Critics slammed the Washington Post for a video that talked about “white racial identity” and encouraged people to join “white accountability groups” in order to combat racism.
Journalist Megyn Kelly said in a tweet that “the Washington Post is racist.”
The Washington Post is racist. https://t.co/APaTwpm7K7
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 22, 2021
“Is this what the @washingtonpost had in mind when it told us ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness’?” asked Fox Business Network senior correspondent Charles Gasparino. (RELATED: Is Critical Race Theory Really Just ‘Racial Sensitivity Training’?)
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) June 22, 2021
Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a prominent critic of critical race theory, said the Post wants to “defend race essentialism.”
“It all makes sense now: the Washington Post published a 3,000-word fake hitpiece against me because they really want to defend race essentialism and ‘White racial identity,'” Rufo said. “I’m fighting against race supremacy; the Washington Post wants to install it everywhere.”
It all makes sense now: the Washington Post published a 3,000-word fake hitpiece against me because they really want to defend race essentialism and “White racial identity.”
I’m fighting against race supremacy; the Washington Post wants to install it everywhere. pic.twitter.com/Ag4vLf4p8A
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) June 21, 2021
“This is a very strange pseudoreligious movement that is likely to do more harm than good,” wrote author Jesse Singal.
This is a very strange pseudoreligious movement that is likely to do more harm than goodhttps://t.co/M52JnruJvk
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) June 21, 2021
Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio called the Washington Post video “the new Marxism.”
The old Marxism forced the “bourgeoisie” to be re-educated
The new Marxism calls for “white accountability groups” to go through a “period of deep shame” to better understand “your whiteness & the ways that white supremacy benefits you.”https://t.co/vFe3NkWEOz
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 22, 2021
Freelance commentary writer Drew Holden said that video is “so much worse” than he initially thought it would be.
“Okay I assumed that WaPo video couldn’t be as bad as people were saying but I watched it and it is so much worse, to a point where I can’t even describe it,” Holden said.
Okay I assumed that WaPo video couldn’t be as bad as people were saying but I watched it and it is so much worse, to a point where I can’t even describe it. Just watch: https://t.co/KtHsQftZ1n
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) June 21, 2021
Derek Thompson, a writer at The Atlantic, slammed the idea of “whites-only” groups.
these activists are literally asking white ppl to form whites-only “accountability groups” to meet regularly and indefinitely (“lifelong project”!) to talk about the power of their whiteness and this is supposedly a strategy to IMPROVE racial comity and integration
— Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) June 21, 2021
The show, titled “The New Normal,” brought in mental health experts to discuss “whiteness.” Author and trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem, professor and psychologist Rebecca Toporek, crisis interventionist Kelsey Arias and trauma therapist Ilyse Kennedy talked about “how deeply rooted racism is” into their “everyday thought process,” said that “white people have got to start getting together specifically around race,” and said that “there is a period of deep shame for being white.”