Gregory Hood, American Renaissance, July 23, 2019
Months ago, Virginia governor Ralph Northam was caught in a scandal when photos of his medical-school yearbook page showed a man in blackface standing next to someone in a Klan costume. The governor admitted he was in the photo. In a press conference, the governor also confessed to once blacking up to play Michael Jackson, and offered to do a moonwalk. Most people thought his career was over.
It wasn’t. The governor survived by saying he’d spend every moment of the rest of his term “fighting for racial equality.” He turned to a black farmer for advice on race. He vowed to end racial differences in maternal mortality, even though it probably has biological causes. He promised to atone by removing Virginia’s Confederate monuments. He established a commission to examine all state laws for “racial inequity.”
He groveled to stay in power. This is the opposite of the way things usually work.
“Only Nixon could go to China” is an old saying. Richard Nixon’s anti-Communism meant he could be trusted to deal with Mao. Charles de Gaulle’s nationalist credentials gave him the stature to grant independence to French Algeria.
Ralph Northam keeps power by lacking credibility and parading his weakness. “How could this penitent, enslaved white man ever say no to anything blacks want?” asked Jared Taylor in February. “He’s the perfect toady.” Weakness makes him strong: Blacks have every reason to want to keep him in power—and beholden to them.
Other white Democrats do the same thing. South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg was successful earlier in the Democratic presidential primary, and reportedly raised more money than any other candidate in the second quarter.
But he doesn’t have enough black support. In 2011, Mayor Buttigieg famously fired South Bend’s first-ever black police chief in a scandal over covertly recorded “racist” conversations among police officers. In 2015, Mayor Buttigieg said “all lives matter,” which scandalized many blacks and journalists. Local blacks told the press the mayor failed them. A report found the “racial wealth divide” between blacks and whites was greater in South Bend than in the country as a whole.
Mayor Buttigieg surrendered. In early April, he recanted on “all lives matter” before Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. Soon afterward, he met for fried chicken and a lecture from Mr. Sharpton. Later, he toured black neighborhoods and “outlined his agenda for black America,” focusing on “home ownership, health care, entrepreneurship, criminal justice reform and education.” Black Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart said the efforts “appeared to be working.”
It stopped working on June 16, when South Bend police officer Sgt. Ryan O’Neill shot and killed a black man, Eric Logan, who was allegedly armed with a knife and had an arrest record for drugs and weapons. When the mayor returned to South Bend for a town-hall meeting, angry blacks screamed at him. One speaker contemptuously dropped the microphone on the floor when he was finished denouncing the mayor.
It was reminiscent of a scene from the 2016 campaign when blacks stormed a Bernie Sanders speech. They seized the microphone while the senator meekly bowed his head.
Mayor Buttigieg groveled, conforming to the rule that if enough blacks make enough noise, a white man must be made to pay. He said he wanted a federal investigation and a special prosecutor—which infuriated the police union. He outlined efforts to make the police department more “diverse.” He met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. When Dave Begley of Powerline told Mr. Buttigieg that the solution is for blacks to “stop committing crime and doing drugs,” the mayor accused him of “racism.” Mayor Buttigieg also unveiled the “Douglass Plan,” which will supposedly dismantle “racist structures and systems” and boost the “freedom and self-determination of Black Americans.”
The preamble of the plan says blacks have “shorter lifespans, lower educational attainment, and dramatic overcriminalization and incarceration compared to their white counterparts,” implying that it’s all our fault. Like Governor Northam, Mayor Buttigieg thinks black maternal mortality is a problem the government must solve right away. He’s behind a “National Health Equity Strategy” that will “prioritize anti-racism.”
The plan will also splash out $25 billion on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority Serving Institutions. “Freedom is seeing your history and culture accurately taught, reflected, and celebrated,” says the plan. (Does this apply to whites?)
Finally, “Mayor Pete” wants to free half the prisoners in the country, give Washington D.C. statehood, and eliminate the Electoral College. All this is in addition to reparations. In other words, the mayor is promising to toady to blacks.
Former congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke’s candidacy has been less successful than Mayor Buttigieg’s. Robert Hampton accurately called his “strategy” ethno-masochism. It includes tearing down border defenses, loosening school discipline, and coddling criminals. In March, Mr. O’Rourke was criticized for opposing reparations; the next month, he told Al Sharpton he’d establish a commission to study them. By June, he declared open support without a study commission, though he wants to educate white Americans on the history of the country first.
What history? “This country was founded on white supremacy,” Mr. O’Rourke told an audience of immigrants and refugees last week. “And every single institution and structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression, even in our democracy.” Mr. O’Rourke also backed Nike’s decision to withdraw the Betsy Ross flag-shoes the company briefly promoted for Independence Day. “I respect the decision Nike made and more importantly [am] grateful for the conversation this is producing,” he said.
The most important white male candidate is Joe Biden, the frontrunner. The former vice president’s past statements would get someone fired from almost any Fortune 500 corporation, and Kamala Harris scored against him at the last debate when she criticized his record on busing. Senator Harris rose in the polls, but Mr. Biden actually extended his lead.
Mr. Biden is no white advocate, though. Some highlights:
- His campaign began by implicitly blaming President Trump for violence in Charlottesville.
- He praised “unrelenting” immigration which would make whites into a minority, which is a “strength.”
- Recently, he said America has an “obligation” to treat sick illegals.
- In a recent speech, he said “I respect no borders and cannot be contained by any walls”—whatever that means.
This, too, is an example of “weakness as strength.” Mr. Biden’s two previous presidential campaigns failed, but Barack Obama chose him for VP. Less charismatic and eloquent than his chief, Mr. Biden seemed like a bumbling goof, almost like a TV dad. This increased President Obama’s authority.
Under President George W. Bush, many thought Vice President Dick Cheney ran the country. Few believed the Obama Administration worked that way.
The satirical publication The Onion created Joe Biden “stories,” calling him a lustful, beer-drinking, hard-partying lovable loser. One Onion writer now regrets those stories because the paper “didn’t scrutinize Biden closely enough,” especially his “opposition to busing . . . and support for predatory financial institutions.” They “helped make him more likable by inventing a version of Biden that never existed.”
The stories also made Mr. Biden look weak and pathetic. He is weak. He apologized for bragging about how he was able to work with segregationists after he vowed he wouldn’t back down. He says that if Barack Obama chose him for vice president he can’t be racist—the equivalent of saying “some of my best friends are black.”
Still, his stint as house-boy for President Obama helps; blacks support Joe Biden more than any other candidate. The “woke” leftists who think Mr. Biden is too old and white and male are mostly white; blacks want someone who will deliver. Of course, if Barack Obama endorses someone else, Joe Biden’s black support will evaporate. Uncle Joe’s goofiness only reinforces his dependence on blacks, and if he’s elected, he’ll need constant guidance and indulgences from Al Sharpton.
But Mr. Biden’s occasional “offensive” comments help him in a strange way. Older white Democrats, befuddled by #MeToo, elastic definitions of racism, and the never-ending “woke” battle against America, think Mr. Biden will take us back to “normality.” In Mr. Biden’s words, “America’s coming back like we used to be.” Make America Great Again—like it was in 2008—is an attractive message for white Democrats who don’t understand why they are now being accused of racism.
Unfortunately for them, there’s no going back. There’s always a payoff when non-whites complain about racism, and every payoff buys more complaints. White Democrats refuse to understand this. They will give away the whole country if they can stay on top until it’s all gone. Mr. Biden might survive the process. We won’t.
In Camp of the Saints, one character describes people who throw open the gates to the Third-World hordes. “There’s a very old word that describes the kind of men you are,” he says. “It’s ‘traitor’.”
That doesn’t quite capture it. The archetypal American traitor, Benedict Arnold, was no coward. He turned his coat because he wasn’t being honored as he thought he deserved. He had a high regard for his own dignity. White Democrats want the “honor” of political office, but they degrade themselves before the likes of Al Sharpton to get it. They lack even Arnold’s integrity. They’re worse than traitors: They are stooges and bootlickers.
The subordination of personality to ambition is what defines a politician. Ralph Northam, Pete Buttigieg, Robert O’Rourke, and Joe Biden talk about renouncing white privilege, but like all white leftists, they don’t want to give up their status. They keep it by giving away your country.