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Professor Introduces ‘Ten Cracka Commandments’

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Christopher Driscoll

Possibly borrowing from a Trayvon Martin friend’s term, “creepy-ass crackers,” a university professor has drafted the “Ten Cracka Commandments” for those incapable of seeing beyond skin color. Christopher Driscoll, a visiting assistant professor of religious studies at Lehigh University, developed the list to help white people “fit into the #BlackLivesMatter movement,” according to Campus Reform.  [4] Driscoll said he collaborated with Kashi Johnson, an associate professor of theater at Lehigh, and hip hop artist Asheru.  “Together, we came up with these, the ten cracka commandments for 2015,” Driscoll wrote on his personal blog.  Based on so-called “critical race theory,” a false doctrine that dominates racial discussions on college campuses, the commandments are heavy on “white privilege” and “ignorance,” and seem to endorse violence, as long as it furthers racist views.  “Looks like it is going to be a long, hot summer,” Driscoll said in his blog.  [1] Meanwhile, average Americans wonder when sanity is going to become trendy again.

The “Ten Cracka Commandments,” in all its glory:

1.      #AllLivesMatter won’t matter until #BlackLivesMatter. This commandment is a litmus test and the greatest commandment.

2.      Always remember that white privilege is real, even if you do not understand it. Use it to convince other people that black lives, including black women’s lives, matter. Show up for protests, write letters to representatives, and start discussions with other white people about black lives mattering.

3.      Always remember that ignorance is real, and is a product of privilege. Treat the ignorant with compassion, but hold them accountable.

4.      Never think that the critique does not apply to you. Just because you were at Barack’s inauguration and your dad was a freedom rider, or because you are the head of your local chapter of GLADD, that does not mean you do not have more work to do on yourself, your family, and your community.

5.      Always remember that it is never a question of if violence, but whose violence are you going to defend. Unjust state-sanctioned and racist violence, or justified resistance; the choice is yours, the choice is ours.

6.      Never tolerate racism from your friends or family. Whether it is coming from your eighteen-year-old friend, your thirty-one-year-old cousin, or your eighty-year-old grandmother, confront it always. Confronting racism does not mean you will lose your friend or family. It means you will help to make them act and think in less racist ways.

7.      You cannot love cultural products without also loving the people who make those products. If you like black art or athletics, that appreciation is an entryway into recognizing that black lives matter.

8.      Never quote black leaders like Dr. King in order to criticize protesters and activists.

9.      Always embrace uncertainty. Life is uncertain; death is certain. Uncertainty promotes life; certainty produces death and destruction.

10.  Never put white fragility ahead of justice. If you are more concerned to argue that you “aren’t racist” than you are with racism or with people dying, you’re priorities are skewed. Do you want justice or comfort?

In addition to teaching, Driscoll recently penned the book White Lies: Race and Uncertainty in the Twilight of American Religion, which addresses the “instabilities central to a ‘white religion’.”  Driscoll describes his personal website as designated for the “progressive anti-racist ally” and “curious and frustrated, alike.”  “Shades of White is a space for whites to clumsily, openly, and actively wrestle with a host of social issues that impact us,” Driscoll states, adding that ““it is about time white folks come to terms with a problematic social arrangement that has seen them disproportionately advantaged for far too long.” [4]

According to Driscoll, left-wing blogs “do a good job of criticizing white folks on our failings” albeit without offering “concrete responses to meet the civic and social demands of everyone else.” At the same time, Driscoll says right-wing blogs “feel good, make us proud to be an American, but are often actively racist and sexist and sometimes, downright dumb.”  In an email to Campus Reform, Lehigh’s Director of Media Relations, Jordan Reese, said the university is committed to “strongly supporting faculty academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas, theories and philosophies on campus.”  “Lehigh believes diversity of thought fuels a healthy exchange of ideas, discussion and debate, contributing to a vibrant intellectual environment in which our students can grow and learn,” Reese said. [4]

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[3] MICHAEL OLANICH, Anti-White Academic Creates “Cracka Commandments”, National Vanguard, JUNE 2ND, 2015
[4] Gabriella Morrongiello, White prof. publishes ‘Ten Cracka Commandments’ for whites, Campus Reform, May 29, 2015 at 9:28 AM EDT

 

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