Four paintings that give a much better history of race relations in America than the NYTimes Magazine’s “1619 Project” possibly could.
A friend of the blog writes:
This retweet- I have no words…
… except that if the couple he was retweeting ever read this, then they would find the racism in the US.
Berg’s Eighth Law – “American progressivism’s reaction to one of “their”constituents – women, gays or people of color – running for office or otherwise identifying as a conservative is indistinguishable from sociopathic disorder.”
– applies here.
And applies, and applies, and applies some more.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Every Democrat candidate favors paying reparations to Americans held in slavery.
Last American slave died in 1971, nearly two generations ago.
Too late to pay reparations to someone who was actually owed them. Everyone else simply has an interesting family history to tell.
So it’s entirely possible, given the number of generations that’ve descended since 1865, that we’d be paying “reparations” to the descendants of slave owners as well.
Because I’m going to tactfully suggest that the business of identifying which blacks are descended from slaveholders is going to be pretty dang dilatory, if you catch my drift.
“Black Boys with Guns” teaches afro-american yoots how and why, as well as why not, to use guns:
I can only imagine the caterwauling to ensue from the social justice mafia.
Who knew – Berg’s Seventh Law covers intra-left squabbles as well.
Cultural appropriation is bad – unless, apparently, you’re appropriating it from other junctions in the intersectional map.
Since the “Broad Squad” came on the scene we have been incessantly barraged with rage rants about “people of color” and “women of color” and “brown people.” I myself have come to use these terms more than I care to, only because they are now a part of the vernacular.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t resent it.
Being a “woman of color” is not the same thing as being a Black woman, and yet the progressive Left has decided it is. A woman of Indian or Mexican heritage may possibly find herself coming up against some kind of discrimination here and there but it is not, nor will it ever be the same thing as what Black women have faced in this nation historically and to this day.
Not even close.
The likes of Tide Pod Evita and Ilhan Omar – people whose communities came here of their own free will – are trying to appropriate the unique (in this country, anyway) experience of black America for its own cheap gain.
The whole thing is worth a read.
Just remember – in the era of Trump, white supremacy is exploding in popularity and busting out like never before!
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
I’m pleased that Governor Walz is taking concrete steps to end rampant racial discrimination in state government hiring. For far too long, the State has relied on affirmative action implemented through voluntary goals and timetables. Now that we know proportional representation is the ultimate indicator of perfectly just society, we can set about hiring an exactly proportional workforce: 85.3% White employees, 5.2% Black, 4% Asian, 1.2% Native, and fill the rest of the jobs with people who are uncertain or have no opinion.
The funny thing is, in my vocational field, I believe I know of one black practitioner in the Twin Cities. That’s it. A black student wanting to make a decent living could pretty much write their own ticket in UX.
Rep. Janine Boyd proposed Amendment 0291 which would have provided an exception for black mothers to abort their babies.
Boyd suggested protecting black children from abortion is akin to slavery.
“Black slaves were once treated like cattle and put out to stud in order to create generations of more slaves,” she said during her remarks, which were broadcast on The Ohio Channel. “Our country is not far enough beyond our history to legislate as if it is.”
So – life = slavery?
In case you were wondering if the Democrat “Stupid Caucus” has a deep enough bench waiting in line behind Jerry Nadler, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and the like, fear not.
I don’t know about you – but these days, when a accusation of a “hate crime” gets massive, immediate coverage, I’ve started to assume it’s a hoax until proven otherwise.
Don’t get me wrong – hate crimes exist. But the more publicity the unproven allegations get, and the more lurid the charges against someone in a MAGA cap, the more likely it seems the whole story turns out to have all the substance and integrity or a Ryan Winkler presentation on Black History Month.
Jussie Who?:Three weeks ago, I had not heard of Jussie Smollett. I’ve never had occasion to watch Empire, and I doubt I ever will.
But when I heard the story of the “Hate Crime” that reached out and, per his story, caught him a few weeks ago, nothing, even to my rather cursory listening, seemed to add up.
Kyle Smith – not a cop, but rather a writer at National Review – noticed the same things, and has 27 questions for the “journalists” who presumed Smollett’s story – of “MAGA”-screaming rednecks who attacked him without really attacking him – was unassailably true.
8 . How likely do you think it is that attackers would shout, “This is MAGA country” in Chicago, a place that no one thinks is MAGA country?
There are 26 more – the sort of thing “journalists”, ostensibly being the curious sort, should have asked.
13. Don’t you think it strange that his attackers fled without much harming Smollett or robbing him?
14. Related to (13), did it not occur to you that the whole alleged attack looked a bit like the criminal equivalent of a press release, meant to send a message rather than accomplish anything?
15. If you were beaten up, would you somehow remember to pick up your Subway purchase afterward?
Goalposts Moved: Over the weekend, as Smollett’s story began to collapse, the narrative changed; Smollett’s actions weren’t themselves a publicity “hate crime” against deplorables; they were “starting a conversation”:
Don’t let anyone say this latest hate crime hoax was okay because it “started a conversation.”— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) February 17, 2019
This episode SHOULD start a conversation – about the outright bigotry of the media and those who hate Trump and his supporters so much they will do things like this.
I don’t know about you, but I think Jussie Smollett, and especially all the #Resitance media sycophants who parroted the story because, if you hate the MAGAs, it’s just too good to fact-check, just made life a lot harder for people who actually do wind up on the wrong side of bigotry.
Other than deplorables, obviously.
Democrat politicians tend to talk down to black voters, according to Fox News Fox News Fox News!
Sorry. I mean Yale:
The team found that Democratic candidates used fewer competence-related words in speeches delivered to mostly minority audiences than they did in speeches delivered to mostly white audiences. The difference wasn’t statistically significant in speeches by Republican candidates…There was no difference in Democrats’ or Republicans’ usage of words related to warmth [the mnemonic for “acceptance or friendliness toward people different than you” – Ed]. “It was really surprising to see that for nearly three decades, Democratic presidential candidates have been engaging in this predicted behavior.”
Now, we’ve seen these social science polls with amusing (?) partisan results for decades – most of them garbage. It’s important to know what the methodology that led to the study was:
They designed a series of experiments in which white participants were asked to respond to a hypothetical or presumed-real interaction partner. For half of these participants, their partner was given a stereotypically white name (such as “Emily”); for the other half, their partner was given a stereotypically black name (such as “Lakisha”). Participants were asked to select from a list of words for an email to their partner. For some studies, this email was for a work-related task; for others, this email was simply to introduce themselves. Each word had been previously scored on how warm or competent it appears. The word “sad,” for example, scored low for both warmth and competence. “Melancholy,” on the other hand, scored high for competence and low on warmth.
Participant also completed a variety of measures that assessed how liberal they were.
The researchers found that liberal individuals were less likely to use words that would make them appear highly competent when the person they were addressing was presumed to be black rather than white. No significant differences were seen in the word selection of conservatives based on the presumed race of their partner. “It was kind of an unpleasant surprise to see this subtle but persistent effect,” Dupree says. “Even if it’s ultimately well-intentioned, it could be seen as patronizing.”
Unpleasant surprise. “Unexpected”, even.
A friend of the blog writes:
A couple of days ago on nextdoor.com I saw this posting.
Racially charged attack by Southwest Minneapolis teens
It breaks my heart to have to tell you all about what happened tonight in our beloved neighborhood.
At approximately 9:30 pm while my son was walking our dogs around Lake Harriet on the west side at the intersection of 47th St W and Lake Harriet Parkway he was approached by two white teenage boys on bikes. These boys harrassed him, shouted at him and threw rocks at both him and the dogs. Several rocks made contact with both the dogs and him. At this same time, another man who was black, present in the same area, and who was also walking his dog endured the same harassment from the teens. My son confronted them, exchanged some choice words with them and almost got into a fight. After a few minutes of this, the teens took off on their bikes. My son was shaken up about all this mainly because he just could not believe the racism in these boys.
To quote my 23-year-old son “South Mpls isn’t what it used to be. There are so many more privileged kids that don’t understand how good they have it and how valuable other cultures are. We used to hang out with everyone no matter what you were about or where you were from. As long as there was no hate kids could hang out and chill. I feel that this has changed drastically.
I do not want to believe him. I don’t want to believe that we have kids like this in our neighborhood. Kids that have the inability to feel empathy, understanding, and tolerance of others. Or worse yet, are we raising them to be like this?
Sadly he did not call the police and report this. In his eyes, this just would not be of interest to the Minneapolis police and they wouldn’t give it their time.
At first I thought it might be a spoof as a 23 year old stating “South Mpls isn’t what it used to be.” As a seasoned citizen who’s lived in south Minneapolis for 40 years…well this cracked me up.
Of course the enlightened responded by blaming Trump for this racially-charged attack. Previously it would have been blamed on global warming climate change.
Then there was a ray of hope as today this response was made.
AXXXXXX GXXXXX, Kenny·11h ago
It is sad to read about such nasty racial behavior in today’s world of divisiveness. Sorry to hear about your sons experience. As a black male in the South MPLS area, I’m trying to figure out how i can say this nicely to my mostly white neighbors. Anyone blaming our current Administration, you are very sad (I hope that was pretty nice!), you are actually ridiculous and insulting to many black folks, not speaking for all, but many do agree with me. Racism has been around ever since i was born as a black male and to try and fit this into your political mindset (agenda) makes you blind and very naive. Who knows maybe you never noticed us before Obama got in office, but we were here long before (just as racism was). Teach your kids at home from birth about racism and this issue will be minimized (not the responsibility of schools), racism will never end but can be suffocated if you stop passing the puck to take care of your own! I know many police officers that are white and black and can say those I’ve encountered have not been racist, so pigeonholing them all into racism is unrealistic just like assuming a black lives matter sign clears you of being a racist (I’ve met some fake BLM people). Could conversation from parents with kids at home have anything to do with this? This might come as a surprise but i and many other black people (not all) noticed more racism when Obama was in office, forcing us black people to look at white peoples treatment towards us and pegging it as a color (race) issue vs. prejudice treatments (not racist treatments, but also not acceptable). Being black can be difficult as is when living in a mostly white neighborhood, but spinning it with administrative garbage is just simply placing blame on something other then yourself for raising crappy kids. Sorry for spewing my rant but let’s get real with what is truly going on here!
Wow! Many people thank him, but a few of the enlightened try to argue a bit with him. He makes another post.
AXXXXXX GXXXXXX, Kenny·9h ago
Cindi – not trying to pick on you but i’m guessing you are very much into politics and you probably have a genuine good heart, but your 2016 comment…please stop. Not sure if you have to be black to understand what i’m going to say, and if you are also black you may not have even noticed this….but please try to follow. Prior to Obama getting into office, black people would mumble under their breath how the white man would keep them/us down. I actually kicked a black friend out of my car once for talking about white supremacy and how the white man is bad….I don’t condone that type of talk. Now, Obama got into office black people spoke it out loud because he asked us to, this was stated to any white person listening because Obama stirred the racial divide pot. I have never felt so much racism since those days, that crap effected my daily work environment like you wouldn’t believe. While I know there is a lot of racism in this world, as a black person it is better to focus on positives vs. negatives, since negatives will always be there anyway. I’ve had other white people stir the pot with me in the past, they’ll say something like “that white person said this or that about another black person…oooooh he is so racist” Really? Why bring negative garbage to me like you saved my life or something. Gossip is bad, always has been. People will always talk behind other peoples backs, they do it with Gay, Fat, Tall, short, religion and other ethnicity’s. For people to bring up the president and that is why America got racist is absolutely stupid, it shows true ignorance. I’ll go a bit personal on how prejudiced society has become. While I’m not a Republican, i’m also not a Democrat…I stand in the middle with my beliefs. So this means i’m not a Kanye West supporter, yet i’m also not a Colin Kaepernick supporter either. I bring this up because when people ask me about my political view points they automatically assume that i’m a liberal democrat (far from either side), when they find out that i’m not, i’m instantly viewed as an Uncle Tom….Hmmmmm, this is by your BLM sign holders (pathetic), these are the same people that have all are welcome signs up….yet when i oppose their political view points I or my family are ousted for thinking differently. You should never assume anything because of a persons color, accept people for whom and what they are. Understand that to be different is OK! Being the same as everyone else would make for a boring world! Does anyone here seem to understand what racism is? Do you understand that it comes from both sides? This was started much before Trump era!!! It was even before Obama, although it was heightened to a whole new level then. If you teach your kids from little people up, right from wrong…you will then have taken ownership of creating good citizens….Stop blaming the teachers, Trump, others, etc. Take blame for your own wrong doings and correct yourself and your family before looking for others. I’m done with this post….sorry for rambling on! GENUINELY LOVE THY NEIGHBOR!!!!
As you might imagine the posting was halted a couple hours after this response.
The narrative must be protected, in fora big and small.
Wonder why Big Left is bashing so hard on race?
Because if the Democrat party ever drops below 90% of the African American vote, they can never win another national race.
With that in mind – Trump is making noises about sentencing reform:
Attendees described Trump’s support for the initiative as a positive development for the effort to reduce mandatory-minimum prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.
While getting a final bill to Trump would require a Senate vote and then winning House approval for the new package, a second source familiar with the meeting described it as “very successful.”
“It’s not done until it’s done, but we made a lot of progress,” the source said.
Grassley said afterward that he believes prison reform and sentencing reform can be moved in tandem.
And – unexpectedly, and I’m sure utterly unrelatedliy – we’ve got this news:
I’ve never been a Trump fan. But more and more, I get the impression that while the Democrats are playing checkers, Trump is playing crude, crass-sounding chess.
As Bill Whittle noted in a video I featured the other day, Kanye West’s apostasy on Donald Trump and the idea of leaving the Democrats’ narrative does something that was unthinkable not too long ago; given black people “permission” to leave that narrative behind.
And if you take this Pew poll seriously, they’re thinking about it.
Monica Showalter at AmThink (with emphasis added by me):
Black men’s approval for Donald Trump has absolutely doubled, according to a new Reuters poll, and his overall support among blacks has risen sharply. This seismic shift just happens to coincide with rap superstar Kanye West’s break with the Hollywood left, coupled with his open admiration for Donald Trump. According to the Daily Caller:”
A poll taken on April 22, 2018 had Trump’s approval rating among black men at 11 percent, while the same poll on April 29, 2018 pegged the approval rating at 22 percent. It should be noted that Reuters only sampled slightly under 200 black males each week and slightly under 3,000 people overall…Trump experienced a similar jump in approval among black people overall, spiking from 8.9 percent on April 22 to 16.5 percent on April 29.
Kanye made his remarks on April 25, and much of the left panicked, calling him a sell-out, a traitor to his race, and other typical epithets black people who don’t toe the Democratic Party line have endured for years. Kanye responded by doubling down, posting a picture of himself with an autographed MAGA cap, and calling Trump his “brother.”
Let’s focus on that bolded number – 16.5 percent.
As Whittle notes, if the Black vote for Democrats drops below 85%, they will never win another presidency; they’ll never control the Senate or the House; they’ll never confirm another SCOTUS justice.
So of course the Dems are attacking West. And every other black, Latino, gay, and female conservative.
Now, I’ll cop to two facts: First, I’ve gone back and forth about Kanye West – he’s a talented rapper (yes, there is such a thing, and if you haven’t tried to do it, by all means do before you let your aesthetics and subjective preferences drive you to write a rhetorical check facts can’t cash) and a gargantuan ego; an open Christian (in a way similar to Prince, in some ways) and a deeply profane person; he interests and repels me in equal measure, depending on when you catch me.
Second: I’ll profess some bemusement at all the conservative figures who’ve adopted him as a hero in the past week, since he came to the defense of Candace Owens, a black conservative woman who’s been mixing it up with Back Lives Matter.
As we’ve noted in the past – if there’s one thing Big Left hates more than its enemies, its apostates. Lenin killed the Mensheviks before he got to the White Russians; Hitler had to deal with Ernst Röhm before he went after the dissident clergy, gays and Jews. ISIS kills “apostate” Muslims before they bother with Christians and Jews.
And American “Progressives” have to slime women, blacks, Latinos, Asians, gays or any other of “Their” groups who leave the One True Political Faith.
Which, it would seem, Kanye West did in defending a Trump-supporting black woman; Big Left is fully engaged in tearing down what they think they built. (Yes, West is a provocateur, and it’s entirely likely his “conversation” to “supporting” a conservative will last just as long as Charles Barkley’s did. But that’s not the point, here).
It’s true for little left, too.
Jamar Nelson – who is a talk show host on the lesser talk station – had this to say about Kanye West yesterday:
I tried to ask Mr. Nelson – who is one of the MNDFL’s leading public intellectuals, and I mean that sincerely – who determined what was “at the expense of the black community”? And if perhaps unthinking loyalty to a party that’s earnestly worked to keep that community in poverty for two generations now might not be an “expense” to that community as well.
I got nothing, nor will I, but as the great journalist Gretzky said, you get no answers to 100% of the questions you don’t ask.
I’m just trying to find a unit if time short enough to measure how long it’d take to get a Salem host off the air who wrote something like that.
Yet another friend of the blog writes:
I read speculation that soon, all states will be divided into blue urban areas and red rural areas. But, I think the Democrats are losing more voters than that. Today on the 5, I heard a couple black passengers talking about “those damn liberals, who just take and take” and continued on, blaming liberals for the bad, expensive bus service we now have in the Twin Cities. I smiled. I can be an optimist at times.
Lincoln once said you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. I have to think at least some portion of the left’s big ethnic and social plantation is going to figure it out someday.
Now, the gun control movement is going to get cranking.
Saint Paul’s “new” mayor, Melvin Carter, kicks off his reign over a decaying city with a sclerotic, unresponsive bureaucracy and an epic entitlement bubble, acres of unproductive property, a failing school system, a rising crime rate…
…by assailing the National Anthem. And doing it ignorantly and wrongly, by the bye.
Unemployment among blacks – after reaching very persistent and long-lasting highs during the Obama regime – has dropped to a record low:
Black unemployment fell to 6.8 percent in December, the lowest ever recorded by the U.S. Labor Department since it began tracking the black unemployment rate in 1972.
Economists say it’s a sign the recovery from the Great Recession is finally starting to help a wider swath of the U.S. population.
During the aftermath of the financial crisis, black unemployment soared to 16.8 percent in 2010, meaning more than 1 out of every 6 African Americans was looking for a job but could not find one. The rate has steadily declined since, breaking the prior all-time low of 7 percent that was set in 2000 during the dot-com boom.
The writer – and, by extension, the WaPo – does their level best to ensure the impact is softened with lots of anti-Trump factoids. It’s the WaPo, after all. Trump’s popularity among African-Americans remains microscopic.
Although I have to wonder; would a black American be any more likely to admit being a Trump fan than a Minneapolitan be to admit they owned a gun?
Woman bumped from United (what else?) flight by the imperious Sheila Jackson Lee (D, TX)
Jackson Lee accuses her victim of…wait for it…wait for it…racism.
Woman – Jean-Marie Simon – fires back:
“That could have been Donald Duck in my seat,” Simon, a Democrat, told Fox News on Thursday. “I could not see who had boarded the flight. I didn’t even know who she was.”
It could happen to you:
At first, Simon didn’t know who was in her seat as she argued at the gate. United eventually gave her a $500 voucher and reseated her in the economy plus section. In her original Facebook post, Simon said another Texas congressman then informed her a fellow member of the delegation was in her seat, and “regularly does this” to passengers.
Of course she does.
And if yoiu say “boo”, she plays the race card.
On the one hand, if Simon weren’t a female Democrat, the media wouldn’t be carrying the story. If she were a white male, the “racism” charge would be carried uncritically.
On the other hand? More of these spurious charges of racism, misogyny, “mansplaining” and the like need to be jammed back down the accusers’ throats. Preferably with ball-peen hammers.
TANGENTIAL NOTE: This is the 15,000th post on this blog since November 2006 (whien I switched to WordPress).
Apropos not much.
Robert Fisk – the gassy far-left Brit columnist upon whose oeuvre the term “fisk” was launched – is back with a bit of virtue-signaling…
…that actually has a point, although I’m not sure Fisk knows it.
The headline – “When you watch Dunkirk, remember that it’s a whitewashed version which ignores the bravery of black and Muslim soldiers” – set off a bit of a teapot-tempest on social media over the weekend.
He’s got about a third of a point.
About a third of the French Army in 1940 was from France’s overseas colonies; black troops from Guinea and Cameroon, Muslim Arabs from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, and Black Muslims from Senegal and Chad. They were among France’s best troops, too – solid fighters who didn’t bother much with hardships in the field. They were a significant part of the French First Army, the vanguard of the French armed forces which had joined with the Brits in advancing into Belgium, only to be cut off by the Blitzkrieg through the Ardennes.
And when Churchill decided to evacuate the “British Expeditionary Force” – the British Army in France and Belgium – with the original stated intent of sending them back to Franch to continue the battle – it was the French First Army that held the Germans off long enough to carry off the evacuation (and then, long enough to get about half of its own troops evacuated).
And among those troops – among the best and bravest of them – were the colonials.
A justly cynical revue of Nolan’s Dunkirk by Francois Pédron in Paris Match points out, correctly, that 18,000 French troops paid with their lives to hold the Dunkirk perimeter and 35,000 were made prisoner – almost 140,000 French soldiers were rescued from Dunkirk – but that not only do the victors write history. Filmmakers write the “history” too, Pedron wrote. He is right. The true story of the Algerian and Moroccan units has still to be filmed. It would make a terrifying drama. The Germans threw raw meat into the prison cages of Algerian and African troops – to show cinemagoers how they fought for the food and tore it to pieces like animals. Algerians were massacred by the Nazis on racial grounds – an act which strongly supports the suspicion of some intellectual Arabs today: that Hitler, after destroying the Jews of Europe and the Middle East, would have next turned his exterminating fury against their Semitic Arab brothers.
All true enough.
But if you remember the movie, there really was exactly one filmic depiction of the French Army holding the line; the squad of metropolitan French holding the roadblock in the town of Dunkirk, in the first two minutes of the show. That’s it.
So yes – Christopher Nolan, in telling the story of three British people at Dunkirk, neglected the stories of black and Muslim French soldiers.
Also those of the rest of the French Army – Catholic, atheist, and otherwise.
It’s the French as a nation, stupid.
And just to show that Robert Fisk is still the fisk-worthy fella he’s been for a decade and a half:
Much has been made, inevitably in The Guardian, of Nolan’s failure to acknowledge the presence of Muslim troops at Dunkirk – Muslim Indian Commonwealth soldiers (from what is now Pakistan)
Which may be because Christopher Nolan is a racist.
Or, perhaps, because the British Expeditionary Force included no “Bengali” (what they called Pakistani) troops – or, for that matter, any of the much more numerous Indian Hindi troops that also served the Brits in the millions. While the British military included millions of troops from colonies like India and Hong Kong, like the French, colonial troops served in colonial units. The Indian and Bengal troops served in large numbers in North Africa, the Middle East, and southeast Asia – including defending India itself from a Japanese invasion – but only rarely did they serve in Northwest Europe during /world War 2.
While PC virtue signaling is easy, facts are hard.
…what struck me the most about President Trump’s speech in Warsaw. The fact that it was an excellent speech – presidential, inspirational – but that showed he’s got an interest in Making Western Civilization Great Again…
…or the fact that Big Left found a way to poo-poo the value of Western Civilization:
In his speech in Poland on Thursday, Donald Trump referred 10 times to “the West” and five times to “our civilization.” His white nationalist supporters will understand exactly what he means. It’s important that other Americans do, too.
… The West is a racial and religious term. To be considered Western, a country must be largely Christian (preferably Protestant or Catholic) and largely white.
And here we go.
Yep. The society that first recognized the value of the individual, that figured rights were endowed to us by our creator and not government, that decided every government rules by consent of the governed, happened to be caucasoid and Christian; elements of western history and Christian faith make both amendable to those ideas.
What do critics like Peter Beinart want? To make Western civilization more like all those non-western, non-Christian civilizations?
Have the left learned nothing?
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
A shopper at a Roseville liquor store was upset that store management wanted to check her large bag. She was at the store on Sunday with about a dozen people, picketing, signs saying “MGM Racist” and “Treat Everyone Equally.”
Maryam S., the person who complained on YELP on 7-1-17, says MGM never checks anybody’s bags. That’s how she knows she was singled out. Scroll past a few Fake Reviews by Social Justice Warriors from places like Arlington, Virginia and Apple Valley (who obviously never shop there), you find a review from Gnos G. dated six weeks before the complaint, another Asian whose bags got searched.
Maryam says when she called the owner, she was told that searching bags is carefully limited to people whose conduct is suspicious. The owner pointed out that historically, most shoplifting in that store has been done by Black shoppers.
In other words, you were not singled out to be searched, Maryam, because searching bags has been store policy for weeks (and that sign has been on the door for years – I know because that’s my regular liquor store). And you were not profiled for being Asian, they check Black people’s bags, too.
Searching large bags in a store is not racism. It’s loss prevention. If you worked in retail instead of being an Emergency Room Doctor at St. John’s Hospital, you’d know that. I realize it’s jarring to suddenly find yourself being treated unfairly because of what other people have done in the past. Believe me, I know exactly how that feels.
I am constantly berated for having White Privilege. The fact that long ago and far away some White people mistreated some Black people doesn’t mean that THIS White person has mistreated any Black people. I never owned any slaves, no Black person living in Minnesota today toted any bales of cotton, so using the same logic as Maryam’s example, I shouldn’t have to hear another damn word about White Privilege.
What’s that you say? Embedded in the culture? Indirect beneficiary of other people’s crimes? Guilt by association? Racial stereotypes? That door swings both ways, too. Identity politics paints everyone with broad brushes.
It’s all fine and good to mouth Liberal platitudes about justice and equality and vestiges of institutional oppression. But when it comes right down to the bottom line, shoplifting is a crime and loss prevention is the solution. Leave your backpack in the car next time.
I’m verging on just about done for apologizing for my skin color.
Submitted without comment:
Well, “without” in the sense that I’ll add nothing new. I‘ll refer you back to my actual thoughts on the subject.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
If race is a social construct with no fixed definition but is something we do and others do to us, then why can’t a person identify as a different race? Example, Rachel Dolezal, was the White woman who identified as Black so she could run the Seattle chapter of the NAACP. What’s wrong with that. Apparently, asking that question is hateful.
I thought the justification for affirmative action and protection legislation was because people were being discriminated against on account of things they had no control over, such as being Black or being a woman. But if race and gender are now self-determined, why do they need protection? Shouldn’t those laws be repealed?
I was disappointed that neither the author nor the scholar mentioned the most brilliant transracialist of all: Godfrey Elfwick. #wrongskin. The struggle is real.
Dear George Orwell: you were an optimist.