As I’ve pointed out before, progressives no longer pose as being on the side of the working man (and woman). To the contrary, they openly look upon him with the utmost contempt.
That was hammered home recently by an incident in that seething hive of enlightened White progressivism, Portland, Oregon, when a black “progressive equity activist” played a vicious little game at a Portland establishment called the “Back to Eden Bakery.”
We’re talking about a place that, according to its website, won the award for “Best Gluten-Free Restaurant” in 2016 and 2017. It boasts about its involvement in accepted progressive causes, including the “Basic Rights Oregon Council,” the “Native America Rights Foundation,” the “Trans Women of Color Collective” (I’m not making that up), the “Farm Animal Rights Movement,” and dozens of other fashionable leftist institutions. Conspicuously missing, of course, is any indication of charity or good feelings toward ordinary white people.
The “equity activist” made a point of showing up after the establishment had closed. Having worked at retail businesses many years ago, I remember that the policy was usually “serve the people who came in before closing time, even if it’s after closing time. If they come in after, turn them away politely with regrets.” That’s because if you keep serving people who come in after closing time, you’ll never close.
In one statement, “Back To Eden Bakery” says that according to its own surveillance video, a black woman named “Lillian”, who is well known in the area as a “professional equity activist”, entered at 9:06 p.m., after the bakery’s closing time. Employees had also turned off the “Open” sign, but several customers (all white) who had already ordered were still inside. Two other white women who went to the bakery two minutes before “Lillian”, and were also informed that the business was closed for the night.
The bakery says “Lillian” left the store briefly and began recording video.
So, we have a professional troublemaker who comes looking for trouble. She’s turned away, as was her goal, and uses that to make a stink. In a more civilized society, such an obvious provocateur would be given short shrift, regardless of her race. In Bizarro World, however, she has special privilege because she is black, and the poor employees she targeted, because they are white, deserve nothing but contempt:
The bakery’s statement says that even though it does not consider the employees to be racist and that they were following the business’s protocol of closing at 9 p.m., they were fired because “sometimes impact outweighs intent.”
The unfairness of being fired just for being caught in the scheme of an unscrupulous race hustler doesn’t enter into it, nor does the fact that the unlucky employees were just doing as they had been told:
In one statement, the bakery admitted that the employees did not necessarily do anything wrong, “this is more about how a black woman was made to feel” at the business.
Ponder for a moment the astounding cynicism of such a statement. How the white employees feel about being fired from their minimum-wage, hand-to-mouth job doesn’t count. How will they manage without jobs? Who cares? Because they suffer from “white privilege,” the progressive, tolerant, enlightened, compassionate business owners — probably white themselves — have no problem throwing them out on the street to placate a well-fed “activist” who’s probably never done an honest day’s work in her life.
Ironically, the owners apparently realized their hypocrisy was showing, so they deleted that and other statements from their website.
People who will carry out such a vile act are not all that far from loading women and children onto cattle cars. That’s the reality behind the facade of compassionate progressivism.
POSTSCRIPT: Now that this incident has received some well-deserved publicity, Back to Eden Bakery complains that it is receiving impolite messages from members of the “Alt-Right,” which have caused them welcome fear and suffering: welcome, because it allows them to pose as victims, instead of perpetrators.