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Columbia professor, linguist and author John McWhorter has no time for black fragility. He sees the new anti-racism movement, hyped by writers like Robin DiAngelo and Ibram Kendi, to be playing on the bigotry of low expectations. Speaking to Bill Maher on Friday, McWhorter said the way anti-racism is being perpetuated now doesn’t make any sense. “If you are a good black person,” McWhorter told Maher, “you’re often told that when it comes to certain race issues, you’re supposed to not quite make sense, and that you’re supposed to deal with a certain kind of word magic. I have never felt that. I’ve always felt that I’m black and I would like that to make sense too. And that’s why I end up looking brave when I’m really just obsessive.” McWhorter said that the new anti-racism movement leaves him feeling condescended to. DiAngelo’s book White Fragility, which he said would be best used to even out the leg on a wobbly table, portrays “black people as these hot house flowers,” he said, “where everyone has to tiptoe around us…” “I don’t feel like that person,” he said.

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