At Yale, a black student falling asleep in the common room is apparently cause for alarm. Some might be shocked that such a thing would happen at a “progressive” Ivy League institution, especially Yale! But this incident is just another example of the kind of white-liberal hypocrisy I’ve seen among the academic elites, and I’m sure they can be found among the privileged whites everywhere.
As reported by GMA and many other outlets, Lolade Siyonbola, a black female Yale student, fell asleep in a common room of her dorm while working on a paper. Having been a grad student at LSE myself, I can tell you this is not unusual at all. I can remember around term paper time at UNF also seeing a student passed out on a bench, or a couch on campus.
Lily White Liberalism
It’s nothing new. Looking briefly into history, I get that term “Lily White” from the old Republicans. They were happy to be the party of Lincoln; the party that “freed the slaves.” But that didn’t mean they had to mix with “the negro”. The Lily White Republicans were those who wanted to keep blacks at the bottom of the Republican Party establishment. The old liberal Republicans loved to stand in judgement of the white south, for all the backwards and bluntly racist ways of our ancestors. But they always kept blacks at arm’s length, and had no problem engaging in more subtle forms of discrimination than was practiced in the Jim Crow south.
The Lily White Liberal of today is more likely to be a Democrat. They speak progressivism and denounce the “racism” of the anti-PCers, especially in the south, with one side of their split tongues. They’ll denounce “white privilege” while they themselves are far more privileged than most of the whites they condemn. In their position of power and prestige, they have the privilege of being able to decide what is “racist”, what is “offensive”, etc. From the highest echelons of academia, they can even invent new sexual orientations and gender identities.
But while they speak of diversity, they won’t touch the average black American with a 10 foot pole. These people have thin skin. Is it any surprise that the same delicate little white snowflakes who can’t handle a little dissenting opinions, likewise can’t stand to be around people who look so different from them? The snowflake who called the police on sleeping Lolade Siyonbola; she actually called 9-1-1!
Salt-of-the-Earth Americans Have Racial Tensions Too
I can’t speak for the whole country, but here in the South, we’ve come a long way since Jim Crow. The best way to describe race relations today is that we are over racism on the surface, but so much of it is still deeply embedded in our habits. The tensions are there. The average white person in the south wants peace and integration with our black neighbors. We see each other at work, at restaurants, ball games, sometimes even at church. We get along well on the surface. But beneath it all, it’s our black brothers and sisters who live in fear that being in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong cop, might just be their death. Beyond that, there’s just the everyday prejudices people have.
Let’s keep it real. It’s too easy for the average black male to be perceived as a “thug”. Sure, they can dress really nice one day and make people more comfortable. But it’s harder for them to relax in public outside of historically segregated areas. I don’t say this as a “that’s how it should be”. I think it’s terrible! But we don’t change things by not acknowledging them in the first place.
Lily Whites Thrive On This
Yale is already denouncing the aforementioned incident with Lolade Siyonbola, and will likely follow with yet more political correctness, more condescension, and more non-solutions. Meanwhile, in the far more moderate, far less politically charged University of North Florida; life goes on. Nobody thinks anything of the black girl who nodded off in the computer room cramming for exams or whatever. Nobody thinks anything of the red neck with the little Confederate Battle Flag sticker on his back pack. But Lily Whites won’t stand for that.
The very same kinds of people who called the police on Lolade Siyonbola will be the first to denounce that little Confederate Battle Flag sticker. They’ll denounce it faster than the young black law student who plans to work for the NAACP! In fact, they’ll make sure that young black law student is within ear shot when they denounce it, but they’ll politely decline said black law student’s invitation to have lunch together later.
These are whites in the tradition of Andrew Turnbull, the British planter who settled in Florida, but was appalled at African slavery. He wasn’t appalled because of any compassion for the Africans. No. He was appalled at how whites and blacks mixes so much where slavery was practiced. He was appalled at the mixed race children who were produced under such a system. So, he decided to bring indentured servants to Florida (St Augustine area) from the Mediterranean. He didn’t care for them either, but abhorred their olive skin tones far less than the black skin tones of African slaves. Turnbull made a raw deal with people largely from Menorca*, but treated them worse than slaves. Many of them died under the appalling labor conditions, and those that survived had to demand and force Turnbull to live up to his end of the agreement when their indentured servitude was up.
Andrew Turnbull was the original Lily White Liberal, and now they are many, and they thrive on racial tension as much today as they did in colonial times.
*If you ever make it to St. Augustine, I hope you’ll get to experience some of the culinary influence of the Menorcans. There are still many residents today of strong Menorcan heritage, and they’ve really enriched the local cuisine. Mmmm, Menorcan stew…