The “Cancel-culture” Conundrum

If I hear one more white person say “Cancel-culture…”

“Cancel-culture” is the latest buzz term being used by Trumpeteers, including Ivanka Trump, and as with almost everything that comes out of the Oval Office in these times, it’s a false narrative.

Cancel-culture is practically wiping out the indigenous peoples in what we call the Americas. Cancel-culture is destroying the culture of Africans in the Diaspora, specifically those treated as human cargo during the hundreds of years of the transatlantic slave trade. Cancel-culture is destroying the Black Wall Street and killing hundreds of Black people. Cancel-culture is the Southern pastime of lynching Black people. Cancel-culture is monolingual gringos telling native Spanish-speaking peoples to “speak English!” Cancel-culture is second and third generation Europeans telling Africans from the Diaspora with roots buried deeply in American soil for at least 400 years to “Go back to Africa!”

“Cancel-culture” is certainly not what some white people are complaining about, including the current conversation about removing Confederate monuments, memorials and statues, which never should have been when the treasonous Confederacy lost the American Civil War more than 150 years ago. At its core, the screaming of “Cancel-culture” is the pathetic cry of some white people who long for the “good ol’ days” when they could say and do anything, including killing Black people, with impunity.

What has been canceled is white immunity and white impunity, and white impunity is one of the bulwarks of white privilege, rooted in pseudo-theories of white supremacy. And nothing bothers white supremacists and white nationalists more than not being able to say anything without being fact-checked or challenged, or do anything without being held accountable. One of the most recent examples in the news is the confrontation between U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio -Cortez and U.S. Rep Ted Yoho attempting to “cancel” an outspoken woman of color with his “language of violence.”

When Ivanka Trump was “canceled” as the keynote commencement speaker at WSU Tech in Kansas, she was actually included on a menu of speakers, more like a side dish of Goya beans instead of the main dish, students would have the option to listen to. The cancel-culturalists though only want their narrative to be heard, above all others.

But here’s some non-“fake news” for Ivanka. Being the daughter of the Donald, who is currently occupying the White House, is not a credential to be a keynote speaker at any college, perhaps with the exception being the now defunct Trump University. In fact, her appointment by her father as a White House Advisor is not only the grossest form of nepotism, but it’s also the very definition of “white privilege.”

White privilege is not a credential. It is not earned. It is bestowed upon a person by virtue of his or her race (read white in America), and social and financial standing, often born in to. But even the “lowest” white American, socially and economically, can look to white privilege, even if it simply manifests itself in acting out based on theories of white supremacy, what we are seeing with all the actions of these “Karens.”

“Cancel-culture” is a conundrum because it is just one more thing packaged by and promoted by some white people, tightly wrapped in a “little white lie.”

If I hear one more white person say “Cancel-culture…”


About William Eric Waters, aka Easy Waters

Award-winning poet, playwright and writer. Author of three books of poetry, "Black Shadows and Through the White Looking Glass: Remembrance of Things Past and Present"; "Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats"; "The Black Feminine Mystique," and a novel, "Streets of Rage." All four books are available on
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