I discovered that if one googles "white racial consciousness" you will find many articles praising it and encouraging more of it–the vast majority not from right-wing white nationalists, but from progressive academics, who somehow think this is a good thing that leads to positive social outcomes. The idea seems to be that if you make people more conscious of their whiteness, they will recognize their white privilege, and this will lead them to be allies in the cause of anti-racism.That ship has sailed, I am afraid.
I suppose this should not come as a shock. Back in 1991, I saw the late Professor Derrick Bell, a well-known Critical Race Theorist from Harvard Law School, talk about how proud he was that he got his students, including a specific Jewish woman, who did not think of themselves as white, to recognize and become much more conscious of their whiteness.
What strikes me about this literature is how it ignores what seems to me to be the obvious dangers of encouraging a majority of the population to emphasize and internalize a racial identity, and, moreover, to think of themselves as having racial interests opposed to those of the non-white population.
The non-white political groups have gone fully anti-white. The famous Ibram X. Kendi book starts:
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.That's right. He wants more goodies for Blacks by discriminating against Whites.
There is no political room for race neutrality anymore. Kendi says you are either a racist or an antiracist. And they are really the same thing, as they are just advocating for one's own race.
It is surely true that a lot of White do not identify as White, until they see that they want no part of the White-hating leftist activism of today.