We’ve known for a long time now that The Babylon Bee, the Christian version of The Onion that never lives up to that standard, is a toxic publication. They punch down rather than punch up. They regularly make fun of marginalized group. They’re racist. The humor resembles right-wing radio hosts, not the wit of actual comedians.
Need a more recent example? Here’s the site’s managing editor, Joel Berry, responding to the massage parlor shootings this week:
Black Americans are taught from birth to deeply feel every look, comment, slight, and failure, connect it with traumas of their ancestors, and silently ask themselves: “Is it because I’m black?” I wouldn’t wish that existence on anyone. The Left wishes it on the Asian community.
— Joel Berry (@JoelWBerry) March 18, 2021
Sounds about white.
Black Americans haven’t been “taught” to connect modern micro-aggressions with past traumas; they do connect modern micro-aggressions with past traumas because so many white people refuse to learn from history. They’re not taught to see race wherever they go. They have to deal with racism that exists all around them.
Liberals don’t need to wish any kind of trauma on the Asian community — citation needed — when they deal with enough on a regular basis, and even more so in the era of COVID-19. They don’t need extra help, thank you very much.
It’s telling that an editor at a website that was criticized just last year for an article that reeked of racial stereotypes hasn’t learned a thing from that controversy. You have to wonder how many people of color Berry talks to on a regular basis. Better yet, maybe he should be asking himself what he was taught.
Just remember all this whenever someone you know on Facebook shares one of their links. You don’t have to reward them with clicks. It’s okay to point out the underlying bigotry of the people who run the website.
By the way, when people of color respond to something you say with evidence for why it’s harmful, be humble and listen. Don’t double down on your wrongness, like Berry does here:
-Didn't say "all."
-Didn't say where the teaching is coming from
-Didn't deny anyone's lived experience
-Said nothing racist
A crowd of unhinged Marxist race-cultists proceeds to prove my exact point. https://t.co/OWUcqGIxVZ
— Joel Berry (@JoelWBerry) March 19, 2021
His past comments, by the way, suggest he doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. He’s just spewing right-wing talking points with no desire to listen or learn.
Joel Berry, the assistant editor for The Babylon Bee. pic.twitter.com/ExpdynGL71
— Ryan Ashton (@ryanllashton) September 20, 2020
How many others ways will the most harmful aspects of Christian culture arise during coverage of the Georgia shooter?