Tom Short, American Renaissance, April 2011
Many universities celebrate something called Social Justice Week, which is an excuse to promote even more “diversity” and multi-culti nonsense than usual. At Texas A & M (TAMU), where I was once a student, we celebrated social justice in February, and part of the whooping was a lecture by Jessie Daniels of Hunter College, a typical race, class, and gender nut. She claims to be a “national expert on white racism” (is there any other kind?) and an “anti-racist lesbian.”
Her talk was co-sponsored by Joe Feagin, who teaches sociology at TAMU. Prof. Feagin has written a whole shelf of anti-white books with names like Systemic Racism, Racist America, The Many Costs of Racism, The Continuing Significance of Racism, White Racism, Living With Racism, and yet more books about racism that do not have the word in the title. He is, in short, an obsessive. Here is a sample of what he writes: “One can accurately describe the United States as a ‘total racist society’ in which every major aspect of life is shaped to some degree by core racist realities.”
Interestingly, these two star-quality anti-racists could manage an audience of only 26, which included me and two others who came to grill Prof. Daniels. I wanted to video her talk, but the anti-racist lesbian refused to go on the record. Joe Feagin, who was present, recognized me and told her to be sure not to call on me for questions.
The title of Prof. Daniels talk was “Cyber Racism,” and she said she would discuss whether “more technology equates to more social justice” She began, however, with the kind of mush these people love: “I want to stand in solidarity with all those who pursue social justice.” Social justice, she explained, has the modest goal of requiring that “we transform Texas A&M and the whole world.”
The Internet is a hotbed of “cyber racism,” she explained, because there are sites such as Stormfront, and because Russian skinheads post videos of violence they have committed against people they don’t want in their country. Prof. Daniels also called martinlutherking.org and jewwatch.org “hate sites” (but never mentioned American Renaissance), and twice she showed us a photograph of David Duke.
The US, she said, has an “abysmal record” on race and human rights and even the UN complains about it. The evidence for this “abysmal record”? The fact that 98 percent of inmates at Rikers Island in New York are black and brown. She also explained that “racism is to blame for the US financial collapse.”
Prof. Daniels says the problem with the Internet is that there is “no gate keeper;” anyone can put up anything. She says the government should keep “hate speech” off our computers, just like the French, who fined Yahoo for selling Third Reich memorabilia to Frenchmen. She noted that ever since the 2003 Supreme Court ruling in Virginia v. Black it has been illegal to burn a cross because “burning crosses does not contribute to discourse in a democracy.” She worries, however, that it is possible to “burn a cross” online.
Fortunately, the authorities are waking up to the racist potential of the Internet. Prof. Daniels told us about the case of Richard Machado, who was the first person to be convicted of an e-mail hate crime. In 1996, Mr. Machado was a student at UC Irvine, and thought there were too many Asians on campus. He got the e-mail addresses of 59 Asian students and sent them a message with the subject line, “F**k You Asian S**t,” in which he threatened to “kill everyone of you personally.” In 1998, Mr. Machado was convicted and sentenced to a year in prison. Prof. Daniels is disappointed that Mr. Machado is not white but explained that he had “bought into the white supremacist framework.”
When she was finished, the left didn’t have many questions for Prof. Daniels, but we did. One of us, a lawyer, pointed out that race-based crime is very similar the world over, so why was she so critical of the US? She rejected the idea that other countries had the same kind of racial problems. Someone else in our group asked her if she could name a single claim about Martin Luther King on the martinlutherking.org website that was factually incorrect. She could not. He also wanted to know whether she would ban martinlutherking.org from the Internet if she had the power to do so. “That’s a tough call,” she said.
I had questions for her, but Prof. Feagin had warned her against me, so she refused to call on me. This was so obvious that when she called on a black man who had already asked a question, he pointed in my direction and she finally let me speak.
I said that Mr. Shabbaz of the New Black Panther Party has called for the murder of white-cracker babies and that Jose Gutierrez, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, says whites must either be run off the North American continent or exterminated. I wanted to know how this fits into her view of the United States as a white supremacist country. She said she had never heard of those things.
When someone asked Prof. Daniels about calls on the Internet for violence against whites, she said that this “speaks to the hegemony of white supremacy” and that “it is understandable that non-whites call for violence.”
The last question was from a student. He disputed Prof. Daniels’ claim that “white supremacists” have more power on the Internet than the NAACP. Stormfront may have had a website before the NAACP did, but the prevailing climate of political correctness gives the NAACP far more power than Stormfront. Prof. Daniels seemed stunned to be challenged by a student.
For us, the evening was a great success. It is about time loony anti-whites had some of their contradictions and double standards shoved down their throats. They are almost never challenged in class, since only anti-whites take their courses and anyone who strays off the plantation can be punished with a bad grade. But when they give a public lecture it is open season.
The next time you hear that an “anti-racist” is going to give a talk, gather a few friends and go have some fun.