Mark Greene believes we are ALL under siege by a political system that seeks to pit us against each other.
To quote Joanna Schroeder at The Good Men Project:
“If you’re not familiar with John Derbyshire, he’s a relatively well-respected writer and contributing editor at National Review. He recently published a piece in Taki’s Magazine called “The Talk, Non-Black Version”, in which he shares the advice he has given his children about how to stay safe. From black people.”
Since then, a debate has raged about Derbyshire’s offending article. It first appeared in Taki’s Magazine under the title “The Talk, Non-Black Version”, The most prominent defense of Derbyshire? “He’s just saying what most people are thinking.”
It is rationales like this that quickly and quietly grant racism its power, conjuring images of the oppressed suburban middle class, shuffling along, muttering their endless (valid) fears about race, suppressed from speaking them out by politically-correct muticulturalist censors. With a single sentence, the moral imperative to oppose racism is reduced to yet another shrill example of political correctness.
The apologists who employ the ”he’s just saying what most people are thinking” defense of Derbyshire and others like him, seek to remain one step removed from the racially charged content of his message. They make an oblique case for Derbyshire’s ideas, by framing his work as “keeping a painful but honest dialogue going” or “honesty in a time of political correctness.” It’s a passive endorsement of the sharing of racist ideas by framing it as maintaining a fully inclusive dialogue. They get to defend the messenger without having to take any heat directly on the merit of his arguments.
This brand of strategic push back is the newest front in the ongoing battles surrounding race in America. That the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement have somehow, half a century later, cost non-minority Americans the right to be heard. The meta message is a simple one: if you are not a minority, you are losing your power. You are being marginalized, even victimized.
Non-minorities (mostly, but not always, white males) now aggressively self-identify as America’s new oppressed victim class. And they do it with a vengeance.
And you know what? They’re right. But not in the way they have been led to believe.
Yes, America’s non-minority middle class is under siege. I heartily agree with that. But not due to their race, sex or religion. White, Black, Latino, Asian and “everybody else America” are ALL under siege, by a political system that, in a myriad of ways, and for a myriad of reasons, seeks to pit us against each other, divide and politically control us all, while systematically funneling all our resources in an ever increasing flow upward to the top.
Our American political system does not reflect a single monolithic agenda but rather many parallel agendas working sometimes in concert, sometimes not, to move the money upward. But the results remain the same.
The middle class is slowly strangling to death. The underclass is growing daily. All our resources are being stripped away from us. We are losing our earning power, even as the price of everything we need—food, transportation, education, housing and health care climbs higher and higher. And those who relax in the corporate boardrooms and the political halls of power aren’t particularly troubled. Because they know that accountability in America will never likely be about the deeper systemic issues of economics or class as long as they can keep us focused on false binary battles about abortion, feminism, religious freedom, homosexuality, guns, gays, and that old tried but true chestnut, race.
These wedge issues are spoon fed to us daily by a media who’s power and profits are driven by encouraging binary political battles. A media tasked with keeping us angry, distracted and ignorant. A media that nurtures the divisions among Americans.
Political leaders have used divide and conquer strategies to consolidate power for thousands of years. The British Empire raised it to a high art in places like Ireland, pitting Catholics against Protestants. You’d think by now we would recognize it for what it is.
But Americans continue to fall for the binary bait. We continue to see the other half of our own nation as the enemy. We continue to allow ourselves to be manipulated into conflicts that make losers of us all.
Amidst all this, we are still trying to come to terms with Martin Luther King’s legacy. We are still arguing about race in America. Some say racism no longer exists. Meanwhile, others are demanding space in the public square for work like Derbyshire’s. Because its ”what everybody is thinking…”
But at what point does sharing your frank and honest opinion about race become yelling “fire” in a crowded theater? It seems to me, we have been down the “honest talk about race differences” road before. For example, in the 1930′s. In Germany.
People who suggest that “honest” (sic: racist) talk should have its place in the American dialogue, are (consciously or not) supporting a very dangerous agenda. Encouraging tolerance for racist ideas in our public discourse is, in fact, a path to chaos. It makes people ripe for political manipulation, division, and conquest.
And for the people in power, that’s just good business. But for the rest of us, it will be our downfall.
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