Posted on November 1, 1994

O Tempora, O Mores! (November, 1994)

American Renaissance, November 1994

Rocks in their Heads

In September, Tiffany’s famous store in New York City was hit by the worst robbery in its history. Six men foiled an elaborate security system and made off with 457 items worth more than $1 million, in a heist that received national publicity. A week later, all six were in custody, after one was seen hocking jewels with the Tiffany signature just a few blocks from the store.

The robbery was planned by a Tiffany’s security supervisor, who recruited his cousins and another security guard to help with the job. All six are black. [Linda Massarella and Angela Allen, Tiffany suspects had rocks in their heads, NY Post, 9/13/94.]

Going, Going, . . .

The San Francisco Chronicle has a regular section called “Bay Area Report,” which includes brief items about local goings on. The complete “Report” for Sept. 26, 1994 consisted of the following four items:

  • In the newly-opened Great Mall of the Bay Area, two boys, 17 and 14 years old, were hospitalized after a fistfight escalated into gunfire. They are members of a Filipino gang and were shot by a rival gang.
  • The Black Women’s Collective at Mills College held a dance on campus that degenerated into bottle-throwing and gun fire. After 20 police officers broke up the crowd at around 1:30 a.m., carloads of party-goers then “caused trouble” elsewhere.
  • A man in his early 40s, race unspecified, was shot to death in a rapid transit system parking lot. Police were looking for a “Hispanic with dark hair.”
  • Trinidad Lira, race unspecified, went to sleep on a couch holding a loaded shotgun. The gun “accidentally discharged,” seriously wounding Mr. Lira’s three-year-old son, who was asleep in the same room.

Freed by the Flag

A man from Walterboro, South Carolina, had this say in his local paper after attending an August rally in Myrtle Beach to keep the Confederate battle flag flying over the state house:

As I walked I realized that I wasn’t there for the flag, the Civil War, or my ancestors . . . I suddenly realized that I was there because I was a white Caucasian! . . .

Free at last — free at last — from this white Caucasian guilt trip syndrome that has been distributed by the news media, the NAACP, talk shows and by others seeking power and domination. [Jason James O’Leary, Being Caucasian isn’t a source of shame, The Press and Standard (South Carolina), Aug. 12, 1994.]

Free to be Themselves

The end of white rule in South Africa seems to have brought a new kind of violent protest: witch burning. Since the April election, hundreds, perhaps thousands of accused witches have been hunted down and killed, most often by necklacing.

In one case, a man was forced by a mob to burn his own wife to death in front of his two children. Two days later, the mob came back and burned him. They then stoned and tortured his daughter before burning her, then caught the son and killed him, too.

South Africa has always had witches and witchcraft, but the traditional remedy was to hire a nyanga, or good witch, to counter a bad witch. Suspected witches might be banished from a village, but lynchings were rare. Now, executions have taken on the trappings of the “liberation” movement. The killing is often preceded by a chanted toyi-toyi, the anti-Apartheid war dance, and burning with gasoline-filled tires was a torture designed for political enemies. Also, the leaders of today’s lynch mobs are not village elders but young “comrades” who cut their teeth on “revolution.”

Chief Agnes Moloto who runs a major chieftanship in Northern Sotho blames the killings on “the sheer ungovernability of the young.” She has braved the fury of her subjects by establishing a sanctuary for accused witches, where 20 families have already been resettled. [Bill Keller, Apartheid’s Grisly aftermath: ‘witch burning,’ NYT, 9/18/94.]

Pearls Before Swine

To celebrate the first soccer World Cup to be held in the United States, the Norwegian government decided to build an all-weather soccer field in a poor American neighborhood. They chose Red Hook Park in Brooklyn because Brooklyn was once a destination for Norwegian immigrants and is now certifiably poor and non-white. The Norwegians were so proud of their gift that they broadcast the June 13th dedication ceremony live on national television.

Just ten days later, vandals destroyed the field by setting fire to the artificial surface and the elegant fence that surrounded the field. This, too, became big news in Norway. A reporter for Norwegian television asked the Norwegian Consul General in New York if it had been stupid to put the field by a bunch of housing projects.

“Absolutely not,” he replied; “It was the right idea and we tried it . . . We sent the right message.” The Norwegians are looking for another site and insist that it must be in an equally “underprivileged” neighborhood.

Henry Stern, the New York City Parks Commissioner said he was not at all surprised that the field had been destroyed. “I told them it was pretty foolish to put it there,” he said; “This isn’t Kansas. And Red Hook isn’t Norway. But they wanted to demonstrate their commitment to inner-city youth.” [Jose Sexton, In Red Hood, no field, no dreams, NYT, 9/24/94, p. 21.]

This is a sad parable for race relations, not just in the United States but around the world. Whites who know nothing of non-whites except what they read in newspapers always think they know better than whites who know non-whites first-hand.

Healing the Sick

The FBI has discovered a clinic in the Little Havana section of Miami that was doing such a roaring business in fraudulent medicine that it was recruiting patients at $300 to $400 a head. Techno/Health Services ran expensive, unnecessary tests on thousands of “patients” and billed the government. In January alone, the company paid $142,725 to people with Medicare or Medicaid cards who were willing to be “treated.”

The clinic was so popular that lines began to form at the door as early as four a.m. During the day, there were so many over-eager “patients” milling around that the clinic hired security guards to patrol in golf carts. Doughnut and hot-dog vendors did a brisk business.

The clinic had an almost exclusively Spanish-speaking clientele, though one of the owners had a Japanese name, Akiyoshi Yamada. Mr. Yamada kept in the background, while his wife, Martha Arias, helped run the clinic. [Tom Dubocq, Despite allegations of fraud, Little Havana clinic thrives, Miami Herald, 9/22/94, p. 1A.]

Lessons From Ethiopia

President Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia has decided that the only way for the country to ease ethnic tension is to divide it into regions in which each of the eight main tribal groups can be a majority and run its own affairs. Most remarkable, according to a new, draft constitution, each region would have the right to secede.

“We have grabbed the bull by the horns,” says one Ethiopian cabinet minister; “Instead of pretending that ethnicity doesn’t exist, we are prepared to face it.” [Economist, Sept. 10, 1994. p. 48.] Wise words, indeed.

Lessons from Cuba

Even in Cuba — workers’ paradise and classless society — the underclass is overwhelmingly black. Despite every ruthlessly egalitarian effort to change things, black success has mostly been limited to sports and music.

On August 5th, thousands of residents of Havana marched in what became the first, major anti-Castro rally since the old boy took power. Afterwards, certain groups of demonstrators then went rioting and looting. The Economist reports that both government officials and private individuals have the same explanation for the riot. After some pro forma bombast about political conditions, they lower their voices and says what they really think: “The blacks are getting out of control.” [Cuba lives, in a fashion, Economist, 9/3/94, p. 43.]

Slow Justice

A 21-year-old black man has finally been convicted of killing a white Senate aide two years ago. The first trial of Edward Evans, who had told friends he wanted to “kill a white man,” ended with a hung jury, when a woman refused to vote for conviction because she said the justice system is unfair to blacks. In September, a new jury took only three and a half hours to find Mr. Evans guilty, [Greg Seigle, DC man convicted in Hill aide’s murder, Wash Times, 9/7/94, p. A1.] in a case that should have received wide publicity but, of course, did not.

Those Pesky White Values

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that a white couple should not be allowed to adopt three Chippewa Indian sisters. According to federal law, Indian children cannot go to white homes unless there is “good cause,” and the court ruled unanimously that a child’s need for a stable home and other such “white values” were not sufficiently good. Indians were reported to be ecstatic over the ruling. [Minnesota blocks 3 Chippewas’ adoption, Chi Trib, 9/4/94.]

Where Will it End?

The “Justice” Department has pushed persecution of whites into new territory. Chevy Chase Federal Savings Bank has agreed to spend $11 million to make up for the fact that it had not opened any branches in census tracts that are majority black. If banks take deposits in black areas but do not make “enough” loans to blacks, they are frequently accused of discrimination, but never before has a bank been punished for choosing its area of operations.

Chevy Chase Federal will have to set aside $7 million to cover the cost of a special loan program. Residents in black areas will get mortgages at discounted interest rates and will receive an outright grant equal to two percent of the down payment. The bank will also spend $4 million opening branches in places it did not want to do business, hiring blacks, and training whites to think about race rather than profits. [Holly Bass, Chevy Chase Federal reaches $11 million pact, WSJ, 8/23/94.]

The New York Times, which praised the Justice Department, noted that the areas in which Chevy Chase Federal had not set up branches have plenty of other banks operating in them and that blacks had not been harmed. It nevertheless concluded that this was irrelevant because “the law does not permit discrimination even if it causes no harm.” [Justice cracks down on redlining, (editorial) NYT, 8/26/94.] The spineless bankers settled the case rather than fight it in court.

The Pleasures of Power

Back under the bad old white regime, then-President F.W. de Klerk of South Africa had an annual compensation package worth $99,260. Now that the shackles of white exploitation have been thrown off, President Mandela has set his salary at a different level: $191,660 a year. [(Wire reports) Mandela is criticized for high salaries, Post Courier (what city?), 8/21/94.]

Blacks charge a high tariff to serve their people. The president of Moorhouse College was apparently not satisfied with his 1994 salary of $206,000 and seems to have boosted his benefits to $428,000. In September, he resigned on the eve of an auditor’s report on his compensation. [Chicago Tribune, Moorhouse College Chief out amid probe, 9/25/94, p. 16.]

Black Solidarity

Representative Mel Reynolds of Chicago has been charged with financial improprieties and with having had sex with an underage campaign worker. He claims that the Chicago police were “racist” to investigate him. It now appears that the official spokesman for the police department, William Davis, was feeding Mr. Reynolds inside information about the investigation as it was being conducted. Mr. Davis is said to be “proud of his African-American heritage.” He has been fired. [John Fountain & John Kall, Police spokesman is fired over probe of Rep. Reynolds, Chi Trib, 10/5/94, p. 7.]

Simpson the Scholar

Before he was arrested on suspicion of murder, O.J. Simpson wrote a “To Whom It May Concern” letter that was read publicly by his friend, Robert Kardashian. Excerpts were printed in many newspapers, but they invariably cleaned up the grammar and spelling. Here is a paragraph as Mr. Simpson wrote it:

I loved her — Always have. If we had a promblem its because I loved her so much. Recitly we came to the understanding that for now were weren’t right for each other at least for now. Dispite our love we were diffearnt and thats why we murtually agreesd to go our spaerate ways. It was tough spitting for a a second time.

Mr. Simpson is a graduate of the University of Southern California. [Dick Helmintoller, Sports Glimpses, The Progress News (Emlenton, PA) Aug. 16, 1994.]

Young Hate Criminal

An 11-year-old black boy has been arrested in Chicago for killing an 84-year-old white woman. The boy claims he hated Anna Gilvis, his next-door neighbor, because she frequently called him “nigger.” One day he sneaked into Mrs. Gilvis’ home but she beat him with a cane and ordered him to leave. He wrestled the cane away from her and beat her with it as she crawled into the bathroom. He bound her with twine from plants in the living room but since she would not stop screaming, he cut her throat with a kitchen knife.

At the time of the killing, the boy was ten years old. Chicago has had only one other ten-year-old murderer. He kicked a toddler to death. In the last three years Chicago has had 26 murder suspects age 13 and under whereas in the seven years before that it had only four. No racial breakdown of these suspects is available. [Scott Fornek, Cop: boy killed out of hate, Chi Sun Times, 9/7/94, p. 3.]

Clear Goals

The Black Student Organization of Columbia University is promoting what it calls Operation 100, which is part of a program to increase the number of blacks on campus. Blacks have been putting up posters all around campus with this illustration. Whatever one may say about blacks, one cannot accuse them of being coy about their objectives.

English Withers Away

Every secondary school teacher in the Los Angeles school district has been ordered to be trained in teaching students who cannot speak much English. Schools were to be closed for four days for this purpose. (What are they supposed to learn in four days? Pidgin English?) Every teacher must be able to handle students who do not speak English, because such students are likely to show up in every class. This, of course, only enriches the learning experience for native-born Americans.

Fashionable Failures

Army boot camp, it is said, has turned many a snotty-nosed youngster into a man. Shouldn’t it do the same for criminals? On the basis of this sophisticated analysis, more than 50 boot camp/prisons have sprung up around the country. The idea is to treat prisoners as if they were at Parris Island — call them “maggots,” make them do push ups, teach them to jog in step, make them say “Yes, sir!” — and hope that this will wean them away from crime. Boot campers are usually first- or second-offenders and the programs last 90 to 180 days. Sessions are usually followed by education and job training. All this is considerably more expensive than just plain jail.

Boot camps have now been around since 1983 and the data on their effectiveness is coming in. Nation-wide, about one third of boot campers drop out of the programs. Those who finish are about as likely to end up back in jail as people who go to ordinary prisons. [Gary Marx, Hard Time, Chic Trib, 10/2/94, Section 5, p. 1.]

No Free Speech for Honkies

A New York-based law firm, White & Case, has paid a former black employee $505,000 plus legal fees because a white employee is alleged to have made racial remarks. Donald Ries, a former associate (not even a partner) at the firm, denies ever having said the only reason Andargachew Zelleke got into Harvard was because of affirmative action or that Mr. Zelleke “is so stupid because he’s half-black.”

But what if he did? White & Case apparently were afraid that if the case went to court, the firm would be found to have “discriminated” against Mr. Zelleke, so they bought him off for half a million dollars. Mr. Ries has been fired. There is no free speech for whites.

Protecting the Tourists

Miami is taking measures to encourage tourists to keep coming to its crime-plagued beaches. Avis, the rental car company, is equipping some of its cars with panic buttons that instantly summon the police to the car’s satellite-pinpointed location. The cars also have four-inch computer screens that display maps, so that tourists will not get lost and wander out of the safe zones.

The maps can be set to direct a driver to any of hundreds of popular destinations or to the corner nearest any street address. A satellite system tracks the car’s progress so the map always displays the current location. A computer voice tells the driver when to turn. [Anthony Faiola, Rental cars go high-tech against crime, Miami Herald, 9/15/94, p. 1A.] Presumably, the computer is programmed to keep tourists out of the dodgy parts of town.

Lessons from the Abos

Australian authorities, frustrated with rising crime among Aborigines, have started turning criminals over to traditional tribal justice. In one small town near Darwin, six young Abos were tied up on Main Street, while elders whipped them with rubber hoses. The elders did a thorough job; one of the criminals could not walk for three days. There has since been a sharp drop in crime, partly because of the penalty for recidivism: Women wield the hose for second-time offenders, and it is particularly shameful for an Abo to be whipped by a woman. Other traditional punishments that are coming back into vogue are exile and non-lethal spearing. [Aborigines deal out rough justice in bush, AP, World (newspaper, don’t know city), Aug. 8, 1994.]