America’s Race Grievance Industry (RGI) has a serious problem. They want to be outraged, but are running out of targets for that anger. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there’s the occasional crank and nitwit like Cliven Bundy or Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles (Los freakin’ Angeles! In freakin’ California!) Clippers basketball team.
In an interesting sideline, when this Sterling story first broke last week, I told some friends, “Here’s what’ll happen: the lazy, left-wing media will automatically try to turn Sterling into a Republican, so they can tar all Republicans with the same brush. Then, it’ll turn out that Sterling’s a Democrat (he is) and that’ll be the last we hear of his Party affiliation.” (How did I know all this? It didn’t require much research to learn that Sterling had made his fortune as a divorce lawyer in California. Trying to find a Republican in that swamp is a true needle/haystack exercise.)
[Update: Sterling is a real estate lawyer in California. Apologies for the mistake. Same thing, however… not a lot of Republicans in that lot either.]
However, two quick points about these two jackasses: (1) their very rarity proves just how scarce white racism really is out there — at least as imagined by the RGI, and (2) Bundy and Sterling displayed their nitwittery and they will be punished. Severely. Bundy by the disappearance of support for his land claims, and Sterling, probably by the loss of his basketball team. Remember Paula Deen? She admitted to having use the “N-word” once 25 years ago, and it cost her something like 60 million dollars in terms of present and future business.
That hardly sounds like a country awash in white-vs.-black hatred. To the contrary, it sounds like a country that is plenty serious about eradicating any trace of white hostility toward black Americans. This is, of course, as it should be. However, the de facto suspension of the First Amendment is something that should trouble everyone… deeply. One can hope that the country one day will find a balance between rightly abhorring white animosity toward black people, and never allowing the tiniest slip-up, ever.
It appears that Bundy and Sterling are serial morons, and the country is going to wash its hands of them. I would point, however, to a cautionary post that we submitted here.
Enough about Bundy and Sterling.
Shifting back to the serious problem mentioned above: The RGI is running out of people at whom to direct their rage. It’s pretty well known that they fabricate racial incidents — frequently. From Tawana Brawley to racist graffiti on college campus walls, the left and the RGI have a long history of contriving racial incidents where there are none.
Heck, are things quieting down on the race front? No problem — we on the left simply spread a few inflammatory posters around a college campus. Then, when we get caught (’cause we’re not really too bright), we say simply that this further proves the need for a “national conversation on race.” The media then bleat on and on about the need for a “national conversation on race,” forgetting entirely that the whole brouhaha was a fraud to begin with. The left-wing perpetrators of the fraud then become heroes to the Race Grievance Industry.
As soon as you show any sign of disagreeing with the RGI from any perspective — policy, history, sociology, economics, you name it — out come the cries of “Racist!” I know it well, as I’ve experienced it many times here. It’s like that little red, triangular hammer in the doctor’s office. Remember that? When he’d tap your knee with it, your leg would kick a little? The accusation of racism is like the doctor’s little red hammer on the RGI’s knee. It’s as automatic, and as mindless, as your little leg twitch.
In one of my recent exchanges with the pawns of the RGI — here (this is the post in which “Brotha Wolf” tells his readers that he has banned me from commenting on his blog) — a certain Herneith posted the following (you can read it in context here):
A black man walks into a high school’s administrative office. Shortly after, a black woman who is a teacher there, walks in. The secretary says to her: “Who’s that darkie, your husband”? Folks, this happened to my sister today at the school she teaches at. She reported it to the principal who as a manager is obliged to act on this incident. She initially asked my sister what she ‘wanted to do about it’. My sister threw it back into her lap. I will say I was stunned by this. Usually they are not this blatant.
According to praetori*** [Editor’s note: offensive content edited out. The post’s writer is referring to me], racism is a thing of the past. Uh Huh.
First: Does something ring false to you about this story? Did it feel as fabricated to you as it did to me? .
I pay very close attention to the language (I’m a linguist by training) and the substance of current events. I’ve not seen or heard the term “darkie” written, posted, on radio or television, in a newspaper, in a story about racism — anywhere — in decades.
The last time I encountered the term directly was when my grandmother told me that it used to be a common term decades before. She told me that in the early 1970’s. Without doing some in-depth research on the term itself, it’s possible it’s been pretty much out of use, in this country at least, for nearly a century. The Urban Dictionary shows the word’s one-time meaning — a derogatory term for a person of dark skin; a black person — to have become “taboo in America.” I can attest to the fact that it’s been taboo where I live all my life, and I’m more than half a century old.
Second: Here’s a reason you will not soon see the RGI living in anything resembling reality anytime soon. Herneith says, “According to praetori***, racism is a thing of the past.” Of course, I never said anything remotely resembling that. More to the point, I expended a lot of energy stating — extremely, excruciatingly plainly — that racism was not a thing of the past. Rather, it had morphed into a constant characteristic of the American left and its political wing, the Democrat Party. I then introduced and made the point that there is plenty of black racism out there to ensure that, unfortunately, racism will be a part of the American landscape for a long time to come.
This ability or willingness, on Herneith’s part, to edit reality out of her thinking is a common characteristic of the left and of the RGI. Reality is deeply inconvenient to the left, so they manufacture their own, and use that faked “reality” in all their communications, rebuttals and arguments. Even when it is demonstrated to them that what they’ve said is manifestly untrue, out comes the same faked reality in the very next blog post.
Now, to be sure, the racism that Herneith imagines — and fabricates — is largely, though not completely, gone. As long as there are people of different skin colors, there will be chowderheads who don’t like them for that sole reason. We’re a fallen bunch, we humans. However, in today’s America, the effects of white racism as an obstacle to the social, political or economic advancement of black people are gone. Wiped out. White racism exists, but it has been utterly eradicated as a social force. The opprobrium now cascading by the bucket-full down on the heads of the aforementioned Mssrs Bundy and Sterling is proof of that.(1)
Don’t minimize that, dear reader… when black people tell you of their anger and pain as it pertains to white racism, it’s because of the effects of that bias. White racism did have the effect of locking black Americans into whatever social stratum — generally a low one — they occupied, with advancement up and out of that stratum vastly more difficult than for white people. However, those pernicious effects have been gone for decades.
It is simply impossible to argue today that white hostility remains any kind of an obstacle in the path of black advancement in any endeavor in America.(2)
I once posed a simple question in my many exchanges with some black members of the RGI(3): “What do you want us white people to do?” It was from the responses to that question, and from the rest of the conversation, that I concluded that the RGI want (1) Revenge, (2) Free stuff, (3) Emotional and Intellectual Validation and (4) Built-in excuses for failure. They most decidedly do not want to hang out with us. Nowhere in any of their responses was an indication that the RGI wanted us whites to like them. They didn’t want whites to be their friends, and they didn’t want to be whites’ friends.
To the contrary, by far the most common sentiment was a desire to become the majority ethnicity in America so blacks could do to whites what they allege whites are doing to blacks! A not uncommon desire was that somehow all white people might be exterminated. Some came out and said it flat out, and others indicated that such a thing would constitute “karma.”
In a normal, healthy society, those last two desires would be condemned as the genocidal rantings of lunatics and psychopaths. Instead, no-account, powerless morons like Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy attract society’s wrath.
Racism is racism is racism is racism. Any human being under the sun can be guilty of it. It should be condemned in no uncertain terms no matter whence it comes. That we allow it from some corners, then go nuclear on it from others is what makes the schizophrenia of the Race Grievance Industry possible. On the one hand they denounce racism in the most scathing of terms, and on the other, the RGI are the worst perpetrators of racism in America today.
(1) Look for stories about how Sterling, in his zeal to prove that he’s not racist, will be paying some astronomical sum of money to some adjunct of the RGI. Cliven Bundy, on the other hand, not being worth 1.9 billions smackers is ummmm… out of luck.
(2) Now, white solicitude, on the other hand, does represent a significant barrier to black advancement. That is another topic altogether, and one that we have covered extensively in these pages. It’s a “with friends like these liberal white people, who needs enemies?” kind of topic. It’s important to note that this white solicitude is simple to overcome, and that blacks have for the most part demanded it. It doesn’t change for an instant, though, the fact that such well-meaning good intentions have proven highly damaging to American blacks.
(3) Not to be forgotten is that the Race Grievance Industry is composed of leftist blacks and whites at all levels — from the “foot soldiers” or “pawns,” all the way to the nationally-known race dealers and pushers like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Barack Obama, Touré, Melissa Harris-Perry, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and others.