Muslim man shoots up gay nightclub, claiming he did it in the name of ISIS and Allah. But we don’t know the motive. It must be Christian hatred and the NRA.
White cop shoots black man. Has to be white racism. Clearly there is no other explanation than systemic white racism.
Over and over we find that the people peddling these hashtags have rushed their narrative to the media before the facts all come out — because they know what gets out there first sticks, and people have a natural instinct to root for the underdog. Saul Alinsky knew this and advised how to best do it to your advantage. “Rules for Radicals” *is* the Bible for the American Leftist Activist.
We saw old younger pictures of an angelic-looking Michael Brown rather than the big thuggish bully he had grown to be. The one who had just robbed a convenience store and assaulted the Indian manager, and who tried to wrestle a gun from a cop who had just advised him not to walk down the middle of the street. Trayvon Martin was just a young innocent teen, shot for being black by a “White Hispanic”, not because he was bashing Zimmerman’s head into the ground in a potentially lethal fashion. And “White Hispanic” was a term they came up with out of whole cloth when it turned out the initial reports that Zimmerman was white turned out to be far more complex and in fact was actually raised with black other children.
I look at situations, not skin color. They look at skin color regardless of the situation.
Now … is a police officer (white or black) more likely to fear for his life when confronting a black suspect than a white suspect? Quite possibly, even probably. Is this bad? Yes it is. Is it rational?
Yes it is.
Both of those things are true. This is tragic.
So what do we, as a society, do about it?
Here’s what we DON’T do: Blame white people. Which is exactly what the terms, not accidentally chosen, “white privilege” and “black lives matter” do. The people peddling them claim it doesn’t, but the rest of their rhetoric and actions make it clear that this is exactly what they intend.
“Black Lives Matter” implies that white people don’t think that black lives matter – that the problem lies simply with white people seeing black skin and thinking somehow the person inside matters less. It is insulting to white people. Even if it were true, insulting people is not the way to bring them to your side. And the reality of the reaction being referenced is far more complex than that (which we’ll get to in a minute). The suggestion is inherently racist. The whole thing is divisive. Divisiveness will not solve the problem.
The same goes, even more so, for “white privilege”. White people are not privileged. Black people are treated unfairly as individuals. White people are being treated the way all people should be treated. It’s nothing special. But black people *are* treated with more suspicion in our society. And there are deep psychological reasons for this that have far more to do with culture than skin color. And it is culture that is the underlying problem.
Consider this … why aren’t white people leery of Indian, Asian, Brazilian, or Polynesian Americans? Why are even black people more leery of black strangers than strangers of other races (see Juan Williams et. al)?
It is the association with violent crime. Violent crime is far more prevelant in the black population. It wasn’t always this way. It is something that developed during the latter half of the last century. But it’s real.
Now the other side will argue that it’s not, it’s just a disproportionate number are picked up because they’re watched more carefully. And the numbers may skew slightly higher for that reason, I will acknowledge. But it’s not responsible for all of it, or even most of it.
The fact of the matter is, if race is what it’s about, black lives apparently matter far less to black people than they do to white people — most black people who are killed are killed by other black people, typically gang on gang. This is a cultural issue. And in the modern, Western Civilization worldview (before it was bastardized by Marxist shills) culture is not dependent on race. There may be correlation. But race is not the cause. It is this correlation which must be broken to solve the problem. This cannot be done by denying the correlation.
The Marxist shills, however, are interested in keeping us divided, for they want to build coalitions of aggrieved people to overthrow the order of Liberty. This is called (by them … most of us hadn’t heard of it until 2008) “Community Organizing”. They don’t really want it fixed, so they deny the correlation and insist everyone do the same. They use it to push their cause de jour.
They want the black American community to feel aggrieved, and to feel that they are powerless to change their lot outside of demanding concessions from “white” America. It is also in the shills’ interest to keep white America aggravated to help justify the narrative that whites hate blacks and live to keep them down and protect their “privilege”.
The truth is, the rest of America would love for black America to be just as “privileged” as it is. That is, it would love for black Americans to be treated the way all people should be treated.
The best way for that to happen is … assimilation. Like the Italians. Like the Irish. Like Asian Americans, and a lot of American Indians, and Indian (dot!) Americans, and Hispanic Americans. You can keep cultural elements as a part of your identity, but to join our culture, you can’t insist on a separate one. You have to join it. Melting pot. Remember?
This problem cannot be solved overnight. And white people cannot solve it for black people by turning a blind eye or tolerating bad behavior so as not to appear “racist”. Everybody black, white, whatever — must hold themselves to the same basic standards. No races elevated or denegrated.
I always find it fascinating that the people who scream the loudest about racism make absolutely *everything* about race. There’s nothing more racist than that.