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#AndrewSullivan has been a contrarian conservative transplant for decades now.
Pro-Bush, pro-Bell Curve, #misogynist to the core.
His latest screed is an embarrassment to @NYMag, which reps some stellar writers. There's so much awful to excerpt here.
We're at a racial crossroads in America right now. Some of us white people have tried to write about it with passion and humility. Not #AndrewSullivan, who refers back to the atavism of 1920s xenophobia and racism with an appallingly anti-intellectual lack of self-awareness.
This latest screed is a paean to white male fragility. The bluster and outrage #AndrewSullivan reserves for #SarahJeong is typical of his sneering, superior form of racist baiting with a hefty dollop of misogyny folded in.

It's essential to decry such writing when we see it.
#AndrewSullivan has long presented himself as one of America's great intellectuals & thinkers, in the modality of William F. Buckley & Gore Vidal.
But while no one can ignore Sullivan's education and pedigree, he remains a knee-jerk reactionary and a whiny, overarching pedant.
There was no reason for @NYMag to publish this terrible, race-baiting piece by Sullivan. Publications do NOT have an obligation to print throwback "think" pieces from another era. No one benefits from that. It's not dialogue, it's craven clickbait.
The misperception that all sides--no matter how grotestque--must be published is fallacious. There is no good argument in support of #racism or #misogyny, the twin devils of American society that hold us back as a nation. Publishing Sullivan's piece was an error in judgment.
We need to hold publications accountable for what appears on their pages. Making the case FOR racism and white male supremacy in 2018 is incendiary as well as morally repugnant, especially with Trump in the WH violating every social norm we've aspired to as a nation.
What needs to be addressed every day in America--especially as Trump spews racialized rhetoric at rallies & from his Twitter bully pulpit--is that EVERY white person in America benefits from #whitesupremacy & #whiteprivilege even if they decry it and #racism.

These are facts.
The pretense that we MUST give racists the same platforms as anti-racists is absurd. It's counterintuitive to who we strive to be as a nation and fundamentally anti-intellectual.@NYMag, like some other pubs, presents itself as a thinker's mag.
Sullivan's piece is anything but.
In an era where black and other non-white people face the aggressive nature of #racism in every aspect of their daily lives, it is incumbent upon white editors to think before they publish blatantly #racist, alt-right points of view. We actually DON'T need to see those.
Anyone with a few hours and a WIX or GoDaddy account can set up a blog and spew their racist cant to their white-genocide fueled hearts' content. That is NOT what the pages of respected and respectable publications like @NYMag are for. Arguably never, but especially not now.
The true intellectual deconstructs the era of her/his/their day and explicates what directions we should be moving in, what goals we should be striving for.

In America the twin goals of eradicating racism and misogyny should be all-consuming and our one, honest fever dream.
The myth of #WhiteGenocide is countervailing to that striving for racial and gender justice. The myth of #WhiteSupremacy is just that: myth. We all came from the womb of Africa and Asia. Whiteness is an anomaly in the world.

These are hard truths, but truths nonetheless.
It's shameful to see #AndrewSullivan published again and again with defiantly contrarian views that aren't just conservative., but harmful. And while there will always be protection for the free speech of tyrants and racists, we do NOT have to give them esteemed platforms.
The voices of women and POC and other minorities have been suppressed for generations. Positing that anti-white #racism and #misandry exist is simply false--there are no power structures in which women and POC are ascendant.
It's not censorship to cease to provide esteemed platforms for these throwbacks to another, more terrible era. It's not censorship for white male editors to ask women & POC to take the lead on issues of misogyny & racism. It's not censorship to cease to bow to bothsides-ism.
It's time to be brave and say no to #racist and #misogynist screeds. These writers can always find another venue for their ill-conceived spew.

But integrity demands consistency.
Centering the words of women and POC isn't political correctness, it's balance.
As for the non-journalistic public: You are subjected to millions of our words per day. Take the time to tell publications that you DON'T want to see #racist & #misogynist rants on their pages. Tell them it's anathema.

We ALL have to make these changes happen.
Let's do it.

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