Profiles in privilege

Many people in American society who promote socialist, Marxist and other totalitarian ideas want to deprive us of confidence, spirit and freedom. They discourage or deter positive attitudes by promoting victimology, “social justice,” and gender politics. Some women seem especially prone to impose their personal problems negatively on the rest of society—they call themselves feminists. Typically, they are blatant hypocrites and do not practice what they “preach.”

Dr. Mike Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, has spent years exposing these subversives now firmly entrenched in most of our American institutions of higher education. Unfortunately, they continue to push their biased, negative and wrong ideas into the confused minds of our easily intimidated and already mostly leftist- indoctrinated young people. (See Link below.)

Recently, I noticed a letter to the editorial board of the Wilmington StarNews by a female UNCW professor in the Sociology and Criminology Department. (Letter below) She wrote about a political revolt that took place nearly 120 years ago here in Wilmington between Northern carpetbaggers, scalawags and freed Negroes, and the native population.

During the past more than 20 years I have lived here Black activists, StarNews staff and university faculty have promoted a distorted view of this event and continue to agitate for “reconciliation” and reparations. They assume that nothing has changed since 1898 and that the native residents were wrong in taking back their government badly corrupted by armed, ignorant and hateful occupiers.

The UNCW faculty feminist (a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) used the same propaganda repeated by these people in past decades to spread guilt and culpability among the current white residents:  “It is time for Wilmington to have a truth and reconciliation commission to address our history and current challenges with racial injustice,” she wrote.

I’ve not seen any evidence of “racial injustice” in Wilmington. What is this woman talking about? In fact our white ruling class has gone out of its way to placate local Black activists.

Several years ago there was a “truth” commission made up of a select, biased group that revised the actual eye-witness history of the 1898 Revolution that has been repeated often in apocryphal accounts. Ms. UNCW continues the false indictment… “about our painful history of white supremacist ideologies and the inherited privilege that is conferred upon white citizens at the painful expense of people of color.” This is classic Marxist hype designed to agitate animosity between classes of people.

Ironically, Ms. UNCW is very white in complexion, and she’s had an “inherited” privileged life, based on her picture and biography at the UNCW website.

Furthermore, I doubt if this woman has any true understanding of Southern history. Apparently, her family lived in Maine and she was educated in other New England states—where, likely, she was indoctrinated with radical tales of the evil Southerners.

Also revealing, she describes her life as a “victim of domestic violence and sexual assault.” In my opinion her chosen life experiences have left her with a warped view of reality that, sadly, she now has an opportunity to pass on to young people.

Her areas of interest include “Social Justice,” “Feminist Perspectives on Justice,” “Restorative Justice” (whatever that is?) and “Violence Against Women.” She teaches “Victimology” and “Social Justice.”

Woe to the innocent students exposed to her biases on “extreme poverty amidst opulent wealth,” “wealthy people living in mansions…throwing away food,” “migrant workers,” “radicalized inequality,” “back-breaking labor,””gender inequality,” and “racism and economic inequality”; all of which have strongly influenced her thinking, according to her biography.

I predict her students will come out of class with distorted views of life. Instead of being properly educated, uplifted and encouraged about life, they will probably be looking at the world negatively. And deterred, feel, too, that they are victims of circumstances over which they have no control—another discouraging condition infused into academia by “privileged” faculty.


Our past still haunts us

EDITOR: Is it time for Wilmington to have a truth and reconciliation commission to address our history and current challenges with racial injustice?

Our history is complicated, our current challenges are many. There is a palpable and urgent need to address the issues that continue to impact our community. Before reconciliation can be achieved, however, there needs to be truthful acknowledgment of how we got here and where we go from here. That truthful acknowledgment must include a candid discussion about our painful history of white supremacist ideologies and the inherited privilege that is conferred upon white citizens at the painful expense of people of color.

Over the years we have seen many initiatives aimed at helping to heal our community, such as the Wilmington in Black and White series, the 1898 Memorial Foundation, and faith communities hosting discussion series for racial reconciliation. All those efforts have been tremendously valuable. Yet, the pain and frustration continues.

I think it’s time, once again, to continue the conversation. This would not be to demonize anyone; rather the purpose would be to take responsibility and promote truth (the whole truth, the historical truth, the contemporary truth). Would others be interested in in (sic) developing a truth and reconciliation model, or a model based on Coming to the Table dialogue? It is in the coming together that will, hopefully, move us closer to reconciliation.

Kimberly J. Cook, Wilmington

Editor’s note: The writer is Professor of Sociology & Criminology at UNC Wilmington and a restorative justice practitioner.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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