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Black law professor teaches sons to distrust, be suspicious of white people

Imagine if The New York Times published a piece by a conservative academic in which the theme is the author teaching his white children that friendships with black people may not be possible.

Imagine, too, that part of the author’s reasoning was being worried about his children’s safety.

It wouldn’t happen, of course — that is, the Times actually publishing such a piece. But a similar article was written over five years ago, and the result was author John Derbyshire being ousted from National Review.

The Times would — and did — publish, however, Ekow N. Yankah’s op-ed which posits essentially the same thing as Derbyshire did … but in the racial reverse.

Titled “Can My Children Be Friends With White People?” the Yeshiva University law professor says the election of Donald Trump “has made it clear” that he needs to teach his sons the “lessons generations old” — that is, be cautious, be suspicious, be distrustful.

More succinctly, the question is “whether [his sons] can truly be friends with white people.”

From the piece:

History has provided little reason for people of color to trust white people in this way, and these recent months have put in the starkest relief the contempt with which the country measures the value of racial minorities. America is transfixed on the opioid epidemic among white Americans (who often get hooked after being overprescribed painkillers — while studies show that doctors underprescribe pain medication for African-Americans). But when black lives were struck by addiction, we cordoned off minority communities with the police and threw away an entire generation of black and Hispanic men. …

As against our gauzy national hopes, I will teach my boys to have profound doubts that friendship with white people is possible. When they ask, I will teach my sons that their beautiful hue is a fault line. Spare me platitudes of how we are all the same on the inside. I first have to keep my boys safe, and so I will teach them before the world shows them this particular brand of rending, violent, often fatal betrayal. …

Of course, the rise of this president has broken bonds on all sides. But for people of color the stakes are different. Imagining we can now be friends across this political line is asking us to ignore our safety and that of our children, to abandon personal regard and self-worth. Only white people can cordon off Mr. Trump’s political meaning, ignore the “unpleasantness” from a position of safety. His election and the year that has followed have fixed the awful thought in my mind too familiar to black Americans: “You can’t trust these people.”

Yankah, like innumerable academics since November 2016, rips President Trump and his supporters, claiming the latter “are practiced at purposeful blindness,” and that the president’s allies “have watched racial pornography, describing black America as pathological.”

White Trump voters and blacks can like each other, the prof concedes, but real friendship is doubtful.

“For African-Americans, race has become a proxy not just for politics but also for decency,” Yankah says. “White faces are swept together, ominous anxiety behind every chance encounter at the airport or smiling white cashier. If they are not clearly allies, they will seem unsafe to me.”

Indeed. Remember — racial stereotyping is perfectly appropriate if you’re of the “correct” hue … and political ideology.

Read the full op-ed.

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  • Linda Lee

    Growing up in the military and being military wife has enabled me to live in modern times in a more integrated social atmosphere. Over the years, I’ve had many friends and acquaintances of widely varied cultures, races, and nationalities. I never met a person I couldn’t become friends with. Facebook and cell phones and computers have enabled very close friends to stay contact with my husband and I and we (meaning we and they) are all over the world. I think I was v ery lucky to grow up and lived the way we have. My children and grand children have been
    fortunate to grow up the same w ay.

  • Carrie Kube

    Being so paranoid can’t be healthy for him and his kids.

  • Tom

    This is hilarious. I’ll bet the bozo doesn’t know that his children are in far more danger around other blacks. But he would never let the facts get in the way of writing an overtly racist screed under the guise of intellectual discourse.

    • Shaka

      Uhhh, and why exactly would the kid be in far more danger around black people??? OH! That distrustful white man that produced a failed economy while allowing an illegal drug economy to flourish in the ghettos. Then he launched a War on Drugs ONLY in black neighborhoods putting millions of black men in jail. And you find it ludicrous that this professor teaches his kid to not trust white people. SMH???

      • Buck Owens

        Shaka, More whites are on heroin and die from it. A failed economy? Not by a long shot unemployment is at it’s lowest in seventeen years. What did your Savior Obama do for black Americans in the ghettos for eight years? Nothing.

        • Shaka

          All talking points that I don’t even think you understand. Stop watching Fox and think for yourself. When blacks were having a crack epidemic, police decided to only enforce drug laws against blacks. Guess what, at the same time whites were getting hooked on Opioids and now the chickens have come home to roost. I say mandatory minimums for all white people hooked on drugs. Well, that’s how I learned to deal with drug epidemics. If unemployment is so low, why are whites still making a big deal about Affirmative action. There should be enough jobs for all, right??? The truth is white men have NEVER had a society where everyone was employed because every social system they’ve ever designed from Capitalism to Socialism to Communism ALWAYS involves one section of society victimizing the other. America is no exception. As far as Obama helping blacks, guess what? A black man knows he can be anything in this society. This was not true until Obama snatched the prize office from white men. Young black men have a confidence that will make them compete fiercely with your children and that is a HUGE benefit. We’re only 50 years free in this country and thriving while you guys spend all your time pointing at our failures. You should be trying to teach your kids to compete with our extraordinary abilities but you just teach them to hate. In 20 years you will be an underclass because of your own hateful decisions.

          • Katie Smith

            Stop watching CNN and MSNBC and think for yourself. Oh wait, that’s just an insult that says nothing!

          • Shaka

            It is a shallow insult but I’ll oblige: Perhaps you need to be more informed. CNN and MSNBC would NEVER admit that the War on Drugs was only enforced against black people. You forget that white men run the liberal side and are no friends to black people. Also, CNN and MSNBC never discuss anything outside of white men’s social systems. You should try reading a book. Start with Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow.”

      • N.A. Let’s Talk

        Hey wait. Millions of blacks aren’t in jail for drugs. Obama let a lot of the violent ones out to finish destroying the country and further divide the races. Don’t you remember?

        • Shaka

          So where’s the uptick in crime? Those black people are still in jail for drugs.

      • Clyde Fromfelter

        so, you are saying that white men control the economy and the black community takes no responsibility for their actions. Typical liberal. Blame others and take no responsibility for your own actions. If you want to blame someone, blame the democratic party.. They were the slave party during the civil war and have not strayed for from their roots. they have just gotten smarter about how they enslave the black community. Take planned parenthood for example, they are directly responsible for the genocide in the black community with millions of babies. Welfare has destroyed the black family and created generational slaves beholding to government handouts. When will you wake up and see the true reality. American blacks are becoming a true minority, replaced by the flood if legal and illegal immigrants . As states struggle to provide of all these immigrants, what community will be hurt the worst??? The american black community and who could care less, the democrats. They want free immigration. COME ON WAKE UP before its too late!!!!! Trump is the best thing that could ever happen to the black community!!!

        • Shaka

          This is the white man’s social design. It is the worst social system that any branch of humanity has ever built. So the way black people cope at the bottom of it can only be blamed on the designers. It’s like setting someone on fire and blaming them for not stopping dropping and rolling. As far as political parties, I agree with you. Both parties suck. I’ll let you in on a little secret; From 1984-2012, we have had both Democratic and Republican Presidents, the House and Senate has switched hands several times, we’ve fought over taxes, immigration, same-sex marriage, healthcare and everything imaginable. Throughout this same time period BOTH sides have had victories HOWEVER, the wealth in America ONLY moved in one direction. The top 20% went from 81% to 87% of America’s overall wealth. Bottom line is we’re all getting screwed and I’d join forces with conservatives any day if it could release some of that top 20%’s wealth to us little people of all colors.

      • Tom

        I think you misunderstood what I said. I don’t give a damn what he teaches his kids. However, perhaps he should look at FBI crime statistics before claiming that white put them into danger. As for all the liberal bromides in your post, there really is no logical response to non-sense.

        • Shaka

          Yes. FBI statistics indicate that black people have a 7% higher same-race killing rate than whites. Whites are at 85%, you know. Blacks, 92%. So by trying to throw the 92% rate at me did you think that high number was far off from the white percentage? Or did you even check? As far as my “bromides” you might want to rethink that. Barely any black people discuss white men having NEVER built a healthy society because black people know nothing about their own African societies. Black people, just like whites in America, have accepted that unemployment is normal in a society but if you read missionaries’ statements from the Congo in the 19th century, you hear first-hand reports of societies with 0% unemployment and 0% poverty. White men have never achieved this because their haste makes them incapable.

      • Diablo4965

        Yeah it was all those white people selling drugs in the ghetto. And evidently they only arrested the buyers! Get a clue blacks are responsible for their own problems. Your lives will never be bright if you keep blaming white!

        • Shaka

          No. “White men are innocent” is the only way white men can feel good about themselves by thinking their winning legitimately IN THEIR OWN SYSTEM. 1. Look up “Operation Pipeline”, where the DEA trained police how to take black people’s 4th amendment right away. 2. Look up the “Edward Byrne” act where Reagan gave huge federal grants to police departments that arrested more black people for drugs. 3. Look up the “Military Cooperation with Law Enforcement Act” where Reagan encouraged the military to sell weapons of war to use on black people. 4. Look up the “Drug Abuse and Control Act” where Reagan allowed police to keep seized property from ACCUSED drug offenders. All this added up to one thing, PERSECUTION OF BLACKS. And we still thrive, some of us, like Jay-Z turned drug dealing into legitimate Billion dollar empires. What’s your excuse for all the poor whites in America? No one has ever persecuted you and yet you’re still poor and incapable. I hire poor whites for pennies on the dollar. They’re like the new Mexican immigrants.

          • Bigearsbarry

            Do you enjoy being a victim all your life?

          • Shaka

            I’ve actually done quite well in this country. I speak three languages, travel internationally, have significant savings and have tons of credit. Am I supposed to not see racism because I’ve done well?

          • Diablo4965

            Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time!

          • Shaka

            Well we need to start locking up these white opioid addicts and filling the jails with millions of white men. According to your logic, we need to start locking up doctors overprescribing oxycontin because middle white America is HOOKED!!

          • Diablo4965

            There’s no such thing as legitimate drug dealing. How many lives has Jack-AZZ destroyed with his Black killing “LEGIT” billion dollar empire!

  • Byrd Westbrook

    Ekow N. Yankah is a racist and therefore is not to be trusted.

  • Hughlon Thornbury

    Gotta raise the flag on this one. According to their “about” page, “Yeshiva University is the world’s premier Jewish institution for higher education. Rooted in Jewish thought and tradition, it sits at the educational, spiritual and intellectual epicenter of a robust global movement that is dedicated to advancing the moral and material betterment of the Jewish community and broader society, in the service of God.”

    And what in Mr. Yankah’s racism and bigotry serves the stated purpose and goal of Yeshiva University? In the service of God? Really? How many times have colleges hidden behind the academic freedom screen when their faculty and staff expose racist and bigoted ideology that runs counter to the institutions’ stated purpose and goals? So how does a school manifest its goals and purpose if not by the way it’s representatives (faculty and staff) do their jobs and represent the schools they are supposed to serve?

    With Catholic schools ostracizing students who advocate true Catholic doctrine, passing out birth control and requiring students to serve in Planned Parenthood offices, is it any surprise that Jewish schools would employ and defend racist bigots? And this is Mr. Yankah’s opinion of the Jews he interacts with on a daily basis. Well, at least he has let the student5s and the rest of the faculty know what he believes in.

  • Ralph Davis

    At least now, the feelings will be mutual.

  • Deplorable White Bread

    Our previous president, Obama, was the great divider of the races. Democrats have been seeing an increasing number of Blacks leaving their plantation. They know people are getting wise to their dishonest practices and are starting to panic. They will say any lie and do any thing it would take to keep their deception going. The new twist now is saying President Trump is a racist White Supremacist even though they have no proof of such. This is getting to be over the top, which shows how desperate the Democrats are getting.

  • moraywatson

    To the extent that black hostility towards whites in the United States is rooted in slavery, should blacks not be venting at least half their anger at the descendants of those who captured their ancestors and traded them away into servitude?

    • ProfElwood

      “the descendants of those who captured their ancestors” are African. The European and Muslim slave traders simply latched onto the already existing slave trade in Africa. They bought people, but the job of capturing them was performed by their fellow countrymen.

      • moraywatson

        That’s right. Except capturing them and selling them wasn’t a ‘job’ it was a ‘business’. Black Americans are descended from fellow blacks (mostly Nigerians) who literally sold them out. Perhaps they hate themselves more than they hate white people ?

        • ProfElwood

          Or perhaps people could give up on hating people for the sins of others. Just a thought.

          • moraywatson

            It would be nice if that option was being promoted.

  • Barbara razza

    Who gives a damn what he tell his sons

  • FromNJ

    Remember kids – it’s only racist when white people do it!

  • inspectorudy

    To see the obverse of his absurd view of whites he need only to go through the Atlanta airport to see his theory in action. There are no whites working at the Atlanta airport and any white who approaches a kiosk for a purchase is treated just like he tells his sons to treat whites. They are lucky if the clerk even notices them and if they do they are not greeted with a smile but a “Wha chew wont”. Atlanta is a city filled with an attitude that all whites are devils and blacks need not make any effort to be friendly or cordial. If this moron wants to live in a world that he tells his sons, then he needs to come to Atlanta!

  • Tall Tom

    Poor Prof. Paranoid, Please get yourself a dose of reality and stop believing the hype. Too bad you are not teaching your children to do some research and think for themselves. In reality, the only ones a black man truly needs to fear is other black men, they are far more likely to do you (or anyone else) harm than any other human being you will encounter on a daily basis.

    Seems that DT wasn’t always so “deplorable”…..


    • Diet dee

      You kind of prove authors piont. Dt was just a rich guy who liked attention. Years later he would ride the Birther Movement to the Presidency. He said things shocking things that no politician should be able to say and the base loved it.

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  • latinman316

    …”and that the president’s allies “have watched racial pornography, describing black America as pathological.”…
    The nightly news?

  • The Scotsman

    Blacks are some of the worst racists and bigots on the planet.

  • Warp Speed

    Racism fostered by a true racist.

  • Clyde Fromfelter

    total trash….. Sad that such a warped and cynical person is allowed to teach at an american university let alone be allowed to pass his bigoted hatred to the next generation. With black people like him, there will never be good race relations and Dr King’s vision will never become a reality. Donald Trump is not a racist and his actions prove that. Not the made up liberal stories but the factual record of his employees and business decisions. You need professional psychological help. You are truly a sick indivigual that makes all black men suspect.

  • Teresa Barrett

    I believe the chasm between the races began in 2008, with the election of Obama, not with Trumps election. Obama encouraged black groups (BLM, NAACP, etc) to distrust whites, especially police officers, despite when black youths were killed by police, the shooters were exonerated. Obama came out on the side of black criminals before even getting the whole truth.
    Here’s my truth. I have black friends, but When I see black youths in a group(in retail) I follow them because almost 90%of the theft I’ve seen has been committed by blacks. When people waiting in line get loud and irate, they are almost always black. The stereotypical black youth or woman is played out day after day by actual behavior. Thats how stereotypes get started, they behavior is seen over and over.
    I have never said an unkind word to a black person, or committed any act of violence against one. If this racist POS professor wants to teach his kids to hate, that’s ok by me. Just a few more blacks I won’t have to deal with!

  • Ploni Almoni

    Why does he have a job at Yeshiva U?