When the Chicago Tribune was criticized for editing out the race of the attackers in a series of similar organized attacks in Chicago, it replied that race was irrelevant. Yet race is not considered irrelevant when indignantly editorializing on a disproportionate number of young black males arrested and imprisoned.
Sadly, what happened in Milwaukee and Chicago were not isolated incidents. They were part of a pattern repeated in dozens of cities, located in every region of the country. Colin Flaherty’s book, which is subtitled “The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It,” reveals this pattern in painful detail.
Other books are emerging that are more clearly a white backlash, in the sense that they attack behavior patterns among contemporary blacks in general.
Perhaps the most clearly backlash books are those written by Paul Kersey, whose central theme is that whites have created thriving cities, which blacks subsequently took over and ruined. Examples include his books about Birmingham (“The Tragic City”) and Detroit (“Escape from Detroit”).
Kersey even takes a swing at Rush Limbaugh (and at yours truly) for saying that liberal policies destroyed these cities. He says that San Francisco and other cities with liberal policies, but without black demographic and political takeovers, have not been ruined. His books are poorly written, but raise tough questions.
It would be easy to simply dismiss Kersey as a racist. But denouncing him or ignoring him is not refuting him. Refuting requires thought, which has largely been replaced by fashionable buzz words and catch phrases, when it comes to discussions of race.
Thought is long overdue. So is honesty.
I’d be much interested to see Dr. Sowell refute this line of reasoning, if he can. My own opinion is that it is the venemous confluence of large black populations and progressive policies regarding those populations, more evident in large urban areas than anywhere else in America, that is the culprit.
I live in San Francisco, one of the most urban, progressive cities in America and, yes, our black demographic is not only small, but shrinking. Even so, the areas that are predominatly black in the city are also the areas with the highest percentage of welfare recipients, crime, and anti-white racism.
Sowell says here that he fears the advent of race war, but he carefully tip-toes around just how such a war might erupt. He handwaves in the general direction of “white extremist hate groups,” but fails to explain how such a tiny minority might start, let alone wage, a national race war, beyond some vague references to the Nazi takeover in Germany.
The truth is that if any such war actually were to erupt, it would be as a consequence of the progressive elevation of safety and security over all other values (which has been used to justify a near-endless infringement of once commonly accepted liberties). In a culture in which safety is the uber-consideration, if the citizenry who subscribe to that value come to believe that they and their families is being threatened by racially-motivated black assaults, and that such assaults are considered “protected crimes” by virtue of the skin color of the perpetrators, then the citizenry in general may take their protection into their own hands and resist such attacks with terminal force.
This was one of the subtexts to the ferocious progressive response to the death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman. Such resistance must be demagogued and demonized, not just by race hustlers seeking their own self-aggrandizement, but by progressives worried that such resistance to black assaults might become more acceptable and hence more common.
It is a dangerous game that progressives play here. On the one hand, they have to keep their black client class convinced that only they can mitigate black suffering caused by endless white racism. On the other hand, blacks convinced that the single biggest threat to their well-being is white racism must somehow be dissuaded from attacking their white devil tormentors, or such attacks concealed from general perception and understanding, lest they provoke the sort of widespread response that would bring down the progressive racial projects entirely.
Nobody really fears a race war in America, not because blacks won’t continue racially-motivated assaults, but because whites will simply refuse to wage that war. And while it is true that whites not only heavily outnumber blacks in America, they are also, as a general proposition, better armed, that isn’t really the factor that worries progressives.
Their real fear is that those huge white majorities may kick them out of power and dismantle their racialist projects in response to the tacit progressive acceptance (and even encouragement) of black racial assaults against whites.
As I say, it’s a very fine line progressives must tread here. My hunch is that, just as with many other such things, they’ll continue to walk the line – until they don’t.