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Saturday, June 20, 2015

At least when Rip Van Winkle woke up, things had improved.....

As if to prove my point:

“Back then and before, the institutions of government — police, courts, organized segregation — often worked to protect perpetrators of racially motivated violence, rather than their victims,” the editors continued. But the notion that such manifestations of systemic racism are over is patently ridiculous — even more so when you consider that this shooting happened just a few miles from where Walter Scott was gunned down by a North Charleston police officer earlier this year.

“The universal condemnation of the murders at the Emanuel AME Church” demonstrates that — Walter Scott notwithstanding — “the system and philosophy of institutionalized racism identified by Dr. King [in his response to the Birmingham bombing] no longer exists.”
And the Confederate Battle Flag which flies in Charleston and cannot even be lowered without a vote of the South Carolina Legislature, proves what about institutional racism?

Oh, you weren't through yet?

"What causes young men such as Dylann Roof to erupt in homicidal rage, whatever their motivation, is a problem that defies explanation beyond the reality that evil still stalks humanity," the editorial stated. "It is no small solace that in committing such an act today, he stands alone."
It's about evil, not institutions. It's not about race, because it's never about race; especially when white people are the perpetrators rather than the victims.  They cannot be representative or corporate; they can only be individuals.

And evil can only be individual.  Individual, and white.  But the wrong kind of white; the kind whites don't acknowledge as one of their own, because being evil casts you out from the clan.  Gotta keep the clan pure; gotta keep the clan clean; gotta keep the clan holy.

It's not about race, because it's never about race.  It's about evil.  And there's nothing you can ever dow with that, except identify it.  Identify it, mark it as individual and aberrant, and expunge it from the body.  Muslims are not evil; they are terrorists.  Blacks are not evil, they are thugs.

Whites, individually, can be evil; but you can't blame other whites for that. You can't get that stuff on the rest of us.  The evil doer stands alone.  It's no small solace, so it makes the rest of us whites feel pretty good about ourselves.   After all, random individuals aren't like us; they're evil.

And that's what really matters.

2 Comments:

Blogger jim, some guy in iowa said...

Reading about the special treatment the rebel flag gets I thought I might actually be experiencing 'apoplexy'

I'm curious as to what your thoughts are on the "naming and shaming" approach, and terms like "dixie swastika", and how effective they may or may not be

8:58 AM  
Blogger trex said...

Intrepid investigators have found a website containing what they believe to be the shooter's manifesto on race. It certainly jibes with statements he's made to friends and police. If it is authentic then one might say it is the unspoken second half of the WSJ opinion piece, as it asserts that not only is there no racism against blacks but that racism against WHITES is an urgent and existential problem facing this country, in the form of alleged black-on-white crime that doesn't get the media attention it should. It is the same type of vile, dehumanizing, matter-of-fact objectification of minorities found in the writings of Nazis and strident white supremacists.

So the WSJ, in denying systemic racism, is basically giving color to these arguments and cover to insane radicals with eliminationist fantasies.

Gawker has the link:

http://gawker.com/here-is-what-appears-to-be-dylann-roofs-racist-manifest-1712767241

10:45 AM  

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