I’m regularly bemused at the howling, brain-dead, slack-jawed, glassy-eyed idiocy with which National Public Radio treats the sensitive topic of race.
The reason is simple: they allow only card-carrying members of the Race Grievance Industry (RGI) to pronounce on race matters. And the RGI, world-class, champion whiners that they are, all sing from the same ludicrously brain-dead(1) song book.
Yesterday, I listened to some commentator say the following. It’s a paraphrase, but some of it is on the nose, and I’ve retained the meaning.
First, to set the stage. NPR was interviewing, or featuring, a black dude. The guy was soft-spoken, articulate, plainly well-educated. And a card-carrying member of the RGI. His beef? Simple: white people just don’t — can’t — “get it.” And here’s why:
No white person can possibly understand the burden we walk around with every moment of every day. I walk around in a country that calls me an equal, but in which everyone is trained to fear me.
Uhhhh… Sorry: wrong. I’d be willing to debate the first part, but that last part — the “trained to fear me” part — is just stupid, idiotic, moronic … and flat-out wrong.
It’s pure propaganda. I can almost guarantee that no one in America is trained to fear the commentator. The only reason for the “almost” is that I couldn’t actually see the the speaker. If he looked as he sounded, then there’s not a person in the country who fears him … regardless of the color of his skin.
I’ll describe the NPR commentator’s looks based on his voice and his manner of speaking: clean-cut, clean-shaven, with maybe a well-manicured bit of facial hair, dignified glasses, suit jacket, button-down shirt, top button open, average height … the kind of guy who would look perfectly appropriate emerging from his faculty office in a prestigious university.
That’s what he sounded like.
There’s not a person in the country who would fear that guy if they saw him coming toward them … under any circumstances. Meaning: this guy wouldn’t have been scary if he were coming toward you on a crowded city street, or on a narrow path in a remote forest.
A quick anecdote. I was heading toward work recently, when I stopped in at a local cafe to get a coffee. As I arrived at the front door, a couple approached with their young son. The man was an immense black guy — easily 6’9″ tall, and powerful — along with (I presume) his wife. Their young son was between them.
Even though he probably could have mopped up the floor with me, if he so chose (and I’m an immense white man. Just not as immense) I felt no fear whatsoever for this huge black man — because he was, as mentioned above, clean-cut, clean-shaven, plainly cared deeply for his son, whose hand he held.
I opened the door for them, and as I did, the man reached down to pat his son’s head, as he allowed the young boy to go first. It was a gesture that, as a daddy myself, I’d done hundreds and hundreds of times before. It’s such a touching, sweet, normal, loving gesture, that I experienced a feeling of gratitude that the young boy had such a loving father. That’s all.
It’s the same, precise, exact feeling that I experience every time I see that simple act of paternal love. The point: that feeling was identical to every other time I’d experienced it, whenever I’d seen such a moment of tender affection between a father and his child.
The feeling wasn’t different in any way whatsoever from all the other times I’d felt it. It wasn’t lessened because of the father’s and son’s race. It wasn’t colored by anything like relief that the big black man wasn’t behaving according to the stereotypes that RGI members believe fill our white heads. It was just a simple, nice, inward smile as I watched a heart-warming moment between a daddy and his son.
The other point to the anecdote: Never in my life had anyone ever even attempted to train me to fear this big black dude. Ever.
The next point: I think for myself. So, really, does everyone else. Even those who simply parrot, like ventriloquist’s dummies — as this NPR commentator does — the Grievance Industry whine. Even they think for themselves.
This is a big point. Even the dupes, stooges and drones of the RGI are thinking for themselves. They’re, let’s face it, choosing to parrot the whine. They’re choosing not to examine critically what they say.
Choosing not to do something — ie. choosing not to examine what one is parroting — is a decision, every bit as much as the choice to examine things critically.
I’ve lived most of my life in Connecticut, generally. If you read what I write, you realize immediately that I had to overcome a whole stinking, putrescent mess of indoctrination-style “education” to get to where I am now.
I had a simple state of mind: I used formal “education” to outline for me the general parameters of a topic. Then, if the subject interested me, I did my own research. My own thinking. My own analysis.
Back to the NPR piece. Do you know how I knew that the commentator was either (1) full of it, or (2) simply ignorant? Simple: the generalization that he made — that we white people had been trained to fear him — was plainly untrue in my life. Ipso facto, the rest of what he said was, at best, questionable. So, I’ve made the effort to question it.
Now, I happen to know that there’s no general effort in America to train Americans to “fear black people,(2)” but that’s because I took the effort to do the research necessary to discover that.
One more thing: we are trained — by mom and dad, by friends, by people who aren’t interested in any political agenda — to fear people who don’t look like my image of the NPR commentator, or the daddy of the young boy.
If I see someone covered with tattoos, with scraggly, unkempt hair, myriad piercings, elaborate facial and other hair concoctions, I react with alarm … again, regardless of the skin color of the approaching person.
A person’s appearance is our very first indicator of who, how and what is a person whom we meet. We all act according to that very first impression. Crucially: if we get it wrong, it can mean our life. So we act according to the odds. Go ahead and look at the mug shots, on the various web sites that show them, and you try to make the case that it’s an irrational thing to take a person’t appearance, the first indicator, into account.
More to the point: In knowing that, as everyone does — when a person makes the decision to look as intimidating as possible, he shouldn’t be surprised if people act warily around him. And, that doesn’t mean that anyone is being “trained” to fear people of any particular skin color. Pay attention. People in America are being trained to love, to indulge, to admire … and to infantilize black Americans. That’s the problem, and it’s a big one.
(1) The reason for that adjective — “brain-dead” is: the points made in the RGI “song book” don’t stand even the most basic scrutiny, let alone a little research. The problem: we have to be able to evaluate what anyone says, at least at the basic level — Ex.: does this apply in my life? — or else they get away with the most ludicrous of false statements, like the one covered in this essay. Lastly, imagine that I say to you something important to you like:
The earth is experiencing global warming, and unless we start to curtail the use of carbon-based fuels now, we’ll be extinct as a species inside of a century.
If you don’t examine that statement, and you hear it over and over and over and over again, then guess what: after a short timef you believe it.
(2) Actually, the contrary is true: In America, we’ve been engaged in a massive effort to train people not to fear black people in any way. It’s a vast push to produce a narrative that black Americans are generally saintly, suffering, oppressed people, deserving only of our compassion, our indulgence and lots and lots of free stuff. America’s RGI has been trying to foist on us all such a ridiculous caricature of black people, that the effort has been failing, because it’s so simplistic and so full of holes.
Worse, though, the caricature encourages black people to act according to the stereotypes they so vociferously condemn, thereby confirming them, and then to demand that everyone reject them. Tattooing, weird hair styles, facial and otherwise, elaborate bling, outlandish clothing — all indicators of a threatening demeanor — are much more common among black Americans.
There’s a simple truth in America: if you adopt what’s plainly a non-threatening appearance, then virtually no one will fear you. Regardless of the color of your skin. The converse is true: If you adopt a look that’s obviously threatening, then people will fear you. Regardless of the color of your skin.