In addition to a long line of well-known scholars, a Black Lives Matter protestor is now lecturing students at Yale this fall. DeRay McKesson, whose only claim to fame may be participating in protests, just wrapped up a two-day “workshop” at this prestigious Ivy League institution’s Divinity School (yes, the course is Religion 3900-01). But what may be even more shocking is the topic he delved into with students: the justifications for looting — aka, stealing other people’s property.
Hat tip to Weasel Zippers:
DeRay McKesson has been conducting a 2 day workshop, this is the second day, defending looting as a political act.
The assigned reading was a post entitled, “In Defense of Looting,” written by Willie Osterweil, a writer, punk singer and editor, who’s written for Al Jazeera, among other outlets. This monologue presents the same tired complaining about America being a racist country and then proceeds to give righteous, brave and inspiring “protestors” the green light to steal and destroy other people’s property in the name of fairness.
Basing the legitimization of stealing on the premise, “anti-black racism remains the foundational organizing principle of this country,” the writer displays his ignorance of the real founding principles of this country: the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
While every American acknowledges slavery prevented half our country’s population from those pursuits, those days are history. Osterweil also asserts, “the Civil Rights movement won many battles, it lost the war.” Actually, the opposite is true. The Civil War changed American law (other than Jim Crow laws, which were enacted by Democrats — the very party black Americans now support the majority of the time), and the Civil Rights Movement changed reality for black citizens. I know it did because I was there, unlike Mr. Osterweil.
The irony of this whole situation is McKesson’s moaning about an oppressive white society while guest lecturing at what ranks as one of the oldest and historically whitest, most traditional universities in this nation. No disrespect to Yale, but perhaps McKesson might be interested in learning more about its founding. Mr. McKesson, Yale University used to be called Yale College, in recognition of a gift from Elihu Yale, a governor of the British East India Company (anyone remember colonial rule?). And, in 1731 the college received a gift of land and slaves from one Bishop Berkeley.
I could be wrong, but doesn’t that put you in the position of propping up an historically white institution that prospered due to slavery? Just sayin’…