An African American college professor wrote a piece that was in a New York Times op-ed. The point of his article is asking if his children can be friends with white people.
Ekow N. Yankah, a professor at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, said that due to current events he will be raising his sons to be careful of friendships with white people.
He began his writing with, “My oldest son, wrestling with a 4-year-old’s happy struggles, is trying to clarify how many people can be his best friend. “My best friends are you and Mama and my brother and …” But even a child’s joy is not immune to this ominous political period. This summer’s images of violence in Charlottesville, Va., prompted an array of questions. “Some people hate others because they are different,” I offer, lamely. A childish but distinct panic enters his voice. “But I’m not different.”
“Donald Trump’s election has made it clear that I will teach my boys the lesson generations old, one that I for the most part nearly escaped. I will teach them to be cautious, I will teach them suspicion, and I will teach them distrust,” Yankah wrote. “Much sooner than I thought I would, I will have to discuss with my boys whether they can truly be friends with white people.”
“In the coming years, when my boys ask again their questions about who can be their best friend, I pray for a more hopeful answer,” he concluded.
Lawrence Jones of “Fox & Friends,” said that Yankah is teaching his children a bad lesson.
“He’s literally teaching his [children] to be racist, be prejudiced, to judge people by their skin color, not the content of the character,” Jones said.
“Parents should be aware,” Jones said. “I caution parents: Be careful where you’re sending your kids to school. You’re essentially funding this movement.”
He added that this is nothing new, but Democrats and progressives are increasingly trending toward this type of identity politics.