Before this interview, I didn’t know who Brandon Tatum was; now I’m deeply impressed by his clear-eyed view of American blacks and American politics.
The only problem with Candace Owens’ interview with Taleeb Starkes is that I suspect it will be watched only by those who don’t need to hear the message.
As far as I’m concerned there is only one thing wrong with Candace Owens’ interview with Taleeb Starkes. The problem is that I, a white woman, am watching this video while these young men
probably will not watch it. Sadly, they get respect from too many people for their bad behavior and martyrdom from their predictable deaths.
Sadly, another cohort that won’t be watching consists of these affluent-looking, indoctrinated children [Read more…]
The Pinterest and Plantation Wedding kerfuffle shows how the Left preys on American’s ignorance to destroy both the beauty and the lessons of history.
Immediately after Thanksgiving, I headed to Charleston with my Little Bookworm, who had asked to see a true Southern city. She originally suggested Nashville, but I’m more of a history buff than a country music buff, and there’s no quarreling with the fact that Charleston is one of America’s most historic cities.
You can’t go to Charleston, of course, without being reminded that the British brought African slavery to America. This is not to say that slavery was unknown on the American continent. America already had slavery because the Native Americans, as is true for all Stone Aged people, enslaved those few war captives whom they did not kill. The exception was small children, whom they adopted into the tribe to replenish the ongoing population losses caused by accidents, disease, and chronic warfare. In addition, the Spanish military had enslaved any Native Americans who survived the European diseases to which they had no resistance.
But back to the main point: Charleston and slavery were a matched set from the colonial era through to the Civil War. While America was statistically insignificant in the African Slave trade, receiving only 365,916 African captives compared to the Caribbean’s 5,089,010 and Brazil’s 3,519,910, these relatively small numbers do nothing to erase the fact that, even as the Western world was experiencing the Enlightenment and beginning to recognize that slavery was morally abhorrent, the South kept importing those Africans unlucky enough to have been kidnapped by rival African tribes and then sold by Muslim slave traders.
(Just for a little more perspective, Muslims enslaved – and killed, through maltreatment and castration – as many as 140 million Africans and several million Christians from Europe and the Slavic areas. But I digress.) [Read more…]
We arrived in Charleston, South Carolina a few hours ago with my Little Bookworm, who is visiting from college. Like me, she is a garrulous soul who enjoys talking to people and learning about them. So far, she’s talked to a little girl who petted our dog, a desk clerk, a food preparer at a barbecue place, a gas station cashier, and three grocery store clerks. All are black.
Sadly my daughter, who has lived her whole life in Progressive enclaves, “This is the first time I’ve ever talked to black people without being afraid of them. The people I’ve spoken to are really nice and they even spoke with me instead of looking at me like I’m a bad smell or like they’ll hurt me.”
That statement is both a lovely compliment to the people of South Carolina and a sad indictment of the state of race relations wherever Democrats hold sway.
The story of the sweet beer guy and the doxxing reporter is a microcosm of Democrat behavior, plus racial — and racist — education madness in Seattle.
The first part of this post is about the way in which the Carson King and Aaron Calvin saga parallels the saga of Trump, the Democrats, the Russian Hoax, and the investigation into the origins of the hoax. The second part looks at education insanity in Seattle. I’ve done a podcast on the same topics, which is not identical to this post, but it’s close enough that, if you prefer reading, you won’t miss anything by not listening to the podcast.* And if you listened to the podcast, you’ll find in this post links to the things I mentioned in the podcast.
The Beer Guy, the nasty reporter, Trump, and the nasty Democrats. You’ve probably already heard this story, so I won’t go on at length about it. Carson King is a young man who, during ESPN game night, put up a sign asking people to buy him a beer and giving his Venmo account name. It was silly, audacious, and charming. People responded with cheerful vigor, eventually sending King $1.12 million. King promptly turned around and donated the money to a hospital in Iowa City, where it will be used primarily to help children with cancer. This is a nice guy.
Aaron Calvin is not a nice guy. He was a young reporter at the Des Moines Register. He thought it would be a good scoop to troll King’s twitter feed. After crawling back eight years, he found a tweet or two in which King quoted some movie or TV show in a way that is no longer considered politically correct. (Keep in mind that what’s acceptable changes on an almost daily basis now.) King gave the ritual apology. [Read more…]
Here’s another superb PragerU video, this time showcasing Super Bowl star Burgess Owens as he explains the inherent racism behind reparations.
“White Supremacy” is a progressive canard to keep the race card viable in the absence of actual racism. It paints all whites as inherently racist and promotes the worst of tribalism as a progressive political tool.
The New York Times’ 1619 Project seeks to “reframe” American history to mark the year 1619 as the “true founding.” The first purpose of the 1619 Project is to cement slavery as America’s original sin. The “reframing” comes about, first, in the telling of a narrative so distorted as to be false, then, second, in redefining “racism” to attach the slander to a whole host of things that either are not caused by racism or are not racist by definition. Mirable dictu, America is suddenly a nation full of virulent racists / white supremacists.
It is helpful before continuing deeper into this morass to take a balanced look at the actual history of slavery in this country, not as an original sin that still stains us today and that can only be explicated by destroying the country, but rather as an extremely difficult issue that was set on the road to being righted by our Founders and their progeny. In a recent AEI article, author Mark Perry quotes extensively from black economist (and one-time card carrying communist) Thomas Sowell: [Read more…]
Though slavery was awful, for today’s American blacks what would have been even worse was an absence of the slavery that brought them to these shores.
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My co-blogger, Wolf Howling, has already written two excellent posts savaging the shoddy scholarship and evil motives behind the New York Times’ 1619 Project. He’s right, of course, but that hasn’t stopped the project from benefiting from the fact that the Times, while it no longer even makes a pretense of reporting news (instead it works as a Democrat propaganda arm), still has a disproportionate reach into American minds. For example, at Twitter, Stu Cvrk does a quick rundown of the Times’ decades’-long control over American newsrooms, a power it still holds today — as can be seen from the fact that USA Today has already published its own echo of the 1619 project.
Even the meanest intellect can understand the message that the Times’ and its fellow travelers are pushing: Americans cannot hide behind the Constitution to claim that they are a society founded on a great and colorblind idea (albeit one that was imperfectly implemented for a long time). Instead, from the moment Europeans set foot on America’s shores, they brought with them an evil so great that America is irredeemably corrupt. And of course, the proggies know the only way to purge that corruption: America must be destroyed and rebuilt in a socialist mold.
I’ll repeat here a true family story about this notion of purification: My aunt, along with her siblings (one of whom was my father) managed to escape Nazi Germany before the war. After the war, my aunt found her way to Israel. Israel was socialist, which ought to have satisfied her, but it wasn’t socialist enough. She wanted true communism, so she abandoned her husband and child and returned to Berlin. When she first raised the idea of leaving Israel, her friends asked her how she could return to the land of the Nazis. She confidently assured them that this was not a problem: “They’ve been purified by communism.” Looking at how people in the 20th century suffered under communism, I guess you could call that purification — and it’s that kind of “purification” that the new American Left wants for us so that we can atone for the sin of slavery.
Many people more intelligent and informed than I have pointed to some very obvious problems with the 1619 project. There’s
- the shoddy, dishonest scholarship;
- the fact that slavery was the norm throughout the world up until the Enlightenment, something that was a purely Western concept;
- the fact that Africans enthusiastically participated in the slave trade as a way of ridding themselves of prisoners taken in their endless tribal warfare;
- the fact that millions of Europeans were enslaved in Africa and the Middle East even as Africans were enslaved in other parts of the world;
- the fact that slavery continues today across the Muslim Middle East and Africa; the fact that America fought its bloodiest war to end slavery, with the loss of 650,000 men (or 2% of its population); and
- the fact that, after the 1830s, both slavery and its descendant, Jim Crow, were phenomenons unique to the Democrat Party.
That’s all the obvious stuff. [Read more…]
In addition to being an obvious effort to sow racial discord in America, the 1619 Project is based upon false, shoddy, and uninformed “scholarship.”
Let’s take a deeper dive than I did yesterday into the evil of Project 1619. Let’s take a look at the work of two academics who figure prominently in it, Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond and Cornell historian Edward Baptist. Are they pushing scholarship or race hustling?
I have been lambasted in the comments to the post linked above for pointing out that the 1619 Project is a revision of history designed to sow racial hatred and division for unrelated political ends — and opining that it is mother of all tosses of the race card. To paraphrase the comments, “No, no, this is just a fair look at history. It is benign. There is no ulterior motive here.” Yeah . . . bull.
Neo-Marxist progressives are in a full court press to destroy the foundations of this nation by tying the Constitution, the application of our laws, and our economic system to racism. The problem is, there is precious little overt modern day racism in this country — and indeed, apparently most of what accounts for actual racial incidents today on the fringes of society are more likely than not to be hoaxes.
What is a good proggie to do? Well, claim everything is inherently racist or, to use the words of the NYT in announcing the 1619 Project, all that the neo-Marxists progressives oppose is the “legacy of slavery [that] continues to shape our country.”
There is nothing fair or benign about any of this. To falsely stir up racial tensions in this country, the cause of so much pain, suffering and loss of life, is pure evil. Let’s drill down on just one example, the 1619 Project’s neo-Marxist assault on capitalism and the modern wealth of this nation. Matthew Desmond, an ivy-league professor of Sociology, as part of the NYT Project 1619, authored an essay entitled In Order to Understand the brutality of American Capitalism, You Have to Start On The Plantation. Heavily anecdotal, it is much more of an appeal to emotion than reason.
Desmond begins his introduction to the “brutality of American capitalism” by giving the example of Martin Shkreli: [Read more…]
The 1619 Project – a media driven campaign to view everything about this nation through a dark and myopic racial prism — is pure evil. It is the basest of modern lies, told to stir the basest of emotions, all to separate society and, thereby, to achieve a political end unrelated to the lies.
Perhaps when you think of the founding of the United States, you think of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers. Now, the New York Times wants to “reframe” your understanding of the nation’s founding.
In the Times‘ view (which it hopes to make the view of millions of Americans), the country was actually founded in 1619, when the first Africans were brought to North America, to Virginia, to be sold as slaves.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of that event, and the Times has created something called the 1619 Project. This is what the paper hopes the project will accomplish: “It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”
With the 1619 Project, America is being subjected to the biggest single toss of the race card in our nation’s post-civil war history. According to the race hustlers and progressives pushing this hoax, our nation today has not advanced an inch from the horrendous racism of 1952 Mississippi, that racism is responsible for all the ills of society, that racism is the foundation of capitalism, and that racism is at the root of all the ills of black society today. Anything negative that happens to a black is because of racism, regardless of their own actions. This from Damon Linkler, discusses some of the things the NYT, in its 1619 Project, tie to racism and slavery:
Throughout the issue of the NYTM, headlines make, with just slight variations, the same rhetorical move over and over again: “Here is something unpleasant, unjust, or even downright evil about life in the present-day United States. Bet you didn’t realize that slavery is ultimately to blame.” Lack of universal access to health care? High rates of sugar consumption? Callous treatment of incarcerated prisoners? White recording artists “stealing” black music? Harsh labor practices? That’s right — all of it, and far more, follows from slavery.
The most impressive authors, like Times op-ed columnist Jamelle Bouie, are honest enough to admit that their chosen subject (Bouie writes about the hardball tactics of congressional Republicans since 2011) may have “nothing to do with race at all.” Yet in the end even Bouie comes back around to asserting that Republican “methods of action … are clearly downstream of a style of extreme political combat that came to fruition in the defense of human bondage.”
The least persuasive, and unintentionally comical, contribution to the issue is a relatively brief essay by Princeton University’s Kevin Kruse, a historian who’s justly gained a large online following for his deft skewering on Twitter of Dinesh D’Souza and other know-nothing pundits of the far right who like to publicly display their ignorance of the American past. For the 1619 Project, Kruse writes about how notoriously bad traffic jams on Atlanta highways are — you guessed it — the legacy of “a century-long effort to segregate the races.”
It is of course not just the NYT. As Heather McDonald writes at the WSJ, the mainstream media at large is, in the era of Trump, pushing race, racialism, and white privilege into every story it produces. It’s just the NYT that is at the center of organizing it and normalizing it at the moment.
The 1619 Project is, as Rich Lowry writes in the NY Post, a revision of history, one in which the history of slavery and race is in part warped and in part omitted. According to the 1619 Project, slavery only happened in America, for the black and Muslim enslavers and slave traders in Africa are never mentioned as an important part of the story. In America only white men owned slaves — never blacks, Indians, etc., and the white men, of course, were never Democrats. Nowhere does the material already published fairly discuss abolition’s complex history. The Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement are erased. Martin Luther King’s grand — and ultimately successful plea — to have all men judged by the content of their character, “not the color of their skin,” is ignored. Our Constitution and laws are painted as illegitimate because they are, allegedly, systemically racist. All non-progressives are portrayed as inherently racist or as uncaring enablers of racism. Hell, we’re finding out today that even Mount Rushmore is an homage to slave-owning racists (our Founders) and white supremacy.
In short, and I can’t say this too often, this is pure evil. Nothing in our country has proven more divisive nor more destructive than racism in all its forms. From the Civil War to Ferguson, Baltimore and BLM, racism, the perception of racism, race hustlers, and the efforts to consign racism to the waste bin of history have singly and together been the greatest cause of violence and bloodshed in our nation. To use baseless claims of racism now, as a political tool to, as Rod Dreher writes, “radicaliz[e] the United States along racial lines,” is not merely deeply cynical, it is pure evil.
The goal, of course, is to give progressives enough political power that they can
right these wrongs rework the nation to their ends. Trump is now the Grand Kleagle of racism and Trump voters . . . they’re barely bothering to hide their white hoods. All blacks MUST stay on the Democrat plantation keep voting Democrat. The progressive left will be happy to ride this nation into tribalism and chaos, so long as progressive (whites) emerge on top and can then rework our nation into some socialist utopian obscenity. Put another way by Thaddeus McCotter at American Greatness:
The advent of the internet means that ordinary people like me can loudly criticize Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and the Times‘ ridiculous 1619 project.
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An internet world lets ordinary people praise Israel. It’s very hard to cast ones mind back to a pre-internet era when traditional news outlets were the only game in town and news was on a day-to-day cycle. In today’s world, the fact that two junior Congresswomen were denied admission to Israel has received 24/7 coverage in the old-line news media (television and what we still call “print,” even though it’s really internet). In addition, politicians — especially Leftists — have spoken about it steadily, flooding Twitter with their opinions.
Here are the basic outlines: Rashida Tlaib (D-Palestine) and Ilhan Omar (D-Somalia) have consistently and openly demonized both Israel and Jews. Among other things, both have actively pushed the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement, which seeks to destroy Israel economically. Of course, those who argue that this is an appropriate activity because of Israel’s alleged human rights abuses have not pushed a BDS movement against any other country that has provably violated human rights. The same people behind BDS are horrified that Trump would use economic sanctions against China, never mind that China’s human rights abuses against its own people are legion and that its economic abuses are terribly damaging to Americans here at home.
Anyhoo, Tlaib and Omar planned to travel on the taxpayers’ dime to visit Israel. Oh, wait! I misspoke. They planned to travel on the taxpayers’ dime to visit a place called Palestine: [Read more…]
The U.S. is a magnificent country, but I seem to have been meant for the Southeast — plus, a few words about Trump and the Baltimore kerfuffle.
We spent exactly one week traversing the U.S. by the northern route (California to Nevada to Utah to Colorado to Kansas to Missouri to Arkansas to Tennessee). Every bit of the way ranged from magnificent to impressive to beautiful. I met with old friends and made new friends. It was in all ways a delightful trip but I have to confess that I’m very happy to be back in Tennessee.
Tennessee suits my aesthetic sensibilities. I like everything about it, from the strongly defined clouds in the sky (as opposed to the Bay Area’s amorphous puffs), to the lush greenery, to the rolling and mountainous terrain, to the well-maintained roads. All those blue staters who sneer at Tennessee as flyover or redneck country have no idea what they’re missing — and thank goodness they don’t, because they’d ruin it if they descended on the Tennessee like locusts. As it is, blue staters escaping the horrors they’ve wreaked on California and New York are busy branching out trying to destroy red states such as Texas and Florida — and they’ve already turned Colorado into a blue political madhouse.
Along the road, I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts, so I am fairly current on what’s going on politically. I love it that President Trump is finally reaching out to black voters by pointing out the obvious: their “representatives” are representative only in skin color. Otherwise, they have failed blacks living in truly dire circumstances in Democrat and black-Democrat run enclaves.
Trump’s bravery in stating the obvious, despite the “racist!” shrieks of the self-styled elite reminded me of something I’ve quoted here before. It’s from former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, in his book The Case For Democracy: The Power Of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny And Terror (2004 hardback edition):
When it comes to “authentic black voices,” a young black woman today and a Jewish comedian from 45 years ago both put the race hustlers in their place.
Proving herself the inheritor of the Jim Crow mantle, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) announced that only those speaking in racial voices she deems acceptable will be considered members of the Democrat party:
Rep Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) “We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice” pic.twitter.com/2NIj5Vvcor
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 15, 2019
A young woman named Shemeka Michelle rose to the challenge — and you must watch her:
Can someone ask #AyannaPressley how a Black voice sounds?
Here’s the latest edition of #blackfacesblackvoices
I’m not sure if she’ll approve, but I did my best. 😎 pic.twitter.com/yqeNuHvB9a
— Shemeka Michelle (@ShemekaMichelle) July 17, 2019
I’m in awe of Ms. Michelle’s intelligence, humor, and courage. But I feel I must also pay homage to the great Mel Brooks, who figured out 45 years ago how to poke fun at grotesque racial stereotyping from the race hustling crowd, be it black, white, or other. For those unfamiliar with this scene, it’s from Blazing Saddles, which is quite possibly the funniest movie ever written:
As more Leftist voices join the reparations choir, I’d like to remind people that Americans paid a very precious form of reparations a long time ago.
On this Juneteenth, I’m not going to defend either slavery or Jim Crow, because the former, while still a worldwide norm, was a betrayal of the American Revolution and the latter is entirely indefensible. I will point out, though, that both were Democrat institutions enforced by Big Government — so maybe blacks would be better off without either Democrats or Big Government.
The purpose of this post, given the rising demands for reparation, is to point out that, unlike all other nations, America has already paid some of the most precious reparations ever, those paid with blood:
If Dems were parents and black Americans were their children, we would clearly see that Dems are enablers cultivating their children’s worst behaviors.
Although I no longer post on my real-me Facebook account, I still lurk periodically. One of the most interesting things about doing so is seeing what my Proggie friends are posting. For two years, they posted non-stop about “Russia! Russia! Russia!” and were open with their belief that Trump was either an idiot or an evil mastermind. Ever since the Mueller report emerged, though, they’ve pivoted away from Russia entirely, and are focused solely on getting an open border for America.
Interestingly, though, my pet Lefties have been completely silent about Trump’s awesome suggestion that all the people flooding the border be placed in sanctuary cities and communities that support illegal immigration. Oh, and if you haven’t seen Tucker Carlson on that issue, you must:
But I digress….
One of my old Proggie friends posted the following on her Facebook page:
My first thought when I saw that poster is that I don’t trust European data. I’m sorry, but I don’t.
I became suspicious years ago when I learned how different countries treat their infant mortality information. America is one of the few countries (or maybe the only country) to count every infant born alive as “alive,” even if it dies within minutes of birth. You’d think that every country would count “live” births that way, but you’d be wrong. Most other countries count as live births only those babies that are certain to live. It makes their numbers look better. [Read more…]