The video: Robin Broshi, a public education advocate, who is white, is seen in a now-viral video of the meeting chastising Thomas Wrocklage, a fellow progressive who is also white, and telling him to read “White Fragility,” the anti-racist handbook that has skyrocketed up best-seller lists amid an ascendant racial justice movement.
- "It hurts people when they see a white man bouncing a brown baby on their lap,” Broshi says in the roughly minute-long clip, which has been viewed more than half a million times.
- After Wrocklage asks how holding his friend’s nephew on his lap is racist, Broshi instructs him to, “Read a book. Read ‘White Fragility.’”
- Early on in the video, Broshi denies that she is a “social justice warrior,” a pejorative term for hysterical adherents to progressive ideology.
The Great Awokening: In the wake of George Floyd’s death, racial justice sentiment and Black Lives Matter protests have swept the nation in what many liberals see as a long overdue cultural reckoning.
At this NYC Ed. Council meeting, member Robin Broshi (@EastSideGadfly) criticizes her white colleague for having his friend’s non-white nephew on his lap.— kyro (@pxlitic) July 4, 2020
Claiming this “racist” act “hurts people” and “makes them cry,” Broshi tells him to read Robin Diangelo’s White Fragility. https://t.co/cBBY4juK77 pic.twitter.com/eEbBNxEmLG
- These campaigns have had tangible consequences, especially in the media, entertainment and sports industries.
- Confederate flags have been banned, alleged violators of progressive orthodoxy have lost their jobs and purportedly racially insensitive scenes have been scrubbed from TV shows.