includes the spread of disease in the seventeenth century — after European settlers who lacked knowledge of modern germ theory came to a continent of previously unknown habitation and biology happened. The loss of life that illness wrought as the world became smaller was tragic, but whatever one might argue on the topic, it wasn’t racist. Russo provides not a single word suggesting that some people might disagree with Providence’s project. But such projects represent a core doctrine of the faith taught in modern colleges.
Another recent (and more egregious) example comes from Tamara Sacharczyk (Emerson College class of 2014), opposing legislation by Republican state Representative Patricia Morgan:
The bill would basically prohibit teachers from talking about societal issues the way we talk about them today. That includes pointing fingers at a specific race or sex and blaming them for those issues. …
Providence on Monday released a historical report on racism as part of the city’s efforts to provide reparations to Black and Native American residents.
If the bill were to pass, it could erase a lot of what Providence is trying to do.
The characterization that the legislation is simply against “the way we talk about [societal issues] today” is jaw-dropping bias. And again, the journalist gives no hint that anybody in Rhode Island other than Rep. Morgan and her cosponsors might agree with what she’s doing.
Through this sort of reporting, WJAR is actively subverting healthy public debate. To understand how extreme and wrong-headed Sacharczyk’s point of view is, read through the “divisive concepts” that Morgan is seeking to exclude from our schools. These are concepts that Sacharczyk apparently wants schools teaching Rhode Islanders’ children:
- One race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex.
- The state of Rhode Island or the United States of America is fundamentally racist or sexist.
- An individual, by virtue of their race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.
- An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of their race or sex.
- Members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex.
- An individual’s moral character is necessarily determined by their race or sex.
- An individual, by virtue of their race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.
- Any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of their race or sex.
- Meritocracy or traits such as hard work ethic are racist or sexist, or were created by a particular race to oppress another race.
- Character traits, values, moral and ethical codes, privileges, status, or beliefs can be ascribed to an individual because of their race or sex.
- Fault, blame, or bias can be assigned to members of a race or sex, and a particular race or sex is responsible for society’s ills.
What sort of monstrous ideology believes these points of view should be pushed on school children? Most of these concepts are almost indistinguishable from racial Nazi propaganda.
By promoting this ideology, Amy Russo, Tamara Sacharczyk, and their ilk are making our country palpably worse and probably moving us closer and closer a new, historic, and genuinely racist tragedy. That is frightening enough, but the fact that their older coworkers seem not to be tempering the radicalism of their youngest recruits is an indication of just how far gone our news media is.