White Communist 'Father of White Privilege' Noel Ignatiev Dies; Leaves Legacy of Loathing

“Noel didn’t want to study whiteness; he wanted to end it.”

Noel Ignatiev, an “acolyte of Derrick Bell” and the white male communist “Father of White Privilege,” has died, according to one of Ignatiev’s “best friends” Adam Sabra who wrote that he “remained a committed believer in communism (small c) his entire life.” His friend said of Ignatiev, “Noel didn’t want to study whiteness; he wanted to end it.”

From an Obituary at the LA Times:

After dropping out of the University of Pennsylvania in 1961, Ignatiev worked in a Chicago steel mill and and then made farm equipment and machine tools. At the mill, he helped organize strikes and protests by the workers, who were predominantly African American.

He was laid off from the mill in 1984, a year after he was arrested on charges of throwing a paint bomb at a strike-breaker’s car.

Despite not having a bachelor’s degree, Ignatiev was accepted to the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He received a master’s in 1985, and a Ph.D. in American civilization in 1994. He was later a fellow at Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute…

Ignatiev had no business being near academia, let alone in a position to influence malleable young minds, but he was and he has, beyond anything he could have ever imagined. The aforementioned Derrick Bell (who died in 2011) was described at CNN as “a legal scholar and racial barrier-breaker throughout a career that influenced law students including Barack Obama.” Bell also did horrific damage to race relations with his now-commonly-taught concept of “Critical Race Theory,” the idea that “institutional racism” is inherent to America’s institutions.

Critical Race Theory, as described in the New York Times in 2011, “explored how racism is embedded in laws and legal institutions, even many of those intended to redress past injustices.” 

Author and speaker Trevor Loudon recently summarized the communist concept of Critical Race Theory at the Epoch Times saying according to the theory: “…racism is about power, it’s exclusively a white problem, and it’s intrinsic in the current social system.”

Listen to a podcast from the anarchist collective It’s Going Down, featuring Noel Ignatiev:

In 2011, Ignatiev addressed the Boston Occupy Wall Street Camp, where he discussed his anti-white theories and his desire to abolish all prisons entirely, a movement that has gained momentum in Marxist circles, including as a resolution recently approved at the 2019 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention, as reported at RAIR Foundation USA.


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Ignatiev once wrote:

“The goal of abolishing the white race is on its face so desirable that some may find it hard to believe that it could incur any opposition other than from committed white supremacists.”

An article about the communist roots of the Black Lives Matter movement by James Simpson at the Capital Research Center explains:

“The ‘White Skin Privilege’ idea was created in 1967 by Noel Ignatiev, an acolyte of Derrick Bell and professor at Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. (Du Bois was a black leader who helped found the NAACP and joined the Communist Party in 1961.) Ignatiev was a member of the Communist Party USA’s most radical wing, the Provisional Organizing Committee to Reconstitute the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party from 1958–66. The Provisional Organizing Committee was the intellectual forerunner to Freedom Road [which is now Liberation Road].”

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Unfortunately, Americans have stopped paying attention to who is teaching students. Universities have been taken over by intellectually void individuals who “teach” students how to hate America, her institutions, and even themselves.

That is the legacy of Noel Ignatiev.

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Renee Nal

Renee Nal is an investigative journalist and documentary film producer.

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