Note: if you read the entirety of this very long post, you will end up quite amused. There are some very interesting twists and turns in it! (including cameo appearances by the banned xPraetorius! 🙂 There are even poignant moments!)
Things are heating up at the ol’ Race Grievance Industry corral! As most of you know, there are a couple of web sites that I follow — here and here — that are owned and operated by stooges of the RGI. I like to keep up with them because it lets me know what others are thinking, and I’m always on the lookout for new insights into the problems facing this, the greatest country that has ever existed.
As you also probably know, I’ve been “banned” from those sites, because the proprietors were unable to counter my disagreements with their own counter arguments, so rather than do the work of actually researching whether I was right or wrong, they simply dodged the point and banned me.
Important Note: This was not laziness, but worse: cowardice. The RGI is nothing if not deeply insecure in its beliefs! They realize that the tide of history is leaving them farther and farther behind.
Well, in recent weeks and months, “BrothaWolf” (BW) has faced some powerful disagreements, and I have a feeling that we, at our small but increasingly influential think tank, are the ones who have encouraged similar-minded people to go to his “den” — as he styles it — and debate with him and his acolytes.
There have been two more extremely interesting dust-ups at BW’s place, and they’re notable because they underscore what we’ve been saying for some time now: the RGI has no actual evidence for their claims that America is a racist country; they have only abstract, ephemeral, unprovable — and, importantly, undisprovable — ghostly things like “institutional racism” and “structural racism,” both of which are whatever you want them to be if you’re in the RGI.
Was that a furtive glance, a seemingly insincere smile? Structural racism! Did a white guy get promoted before a black woman? Institutional Racism! Sexism! Are there more blacks incarcerated than the percentage of the population that blacks represent? Structural Racism! Regardless of the merits or contexts involved in any of the aforementioned cases.
In the past few weeks, BW has posted several posts that have attracted the attention of some apparently Conservative commenters. These commenters have demolished BW’s premises; they’ve come in, kicked glutei maximi, and taken names.
It has distressed Brotha Wolf no end. To the point where I’ve been experiencing sympathy for this guy — really a sheep in wolf’s clothing. This, despite the fact that BW has abused me personally quite a bit. I’ve even taken to posting sympathetic posts to BW’s web site because I hate to see another person suffering. At the same time, I will not ever compromise on what is true and what is not(1).
So far, what seems true is that BW is very wrong. And, the fact that he frequently libels an entire race, means that he needs to be called on it.
From a distance — remember: I’ve been “banned” from BW’s and Abagond’s sites — I’ve called the RGI on their slanders. Others appear to have picked up the ball to run with it, and have proven worthy successors to my colleagues and me.
Without further ado, here are the posts in question(2) (Note: I’ve added a few comments, [in square brackets and red font] as well ) :
Beginning of Brotha Wolf’s First Post
“How does it feel to be a problem?”
This is a question asked in W.E.B. Dubois’ treatise The Souls of Black Folk. The question doesn’t ask how does it feel to have problems or have the kinds of problems that some people can’t or won’t understand. The question directly asks how does it feel like to actually be a problem. This question is also the title of a book by Moustafa Bayoumi who gives an indepth look as to what it’s like to live in a time where being a young Arab or Muslim American is often judged as being the enemy. A threat. A terrorist.
Being a member of the “other”, especially if you’re black, you are not granted the privilege of being individuals, especially if a crime occurs. When a black person is so much as suspected of any crime, the whole race is suspect. If a black person was the suspect and there are white victims, the whole race is looked upon with disdain and mistrust, seen as the potential enemy of white folks who will seek another innocent white person to get back at them for slavery. It seems like it’s always slavery that’s the underlying reason white people believe is the reason for any black-on-white crime. But I digress.
I remember a few years ago back in 2008. A UNC Student named Eve Carson who had a potentially bright future ahead of her was robbed and murdered by two young black males. It was a major news story. A white woman was killed by not one, but two black men. I also remembered two words in one article I read. Racial tension. I hear and see those words often whenever there’s a story about an interracial crime. Usually when it’s black-on-white, that’s when a feeling of dread hits me, because I fear of repercussions for that area against the black community. When a black person commits a crime against white people, black people, not just those responsible, must be held accountable.
Most people still can’t, or won’t, grasp the racism that reeks whenever black people are seen as a collective problem that must always pay whenever a few of their own fuck up. A lot of people avoid being called the r-word by excusing it with statistics, so-called “facts” that they’ve found most likely at a racist conservative website that exaggerates numbers to prove their point.
On the other hand, white people are granted the privilege of individuality no matter how often or how heinous a crime is. Whether it’s a school shooting, a bombing, serial rape or even mass shootings, white people are given the third degree and had their culture questioned, nor are they given stern lectures to “do better” by those who unofficially appoint themselves as guidance counselors for the whole race.
It has been a few days since the Biker shootout in Waco Texas that claimed nine lives, injured over a dozen more and led to the arrest of over a hundred bikers. The media treated the bloodbath with kid gloves, turning it into a singular incident where it was an isolated tragedy and not part of a string of white-on-white crime where more than a few lives are usually taken.
However, the same media treated the protests in Baltimore and Ferguson as if it was a warzone. [They kind of were war zones! The last thing BW should do is criticize the media over those rare occasions where they actually get something right!] Pretests [sic: “Protests”] themselves became riots. Protestors became looters. Animals. Thugs. [They were thugs. Presumably many still are.] The peaceful anger and uprising vanished within the news media’s sensationalism and racism and became an outbreak of black pathology unfolding before America’s eyes. [Peaceful? Tell that to the shop owners whose establishments were “peacefully” looted and burned.]
No matter what, black people are constantly seen as the problem in America. [All people who riot over nothing, or who commit reprehensible crimes are “problems.” That black Americans commit crime in numbers vastly disproportionate to their numbers in the population is a very serious problem.] It’s safe to say that no matter what we do, our faults end up overshadowing our accomplishments as well as overall humanity and individuality though the eyes of the white racist mindframe that continuously sees itself as innocent and normal while it sees blackness as criminal, pathologic and something to be feared and taken care of mostly by imprisonment or brute force.
— END OF BROTHA WOLF’S FIRST POST —
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At this point, BrothaWolf unburdens himself of yet another plaintive cri de coeur. Exasperated by the drubbing that DaShawn/Rational Observer administered to him, he decides to post this next rather bedraggled attempt to provide “proof” of just how racist America is. He ends up quoting only other members of the Race Grievance Industry, and even pulls in someone who crowed that Clint Eastwood admitted to having voted for John McCain in ’08 because McCain is white. Except for one small thing. Eastwood never did that, and it apparently took DaShawn/Rational Observer very little time to find that out.
Again, BW breaks out strawman after strawman, arguing vociferously and passionately, or plaintively and whiningly, depending on the moment, against arguments and statements that no one ever made. I have to give them credit, though: they stick to it! You can tell them what you’re thinking all you want, they’ll call you a liar and tell you they know what you’re thinking better than you do! When you point out the preposterousness of that, they just do it again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again… and one more time. You’ll see that below, as BW and his acolytes break out that tired, bedraggled canard: “You’re denying the existence of racism!“
Don Quixote lives on in the Race Grievance Industry; still tilting away at terrifying windmills that sure look to him like white racism.
Below is Brotha Wolf’s second post, with accompanying comments in [square brackets and red font].
— BEGINNING OF BROTHA WOLF’S SECOND POST —
I sit here rubbing my temples at the influx of commenters out to refute any single article written about racism. [This is a bit of hyperbole. BW doesn’t write “articles about racism,” he writes propaganda tracts, whining about imaginary white racism. Oh, white racism out there, but in BW’s fertile imagination, he’s transformed the arthritic, tottering, wheezing, old rat that is the dying remnant of white racism, into a snarling, ravening, massive, muscular bear.] The overall theme of these hive-minded drones [That’s particularly ironic, coming from this sheep in wolf’s clothing!] is that racism is either not a big problem or that it’s comprised of singular incidents that only occur a few times per year. Whatever the case, they not only want to tell me that racism is not as big a thing as I claim it to be, but they rant about me showing them some proof. [Goodness gracious! Can’t have that! Of course unsupported generalities, and unsubstantiated invective are sufficient from which to draw conclusions! Why would anyone need proof for horrific accusations?!? The fact that the accusation is made ought to be sufficient, right?] Don’t laugh. They want me to prove that racism is a major issue.
I take issue with that favor, or command rather, for a few reasons. One, they expect me to go out of my way to prove something when they can just do some of the research themselves. [If you read DaShawn/Rational Observer’s argument, you will see that he’d done quite a bit of research, and quite a bit of thinking about the subject.] Two, they have a hint of this master-slave mentality that they bring where if I don’t comply, they go off the deep end and lash out as if I was lower than scum. [Never forget to bring in “slavery,” though, how that would pertain to a quite reasonable request for evidence pertaining to serious accusations is likely to remain a mystery.] And three, and the most obvious reason, they wouldn’t except [sic] it anyway. We’ve seen it happen all the time, every time with these commenters. So, even if you do produce some evidence, they’re [sic] refute it and scream for something that’s not, as they consider it, leftist because anything that’s not right is obviously left, and that’s plain wrong to them. (There is no middle ground for them. It’s either right or left) [Uhhhhhhhhhhhh… wh-wh-whuh?]
Racism is an institutionalized business that permeates virtually every facet of society from education to the media and even the workforce. There are mountains of evidence that prove that racism exists. [Interestingly, BW refuses to provide any. If there were such mountains, needless to say, it would be child’s play to produce some.] Yet, this seemingly never-ending parade of naysayers want me, and perhaps everyone else, to believe otherwise. What’s worse is that they portray themselves as intellectuals who know more about racism than those who actually experienced it. [How does one’s experience with racism prevent anyone from understanding racism? And, how does BW know the extent to which anyone else has experienced racism? Answer: He doesn’t.] And they get pissed to the point of telling you how wrong you supposed to be when you make it known that racism is a significant problem in America. [That’s the one thing BW hasn’t done, is provide some indication somewhere that white racism (When BW refers to “racism,” he means “white racism.”) is a significant problem in America. Surprisingly I believe that racism is a significant problem in America. Black racism in the Race Grievance Industry. It’s holding black Americans back, and it poisons race relations in America. When blacks are racist, it’s easy, breezy and they display it openly, and without hesitation. And it’s deadly for America.]
These people operate passing themselves as almost scholarly with a knack for conducting and winning arguments. They tell you how wrong every single point you made is after they copy and paste them. In the mix they may even condemn them by calling your comments names as if they’re four-year olds fighting with other four-year olds. And when you can’t take their mess anymore, then they make you feel low. They may even get so crazy enough to think they’ve won the argument, patting themselves on the back for being “right”.
But the irony is that there is no argument when something is true. Racism is here. It’s part of this country’s culture. Arguing whether or not it exists is like trying to prove that water is wet.
Besides, what kind of proof are these loons looking for? [BW is big on accusing others of name-calling, but he never holds back himself. Interestingly, I scrupulously avoided insulting or calling names when I was locking horns with them. However, that didn’t prevent them from accusing me of it.] What kind of proof will they accept? [How about: Credible proof? Mebbe he could try some of that. Apparently there are mountains of it just lying around everywhere! As mentioned above, it should be child’s play to produce some.] What evidence would sway them to see the point of view of others? [As BW and his friends have been so goshdarned flexible and reasonable in seeing the point of view of others? 🙂 Sheesh! Do these people even read what they write?] Judging by these people who apparently have the same mind, I doubt any kind of evidence, empirical or otherwise, would convince them of anything other than show how they are either too ignorant or too much in denial about the existence of racism.
These people would scoff at the following for whatever reason: [How about (1) they’re non-credible, not even close, and (2) the first three argue against points no one is trying to make, and (3) some of them contain out-and-out falsehoods, and (4) one is a college assignement! ]
If This Doesn’t Prove That Racism Still Exists, We Don’t Know What Will [See above: no one is trying to suggest that racism doesn’t exist.]
Top 10 Reasons Why Racism Exists [As many say: smh]
Racism Still Exists: The Worst Tweets From The #WhyDoBlackPeople Twitter Trend [A few dozen tweets prove that nearly all 200 million white people are racists! Some of the tweeters are black too! ]
15 Charts That Prove We’re Far From Post-Racial [Duh! Who really believes we’re “Post-racial?” The Race Grievance Industry is awash in racism.]
STUDENT GROUP RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS ABOUT RACISM [Ooooooohhhh… yep. college students’ opinions prove that all 190 million white Americans are racists. smh again!]
Shocking New Studies Show Racism Exists, Affects People’s Actions [In a related news flash: All people’s states of mind affect their actions!]
Fox New’s Megyn Kelly can’t handle the truth about race and the justice system. [Just an out-and-out falsehood.]
These are online articles. Sure. But they have links to actual studies that show that racism is a major problem in this country. But as we’ve all witnessed, crazy commenters will do what they can to refute that fact. They may as well argue in favor of the belief that Earth is flat while they’re at it. [Lol! One of my favorite images for the Race Grievance Industry is “flat earthers.” I’m glad to see that I’ve had such an effect on BW!]
Rational Observer/DaShawn, and then the late arrival, blankenship, dismantled, razed, took apart, took down, annihilated, disemboweled, eviscerated, dismembered, beheaded, ripped apart, shredded, stomped upon, wrecked, demolished, devastated, pulverized, fragmented, smashed, crushed, chewed up, made mincemeat of, destroyed, squashed, exterminated, extinguished, pounded, stomped upon Brotha Wolf’s arguments.
Your guess: Will Brotha Wolf learn from this?
I don’t think so either.
(1) – And I challenge others to prove me wrong. I have a little secret. I don’t mind being proven wrong. If you have compelling evidence that what I say is wrong, then I want to discard completely what I believe that is wrong. Simple as that.
(2) – Note: I’d simply link to the posts but, as mentioned above, I’ve been banned from the sites. As a result, I have no idea whether or not the site owners will keep the posts up. After all, these posts represent rather embarrassing repudiations of the RGI’s so-called “arguments.” Between you and me, if I were Brotha Wolf, or Abagond, I’d delete the posts altogether. They do not show them in good light.