Billings Montana #BLM Book Club Teaching “Capitalism is Racism”


Capitalism is racism. That’s the message of How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram Kendi, the first book chosen by the new Billings book club sponsored by BIPOC Lives Matter. “BIPOC” is an acronym used by those who are trying to build an Intersectional coalition that’s broader than just the black community, and stands for “Black, Indigenous, People of Color” and is used in locations with prominent Native American groups who organizers desire to manipulate and incite.

According to Lee Enterprises, the new book club in Billings, Montana will “facilitate racial justice education and discourse in Billings.”

Kendi, the author of its first selection, is a black nationalist and proudly Marxist activist who presents capitalism and innately racist. Kendi dedicated an entire chapter to capitalism and its evils in the book, claiming, “Capitalism is essentially racist. Racism is essentially capitalist.”

Ibram Kendi

Kendi argues that society needs to move to a Marxist control of resources by the national government in order to defeat racism, which is inherently tied – in his opinion – to the free market. But as pointed out by Coleman Hughes, a black man and critic of Kendi, his argumentation trying to tie capitalism to racism is shallow and bereft of facts.

Hughes writes in his criticsm of How to Be an Anti-Racist (entitled appropriately How to Be an Anti-Intellectual), “I can think of several historical examples in which capitalism inspired anti-racism. The most famous is the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case, when a profit-hungry railroad company––upset that legally mandated segregation meant adding costly train cars––teamed up with a civil rights group to challenge racial segregation. Nor was that case unique. Privately owned bus and trolley companies in the Jim Crow South “frequently resisted segregation” because ‘separate cars and sections’ were ‘too expensive,’ according to one scholarly paper on the subject.”

But the Marxist author cannot be bothered with facts when making his assertions. As Hughes explains, “History offers little evidence that capitalism is either inherently racist or antiracist. As a result, Kendi must resort to cherry-picking data to demonstrate a link. Citing a Pew article, he asserts that the ‘Black unemployment rate has been at least twice as high as the White unemployment rate for the last fifty years” because of the “conjoined twins” of racism and capitalism. But why limit the analysis to the past 50 years? A paper cited in the same Pew article reveals that the black-white unemployment gap was ‘small or nonexistent before 1940,’ when America was arguably more capitalist—and certainly more racist.”

He continues, “Kendi also cherry-picks his data when discussing race and health. He laments that blacks are more likely than whites to have Alzheimer’s disease, but neglects to mention that whites are more likely to die from it, according to the latest mortality data from the Center for Disease Control. In the same vein, he correctly notes that blacks are more likely than whites to die of prostate cancer and breast cancer, but does not include the fact that blacks are less likely than whites to die of esophageal cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, ovarian cancer, bladder cancer, brain cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and leukemia. Of course, it should not be a competition over which race is more likely to die of which disease––but that’s precisely my point. By selectively citing data that show blacks suffering more than whites, Kendi turns what should be a unifying, race-neutral battle ground––namely, humanity’s fight against deadly diseases––into another proxy battle in the War on Racism.”

In the book, Kendi actually argues it’s good to discriminate against whites because it will lead to racial equality.

Speaking of Affirmative Action, policies that discriminate against white people or those with majority status in order to favor those with minority status, Kendi writes, “The defining question is whether the discrimination is creating equity or inequity. If discrimination is creating equity, then it is antiracist. If discrimination is creating inequity, then it is racist. . . . The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”

Do the fine people of Billings, who most all are against racial bigotry, know that the BIPOC Racial Justice Book Club is explicitly promoting discrimination against white people in the name of being “anti-racist” and seeking to dismantle capitalism? While promoting the the Commie Book Club with thousands of dollars in free advertising, why is the Billings Gazette not providing a single word of caution or piece of fair-minded information about what the book teaches?

For an extensive review of the anti-capitalism trome, click here.


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