Washington Post blasted for video urging ‘white accountability groups’

The Washington Post is being blasted for “promulgating ignorant neoracist nonsense” for posting a podcast video wherein specialists inspired white individuals to create “accountability groups” — with a view to undergo a “period of deep shame.”

The paper launched the video on Friday as a part of its “The New Normal” collection in a section titled “What is White Racial Identity and Why Is It Important?”

In the episode, a number of mental-health specialists and students mentioned the “understanding your whiteness and the ways that white supremacy benefits you,” Fox News reported.

One of the methods they instructed to “understand whiteness” included becoming a member of or creating “white accountability groups,” in keeping with the information outlet.

Resmaa Menakem, an creator and trauma specialist, mentioned: “[A]n antiracist culture does not exist among white people. White people need to start getting together specifically around race.”

He added that such teams may have to satisfy over a number of years to finish up with a neighborhood “aligned with each other.”

"The New Normal" title card.
“What is White Racial Identity and Why Is It Important?” was launched as a part of The Washington Post’s “The New Normal” collection.
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Rebecca Toporek, a professor within the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University, mentioned accountability teams “are really helpful in terms of having a place to process, having a group of people whose responsibility it is to call me on things, or to challenge me.”

Texas-based trauma counselor Ilyse Kennedy added that whites wanted a “period of deep shame for being white and for acknowledging the harm that our ancestors have caused,” Fox News reported.

The podcast additionally insisted that irrespective of how a lot effort is put into being “anti-racist,” there isn’t any finish to white accountability – and an Oklahoma lady featured within the video mentioned: “No matter how much you work on that there’s still almost even more work to be done.”

Behind the scenes shot of host Nicole Ellis' interview with Deepak Chopra.
Behind the scenes shot of “The New Normal” host Nicole Ellis’ interview with Deepak Chopra.
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“The New Normal” host Nicole Ellis, who launched the video by saying that it’s about “white racial identity,” mentioned that George Floyd’s dying marked the “first time that white people were becoming aware of their whiteness — and the systemic ways that white supremacy affects all of us,” The Post Millennial reported.

Menakem mentioned: “Racism, racialism, white physique supremacy isn’t episodic, it’s structural.

The psychotherapist — who wrote “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies — added: “Remember that there were thousands of George Floyds before the one that you say. Your bodily response to this horror, right, is not the same thing as you dealing with the structural aspects of this.”

Washington Post office building.
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Toporek mentioned that “white people in particular get aroused, get upset, say ‘this is unjust, this isn’t right, this is shouldn’t happen.’ There’s like an awakening that happens. And so part of their racial identity development is seeing that awakening. What they do with it is really the next piece of it.”

She defined that “exploring white racial identity” is in truth “a life-long process.”

“Part of the structure of racism … is to keep us from recognizing that racism is part of our daily lives,” Toporek mentioned, The Post Millennial reported.

“So it’s a longer term process of looking at your understanding of yourself in the world, both historically but also contextually. Also the family you live in, the community you live in, and what role whiteness plays in that,” she mentioned.

The video was lambasted in social media, the place customers assailed its blatant assault on white individuals – with many mentioning that the content material resembled a type of “religion.”

“Washington Post urges white people to feel ‘shame,’ to self-segregate into ‘white accountability groups,’” proper wing Malaysian commentator Ian Miles Chong said in a tweet.

Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow on the conservative think-tank the Manhattan Institute, wrote: “It all is smart now: the Washington Post printed a 3,000-word faux hitpiece towards me as a result of they actually wish to defend race essentialism and ‘White racial identity.’

He added: “I’m fighting against race supremacy; the Washington Post wants to install it everywhere.”

In a separate tweet, he wrote: “The game is that they want to create an essentialized racial category (‘whiteness’), load it with negative connotations, then impose it on individuals through guilt, shame, and school indoctrination. This approach is reductive, manipulative, and malicious. Don’t fall for it.”

Rufo urged individuals to not “let institutions like the Washington Post manufacture racism, divide us from one another, and tear this country apart. The elites want to move us into racial retrograde. It’s up to us to fight back, build a shared culture, and unite around a common purpose.”

Brooklyn-based journalist Jesse Singal referred to as it a “very strange pseudoreligious movement that is likely to do more harm than good.”

He said in a tweet that “one of many WaPo sources is Resmaa Menakem, a proponent of Somatic Abolitionism, which holds that ‘Nearly all our bodies — bodies of all colors — are infected by the virus of white-body supremacy.’

“Luckily, his trainings ($350+/day for ‘white bodies’) offer hope for treatment,” Singal added.

Twitter consumer @AGHamilton29 mentioned the video was “propagating ignorant neoracist nonsense. It’s really astonishing the extent to which this stuff is becoming mainstream and normalized, especially by the press.”

He wrote: “These views are legitimately harmful and backwards. They shouldn’t be normalized and they certainly should not be forced on young kids via public education that is funded by taxpayers. Parents have every right to be concerned and want to step in.”

The consumer added: “Defenders keep playing this game of saying ‘well that’s not really critical race theory’ (despite some proponents identifying it as CRT) and ignoring the evidence that it is being injected into education without actually engaging the real substance of the concerns.”

And consumer @tmazz929 mentioned “it’s like a bizarre new religion.”

“They have their own language, their idea of original sins (whiteness), and seeking redemption through ‘doing the work’ to understand race issues. It’s a disconnect from the reality 99% of Americans live in,” he wrote.

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