Lancet: The Only Way to Stop Racism Is ‘to Eliminate Whiteness All Together’

Lancet: The Only Way to Stop Racism Is ‘to Eliminate Whiteness All Together’
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The once prestigious Lancet medical journal has published a bizarre book review asserting that “white Americans continue to mobilize to maintain or extend the exclusive advantages whiteness offers those who can become white.”

The Lancet selected Rhea W. Boyd, a Minority Health Policy Fellow at Harvard’s School of Public Health, to review a 2019 book called Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan Metzl, whose thesis is that “right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences — even for the white voters they promise to help.”

In his book, Metzl argues that white mortality is up in the United States ever since the 2016 election of Donald Trump, since in order to “maintain an imagined place atop a racial hierarchy,” white Americans who harbor “racial resentment” support policies that seem to limit the freedoms or resources available to non-whites, even though such decisions threaten their own wellbeing as well.

“From expansive gun legislation to broad divestment in government programmes, Metzl characterises white liberties that endanger white lives or imperil white futures as ‘dying of whiteness,’” Boyd observes.

While in her review Boyd fundamentally agrees with Metzl’s contentions, she believes that he is too soft on whites by attributing whites’ self-destructive white political actions to “racial resentment,” which “erases white agency through emotional euphemism.”

“At times, Metzl artfully articulates and historicises the racist origins of white interest in firearm fanaticism and ‘small government’ politics,” Boyd writes. “At others, he turns to ‘racial anxieties,’ racially charged ‘fears,’ or ‘racial resentment’ to describe white people’s political investment in white racial dominance.”

Boyd decries the “common practice” of mis-attributing “white self-destruction and violence to psychological states” or obscuring “the impacts of defending whiteness through emotional euphemisms.”

Drivers of white mortality such as suicide, chronic liver disease, and drug and alcohol poisoning have been described as “diseases of despair,” Boyd notes, while they should be classified as “diseases of disproportionate opportunity (to wield firearms) and access (to prescription opiates).”

The real focus should not be on “mental illness,” “distress,” or “white fragility” underlying increasing white mortality, she contends, but rather on the fundamental “legacy of death in whiteness’s wake.”

It is a mistake — she asserts — to “assert that resentment, despair, or any emotion that arises from being ‘left behind’ accounts for white Americans’ self-destructive actions, violent politics, or declining population health.”

The real population that has been left behind are blacks, she argues, but the difference is that blacks have consistently supported policies that benefit everyone while whites only support policies that benefit themselves.

 

And so, “despite suffering at every turn of every decade of every century in this nation, generations of Black Americans have sought political reforms that expand electoral participation, increase government protections, and extend public resources beyond their individual or group benefit,” she claims.

Reading between the lines, it seems clear that Boyd believes that the big government policies adopted by the Democrat party benefit the entire population, whereas policies enacted by the GOP only benefit whites.

Thus, she asserts that New Deal politics “forged the greatest advances in social benefits the USA has ever known — from social security and home loan assistance to the administrative precursors to welfare.”

Therefore, “scholars, the media, and the public” have failed to understand “the evolving ways white Americans continue to mobilise to maintain or extend the exclusive advantages whiteness offers those who can become white, even as those advantages place them in increasing proximity to death.”

The simple fact is that “despair isn’t killing white America, the armed defence of whiteness is,” she writes. Thus, death “is the inevitable consequence of the full realisation of structural racism and the exclusive rights and resources it offers those who can become white,” she continues.

Boyd goes on to propose a theory would challenge even the most race-obsessed, in part because it lacks any kind of rational intelligibility.

“For humans to use whiteness to manufacture access and privilege,” Boyd suggests, “they must engineer scarcity and loss. This entanglement between access and scarcity, privilege and loss, means white people’s unearned advantages have always been tethered to a legacy of untold deaths.”

Despite his noble efforts to understand the evils of structural white racism, Boyd suggests, Metzl fails because he anchors it to an emotional foundation, which leads him to conclude that more healthy and self-reflective frameworks of structural whiteness are needed.

In reality, Boyd concludes, the only real solution “is to eliminate whiteness all together.”

The fact that some people think this way is frightening enough. That the Lancet, which once represented serious medical journalism, would decide to publish it points to a devastating deterioration of the institutional academy as reasoned discourse gives way to incoherent ranting.

 

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    MakeReady · 13 days ago
    Years back .......a politician said it best ......."dark skinned people are easier to control , they aren't as smart."
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    MakeReady · 13 days ago
    Yup .....there is VERY little racism in the U.S. AND if it weren't for politicians demonrats specifically there would be less than that.........the demonrat politician bastards perpetuate the "racial" conflict to keep the people diverted from the demonrat evils. Hang the demonrats and watch all the problems go away. Looks like from the other comments folks have it figured out .......the entire political system NEEDS to be "washed".
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      Charles Yearwood · 13 days ago
      Rapid, agreed about the cause of the problem. Anyone who plays the race card against me will have trouble on their hands. Like Copperhead said, there's nothing wrong with being white.. We're not the problem out there. The democraps are.
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    Charles Yearwood · 13 days ago
    colleges have increasingly turned against white males in particular. White males would be better off avoiding college altogether now.
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    Eric S. · 13 days ago
    The Demonrats want to eliminate Whites! Pure Racism, evil and immoral. Simple as that. What we need is to stomp out radical immoral behavior.
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      Charles Yearwood · 13 days ago
      Eric, we need to ban democraps, er, democrats. There, a lot of problems solved.
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    Judson Prescott · 13 days ago
    Perhaps the Lancet should stick to Medicine rather than opinion. Whites directing policies that only benefit Whites is absurd. Whites, along with other peoples of color do pay for the social programs
    that benefit poor and under-privileged individuals but this group needs to take personal responsibility for their own health and well being. I believe that more Whites are on drugs and suffer homelessness here in the west than other minority groups so the Lancet's point of view is skewed by political motives or the need to publish. (In Academia it is required that tenured professors publish research papers in order to maintain their tenure.). All citizens have access to the political system but if they fail to educate themselves (Ocaso Cortez) or become corrupt against their constituency (Maxine Waters who does not even live in her legislative district but Hancock Park/ Beverly Hills ). Dr. Metzl augment for the completeness of the individual is a self directed activity of the subject person and "Whites" or White policies have very little effect on the determined individual. Even the ant know to shelter from the winter frost, but so many Americans live like it is an endless summer. Some day the wealth of the "Whites" will run out and they will not be able to support the programs that have for generation fed and clothed the poor. If a person's "culture" is so vile, is it any wonder they get discriminated against and other's who don't share the same "culture" move away, which only concentrates the problems. It not a "White" problem.
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    Thomas N. Kuss II · 13 days ago
    What's Scary is the Stupidity Demonstrated by those in Charge of Higher Education... "A Bunch of Idiots disrupting Our Children!" You would discover with serious research Racism is a Ploy, created and designed, by Russian Intelligence to wreck havoc amongst American Society. They (Russians) have achieved their Goals well beyond their Wildest Dreams... Their (Russians) main focal point of Operations is through the Democratic Party, whom are "Complete Fools bordering on Insanity."
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    Charles Yearwood · 13 days ago
    If the "minorities" would stop their illegitimate campaign against white people they'll have nothing to fear.
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    Charles Yearwood · 13 days ago
    Check out their profiles on Wikipedia. Very interesting.
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    Grim · 13 days ago
    The *advantages* of being white can be attributed to the fact, that it's the race of people who most believe in faithfully following God, loving their country and families, engaging in independent thought and earning ones own way in life. The reason whites have been designated for extermination, is that the fundamentals which define the majority of the white race are incompatible with Satan's goals for this nation and world.
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      Charles Yearwood · 13 days ago
      Grim, Copperhead, and Robert Lyda, you're preaching to the choir with me. I know anti-white propaganda when I see it. I know how to see right through people like the ones who wrote the bokk and article. The only real racism out there is RACISM AIMED AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE COMING FROM THE MINORITIES. If they're looking for trouble they'll find it. Let them play with fire and they WILL get burned.
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    Copperhead · 13 days ago
    It's OK to be white.
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    Robert Lyda · 13 days ago
    Lancet is sounding racist!