I could have made this post part of our “Powerful, Influential People Read This Blog” series, because people all over are finally beginning to say what we’ve been saying here all along: the American Left has owned the cities for decades. There hasn’t been a hint of Republican influence in the cities for decades.
The great Kevin Williamson says it, chapter and verse, here. He explains in some detail that same thing that we’ve been saying for a very long time now.
Williamson also summed it up in one well-crafted tweet: “Baltimore is the Left fighting the Left over the failed policies of the Left.”
I encourage you to read the column, both because of what it says, and also for how Williamson says it. Williamson is a great writer. When he gets irritated with something or someone, you can be sure that he will publish the witheringly best take-down of the offender. He’s positively steynian in his ability to dismantle and demolish American Leftism’s most cherished sacred cows(1).
Here’s a sample from Williamson’s piece (I’ve added some red highlighting of parts I found eye-opening):
American cities are by and large Democratic-party monopolies, monopolies generally dominated by the so-called progressive wing of the party. The results have been catastrophic, and not only in poor black cities such as Baltimore and Detroit. Money can paper over some of the defects of progressivism in rich, white cities such as Portland and San Francisco, but those are pretty awful places to be non-white and non-rich, too: Blacks make up barely 9 percent of the population in San Francisco, but they represent 40 percent of those arrested for murder, and they are arrested for drug offenses at ten times their share of the population. Criminals make their own choices, sure, but you want to take a look at the racial disparity in educational outcomes and tell me that those low-income nine-year-olds in Wisconsin just need to buck up and bootstrap it?
Black urban communities face institutional failure across the board every day. There are people who should be made to answer for that: What has Martin O’Malley to say for himself? What can Ed Rendell say for himself other than that he secured a great deal of investment for the richest square mile in Philadelphia? What has Nancy Pelosi done about the radical racial divide in San Francisco?
Mychal Denzel Smith, toy radical at The Nation, offered the usual illiterate slogan “f**k the police” and declared of the rioters: “I also hope they break s**t.” Writers at Salon also endorsed violence for its own sake. “I do not advocate non-violence,” Benji Hart affirmed. Most of this can be credited to juvenile posturing, and it should be noted that the rioters in Baltimore mostly are not burning down tax offices or police stations but are in the main looting businesses and carrying out acts of wanton opportunistic vandalism — that’s not a revolt, but a crime spree. Meretricious “black rage” rhetoric notwithstanding, what we have seen in places such as Ferguson and Baltimore is much more ordinarily criminal than political.
But there is a legitimate concern here — from which no one seems to be willing to draw the obvious conclusion: There is someone to blame for what’s wrong in Baltimore.
However, we are not alone, Kevin and I … also great and indispensable Jonah Goldberg weighed in too. And, as it turns out, he said the same thing we’ve been saying as well! Here’s his column. In that column, Goldberg says this (with my red highlighted emphasis):
If Republicans were responsible for the systemic, intergenerational failure of urban America, liberals would have an easy explanation: racism. That would be unfair to say of Republicans, and it’s unfair to hurl the charge at Democrats, too (Though a certain kind of liberal condescension is a kind of racism, I suppose.). But since they [liberals] are incapable or unwilling to discuss the obvious explanations – corruption, cronyism, incompetence etc — liberals must offer an even broader indictment of “the system.”
I think that Goldberg, one of the finest commentators in the land today, understates a very important point here. When Goldberg says, “a certain kind of liberal condescension is a kind of racism” he echoes what we’ve been saying here in these pages, again, for a very long time, but doesn’t give it its due. This “certain kind of liberal condescension” is the default, overarching state-of-mind that liberals exhibit toward black Americans in all their dealings with them. When blacks lash back at liberals, it is almost always because of this very, demeaning, disrespectful, patronizing, arrogant, contemptuous, snobbish, hoity-toity, pompous, icky … racist attitude that is the liberal attitude.
I’m not alone in understanding this. Ann Coulter has been making this point for a long time. Tammy Bruce, ex-leftist and former head of NOW in LA, just came out with a new book detailing it. (here)
More and more and more and more people are starting to recognize what we’ve seen for a very long time: the home of racism is on America’s left. Don’t look for racism among Conservatives; rather look for it among those on the left who think that — absent massive government intervention, and even in the absence of any kind of demonstrable white racism — black people just can’t make it. That black people just aren’t smart enough, or good enough, or civilized enough to make it in America. You’ll find racism on America’s political left, not on her right.
(1) – No one is better than the master, Mark Steyn, but Williamson is at the top of the pyramid with Steyn.