Progressives define racism as prejudice + “power.” Thus, Tom Woods writes, in connection with the looming official robbery of whites in South Africa:
So if as a black person you were to say, “Let’s start burning down white neighborhoods,” this would not be racist.
But what about in black-run countries, where virtually all-black political parties rule? Surely those black people, who obviously do hold power, can be racist?
(Doesn’t a person who is burning down a neighborhood have power over his victims? Why limit power to holding political office?)
Progressives believe that black people cannot be racist even when they hold all power in African countries and proceed to loot and murder whites, because blacks, they feel, are pathetic miserable sad sons of bitches who should be pitied for their weak and woeful worthlessness.
They are just animals, or at best half-devils, half-children. It’s as absurd to blame blacks for killing whites as to blame wolves for killing sheep.
Their minds are too primitive to come up with an ideology, even as dumb as racism.
White people’s flaws, on the other hand, cannot be forgiven so easily, e.g., “from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded,” etc.
In short, white liberals consider blacks to be like the zerg, an infestation, a natural disaster. Blacks are a plague of locusts that destroys entire towns, which is a defensible opinion. But locusts are man’s natural enemies and to be exterminated at will, and lefties also tend to grasp, rightly, that blacks are human beings who cannot be exterminated and ought even to be loved. The contradiction and cognitive dissonance thereby created are the reason for the left’s striking fanaticism about race.