Juan Vidal is one of more well-known writers on the alt left. Anti Trump websites like Rolling Stone and The Daily Beast regularly hire him to provide his signature ramblings. The recent article that he decided to publish on the NPR website is quite the doozy. He thinks that white people should start to “decolonize” their own bookshelves.
And how would a white person go about this task? It’s a natural question to ask when it comes to a request of this nature. Vidal’s answer is a simple one. The books that are written by white people need to be removed from your shelves and replaced by books that are written by minority authors. He offers no further explanation as to what you are even supposed to be doing with them.
It’s one of those things that probably sounds great as a pull quote but it does not make much sense in theory. The idea of removing and/or burning books that are associated with one ethnic group evokes obvious comparisons to the actions of Hitler. Any book that was determined to be of “un-German” origins was torched. Is this what the modern day left wants to emulate or are they willing to take a step back?
At this point, its an open question. Those who identify as white and only read white authors are being taken to task and these conversations are not going away anytime soon. White people are also being told that they need to silence their own voices. Vidal does not explain how any of this is actually going to happen. He just wants the cool points that come from this type of virtue signaling behavior.
Vidal: If you are white, take a moment to examine your bookshelf. What do you see? What books and authors have you allowed to influence your worldview, and how you process the issues of racism and prejudice toward the disenfranchised? Have you considered that, if you identify as white and read only the work of white authors, you are in some ways listening to an extension of your own voice on repeat?
The modern left will say anything that gets them attention. They do not care if they are making any level of sense. If they are able to come up with any sort of plan that offers them a larger level of control over the American people, that’s all that matters to them. We often find ourselves wondering if they believe half of the stuff that they are saying.
Once people are being told that they need to get rid of any book that was written by a white person, we are on the other side of the looking glass. While there are great conversations to be had about minority authors that are creating beautiful work, no one wants to get specific about any of it. As long as they can vaguely gesture towards some sort of anti white sentiment, that’s all they care about.
The nation is already in the throes of a Civil War, whether people realize it yet or not. The left and the right are on completely opposing sides of the current conversation. It is starting to look like the fundamental disagreements are going to tear us apart at the seams. When a white citizen is not able to read a book that was written by a white author without fear of reprisal, that is when things have gone too far.
Revolutions that are genuine stop at no boundaries. No area must remain untouched. Just as it revolutionizes people it also revolutionizes things. “Therefore, you are doing the right thing as you, at this midnight hour, surrender to the flames the evil spirit of the past. There the intellectual basis of the November Republic is crushed to the ground. But from the rubble will arise victoriously the Phoenix of a new spirit, a spirit that we carry forth, that we nourish and to which we give decisive weight.
Did Vidal even care to recommend books that were written by authors of color? Of course he didn’t. It wasn’t about helping others or increasing their access to the knowledge that he claims to have. It was about getting some likes and shares on social media with the same old rhetoric. This is just the latest salvo in the never ending social media war between the liberals and those who identify as conservative.
“Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people.”
There’s a way to recommend good authors that the average white person wouldn’t be aware of and this isn’t it. This is all about Vidal’s feelings and his desire to establish himself at the top of some sort of social order that he has decided on in his head. We just hope that the white people he was pandering to were impressed with what he had to say. That’s the only audience that was paying attention to him.