Much to the chagrin of the unduly passionate, black women just aren’t always on the right side of history. After all, how is it even possible that the terminally deluded have to do the dirty work of seizing the microphone lest they be complicit?
There was just a major ruckus at this event with prominent African-American leaders that are supporting Mayor @PeteButtigieg. People who appear to be from Black Live Matter stole the mic from councilwoman Sharon McBride pic.twitter.com/OpONPL3bo5
— Max Lewis (@MaxLewisTV) December 4, 2019
As Robby Soave explains at Reason, even black women elected to office are subject to being silenced when they just don’t get it.
Sharon McBride, a black member of city council and who supports Buttigieg’s bid, was there to push back against the notion that black people disapprove of the mayor.
Her remarks were interrupted by protesters affiliated with Black Lives Matter. One of the protesters, who appeared to be a white man, marched to the front of the room, seized the microphone from McBride, and started haranguing the audience.
“Who chose these people as black leaders?” the activist asked. “Who organized this? Why are we talking about Pete Buttigieg? What kind of nonsense is this?”
He then led protesters in a chant of “this is a farce.”
There was one woman in the audience who decided to stand up for Black Lives Matter in her own way, but others stopped her before she brought her cane down on this nutjob’s head. The ironies of this scenario are beyond compare, as this apparently white man silenced a black woman who was blacking all wrong.
But this wasn’t the first time an unduly passionate ally seized the mic.
Is this a reflection of the craziness that’s consumed the unduly passionate in their embrace of their duty to fight for their cause? Is this the breakdown of norms, that audience members don’t seize the stage, and with it the narrative, when the people others came to hear aren’t saying what they want them to say?
Notably, both of these instances involve white men seizing a microphone from black women, which is particularly inexplicable given their putative ideological causes. If they believe in identity politics, Black Lives Matter, progressive ideology, is it not incumbent upon them to shut up and listen? Yet, not only do they find that impossible, but in their twisted imaginations, believe it their duty to disrupt the invited speech, steal the mic so they can spew whatever they would do better telling their therapist once the Thorazine kicks in, and silence the person of a race and gender they’ve dedicated their lives to defend.
How does this work?
The episode highlights the hypocrisy of many intersectional activists (a major theme of my book Panic Attack). They often claim that the marginalized are the sole experts on their own oppression and thus are the only people allowed to speak on issues related to it; white people, they say, should step back and let black people talk about racism. But in practice, few activists can keep quiet while someone else is touting a candidate the activist perceives to be insufficiently radical.
Perhaps there are no candidates ideologically pure enough for the most passionate believers, and between “the sky is falling” and “they must do something,” they can justify any action to further their truth, no matter whose hands were on the mic before them. Or perhaps every group has its nutjobs, incapable of impulse control and suffering from some undiagnosed or untreated mental illness that prevents them from grasping the significance of what they’re doing.
But regardless, there is an acceptance of the idea that anyone, no matter how nuts, rude or inappropriate, is entitled to speak “their truth,” even if it means some random nutjob, whose words no one came to hear, gets to seize the mic from a black woman, an elected official, a presidential candidate,
From the nutjobs’ point of view, they’re fighting existential crises, which, if true, would justify going to any lengths to save humanity, the planet, whatever. As the cry of existential crises is one that pervades many of the issues on the left, actions like this not only make sense, but are likely to happen with greater regularity and be forgiven more readily.
It’s a shame they held back the woman with the cane at Buttigieg’s event, as she, more than anyone, reflected black lives mattering.