Posted on January 1, 2008

O Tempora, O Mores! (January, 2008)

American Renaissance, January 2008

Jena Update

On Dec. 3, Mychal Bell, the 17-year-old black high school student at the center of the so-called “Jena 6” case pleaded guilty to second-degree battery against white schoolmate Justin Barker. Mr. Bell was facing conspiracy and aggravated battery charges that could have kept him in a juvenile center until he was 21. As part of the plea agreement, Mr. Bell will serve another six months in addition to the year he has already served, will testify against the other five blacks who beat Mr. Barker, and pay $935.00 towards court costs and Mr. Barker’s medical bills. “Everybody here is delighted that there is closure coming to this,” says Billy Fowler, a member of the local school board. [Marisol Bello, ‘Jena 6’ Teen Admits Fault in Plea Deal, USA Today, Dec. 3, 2007.]

Except, perhaps, for Mr. Barker and his family. They sat silently in the courtroom while Mr. Bell entered his plea, but three days later Mr. Barker filed a civil suit for unspecified damages against the blacks who beat him, the parents of two attackers who were juveniles, and the LaSalle Parish School Board. Mr. Barker’s lawyer says they are suing parents because they are responsible for their children’s violence, and they are suing the school board because it did not “adequately supervise students” or “assign enough teachers for supervision.” [Billy Gunn and Mandy Goodnight, Victim’s Family Sues in ‘Jena 6’ Beating Case, Town Talk (Alexandria, La.), Dec. 6, 2007.]

The defendants are not indigent. The families of the so-called Jena 6 are estimated to have taken in several hundred thousand dollars in donations, and at least two of the six posted photos of themselves on the Internet draped in $100 bills.

’Tis the Season

On December 3, two boy scouts from Troop 393, aged 11 and 13, and their fathers were selling Christmas trees in the parking lot of a drive-through convenience store in North College Hill, Ohio. They had approximately $350 in cash when they were set upon by three blacks, aged 17 to 20, one of whom had a sawed-off shotgun. The blacks shoved the men and boys to the ground and robbed them. They also punched the adults and one of the boys. Police have yet to catch the robbers.

The scouts have been selling Christmas trees at that location for more than 20 years. They plan to keep selling them there, but will increase the number of people manning the stand. [Quan Truong and Jennifer Baker, NCH Rallies to Aid Scouts, Cincinnati Enquirer, Dec. 4, 2007.]

It Must be Love

Television show creator Adrian Martinez hopes a network or cable channel will pick up his new idea for a reality show, “Who Wants to Marry a US Citizen?” in which immigrants — legal, Mr. Martinez assures us — will compete for the affections of an American citizen. Mr. Martinez isn’t guaranteeing marriage, or that immigrants will get permanent residency; he’s just offering the chance. But if there is a wedding, the program will pay for it and the honeymoon, too.

“It’s this generation’s ‘Dating Game,’ but with a twist — it aims to show love knows no borders,” Mr. Martinez says. “We’re just out to play matchmaker,” says the show’s host, Angelo Gonzales. “There are thousands of US citizens seeking a spouse, and just as many immigrants seeking the same. So we want to make it a win-win situation for all involved.”

Mr. Martinez already has enough contestants for several episodes. He says most are Hispanic, but one is from the Philippines. [Show Seeks to Love Match Migrants and US Citizens, Reuters, Nov. 30, 2007.]

They’re On to Us

So-called “anti-racists” are already in a frenzy over the 2008 AR conference. An e-mail message, excerpted below, has been making its way around the left side of the Internet:

In 2008, neo-nazis and racist bigots will be planning more racist terror at the American Renaissance Conference. On Feb 22-24, prominent white supremacists from the US and across the world will gather at the Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport Hotel to vent their hatred and spew their racist venom towards communities of color.

The conference organizers call for a white supremacist society and political order. American Renaissance (AmRen) editor Jared Taylor even states: ‘If whites permit themselves to be displaced, it is not just the high culture of the West that could disappear but such things as representative government, rule of law and freedom of speech, which whites usually get right and everyone else usually gets wrong.’

In the spirit of the anti-fascists that came before us, let’s shut these racists down by any means necessary.

Register for the conference today. You won’t want to miss the fun.

Army Diversity Update

As this month’s cover story notes, the Army struggles with diversity. It looks like it will struggle some more. On Nov. 30, Army chief of staff General George Casey announced the establishment of a Diversity Task Force, which will “review the Army’s diversity policies, practices and progress.” The force will be headed by a black woman brigadier general, Belinda Pinckney, who now heads something called the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command.

“The purpose of the task force is to increase awareness and to inform ourselves about how we need to adapt what we’re doing so we can sustain awareness and focus on diversity,” Gen. Casey says, adding, “I will tell you that I firmly believe the strength of our army comes from our diversity.”

Gen. Casey commanded the troops in Iraq from June 2004 until February 2007, when he was replaced by Gen. David Petreus. Gen. Casey says his Iraq experience is what sold him on diversity. He says Iraqis often asked how Americans were able to get soldiers of different races and religions to work together, and that the American example helped mold the Iraqi army into an impressive fighting force. [J. D. Leipold, Gen. Casey Announces Creation of Diversity Task Force, Army News Service, Dec. 3, 2007.]

Diversity in the FDNY

Ninety-one percent of New York City’s 11,621 firemen are white men (666 are Hispanic, 337 are black, 75 are Asian, 31 are women). That’s far too many white men. Last May the US Department of Justice sued the city, claiming the fire department’s entrance exam discriminates against non-whites. The feds didn’t say the FDNY is “racist,” but the test is implicitly “racist.”

The department has already jiggered the exam to make it easier for non-whites. Here is a sample question:

As a rookie firefighter, you are responsible for cleaning the kitchen. At the beginning of your shift, you find the kitchen area is a mess. And there is a bowl of chili spilled on the floor from the firefighters from the previous shift. The reason the kitchen is a mess is due to the previous crew having gone out on a call to a fire during their dinner, and they are still actively fighting the fire.

Do you:

1) Clean up the mess?

2) Clean up the mess, but complain to anyone who will listen?

3) Refuse to clean the mess up?

4) Clean up everything except the spilled chili?

5) Wait for everyone from the previous shift to return, and yell at them that they should have cleaned up the mess.

Candidates were to rate each answer in terms of desirability — placing an A next to the answer that was “highly desirable” all the way through E, “highly undesirable.” Eighty-eight of the 195 questions had two “right” answers. Five more questions had three, and for one question all five answers were “right.”

The test is now so easy that 21,000 of the 22,000 who took the test — more than 95 percent — passed. Thirty-eight percent of those geniuses were non-white, so there are likely to be quite a few “people of color” among the 2,000 rookies joining the force over the next four years.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the problem all along was that the city didn’t try hard enough to attract non-white candidates. This time it spent $1.4 million advertising to non-whites, and the mayor considers it money well spent. [John Eligon and Diane Cardwell, Black and Hispanic Firefighter Applicants Have Doubled, New York Times, Nov. 28, 2007. FDNY Test Mess, New York Post, Dec. 2, 2007.]

Good for Us

Assistant Secretary of State Ellen R. Sauerbrey, a former Maryland congresswoman, heads the department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. She thinks refugees are good for America. “We do it because it’s the right thing to do, but we also do it because it is in our national interest,” she explains. “When you have people in these hopeless situations, this is where terrorism breeds, this is where failed states come from.” Apparently, if we don’t let them in, they will turn terrorist and attack us.

The US took in 50,000 refugees last year, and expects to have taken in another 70,000 in 2007, mostly from Burundi, Somalia, Bhutan and Burma (Myanmar). We can also expect thousands of refugees from the war in Iraq. The United States gets more refugees than the rest of the world combined. Australia and Canada are the number two and three countries, and each takes about 5,000 a year. [Peter Smith, Accepting Refugees Protects US, Official Says, Louisville Courier-Journal, Dec. 6, 2007.]

Darn that Columbus

Denver held the first Columbus Day parade in 1907, and Colorado was the first state to celebrate Columbus Day, before it became a federal holiday in 1937. American Indians, both in North and South America, don’t much care for the day (in Venezuela, it’s called Day of Indigenous Resistance), accusing Columbus of introducing slavery to the New World and touching of centuries of genocide and oppression.

At this year’s parade in Denver, members of the American Indian Movement and other protesters spilled fake blood and scattered dismembered baby dolls along the parade route, and others stood in the street, trying to block the parade. Police arrested 83. Glenn Morris, a political science professor at the University of Colorado and one of those arrested, says he was angry about last year’s parade, which was led by re-enactors portraying a troop of US Calvary from the Indian wars of the late 1800s. Prof. Morris said the re-enactors were like nooses hung to intimidate blacks. [Police Arrest 83 Protestors at Denver Columbus Day Parade, AP, Oct. 7, 2007.]

Asians in MD

In a nice bit of racial pandering, Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, who wants to be governor someday, established the state’s first Asian American Advisory Council. State Delegate Susan Lee praised the Attorney General’s decision: “This historic event marks the first time ever that our community — which is experiencing one of the fastest rates of growth, but has had a history of under-representation at all levels of government — has had such a high level of participation in our state’s top criminal justice agency. The Council . . . will assist Attorney General Gansler in ensuring that crimes against those in our community are prosecuted, that we are protected against hate crimes, domestic violence, racial profiling, identity theft, fraud, and many other crimes.” [Leaders Hail 1st Asian American Advisory Council in Maryland, Asian Fortune News, Dec. 2007.]

Those Other Indians

The Smithsonian Institute is planning a permanent exhibit on the history of Indian immigrants to the United States. Entitled “HomeSpun: Made in America,” it lauds Indian contributions “in the fields of information technology, medicine, civil rights, engineering, education, arts and culture, media and politics.” The Smithsonian already has exhibits on Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino and Vietnamese immigrants.

Parag Mehta, Director of Training at the Democratic National Committee, says, “Our history has not been told . . . But the truth is that Indian-Americans have been a part of this country for more than 200 years.” Francey Lim Young­berg, Development Consultant for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, explains: “Unless your story is being included in the American narrative, people don’t see you as part of the American fabric. You will always be the perpetual foreigner.”

The exhibit is to open in 2009. [Geeta Goindi, $2M Eyed for Smithsonian Indian-American Exhibit, Asian Fortune News, Dec. 2007.]

Too Many Hispanics

The US Department of Labor routinely audits companies that do business with the federal government to make sure they obey federal hiring laws. “We’ll go in and we’ll look at who applied for the jobs and who was hired,” says spokesman Deanne Amadden. A routine audit of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest private prison operator, found that its Central Arizona Detention Center in Florence, Arizona, hired too many Hispanics. “The result was that the non-Hispanics were not getting that job opportunity,” says the department.

CCA denies discriminating against non-Hispanics, but agreed to hire 16 non-Hispanics who were previously rejected, and to pay $945.32 each to 464 unsuccessful non-Hispanic job applicants. The company will also let the Department of Labor monitor future hiring. [CCA Pays $438,626 for Discriminatory Hiring Practices in Arizona, Prison Legal News, Sept. 7, 2007.]

Arizona inmates are probably overwhelmingly Hispanic. Perhaps CCA wanted guards who could talk to prisoners.

Capital of AIDS

According to a new report, the US city with the highest AIDS infection rate is Washington, DC. More than 12,400 people—about one in 50—have the disease, including 56 children who were infected at birth. Another 19,000 or so do not yet have full-blown AIDS but are HIV positive. Eighty-six percent of AIDS carriers are black, although blacks are now down to just 57 percent of the population. The report says that 37 percent of carriers were infected heterosexually, 25 percent homosexually, 13 percent with needles, 6 percent from mother to child, and the rest by unknown means. [Ian Urbina, Report Finds Washington Has Highest AIDS Infection Rate Among US Cities, New York Times, Nov. 27, 2007. America’s HIV/AIDS Capital, Washington Times, Nov. 27, 2007.]

Many black homosexuals pretend to be heterosexual, so some claims of heterosexual infection may not be true.

Wrong Priorities

Although New Orleans needs to rebuild, clean flood damage, persuade residents to come back, and try to bring down its murder rate, the city council does not have enough to do. City council president Arnie Fielkow wants to create a new type of crime — “the crime of intimidation by use of hate symbols” — defined as putting a burning cross, a swastika, a noose or any other symbol in a public place or on someone’s property “with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons.” Violators would get a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Mr. Fielkow says he is responding to an alleged increase in hate incidents brought on by publicity over the “Jena 6” case. The NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, the Urban League, and homosexuals support the proposed ordinance. Tim Hornback, executive director of a religious group called the Forum for Equality, says “hate symbols have the same effect as a blow to the body.”

The American Civil Liberties Union doesn’t want a new law. As Executive Director Marjorie Esman explains: “This is an attempt to regulate people’s thought processes. Our position is that people can be accountable for the harm they do, but not the thought underlying the harm. I also think it would be impossible to get a conviction, because it requires knowledge of someone’s thoughts. You’d have to know their intentions, and sometimes that can be very difficult. There may be times when it’s impossible to tell the difference between intimidation and just communicating an idea.” [Bruce Nolan, Hate Crime Legislation Up for Vote, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Dec. 4, 2007.]

Not a Hate Crime

Early on the morning of Dec. 2, a white off-duty Boston fireman walked into a neighborhood restaurant in East Boston to get some take-out food. Several Hispanic men tried to pick a fight. He said he was a fireman who had just come for a sandwich, but the Hispanics started pushing him, saying, “We don’t want any gringo here.” The fireman got back into his car and drove the short distance to his stationhouse, but the Hispanics followed on foot.

“As soon as he got out of his car,” says Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve McDonald, “six guys jumped him and started kicking and punching him. He felt two sharp pains in his chest and knew he had been stabbed.” The attackers ran when the fireman rang the station doorbell and got the attention of men inside.

Although the Hispanics called the fireman a “gringo,” Boston police do not think the attack was racially motivated. [Laurel J. Sweet, Off-Duty Boston Firefighter Stabbed Outside Station, Boston Herald, Dec. 3, 2007.]

Pullem’ Up

Several cities have introduced, or tried to introduce, ordinances banning the low-slung, baggy-pants look favored by black hoodlums. Many blacks say the bans are “racist,” and Dallas, Texas, is trying persuasion rather than force. In October, the city unveiled the first two of 17 anti-baggy pants billboards. They show a man, who looks suspiciously white, wearing his pants so low that his underwear sticks out over the top. The message: “Don’t be lame, elevate your game. Pullem’ Up!”

The campaign is the brainchild of a group called Hip Hop Government. Clear Channel, the media company, donated the billboards. Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, who is black, is pleased. “We represent the citizens, and the citizens were having a problem looking at people with dirty underwear. . . . [T]hey’re now seeing for themselves the need to respect themselves and a need to have a respect for society.” [Cynthia Neff, Signs Urge Against Wearing of Baggy Pants, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Oct. 24, 2007.]

Where the Blonds Are

Blonde Map

The blondest region on earth is the band running from central Norway across Sweden and into Finland. Approximately 80 percent of the people living there are blond. Most of the world’s blonds therefore come from the area around the Baltic Sea. Fifty to 70 percent of people in the non-Celtic areas of Britain are blond, and even in the Celtic zones, blonds number from 20 to 49 percent. That is also the figure for Brittany, Galicia in Spain, and most of Central Europe. Blonds are fewer in the part of France that was inhabited by the ancient Gallo-Roman peoples. [The Blonde Map of Europe, StrangeMaps Blog, Dec. 4, 2007.]

BBC Discovers Whites

The British Broadcasting Corporation will air several documentaries this winter as part of its “White season” look at Britain’s white working class. The first is “White Girl,” about an 11-year-old who moves with her family to riot-torn Bradford, and ends up wearing a Muslim headscarf, or hijab. The BBC calls the film “provocative and emotional.” “Last Orders” is also set in Bradford, at the Wibsey Working Men’s Club. The BBC says, “Members feel that their very community is under threat and that racial tensions could erupt at any time.”

Third in the series is “All White in Barking,” a documentary “exploring prejudice” in a “multi-cultural” East London neighborhood. Jeff and Susan, a white couple, never say hello to their Nigerian neighbors because “they are not our people,” and a white man whose daughters are dating non-whites becomes a BNP activist.

According to the BBC, “The White season examines why some feel increasingly margin­alized and explores reasons behind the rise in popularity of far-right politics in some sections of the community.” Roly Keating, a BBC official, adds, “The White season is a complex look at how life has changed for the white working class.” [BBC to Explore Britain’s White Working Class, Telegraph (London), Nov. 21, 2007.]

Browning of Canada

At more than 30 million, the United States is the Western nation with the largest number of foreign inhabitants, but at 13 percent, it does not have the highest proportion. That honor goes to Australia, with 22 percent; Canada is a close second at 20 percent. Canada’s total population in 2006 was 31.6 million, up 5.4 percent from 2001. The foreign-born population—6.2 million—grew at four times the rate of the native population, and accounted for 69 percent of the national increase since the last census in 2001. Nearly 60 percent of “new Canadians” come from Asia and the Middle East. Two-thirds of all immigrants settle in just three cities—Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver—and visitors immediately notice the large number of non-whites. Ninety-five percent of immigrants live in cities, whereas only 78 percent of natives do.

There are now almost as many foreigners in Canada as there are native French speakers, or francophones. Within Quebec, the number of franco­phones has declined to 80 percent of the population. The third most common language in Canada, behind English and French, is now Chinese. [Shannon Proudfoot, Immigrants Fuel Growth in Population, Workforce, CanWest News Service, Dec. 4, 2007. Meagan Fitz­patrick, Proportion of Francophones in Canada Declines, CanWest News Service, Dec. 4, 2007.]

The Other ‘N-Word’

Renault UK, the British arm of the French car maker, had to pull a recent ad that used the phrase “the N-word.” Designed around a campaign that promised dealers would not say “no” to customers, several print ads said, “For 10 days, we can’t use the ‘N’ word.” The British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received two complaints about the ad’s “racism.” Renault dropped the ads, and the ASA graciously declined to launch a disciplinary investigation. [Mark Sweeney, Renault Pulls ‘N-word’ Ad, Guardian (London), Nov. 22, 2007. Ciar Byrne, Renault Withdraws Newspaper Ad After Complaints of Racism, Independent (London), Nov. 23, 2007.]

Multiculti Madness

“Multiculturalism,” says a new study from the British Labour Party’s favorite think tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), “can be shown to provide for a fairer and more liberal society and does not necessarily lead to social division and community conflict, as its critics have claimed.” All it takes for multiculturalism to work is a complete redesign of British society. Britain must “recast the civic oaths and national ceremonies, or institutions like Parliament and the monarchy, in a more multi-religious or secular form and make religious education less sectarian.” Immigrants must learn English and become acquainted with some aspects of British culture “if—but only if—the settled population is willing to open up national institutions and practices to newcomers and give a more inclusive cast to national narratives and symbols. Even-handedness dictates that we provide public recognition to minority cultures and traditions.” For example, “If we are going to continue as a nation to mark Christmas—and it would be very hard to expunge it from our national life even if we wanted to—then public organisations should mark other religious festivals too.”

The study has other proposals: “birth ceremonies” in which the state and parents pledge to “work in partnership” to raise children, flying flags other than the Union Jack, ensuring “access” by non-whites to the countryside, and removing Bishops from the House of Lords.

A Conservative Party representative said the report showed “a breathtaking misunderstanding of what it is to be British,” adding that “you don’t build community cohesion by throwing out our history and denying the fundamental contribution Christianity has played and does play to our nation.” The Conservative was Sayeeda Warsi, who identifies herself as “a Muslim woman.” [James Chapman, Christmas Should be ‘Downgraded’ to Help Race Relations Says Labour Think Tank, Daily Mail (London), Nov. 1, 2007.]

The Whiter the Better

According to the United Nations Human Development Index, Iceland is the best place in the world to live, followed by Norway, Australia, Canada and Ireland. All 22 of the lowest ranked countries are in black Africa, with Sierra Leone in last place.

The United States came in 12th, down from 8th last year. The US got high marks for GNP, but lost points for a relatively low life expectancy (courtesy of large black and Hispanic populations)—tied for 26th in longevity.

Japan has the world’s highest life expectancy, at 82.3 years. Zambia, in Africa, has the lowest at 40.5. Three African countries—Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe—have lower life expectancies than they did in 1975. [United Nations: Iceland Best Place to Live, Africa Worst, Fox News, Nov. 27, 2007.]

More French Riots

In late 2005, young French blacks and Muslims rioted for three weeks, burning thousands of cars and dozens of buildings, and injuring hundreds of policemen. The riots were triggered when two young Muslims electrocuted themselves when they tried to hide from police in a power substation. The riots were partly responsible for the election of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who was then Interior Minister and talked tough against the rioters.

Two years later, there was another fatal encounter between young non-whites and police. On the night of Sunday, Nov. 25, two teenagers died when they crashed a stolen motorcycle into a police car. More than 100 angry “youths” gathered at the crash site in the Paris suburb of Villiers-le-Bel, accusing the police of ramming the motorcycle and leaving the two boys for dead. The first officer who arrived to calm the “youths” was nearly beaten to death with an iron bar while rioters burned his squad car. During the next six hours, rioters burned 20 more cars, torched the town police station, and injured 25 policemen. The next night, in other non-white Paris suburbs, rioters burned a library, a nursery school, and a car dealership, and tried to set more buildings on fire by crashing burning cars into them.

Patrice Ribeiro of the Synergie police union says the violence was worse than in 2005, and that the rioters this time included “genuine urban guerrillas” armed with shotguns. Eighty-two officers were injured on the night of Nov. 26, ten by buckshot. Four were seriously wounded, including one who lost an eye and another whose shoulder was shattered when a bullet went through his body armor. “We have crossed a red line,” said Joachim Masanet, secretary general of the police wing of the UNSA trade union. “When these kids aim their guns at police officers, they want to kill them.”

The French government sent 1,000 riot police to the non-white suburbs on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and by Wednesday night the violence had stopped. Tensions remained high, and there were fears that if there were deaths on either side, the government might have to call out the army. [Rioting French Youths Demand ‘Truth,’ Australian (Sydney), Nov. 27, 2007. Katrin Bennhold, Riot Police in France on Alert for Firearms, International Herald Tribune, Nov. 27, 2007. Paris Rioters ‘Criminals’ Says PM, BBC News, Nov. 27, 2007. Matthew Camp­bell, France Stunned by Rioters’ Savagery, Times (London), Dec. 2, 2007.]