This past Saturday, the student political activist club operated by school board member and political activist Ryan Ruelas held an event they called “Reclaiming Our City: A Youth Conference About Ending Racism.”
Reclaiming it from whom? The half-a-dozen pathetic Ku Klux Klan members who in late February drove up to Pearson Park, late for their own “rally”? They were out-numbered and immediately set upon by amped-up “antifas” (self-proclaimed anti-fascists) who proceeded to beat them up.
And none of the Klan members were even from Anaheim. The “antifas” were nearly all from out-of-town, too.
No matter. Progressives of all ages need to believe racism is pervasive. That need is as central to their existence as oxygen is necessary to breathing. America has made enormous progress in a couple generations. Racism’s ebbing from American life provokes a bizarre need in the Left to find racism – somewhere, anywhere. Denizens of the Left continue defining down racism down to the point where university campuses are roiled with the vicious, petty totalitarianism of “trigger warnings” and shutting down any speech not in accordance with the prevailing progressive orthodoxy.
So it isn’t surprising that Anaheim’s energized Left morphs what was an out-of-the-norm incident involving a handful of out-of-town racists into a crisis demanding action to reclaim Anaheim from the racism!
As the AnaheimBROS event was billed on Facebook:
For almost 2 months, the Anaheim Bros as well as other concerned students from Anaheim High School, have been developing a conference to put an end to racism in the beautiful city of Anaheim. In the month of February, a racist rally took place at Pearson Park, a place located near our own school, in which violence erupted. This event caused our city of Anaheim to be portrayed in a negative image, one which we know is not true. We need to reclaim our city and its image as the city of kindness! We need to work together as one and put an end to racism and these stereotypes that were developed about our city. Please join us and the other students who helped piece this conference together; it’d be much appreciated. Our voices need to be heard! #ReclaimingAnaheim
Really? Has the non-stop “City of Kindness” campaign been so weak and ineffective that more than five years of waging kindness 24/7 is undone by a single slug fest between between two lunatic fringes? Where is the racism in Anaheim? Examples? In which district does it reside? Who are its purveyors?
Does that really matter? The act of opposing racism is the thing…even if there isn’t really much to oppose. And apparently the AnaheimBROS conference was successful, per this post from their Facebook page:
Yes, that is Joe Dunn, liberal Democratic candidate for the 46th Congressional District, speaking to the students:
Also taking turns at the microphone were leftist Democratic candidate for CD46, Bao Nguyen:
And Sharon Quirk-Silva, liberal Democratic candidate for Assembly District 65:
And leftist Democratic candidate for Anaheim City Council (District 3), Jose F. Moreno:
And Moreno’s campaign manager, AUHSD Trustee Al Jabbar:
Here’s liberal Democratic candidate for Anaheim’s District 5, Ana R. Martinez:
What are the odds that most of the speakers were left-liberal Democratic candidates and political allies? Were any conservatives or Republicans or even centrist Democrats invited? And should the Anaheim Union High School District really be in the business of allowing school property and resources to be used for a thinly-veiled volunteer recruitment event for political candidates? That’s mostly a rhetorical question, given the increasingly political (in a left-ward direction) bent of the AUHSD since the hiring of Superintendent Michael Matsuda and the appointment of Al Jabbar (Moreno’s campaign manager) to the Board of Education.
None of what I’m writing in any way diminishes the evil of racism. It is morally wrong. At the same time, it does more harm than good to act as if it is endemic – and even worse to indoctrinate young minds in the belief America is a racist country. Is there racism in America? Of course. There are 318 million people in this country. It’s inescapable. Is it epidemic? Not even close. Quite the opposite, in fact.
But if progressives are searching for a way to end what racism does exist, a good start would be ending their insistence that we be judged, classified and organized as members of this or that racial or ethnic group. “We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst,” wrote C.S. Lewis. By the same token, progressives insist people think in racial terms and are shocked to find racists in our midst.