In today’s woke world of intersectionality trumping all, it is rare for one of the left’s most celebrated thinkers to run afoul of the approved doctrines, but recent comments from Critical Race Theory champion Ibram X. Kendi disparaging the concept of transgenderism may spark a conflict even the most committed ideologues cannot escape.
As Breitbart noted, Kendi, an author and professor of humanities at Boston University posted a video on Twitter discussing transgenderism and interjected a personal anecdote into the mix, perhaps not fully aware of how it would be interpreted by his progressive compatriots.
“Even talking about gender, you know, I think it was last week my daughter came home and said she wanted to be a boy. You know, which was horrifying for my wife to hear, myself to hear,” Kendi explained.
Continuing with his description of situation, Kendi added, “And so of course, you know, we’re like, okay, what affirmative messages about girlhood, you know, can we be teaching her to protect her from whatever she’s hearing in our home or even outside of our home that would make her want to be a boy.”
His controversial take on transgenderism is not the only kerfuffle in which Kendi has recently found himself, as just this past weekend, he hurriedly deleted a tweet after social media users pointed out that its substance seemed to run counter to the entire racialist narrative on which his own notoriety has been built, as Fox News noted.
Kendi posted an article from The Hill in which a study was cited showing that 34% of white students applying for college admission falsely reported themselves to be part of a racial minority and that 77% if that group were, in fact, accepted.
It was not long before critics took to their keyboards to argue that those findings run completely counter to Kendi’s underlying premise that systemic racism against minorities prevents them from full participation in the workforce, higher education, and the like.
The Post Millenial news outlet pointedly asked, “If white privilege is such a decisive factor, then why do white students feel that their applications would do better if they pretended to be something other than white, and why would those applications be so successful?”
Clearly suffering from, as Twitter user Alex Griswold called it, “[That feeling when] you accidentally blow up your entire life’s work in a tweet and have to delete,” Kendi may want to exercise a bit more caution and weigh his words more carefully going forward to prevent the sort of social media mishaps that could eventually put him on the outs with the same grievance crowd that first propelled him to fame.