Bottom Line: The media get it wrong every time because: (1) they’re stupid. (2) Because, they get every politically-oriented gathering wrong, (3) though entirely lacking in self-awareness, they understand viscerally that the Black Lives Matter movement is a Black Supremacist movement, so they assume that any movement involving whiteness, regardless of what they might say, is a White supremacist movement. (4) Because they don’t know what racism actually is.
And, of course, the media did get Charlottesville all wrong. The lefty media went ballistic, and called out the troops across the land. “Oh the hate, all the hate! And the racism! And the hate! All that hate! Hate! Hate! We hate all that hate! And the right-wing media fell all over themselves to make sure that they couldn’t be accused of racism.
They immediately “reported” it (scare quotes because it’s not reporting to pass along fabrications) that it was a “White Supremacist” march in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend.
I paid attention. I heard almost nothing and almost no one espousing anything even remotely resembling White Supremacy. More to the point, I heard many hasten to point out that they absolutely did not believe in White Supremacy. This does not mean in any way that I support what happened in Charlottesville. In fact, I don’t. But, it was not a White Supremacist march.
The media get this wrong for a lot of reasons, one of which is that the Black Lives Matter movement is a real, genuine racist supremacist movement, The media generally have a Self-Awareness Quotient down near that of an avocado. So, they do, at some deep level, realize that BLM is a racist movement. Therefore they assume that any movement that talks about white people — regardless of what they say — is a White Supremacist movement.
I heard several interviewees among the marchers say that they believed in White Separatism, because they believe that white people come in for a whole lot vilification in America today. Whether you approve or not, that position is entirely defensible. These same people hastened to say that they were not White Supremacists in any way, and that, in fact, they condemned the very idea of White Supremacy.
However, it’s a simple statement of fact that in today’s America, while there are strong societal pressures forbidding anyone to say anything at all even slightly negative — kidding or not — about a wide assortment of grievance groups today, there is no such pressure preventing anyone from saying the vilest crap about white people.
What’s that list of protected grievance groups? I’m glad you asked: Black people, women, gays, transes, lesbians, Hispanics, brown people, muslims… got the picture? Go ahead, make even a tiny sarcastic public remark about any of those groups and see where it gets you.
Now here’s a list of people about whom you’re perfectly free to say anything you want, no matter how vile and disgusting: Catholics, evangelicals, Republicans, Conservatives, white men, Tea Partiers. Oh yes, and… “white people.”
This last group — white people — is understood not to include: women, transes, gays, leftists, muslims, lesbians, no matter how white any of them may be. That leaves everyone’s favorite punching bag: White men.
To say that white people, mostly white men, are routinely and constantly vilified in the media as well as in pop culture, Hollywood and throughout academia at all levels, is to state the obvious. No one disputes the assertion.
So, I heard a whole lot of people from Charlottesville saying that “white people are people too,” but that was about as strident as I heard. And, oddly enough, white people are people too. This is not a controversial statement. That the media immediately turned a statement of the obvious into some kind of “White Supremacy” slur shows their dim-bulb cluelessness.
I did hear the odd provocateur say some nitwittery like, “White people rule!” That was likely actually someone from the Left trying to fool the news media into reporting that it was a right-winger.
By the way, the Left is notorious for that kind of thing. Leftists are constantly being caught painting swastikas, and faking reports of rape or racial slurs that either they themselves committed, or that they completely made up. They are the quintessential boys who cry wolf. In the famous fable, the boy did it to get attention; the Left does it to dupe the press, which almost always works.
However, the reason for this particular post in our small but increasingly influential think tank’s blog, is something that occurred to me as I was driving somewhere, and it’s this: The reason the press will always get a gathering like Charlottesville wrong, is simple, and two-fold: (1) they get every political gathering wrong, whether it be of the Right, the Left, or anything else, and (2) they don’t understand racism. They don’t know what it is, and therefore can’t properly identify whether anyone’s exhibiting it or, most crucially, when they’re not.
Here is a table that should explain it in very simple terms — Love/Hate — that even the media might be able to understand (though, I realize that’s a tall order):
State of Mind
Is it Racism?
Do the Media Think it’s Racism?
|1) Love black people!||No||No|
|2) Hate black people!||Yes||Yes|
|3) Love white people!||No||Yes|
|4) Hate white people!||Yes||No|
|5) Love black people! and Hate white people!||Yes||No|
|6) Love white people! and Hate black people!||Yes||Yes|
|7) Hate white people! and Hate black people!||Maybe||Yes|
|8) Love white people! and Love black people!||No||Yes|
That simple table above shows why the media can never get anything pertaining to race right. The red entries show where the media are wrong about what they think is or is not racism.
You can distill it even further:
Anytime anyone comes to an automatic conclusion about someone else, merely because of the color of his skin, that person is a racist. Period.
If you’re interested, here’s a brief summary explanation of each entry in the above table, and how the media get it wrong. Again, I’ve dumbed it down for the members of the media who will read this. And, again, the ones that the media get wrong are in red.
#1: Love black people: If someone loves black people, that’s not racism. The person could be a racist still, but his favorable feeling regarding black people is not racist. It would be odd, for example, for any black person to be not pro-black people. In fact, it’s deeply desirable that black people be, well, pro-black people.
#2: Hate black people: If someone hates black people, that’s racist. The person is against a group of people merely because of the color of their skin. The very definition of racism.
#3: Love white people: If someone loves white people, that’s not racism. This is one thing that the media get wrong all the time. It’s something that we white people get wrong all the time. The media, and indeed, racist black people are constantly telling white people that they ought to loathe themselves. The Left have bought into this pernicious conclusion. Needless to say, it’s a very bad thing. Furthermore, as for black people, it’s deeply desirable that white people be very much pro-white people. A pro-white people person can still be a racist, of course, if he’s also anti-black people. But, if he’s merely pro-white people, he’s not a racist, no matter how much the media think he is.
#4: Hate white people: Again, this is the very definition of racism: the denigration of an entire people based on nothing more than the color of their skin. Needless to say, the media get this one wrong all the time as well
#5: Love black people and Hate white people: This is another one that the media get wrong all the time. You can be the greatest crusader in the world for the rights of black people, but if at the same time, you hate white people because they’re white, then you’re as scummy a racist as any other one of any color. Like #6, below, this should be patently obvious. The media are too stupid to understand this third-grade thing, though.
#6: Love white people and Hate black people: Duh. You’re a racist. Where the media get this one wrong, is in their widespread assumption that all white people who are not self-flagellating, self-loathing wretches, also hate black people. Nope. The vast majority of pro-white people people, are also pro-black people. There are a few half-wits who meet the description of this item, but they’re few and far between, and their numbers are rapidly diminishing.
#7: Hate white people and Hate black people: This is just a misanthrope. Unless, that is, she’s something else… like a Hispanic, or an Asian or some “other.” In that case, yep, she’s a racist.
#8: Love white people and Love black people: Another one that the media get wrong all the time. The iron-clad rule to which the media adhere is that you must hate white people, or else you’re a racist. Or, if you’re pro-white people, then you’re automatically a racist. Perversely, according to the media, this #8 person, who simply has generally favorable feelings toward all people, is… you guessed it: a racist. We saw this in the fawning coverage the media gave to the Black Lives Matter members who insisted that it was racism to suggest that all lives matter.
Look, it may have been a White Supremacist march in Charlottesville, I don’t know. And you couldn’t reasonably come to any conclusion based on media “reporting.” However, everyone I saw took great pains to say that it was a White Separatist thing. I don’t know about you, but that strikes me as just as bad. Worse, even. White Supremacy in America today is a myth. A fabrication made up by people who want more free things, and a built-in excuse for failure. There could be White Separatism, though, and that would be a very bad thing.