A Commenter absoutely DISMANTLES the Race Grievance Industry’s arguments in several really well-written, no-holds-barred, knock-out posts.
I’ve been watching with interest what turned out to be explosive fireworks over at a blog run by one of the pawns of the Race Grievance Industry! Over at Brotha Wolf‘s (BW) blog, an incredibly interesting commenter, a black man calling himself “FastForward,”(1) came in and absolutely tore to shreds Brotha Wolf’s nonsensical attempt to use a single incident — the killing of a black man, Walter Scott, by the white now ex-cop Michael Slager — to make the claim that all of America is awash in white racism against blacks.
Needless to say, after FastForward had demolished BW’s blustering,(2) BW banned him. That is the way of the left in America. Their arguments can’t stand up to any real scrutiny, so they simply don’t permit any scrutiny. This’s why shouting down, name-calling, insults, slander and libel are all vital components of the leftist “debate” technique.
Interestingly, I’ve participated equally in left-wing and right-wing blogs and forums, and I’ve never once seen a right-wing blog ban anyone. I’ve seen left-wing blogs ban many. And I’ve been banned from many left-wing blogs. That’s not an accident, and it says a lot about the differences between the two intellectual tendencies.
In this exchange, FastForward was never anything but polite and civil. Heck, FastForward was … nice! He fell all over himself to point out areas where he and BW agreed, and even indicated that they might just agree overall, but be in disagreement over particulars. And all this, despite FastForward’s being called a liar, a white man, a “denialist,” and other silly names.
You’ll see that eventually BW bans FastForward in a terse post that says nothing more than “You’re banned.” It might as well read, “You win.” Or, “No mas,” Or, “I just don’t have any ammunition left.” Or, “This black man has confused me, and I want my mommy.”
BW’s post is tendentious and long on “just sayin'” while short on supporting evidence. However, the comments are what interested me the most. Most of them are short, but both BW and FastForward tend to go on at length. FastForward has an annoying habit of ignoring paragraphs, and that makes what he writes particularly difficult to follow. I have taken the liberty of adding paragraphs where I think they’re indicated, for greater readability. I’ll indicate that addition with the following symbol: ¶
Needless to say, as those of you who follow this blog know, I’ve added inline commentary as well — [in square brackets and red font].
I feel like I’m writing the same article over and over again whenever a black person’s life is cut down by a cop whose usual excuse is that he was protecting himself even though he was armed and his victim wasn’t. Such is certainly the case in my home state of South Carolina when another brotha left this word violently by a negrophobic-apparent cop. [Ex-cop: Michael Slager. Interesting coinage, “negrophobic.” Is this the next totemic word to enter the English language? Like “homophobic?” And “islamophobic?” I guess that makes BW “blancophobic?” Note: there’s nothing whatsoever in the incident that indicates anything more than that Slager, the killer ex-cop, is anything but a corrupt cop, except that he’s white, while his victim is black. BW and company are completely oblivious to the possibility that Slager is merely a corrupt cop and a jerk, and not a racist at all. Or, that he’s neither, and something else entirely.]
In a neighborhood in North Charleston, Officer Michael Slager shot eight rounds [For accuracy’s sake, Slager missed with three rounds.] into Walter Scott, a black male who was running away at the time. He got shot in the back five times. He was apparently unarmed when he died at the scene. [The video is extremely difficult to watch. You are literally watching a man die before your eyes. And there seems to be nothing that could possibly justify what you are watching. I was struck by the contrast of the horror that Americans felt at watching this video, as they shrugged off the videos of islamic lunatics sawing off the heads of children. I have no explanation for this.]
Slager, like almost all cops in similar incidents, said that he feared for this life. If there’s one thing most cops, especially white cops fear and hate the most is a black man, including those of the unarmed variety. [Or, as seems apparent, Slager was simply lying, and didn’t fear for his life at all. The law, of course, allows a police officer to use deadly force if he reasonably fears for his life. It’s hard to see how Slager feared for his life. Hence, there is a huge temptation for any cop involved in a shooting incident to say that he feared for his life. Evidence indicated that Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri, did, indeed, reasonably fear for his life. Similar evidence has yet to surface in support of Slager’s contention.] Slager said that Scott tried to reach for his stun gun during a scuffle at a traffic stop. But a video has surfaced showing the murder from start to finish questioning the police report.
The New York Times reports:
“The shooting unfolded after Officer Slager stopped the driver of a Mercedes-Benz with a broken taillight, according to police reports. Mr. Scott ran away, and Officer Slager chased him into a grassy lot that abuts a muffler shop. He fired his Taser, an electronic stun gun, but it did not stop Mr. Scott, according to police reports.
Moments after the struggle, Officer Slager reported on his radio: “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to police reports.
But the video, which was taken by a bystander and provided to The New York Times by the Scott family’s lawyer, presents a different account. [This should immediately arouse suspicion. I’m no automatic supporter of policeman, but videos are incredibly easy to fabricate and manipulate.] The video begins in the vacant lot, apparently moments after Officer Slager fired his Taser. Wires, which carry the electrical current from the stun gun, appear to be extending from Mr. Scott’s body as the two men tussle and Mr. Scott turns to run.”
Slager has been fired and charged for the murder of Scott. [Oops. That’s not supposed to happen! The white cop is supposed to get away with it, even in the presence of a damning video! 🙂 Darn that RGI narrative anyway!]
Some say that the video is what led to the firing and charging of Michael Slager. [Uhhhh… ya think?!?!] They say that if the video didn’t exist, Slager would’ve gotten off lightly with probably a suspension or some other light sentence. [Now, this is mildly interesting. The cops are agents of the government. As you all know, this blog is not at all friendly to big, overweening, heavy-handed government. We are all in favor of limits on the ability of the government to control the behavior of its citizens. Period. FastForward appears to agree with this premise — as does BW — but then they both go their separate ways again.] Given the history of white cops [Checking the actual evidence, (1) there is no indication that white cops kill black men more than the black male violent crime rate, and (2) that white cops kill black men more than black cops do. Admittedly, these are not the only questions that need to be answered, but they are a few of the obvious ones that must be answered before painting America with the “racist” brush. Can you tell me when you have seen anyone from the RGI address these questions?] killing black men and have gotten nothing more than a tap on the wrist, I’d say that this case will likely go in favor of Slager. [Frankly, absent evidence at least as convincing as that which exonerated Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO, Slager’s goose is cooked.] It’s sad to assume it will happen, but remember where we live. [Oh? Where do you live? Surely it’s a place you’re trying desperately to leave, right? Surely you are trying your level best to get on the next boat outta here, right? If not, you’re a fraud, and a charlatan.] We stay in America where the killing of a black person means nothing to society and even less to cops who hate and fear black folks. [See previous note. I mean, c’mon! There are literally millions trying desperately to come here and none of them have the same skin color as the so-called “dominant race” in America. There must be a reason for this, and it sure as heck is not because America is a racist country! Duh!]
Recently, I’ve been getting a heavy influx of people, some claiming to be black, [This is a snide accusation that some visitors to his blog who claim to be black are, actually, not black, ie: white. Let’s be honest here. BW is calling them liars. Pure and simple] that deny that racism is a significant problem in this nation. [Is BW pretending that this is just not debatable?] I can only guess that they would likely blame Walter Scott for his own death. [A simple truth: if he had not run, he’d be alive today. Some people make poor choices. Apparently, Scott had a history of making poor choices. He had a record a mile long. Now, let’s examine more poor choices. A man chooses to take the highway instead of back roads to his destination. In a freak accident, a large truck falls off an overpass and crushes the man in his car. True story. One second either way, and the man would have been watching the newscasts about the terrible truck accident from the comfort of his home, in the warm embrace of his family. Of what was he guilty? Of being in the wrong place at the wrong time] If he had been more of a “respectable” man, he would’ve been alive today. [Or: if he hadn’t fled — as neither you or I would have — he’d be alive today. Or, if he hadn’t encountered Micahel Slager he’d be alive today. Or, or, or… a millon “or’s.” One thing is certain, he freakin’s shouldn’t have tried to run away! Duh!]
The main argument I seem to get are that black people are “too wild”. [A certain “reality_check” tried to make this argument, but BW and his disciples were having none of it. He immediately declared off-topic anything having to do with black culture itself.] We seem to be entrenched in this killer criminality plague that is responsible for half the murders in this nation, or so the argument goes. [This is incoherent, but I think I know what BW means. A simple statistic: over half the murders committed in America each year, are perpetrated by black men. ] Yet, no one has been able to come up with an explanation as to why that’s so, but one logical cause they won’t accept is white supremacy. [Agreed. No none has come up with that explanation. However, that’s probably because the western legal idea of responsibility for a crime is pretty simple to summarize: You did it? You’re responsible for it. As a rule, there are only additional parties peripherally responsible. For example, if you shoot someone at the orders of someone else, yes, you are mostly responsible, but you can usually dodge the maximum sentence if you give up the name of the dude who paid you to do it. Still, you’re gonna do time.]
Some people can’t or won’t fathom that this is still a racist society. [Sorry, no hard evidence seems to support this conclusion. Period. I asked for, and numerous others asked for, some kind of hard evidence to indicate this. There was never any such evidence forthcoming. A “racist society” should produce some hard evidence that it is a racist society. That’s not a difficult understanding to swallow.] They don’t seem to comprehend that racism has taken on the form of a complex monster that is still out for colored blood. [Okay: hard evidence, please. Just an eentsie, weentsie, teenie, weenie, morsel of such evidence, please? Just one? Please?] Why are so many black people getting killed by cops? [Ahh! Hard evidence! Right? Nope. A few dozen each year. Each one is an infinite loss, but read this well, none of them is even remotely close to “proof” that we live in a racist society. Duh.] Is it because black people are out of control and deserve what they get? [No one ever suggested that shooting victims “deserved what they got.” Typical leftist or RGI tactic of arguing against a point that no one ever tried to make.] Or is it due to the police’s psychological fear and disdain for black life that can not be explain in a few words?
As we witness another black man dying at the hands of a white cop as we watch the gruesome video, some people will not accept this as probable proof that racism exists. [Another RGI strawman. No one ever tried to make the point that “racism doesn’t exist.” BW harped on this fraudulent objection so much that one was forced to wonder whether he had some mental impediment. Nope. He’s just bull-headed. Which is a particularly stupid way to choose to be. (<– read that last well.)] They will boil this down to an isolated incident, even though it’s part of a long chain of “isolated incidents”, each strikingly so similar. [A “long chain” of dozens of such incidents. In a country of more than 300 million, that’s — sorry — no big deal. Not, that is, if you’re trying to understand the actual truth, and not some truth you’d like to fabricate for whatever reason.] When people continue to deny racism of this caliber, you can best believe that the slaughter of black folks by white cops will continue. [Slaughter? Really? Should we examine that word? I’m perfectly open to the word, if it’s true. Look: a few dead people — of any race whatsoever — doesn’t constitute a “slaughter.” I’m second to no one in decrying the loss of even one innocent life (I’m pro-life). Heck, I’m second to no one in decrying the loss of one guilty life. All life is infinitely precious. But, let’s be blunt, Brotha Wolf is perfectly fine with thousands of black people dying violent deaths each year at the hands of black men in American cities, as long as he gets out the word that whitey — who didn’t actually do it … somehow did it. What an idiot. The blood of dead black men, women and children is all over the hands of the Race Grievance Industry, and of people like “Brotha Wolf.” ]
Aaaaand, the commenting peters out with a weak irrelevancy.
(1) – In the exchange, you will see that Brotha Wolf, and his supporters all suggest, of course, that FastFroward is lying when he says he’s black. This is yet another of the many laughable contradictions and intellectual preposterousnesses (preposterosities? I like that one! 🙂 ) of the Race Grievance Industry. They become absolutely apoplectic with rage if you were to suggest that there is great commonality of thinking among black people (as this blog has never suggested, by the way), but as soon as you demonstrate the slightest difference in thinking from the Race Grievance Industry itself, you just must not be black. In fact, you must be white — as if you could never be Asian or Hispanic or something else.
(2) – Brotha Wolf never did get around to making any real arguments. He just said things. He spent all his time asserting things, then refusing to back them up when FastForward challenged him to do so. This is a typical characteristic of the RGI: to assert things as fact, then be unable, or at least unwilling, to support them. They understand at least one aspect of the “Big Lie Theory”: If you just say something over and over and over and over again, pretty soon people will simply believe it… whether or not it’s true. For this to work, it is essential that the one expressing the Big Lie not permit any counter-arguments to get in the way of the Lie.