Left-wing writers are taking the victim narrative to a new level this week, decrying “straight black men” as the “white people of black people.”
In a column for The Root’s “Very Smart Brothas,” writer Damon Young accused straight black men of having the “type of privilege created for and protected by whiteness.” Black men, while victims of the white man’s oppressiveness, are the oppressors of the nonheterosexual/male black person.
“We’re the ones for whom the first black president created an entire initiative to assist and uplift,” Young, a black man, wrote. “We’re the ones whose beatings and deaths at the hands of the police galvanize the community in a way that the beatings and sexual assaults and deaths that those same police inflict upon black women do not. We’re the ones whose mistreatment inspired a boycott of the NFL despite the NFL’s long history of mishandling and outright ignoring far worse crimes against black women.”
According to Young, straight black men are overrepresented in social justice circles and racism counters, when black girls and women are facing the same racism, if not more. “Making things worse,” he noted, white people aren’t believing black women and girls when they say they are being oppressed, like they believe black men.
“They’re met with the same doubts,” he wrote. “The same resistance. The same questions. They are not believed in the (predominantly white) world or in their (predominantly black) communities.”
Young’s article got him widespread criticism on social media from both conservatives and progressives:
I wonder if it ever gets tiring always thinking like this pic.twitter.com/x7b6d4T3gg
— Alex "Squee" Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) September 20, 2017
Even self-described progressive blacks are now criticizing the writer:
With this essay Damon Young proves he's NOT a very smart brotha. He's obviously blissfully unaware of Dr. Tommy Curry's book "The Man-Not."
— Duane Deterville (@duanedeterville) September 20, 2017
I've gotten several request on this article. It's gibberish based on the basic data. Either we're all black… https://t.co/amyou59oj5
— Antonio Moore (@tonetalks) September 20, 2017
I dont think straight people are THAT bad to be the white people of black people… i think thats bit of a reach.. pic.twitter.com/God7tZRZ5s
— YOUR BITCH AT 29 (@Keefosabe) September 20, 2017
One critic even accused black people who believe Young’s article of being “nothing more than an engine of white ideology”:
Young’s controversial takes on the “Very Smart Brothas” blog are nothing new. In August, the writer published a piece criticizing “polite white people” for being “useless” to social justice.
“They provide no value, they move no needles, they carry no weight (metaphysically and literally) and they ultimately just get in the way,” he wrote.