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Leftists Bemoan The Racial Bias Of The Eclipse

Leftists Bemoan the Racial Bias of the Eclipse

In a failed attempt to opine on the racially charged history of America’s Midwest, The Atlantic has authored an article that implies that the eclipse itself is racist or at least a reflection of America’s racism. It reads like a high school essay shoddily thrown together to fit an assigned themed. But it also contains some laughable quotes.

“On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will arrive mid-morning on the coast of Oregon. The moon’s shadow will be about 70 miles wide, and it will race across the country faster than the speed of sound, exiting the eastern seaboard shortly before 3 p.m. local time. It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people.”

The piece starts off seemingly angry that the solar system has excluded black population from this celestial event. The piece then pivots, admitting that such implications are devoid of reason, but then seemingly backtracks and offers vague mysticism about the true message of the eclipse.

“Presumably, this is not explained by the implicit bias of the solar system. It is a matter of population density, and more specifically geographic variations in population density by race, for which the sun and the moon cannot be held responsible. Still, an eclipse chaser is always tempted to believe that the skies are relaying a message. At a moment of deep disagreement about the nation’s best path forward, here comes a giant round shadow, drawing a line either to cut the country in two or to unite it as one.”

The piece attempts to retrace racial attitudes and laws of the past that led to some areas of the country being predominantly white but does so using the eclipse’s path of totality as its lens. Such a perspective makes the arguments the author is making seem absurd.

The piece attempts to retrace racial attitudes and laws of the past that led to some areas of the country being predominantly white but does so using the eclipse’s path of totality as its lens. Such a perspective makes the arguments the author is making seem absurd.

“Oregon, where this begins, is almost entirely white. The 10 percent or so of state residents who do not identify as white are predominantly Latino, American Indian, Alaskan, or Asian.”

And The Atlantic isn’t the only media outlet bemoaning how unfair the eclipse’s path of totality is. The Boston Globe wrote a similar piece discussing how the vast majority of the path of totality falls on counties that voted overwhelmingly in favor of Trump.

“There are about 240 counties roughly along the central path of the eclipse, a 70-mile-wide trail extending across the country where people will be able to see a total eclipse, meaning the sun will appear completely obscured by the moon.

And about 92 percent of those counties swung in Trump’s favor, while fewer than two dozen counties voted for his opponent, Hillary Clinton.”

But the Globe offers another equally bizarre theory for the sun’s behavior.

“Perhaps it’s not a surprise that the solar eclipse is passing over Trump strongholds given that the president himself was born during a lunar eclipse.” 

This is 2017–literally, everything is racist now. Enjoy your eclipse privilege, white people!

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