This verified Morgan Freeman says he’s a TV producer, filmmaker, and radical justice advocate, and he’s horning in on Ibram X. Kendi’s lucrative territory by instructing us all on the first steps toward being “anti-racist.”
Being “anti-racist” starts by admitting “whiteness” is a disease.
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) May 16, 2022
But what is “whiteness” (in scare quotes)?
“Whiteness” is a dominant cultural space with enormous political significance, with the purpose to keep others on the margin.
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) May 16, 2022
We actually sort of appreciate what he’s done here by defining “whiteness,” because people have tried before with lesser results.
We think we were first alerted to the specter of whiteness back in 2019, with this slide showing characteristics of white supremacy:
Nailed it. pic.twitter.com/tMLjEbzaxv
— Anna Jane Joyner (@annajanejoyner) April 30, 2019
We did some digging and found that these characteristics of white supremacy culture were drawn from an often-cited 2001 study by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, who came up with a workbook entitled, “Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups.”
Next, we saw the works of Jones and Okun turn up at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture, which provided an exhibit on whiteness and white culture. The one that said that “rugged individualism,” the nuclear family, and an emphasis on the scientific method were characteristics of whiteness? (They took it down after the backlash.)
So we have this 2001 study which a lot of people have relied on, especially in those Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops you’ve had to sit through at work. And the purpose of those workshops is to have white people recognize their whiteness and the effect it has on marginalized groups.
So, yeah, whiteness is a thing now, and it’s toxic. That’s why groups like Black Lives Matter want to “disrupt” the nuclear family. See, people of color live in communities more than they do families. “It Takes a Village”?
Anyway, Freeman says we have to start by admitting that whiteness is a dis
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) May 16, 2022
I know I posted this a few months ago, but this is still how you see yourself, Morgan. pic.twitter.com/4IFZOM0Zmh
— Kristoff ‘Kit’ Sorrenson 🇩🇰🇬🇧🇺🇦 (@KristoffSorren1) May 16, 2022
Morgan Freeman has always been pretty chilled about race, so I was surprised to read this. Then I looked closer and saw it’s not THE Morgan Freeman but rather a white guy speaking for black people (again!). So I didn’t take it too seriously.
— bluebaboon (@yogamonkey2) May 16, 2022
That’s one of the most racist ideas I’ve ever seen.
— J.G. Petruna (@jgpetruna) May 16, 2022
Imagine calling an entire race of people a disease and still believing you’re on the right side of history.
— OhNyo (@OhNyo69) May 16, 2022
No, being white isn’t bad in itself; you just have to recognize your whiteness and work beyond it.
Virtue signaled ✅
— UNREAL (@realitytrashcan) May 16, 2022
Honest question: when you typed this tweet, who did you think it would convince that “‘whiteness’ is a disease”, and do you believe it successfully convinced those people of that argument?
— Claas Felcuss Turinoti (@LegereTacite) May 16, 2022
It’s baffling how this approach seems to alienate rather than illuminate. What a mystery.
— Optimus Subprime (@NotaBot_Rollout) May 16, 2022
Wonder what the early life section will reveal pic.twitter.com/HbFYnNNnqr
— ❄️ forever (@E_Creator) May 16, 2022
Liberalism is a disease. Not humans.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) May 16, 2022
Act on it, share your remedies. Once you are cured, then you can be useful.
— Martinović Guerre (@red_bulldust) May 16, 2022
I believe this is what you’re looking for. pic.twitter.com/W6rxcDn7i2
— Typhon Lephart (@TyphonLephart) May 16, 2022
If only white people understood what the anti-racists are asking of them, which is pretty much the dismantling of society as we know it. There’s a reason the Black Lives Matter co-founders called themselves “trained Marxists.”
P.S. That “Healing From Internalized Whiteness” slide we’re using alongside this post is 100 percent real.
Nation’s largest defense contractor sent executives to three-day training to deconstruct their ‘white male culture’ https://t.co/M7I6tQ760g
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 27, 2021