This was just the beginning
Rod Dreher asks, “What are you preparing us for by teaching non-whites to fear and loathe whites?” It’s a good question, and the answer is something to be feared about.
Previously only on social media, now common in the old sales outlets, we come across almost constant requests to kill white people, or cancel them or push them aside. A white friend who was married to the same Asian woman for decades was cursed as a fetishist in front of his grandchildren. Late night comedy shows openly speculate about the violence Derek Chauvin will endure in prison. An instructor from Barnard College discussed the gassing of whites in an upcoming race war. In our public discourse it is perfectly acceptable to say such things that are almost fashionable in complaint theology.
Associated with feelings about whites is a similar issue against men in general. Twitter will from time to time come across hashtags like #WorldWithoutMen Tweets This spectrum ranges from funny, not funny jokes about how women can get by with “more batteries” in order to get calls for violence. There is nothing we can do about it, as we have been assured that “all men are part of a patriarchal system that shapes women everywhere,” a great story of suffering for the maid. Not really much room for practical improvement when we were just asked to help with the dishes.
Of course, the rules of the media, social and antisocial, say this is fine, even if they punish those who say the exact same thing but change white to black (racists) or men to women (misogynists). As every socket cuts out more and more dissenting voices, the anti-white, anti-masculine parts expand to more bandwidth. In their attempts to create a legal version, “hate speech,” progressives use economic power to create a de facto version outside the law. Pee Wee chuckles that the Constitution can’t stop non-state mega-corps. However, their weapons of censorship against hatred only seem to point one way.
The Republican Party, which millions support for so many reasons, is being dismissed as the “front organization of American neo-fascism”. It follows if you are exercising certain rights (e.g. support free speech, own a legal weapon, read this website) you are inherently wrong and evil, not just your ideas. They cannot be convinced and are not worth listening to, just beating them. Even two of America’s whitest fathers, Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama, demonize many of us as toxic on their podcasts.
Imagine if a person is simply mistaken about their skin and the sex they were born with. There should be a word for that.
Many people are smart enough to know that Twitter et al. Just act and the daily wallop of threats is unfounded. We want to shock the competition with claims like “whites are in a public health crisis” and the like. We know that these are mostly cops of “journalists” who call themselves typipologists.
But increasingly, those angry, hateful appearances can result in someone losing a living due to a misunderstood Facebook post or false testimony of harassment that gives #BelieveWomen the credibility of cardboard. You can make the leap from online to the real world, with real world ramifications. This alarms even steadfast people who are willing to dismiss a lot of things as pure rhetoric. There is a risk of sticks and stones.
Progressive America is leaving Dr. King’s dream of a world where color doesn’t matter and is intentionally aiming for a return to circa 1950, when color was a big deal. We are encouraged to hate one another. Progressives believe they can control the monster so that preference for color (or gender or political stance) means advantages at work and school for blacks and whatever they can attract from the mountain of “people of color”, who in many cases see little of themselves in black activism.
The new advanced world intends damn well to base things on color, basing itself on the crudest and crumbest definition of racism: when the percentage of blacks (mortgage holders, Harvard graduates, inmates) is different than the percentage of black Americans in society, then means racism. In the real world, a facility like Brigham and the Women’s Hospital would like to bill black patients less than white ones to assign medical resources based on the race to eradicate inequalities they believe stemmed from 1619. You might as well conclude and just install separate drinking fountains.
The best arguments coincide with those put forward for positive action: A little “good” discrimination is the bitter medicine needed to fix a bigger problem, with the 14th Amendment’s equal treatment clause for the common good. How did that work? If it had helped, we wouldn’t be here now.
Seeing color as an integral part of identity is what America has fought for for 160 years. The ongoing reversal is hardly an admission that this idea, including the civil rights movement and Dr. King et al., Failed. Your answer is to explain that a mass of Americans need to be demoted, if not eliminated, so that others can move forward. We’ll never get black Americans to do 13.4 percent of anything else, they say, as if that goal competes with the moon shot in national minds.
This solution confirms the worst racial impulse – color matters – and worst version of a society that there are only so many chances, never enough to go around, that our group has to take some of them. It is essentially a version of the racist theory of white displacement. And all it takes is watching toddlers or puppies arguing over limited toys to know how that ends.
And that’s terrifying. We saw a taste of what is to come in the election of Donald Trump. Democrats want to ditch this as a one-off, fueled by foreign intervention. Joe Biden should have been the ideological palate cleaner. But Biden instead ignites the flames in slavish guilt to the people who reluctantly chose him as the lesser of two evils. Open the borders! Arms Control! More odds and empowerment! Reparations!
At best, Biden passively follows a pre-written social justice agenda (who knows what he himself believes or is even aware of) and expects to manipulate the complexity of our vote to re-elect his party (hence the muscle struggle of Georgia’s electoral laws.) He ignores how bad a candidate and how clumsy a President Trump was – but he still has a major defeat.
It is most accurate to view Trump not as an anomaly, but as version 1.0 of who we will one day vote for. Trump said the right words to Americans who felt disenfranchised and did well with many others, even though they were often embarrassed. But he lugged too much baggage from decades of public life and never learned how to get things done in Washington. His opposition, meanwhile, was comical and clung to a completely false Russian tale for three years like Jack on the Titanic raft.
But looking at how this has played out among the right in Europe, think of the next man who is articulate and smart and can subtly turn the volume control up or down as needed when addressing disgruntled unemployed people or impatient suburbanites whose children cannot go to a good school because of quotas, both groups borne taxes to pay for the democratic vision, both groups suffer from increasing crime, even if the leaders demand the defunding of the police. Think of a Keanu, not a Pompeo.
Put this smart boy candidate in a world where the media that stopped Biden are even more detailed, where the big people like CNN are even less important, and new platforms are emerging to make Twitter and Facebook less meaningful. The credibility of the media is going down anyway. Around 58 percent of us already think that “most news organizations are more interested in supporting an ideology or political position than informing the public”. They will still make money from the clicks of their converted cleric audience, but they will not affect others as much.
The kind of candidate likely to emerge from all of this will promise to take responsibility for reversing unwanted changes and manipulating the newly validated laws that say racial discrimination is what people want. He will find an audience that has grown from the Ham’s efforts to impose a partisan, rough splash of social change against the will of the majority.
He’s been called a fascist or an authoritarian, and he may be, but he’s also seen as the least bad answer to a system that is already way too far from the center.
Peter Van Buren is the author of We meant well: How I helped lose the battle for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, Hoopers War: A World War II novel in Japan, and Ghosts of Tom Joad: A 99 percent story.
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