Me, I’m your average white guy. Well, OK, perhaps below average, but definitely that kind of pinkish color that for some reason we call “white”. I hear the preferred PC term these days is “melanin challenged”.
Now, one oddity of our modern times is that average white guys are the one group that it’s still OK to abuse. You can’t tell Polish jokes, for example … but it’s common to hear something like “Well, of course the business is morally corrupt. It’s run by a bunch of white guys, what do you expect”?
This is the problem with identity politics. If you don’t own your own failures and successes, if you hold and aver that your problems are caused by somebody else … well, you need a scapegoat.
In past times, people blamed the Jews for all their problems, and some still do. And of course, black people were blamed for years for all kinds of imaginary sins of omission and commission.
But that has mostly vanished, gone with the wind, as they say. Well, no, it’s not gone, but it’s nekulturny to engage in blaming Jews and people of color. These days, there is one and only one group which is obviously to blame for everything that is wrong with today’s society.
Whitey. The Man. Honkies. Crackers. Peckerwoods. Rednecks. Hillbillies.
If you said “Black cuisine is generally bland and tasteless, it has no soul”, you’d have Black Food Matters or some other group camped out on your doorstep, pitchforks and torches to the ready.
But if you say “White cuisine is generally bland and tasteless, it has no soul”, you’ll likely get published and acclaimed for your gustatorial sensitivity.
And this same thing plays out in all the arenas, art, business, music, religion, and the rest. So these days it’s OK to take a dump from a great height on Christianity. It’s fine to take money from taxpayers for art and instead stick a crucifix in a jar of piss. That’s haute monde, shows you’re a modern person … but if you do the same regarding Islam, suddenly you’re Islamophobic and insensitive.
Now, let me set that whole issue aside for a moment to discuss the recent tragedy in Charlottesville, where alt-right nutjobs, militia maniacs, and assorted skinheads on one side got into a riot with so-called “Anti-Fascists” and a variety of crybullies on the other side. One person was killed and a number on both sides were wounded.
Of course, I condemn the violence on both sides in the strongest terms, as any civilized human would. We have a society where we can settle this stuff without violence, and both sides need to dial back on the aggro. I don’t feel as badly as I might, in that everyone who showed up at the riot was there because they expected a fight … and tragically, some got more of a fight than they bargained for. But it is a shame and a stain on our nation, for both sides.
However, I have a different point to make about this appalling interaction.
There is one thing upon which virtually all of the skinheads and alt-right people and militia guys and Randy Weaver type survivalists and the folks that got burned up at Waco all agree on. They differ on lots and lots of issues, but on this one they are united.
Almost to a man, they all say that they are doing what they are doing because they feel that their way of life is under attack …
And sadly, while I disagree with their method of fighting back, I have to agree that yes, their way of life IS under attack.
Here’s the bottom line. There is a cost to this mad Democratic political push to blame the woes of every interest group on someone else … and the cost in this case is that the “someone else” will end up feeling very, very threatened by the constant attacks on their way of life, their religion, how high they can jump, their music, their dancing, their so-called “white privilege”, and the very beliefs that are the core of their lives.
And when they are threatened, each one of those who is attacked will fight back in their own way.
In short … why do you think Trump got elected? It wasn’t because the Democrats forgot about the white middle class, although that was bad enough.
It was because the Democrats were actively attacking the values of the white middle class.
And for good or bad, when melanin challenged folk are threatened, history shows that we don’t always take it well. Some of us will lash out. Some will lash out in words against those who demean and belittle them. Others will lash out by rioting, even killing others.
Be clear that I’m not saying that it is right to resort to violence. On my planet, that’s a clear sign that I’ve failed. As they say in kindergarten, “Use your words”.
I’m just clarifying that when skinheads and alt-right folks say their way of life is under attack …
… it is.
And we need to deal with that fact, although it likely won’t stop in my lifetime. It’s just too convenient to be able to blame everything that goes wrong on The Man.
Ah, well, the salmon don’t care about Charlotte, and the trees in my forest are uninterested in the doings of either the alt-right or the ctrl-left … I must learn to emulate them both.
Best wishes to all, even the rioters on both sides, and my sincere condolences to the family of the woman who was killed.