This commentary has generated considerable discussion at Bacon’s Rebellion. I side with the author.
I remember growing up in Norfolk a half a century ago that virulent racism was common. It was part of the fabric of daily life. It is hard to imagine now, but not all racists were bad people, and not all rednecks were racists.
Under the circumstances it was impossible for a white boy to not form racial opinions in many things. But for that very reason white adults in my circles strongly emphasized the difference between racial views and racial prejudice. It was one thing to assume that blacks in general were inferior to whites, but it was entirely something else to assume that a particular black person was inferior just because of skin color. One couldn’t avoid the consequences of racism, but one could avoid the consequences of prejudice.
It is in this context that I agree with the author of the BR piece. Today’s anti-racism ideology makes no distinction between racial views and racial prejudice. Because they are effectively the same, the common ground for seeing others as equal to ourselves is wiped out.