I know, I know. Don’t I know that the brutal history of slavery is genetically imprinted on black people throughout America (despite the fact that there is still slavery today in Africa and the middle east), influencing their every decision? Don’t I know that black people cannot be expected to behave like any other group of people, because… white supremacy?
Don’t I know I’m just another “privileged white girl” preaching to black people about their own lives. A Canadian, no less.
Well, too bad.
I’ve written and spoken at length about the rise of identitarian politics and the death of American patriotism and civic nationalism. Whether the mainstream right wants to admit it or not (or they just plain think I’m some sort of conspiracy theorist), I believe that these issues will be a defining conflict within our broader movement. I may be wrong, of course, but I really don’t think I am.
Even the possibility of this political reality should scare you, black America.
I have no real horse in this race. The rise of ethnic nationalism wouldn’t harm me, as a white person born in a white country. However, I’ve always been raised to defend what is right, not simply those things which effect me directly. This belief compels me to reject policies based on nothing but immutable, arbitrary characteristics of birth – including the idea that non-whites should be expelled from America via financial incentive or otherwise (violence would be inevitable in this case, I believe).
I want to believe in the I Have A Dream speech. I want to believe in the Thomas Sowell and Larry Elder vision for America – freedom, liberty, and justice for all. Judgement of others based on content of character, not based on colour or race. I want to believe that America, while primarily white, can support a population of multiple ethnicities under a single primary culture.
But for goodness sake, your community is making it pretty damn hard to defend my position.
I get it. Like any other group, black people are diverse. Not every black person lives in a ghetto, likes rap music, is a single mom, or has ten family members in jail. Everyone knows this.
However, it is undeniable that statistically speaking, the American black community has caused (directly and indirectly) a massively disproportionate amount of the social disturbance we’re seeing in the United States. For what it’s worth, I personally try to judge individuals on an individual basis when it comes to race.
I’m being pragmatic.
The black community has been so poisoned by Democrat hysteria that they simply will not listen to white people at all. Therefore, it’s up to the black community to fix itself. Is it fair that you, a normal person who happens to be black, is lumped in with criminals? Of course it’s not “fair”.
But the alternative, that the black community continues on in the way it is going, will lead to far greater injustices. Possibly even violent ones.
Black people make up 13% of the American population.
They commit 52% of homicides (it’s actually even worse, considering that the majority of those homicides are committed by young black males).
They commit 38.5% of violent crime overall. In large cities, the crime rates are even more disproportionate.
The most logical reason for all of this is single motherhood and the welfare state which created and enables it. As Thomas Sowell writes:
We are told that such riots are a result of black poverty and white racism. But in fact — for those who still have some respect for facts — black poverty was far worse, and white racism was far worse, prior to 1960. But violent crime within black ghettos was far less.
You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large. Murder rates among black males were going down — repeat, down — during the much-lamented 1950s, while it went up after the much celebrated 1960s, reaching levels more than double what they had been before. Most black children were raised in two-parent families prior to the 1960s. But today the great majority of black children are raised in one-parent families.
And that’s just a start. We also have abortion rates, unemployment, drug abuse, domestic violence, and on and on. Not only is it considered “racist” to talk about these issues, the American black community (and the leftist media) often condone or even reward the worst behaviour from their own group.
This morning, the late Michael Brown’s parents settled with the city of Ferguson, Missouri, to the tune of several million dollars. Yep, that’s right, your son attempts to murder a police officer, he becomes the face of a massive social movement (he was one of the first poster children for Black Lives Matter), and you get a paycheque.
All of this, of course, is nonsense. Unlike far more complicated cases such as the tragic shooting of Philando Castile, Michael Brown was clearly in the wrong and Officer Wilson deserved no punishment for defending his own life.
My biggest issue with #BlackLivesMatter is their conflation of "tough call" cases with absolutely ridiculous ones such as Michael Brown.
— Stefanie MacWilliams (@StefMacWilliams) June 21, 2017
Of course the family of Michael Brown and his community have every right to be saddened by his death.
But for the broader black community to riot and to incite violence against law enforcement over a media-conconcted fabrication, that I have a problem with.
BLM is proof that black America can organize against injustice. Their cause is self-defeating (yes, police brutality is a problem in isolated instances, but creating hysteria over the issue only causes more aggressive confrontation with police), and their tactics such violent rioting and looting are vile.
However, they got the black community to care. To come out for something.
Take this frustration and aim it at an actual adversary. Most of these adversaries are within your own community. Some might argue that the black community can attack black-on-black crime and police brutality at the same time, and that may be true in the future, but as it stands, it’s pretty clear that BLM cannot in fact walk and chew bubble gum at the same time.
I had a fascinating interview with the founder of Black Guns Matter, Maj Toure, about a week ago. I may disagree with him on the legitimacy of police brutality as a pressing issue, but I strongly support his organization’s attempt to bring Second Amendment education to urban communities. Agree with him on everything or not: he’s doing something that doesn’t involve whining to white people to fix his community while simultaneously calling us evil.
That’s where it begins. With you. It’s the same for women, white people, or any other group. End this idea that black people act a certain way because of genetics. Whether it’s coming from leftists who don’t understand science who claim slavery changes the human brain cross-generationally, or alt-right folks who believe that ethnicity is what causes culture.
I will defend the Constitutional rights of every American, no matter their race. Most Americans, of course, agree with me. No matter how bad things get within the black community, I will never advocate taking away their rights. I believe that would be morally wrong, and could never be justified.
However, we can never forget the reality that freedom is not guaranteed. It must be won – and then it must be protected. t’s time to stop playing the victim, and start doing your part.