Monday, July 15, 2013

After The Acquittal

Perhaps there's a Gentle Reader in Andromeda who isn't yet aware that George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges this past Saturday...but surely you are.

"What now?" is the question. Some of the answers are arriving as we speak: "protests" in various cities; a slew of probes into the behavior of the most visible agitators; and some rather clear-headed commentary about the larger picture.

First, have some observations from Jim Treacher of the Daily Caller:

Who's Joshua Chellew? The fact that you don't know his name is the whole point. But that's not your fault.

Marietta Daily Journal, 7/3/13:

Four south Cobb teenagers are in custody in connection with the beating death of a 36-year-old Mableton man on Mableton Parkway early Sunday morning…

They have been accused in the beating death of Joshua Heath Chellew, 36…

According to the warrant, the four teenagers are accused of starting a fight with Chellew at a Chevron gas station in the 6200 block of Mableton Parkway near Community Drive at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday. They repeatedly punched and kicked him, according to police.

While attempting to escape, Chellew backed into the center five-lane highway and was pushed to the ground and knocked unconscious, the warrant states.

They then walked away from Chellew, "leaving him helpless," and he was eventually hit by a car, the warrant states.

A horrible, senseless murder. Why hasn't it received wider attention?

The answer to Treacher's entirely reasonable question lies in the photographs that follow it. Those photos are reminiscent of the ones in this article of a few years ago.

A bit more straight-to-the point commentary, published before the verdict was in, comes from Nicholas Stix at VDARE:

The point of this persecution is to make an example of George Zimmerman, and to teach whites, and the "white-enough," that:
  • They must endure and defer to black criminals as neighbors and trespassers;
  • They must not form neighborhood watches, because they'll eventually be sued into penury. Let criminals of color take and do whatever they want;
  • Don't carry a legal firearm, because we'll treat you like a criminal anyway;
  • Be the frightened prisoner of your vehicle and home. Don't act like a free man, and follow suspicious characters who may be endangering your family and neighbors, because that is now a crime;
  • Don't call the police to report suspicious behavior, or even to report crimes you see being committed by those groups who commit most crimes;
  • If you are violently attacked by a black, do not defend yourself, because if you do you may spend the rest of your life in prison, which would amount to a death sentence.
  • Just pray that your attacker only maims and/or rapes, but doesn't kill you.

This is what America has come to under Obama—a banana republic, replete with government-orchestrated mobs, political prisoners, and show trials.

The campaign against George Zimmerman is entirely political. In the end, it must be fought politically, via demonstrations, petitions, and by elected and non-elected political leaders.

George Zimmerman must be kept out of jail. But even then he will need to get a new name, a new face, and … a new country.

In fact, we all need a new country.

Is there any way to dispute Stix's concluding assertion? As God is my witness, I can't, and I'd desperately like to find one.

Yet people are baffled at how I shrug when I'm called a racist.

Racial tensions in these United States are principally the product of "good intentions." As I wrote a few months ago:

When word gets around about the exploitation of unearned benefits or legal privileges by members of a collectivity designated for "help," those who are being mulcted or disadvantaged for that "help" tend to become very angry. However, the inhibition against seeing unworthy or vicious individuals within a "protected" collectivity can be made strong enough that the result is rage against all the members of the collectivity: the decent, responsible, and moral ones right along with the dissolute, the ne'er-do-wells, and the thugs.

When such a reaction begins to gather, the Left, which proposed and rationalized the nurturance of the designated collectivity, senses a threat to its moral position. The original motive power for "helping" that collectivity was a sense of moral obligation successfully imposed on the rest of society. They come to fear that their self-concept will be wounded, perhaps fatally. When the facts of the matter are immovably against their policy prescriptions and collectivist moral exhortations, the only possible means of defense is concealment: delaying the exposure of the evidence as long as possible.

The Mainstream Media, as anyone can see for himself, are politically biased toward the Left. Leftist political orientation, being so focused on "good intentions," tends to gather in persons whose strongest response to any scenario is emotional -- and emotionally-oriented persons have always dominated the communications-intensive trades. Thus, journalists are naturally inclined toward alliance with the explicitly political Left, and will assist the Left in bending the news "narrative" away from inconvenient truths. The growth and gradual predominance of a predator sub-class within a collectivity nurtured by the Left is such an inconvenient truth.

The one and only remedy to the above dynamic that would conduce toward harmony is a counter-dynamic animated and enforced by the decent members of the collectivity in question. In other words, if a percentage of blacks becomes violent, preys upon others, and generally disregards the norms of civil society, the corrective action must come from other blacks. For whites to impose enforcement from "outside the community" merely reinforces a sense of battle lines having been drawn -- of two cohesive groups engaged in a de facto struggle for dominance. However, as I noted on Saturday, this runs into the overarching dynamic of group identity and cohesion, which militates toward protecting the group's deviants -- even the dangerous ones -- from "the other:"

There's no such thing as a group identity that engenders no other consequences. Groups coalesce for a reason -- most often, to oppose other groups -- and their first and most powerful impulse is to protect those of their members who are threatened by other groups.

Racial group identity is no exception to this pattern. Indeed, it's the prototype for such studies. He who thinks of himself as black first and foremost will reflexively rally to the defense of even the most violent, criminally inclined persons of his race. In a sense, that's what group identity is for; it's the most visible expression of the innate xenophobia that's built into Mankind's genes.

Which is why the nurturance of separatist racial and ethnic identities is inherently wrong and destructive. Theodore Roosevelt knew it:

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all … The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic … There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

We should know that by now, from experiences such as the Zimmerman trial if for no other reason.

The vicious, self-serving scum that seek to profit from racial agitation -- the Jesse Jacksons; the Al Sharptons; the Ben Jealouses and Julian Bonds; and the would-be savages who style themselves "Black Panthers" -- ought to be held in absolute contempt and barred from any gathering of decent persons. Yet they continue to be treated as representatives of a viewpoint that deserves consideration.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Yet far too many Americans are reluctant to say so, for fear of being called "racists." But that fear looks to be on the wane, in light of the growing consciousness that interracial violence is almost entirely black-on-white. Just as Americans have suffered "compassion fatigue" over the endless expansions of the welfare system, we are quite capable of contracting "race fatigue" over the hectoring of racialist hucksters whose hands are forever reaching for our necks and our pockets.

The racialists have one weapon remaining to them: the Main Stream Media, which appears incapable of disaffiliating itself from the racialist cause. But the mass media, too, are losing their foothold on the American mind. You cannot tell a man repeatedly that the Sun rises in the west, in blatant contradiction to his own observations and experiences, and expect to retain his credulity.

More strife of the sort threatened over the Zimmerman acquittal might even make the accusation of racism a badge of honor. But first we must survive the sequel...whatever it proves to be.

Perhaps I'm worried over nothing much. Perhaps there will be no riots. Perhaps there will be no uptick in interracial violence -- which, as I noted above, is almost exclusively perpetrated by blacks against whites. Perhaps our political class will finally open its eyes to the carnage it has engendered by conferring special "victim" status upon the Negro race. Perhaps Americans generally will wise up, and will cease to grant any respect to those who claim that contemporary Negroes are "owed" for the oppressions suffered by Negro slaves of a century and a half ago, at the hands of persons long dead. Perhaps the promoters of those fantasies will finally sit down, shut up, and learn to be Americans, unhyphenated.

And perhaps pigs will fly.

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