How It Came to This
Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, June 19, 2020
What is the source of this madness?
How did it come to this? And by “this” I mean not just the 10 days of rioting after the death of George Floyd, but the psychological collapse of whites that followed. Billions of dollars in riot damage can be repaired; the psychological damage is more serious. Consider this. [0:00 – 0:30] This young couples agreed to lick the boots of blacks. [0:00 – 0:18] This woman does the same. [[00:42 – 1:02] I don’t believe there has ever been a time in the history of the world when a black person could persuade a white person — just passing by — to get on her knees, right on the side walk.
There was a similar, maybe not quite so degrading ceremony in Congress. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Charles Schumer stayed on their knees for nine minutes to honor George Floyd. They wore African kinte cloth and bowed their heads. George Floyd was a criminal with a long record. If American senators and congresswomen have ever knelt like this to honor another American, I haven’t heard of it. Not George Washington, not John Kennedy, not anybody. Have they ever even knelt on the cold, hard floors of Congress to worship God? I doubt it.
When a nation is defeated, it pays tribute. America has been defeated. Looters pillaged Apple stores all over the country. Apple’s reaction? It promised $100 million for black causes. Here are blacks looting ritzy stores in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. I’m sure that like virtually every major corporation in America they have also promised to pay tribute. Do you think that after the race riots of the 1960s or even the LA riots of 1992, businesses rewarded the people who sacked their stores. No. This is a new era. [0:30 – 0:56]
What is behind this unprecedented surrender? A delusion — I would even call it a kind of madness. It’s the belief that the United States is viciously racist. “Here is a headline from the Guardian: “In America, Black Deaths Are Not a Flaw in the System. They Are the System.” It’s now common on the left to think that blacks are treated so horribly that they are justified in rioting, and that anyone who opposes looting and arson is a racist. Joyce Kenner has been the principal of Whitney Young High School in Chicago for 25 years and worked for Al Sharpton before that. Here she is with her arm raised at a school event. When she urged her students to demonstrate but stay away from violence and looting, “disappointed alumni” got up more than 800 petitions calling for her to resign.
David Shor was a data analyst for Civis Analytics. His job was to try to help Democrats win elections. He tweeted a reference to a paper that found that in 1968, when there were race riots, it raised the Republican share of the vote. He was worried that the George Floyd riots might make people vote Republican this year. Work colleagues and clients said this was anti-black and “threatened their safety.” Mr. Shor apologized, but “Civis Analytics undertook a review of the episode. A few days later, Shor was fired.”
This is new. A certified anti-racist was fired for pointing out that looting and arson might hurt Democrats.
How did blacks achieve this exalted status? Why do white people kneel before them, kiss their boots, pay ransom money to the people who loot their stores, and lose their jobs if they criticize black mob violence? Strange as it may seem, this is the inevitable logic of an idea that has its roots as far back as the Declaration of Independence.
The phrase, “all men are created equal,” has been more shamelessly misinterpreted than any words in all of American history, but you could argue those words put in motion what we are seeing today. Equality has been on the march ever since, and by the mid-20th century it had reached a point that would have shocked the Founding Fathers. In 1950, the United States put its signature on a UNESCO document that stated: “For all practical social purposes ‘race’ is not so much a biological phenomenon as a social myth.” The next year, the United States endorsed a UNESCO declaration that said, “Available scientific knowledge provides no basis for believing that the groups of mankind differ in their innate capacity for intellectual and emotional development.”
In June 1965, at a commencement speech at Howard University, President Lyndon Johnson laid out the principles of what euphemistically became known as “affirmative action.” He said this: We seek . . . not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result. . . .To this end equal opportunity is essential, but not enough, not enough. The president pointed to black/white differences in achievement, and explained their cause: “They are solely and simply the consequence of ancient brutality, past injustice, and present prejudice.” And even when he mentioned the breakdown in black families, he said, “For this, most of all, white America must accept responsibility.”
The message was clear: Blacks are not responsible for failure of any kind. Whites are. And over the years, it became impossible to have a different view.
Blacks rioted every summer for four straight years in the 1960s. The Kerner commission was appointed to look into the causes, and found that the problem was white people: “What white Americans have never fully understood — but what the Negro can never forget — is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto. White institutions created it, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it.” The problems of blacks are all our fault.
We spent trillions of dollars on welfare and education, gave blacks preferences in hiring and college admissions, hunted down and denounced every trace of racism, set up black role models, made Martin Luther King a national hero, and we elected a black president. Nothing changed. Blacks are still way behind, and it’s still our fault.
Ibram X. Kendi is the director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. He wants an amendment to the US Constitution that would make it clear that: “Racial inequity is evidence of racist policy and the different racial groups are equals. Prof. Kendi, we don’t need an amendment. That’s already what everyone must absolutely believe. Blacks and whites are inherently equal in every way, so any difference in achievement is our fault. Whites make blacks kill each other at 12 times the rate whites kill each other. Whites make blacks have so many out-of-wedlock babies that their illegitimacy rate is close to 80 percent. Whites are grinding blacks down so badly that their median household wealth is just one tenth that of whites.
But, wait a minute. Who are the horrible people who are doing that? Who is making them shoot each other and get pregnant? This country has been completely fumigated for racists. Not even the wildest anti-racists can find people who are doing that. Of course, when they find someone who says “all lives matter” at the wrong time, they treat him as if he wanted to bring back slavery.
The truth is, white people don’t make black people misbehave. How would they do that even if they wanted to? And so, to explain black failure we had to invent racism without racists. That is the purpose of fancy ideas like “systemic racism,” “implicit bias,” and “white privilege.”
Lefties admit that you can have racism without racists. Robin DeAngelo is today’s hottest anti-racism guru. She scoffs at what she calls, “The simplistic idea that racism is limited to individual intentional acts committed by unkind people.” That means you can be an earnest, anti-racist white and still oppress black people. As she says, ““White progressives do indeed uphold and perpetrate racism.” All those white people walking around with “black lives matter” signs are perpetrating racism. How?
A sociology professor wrote in USA Today: “All college students should take a mandatory course on black history and white privilege.” Emily Walton teaches a course like that at Dartmouth. She says it’s her white students who learn the most because, and I quote, “they understand that being a good person does not make them innocent.” You can be a genuinely good person but you’re still the reason why black people are poor and shoot each other.
And you will never be innocent. As author and activist Tema Okum explains: “From White Racist to White Anti-Racist: is a Life-Long Journey.”
How do white people who are trying so hard to be good become a deadly menace to blacks? Robin DeAngelo has the answer: We are, as she puts it, “conditioned into a white supremacist worldview .” She says that “The ubiquitous socializing power of white supremacy cannot be avoided. The messages circulate 24-7.” What? I don’t see those messages. Do you? Who’s sending them? Space aliens?
White supremacy is like witchcraft or the black death. It’s an evil force that circulates 24/7. I guess it emanates from the minds of even the best and most virtuous white people. And black people are such helpless puppets that they collapse into degeneracy at the slightest touch of this evil force.
This kind of nuttiness used to be bottled up on college campuses, but now ordinary people talk about white privilege and say cuckoo things like “White silence is violence.”
So, America has a new theory of race relations. Whites make life miserable for black people without even trying, even when they are doing their best to be good to blacks. It’s the way we are. We can’t help it no matter how hard we try, and we can’t be cured.
This is obviously crazy, but it’s what we’re stuck with when we have *no other explanation* for unequal results in a country that requires — demands — complete equality.
Is it possible — is it conceivable — that unequal racial results might — just might — have something to do with the nature of blacks? With how they are and what they do? No. Impossible. Even to ask that question will make 17 black people shoot each other in Chicago this weekend. And asking it will get you thrown off the internet.
And that’s how it came to this. And that’s why there is no solution. No amount of bootlicking, no amount of money, not even every white person on his knees every day can solve this problem. Eventually, it will solve itself. As the Roman poet Horace wrote more than 2,000 years ago: “You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, but she will always return.”