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3 minutes ago, JakeHolman said:


That's BS, you could have asked Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass or Harriet Tubman in 1860, and they would have told you that slavery was wrong then. And we all know it's wrong now.

The Holocaust was wrong in the 1940s and I know it's still wrong today.

Savage and barbaric treatment of human beings has always been wrong.

What made it right in the eyes of some people was that they did not see non-whites necessarily as being on the same level as white human beings.

And did I forget to say William Lloyd Garrison. Not everybody was stupid in the 19th century.

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Teddy Roosevelt saw this mob coming

Who is immune from retrospective condemnation?

So now they have come for Teddy Roosevelt. The large bronze statue of TR on horseback, flanked by a black man and an American Indian, will be removed from the spot it has graced since 1940 in front of New York’s Museum of Natural History. Why? According to Warren Wilhelm Jr — known to some as Bill de Blasio — the statue is being moved (to where no one yet knows) ‘because it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior.’

Does it? I don’t think so. I think both flanking figures exude strength and dignity. I also think they stand in solidarity with the jovially commanding figure of Roosevelt. But then my hermeneutical antennae have not be trained to discern the whole world through the scrim of endless racial and ethnic outrage.

Ellen ****, President of the Museum, is cocooned by that scrim. ‘Over the last few weeks,’ she said in an interview, ‘our museum community’ (have you noticed that the word ‘community’ now requires a dose of dramamine before being swallowed?) ‘our museum community,’she said, ‘has been profoundly moved by the ever-widening movement for racial justice that has emerged after the killing of George Floyd.’

George Floyd? What does Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, have to do with George Floyd, the career criminal with serious cardiac issues and a fondness for fentanyl and methamphetamine who died in police custody at the end of May?

If you said ‘nothing’, Congratulations! Go to the head of the class and receive your gold star.

The total lack of connection didn’t matter, though. When the mob decides to move, it consults not reason but (apologies to Pascal) raisons du coeur.

I think it is a pity that the Traveling Racism Outrage Mob (TROM) has it in for Teddy Roosevelt. I agree with President Trump who, when he heard the news, tweeted ‘Ridiculous, don’t do it!’ Quite right. For one thing, TROM could learn some useful life lessons from Teddy Roosevelt. Although there is much in his progressive politics with which I disagree, I greatly admire him for his character and determination. A sickly boy, plagued by asthma, he nonetheless devoted himself to the ‘strenuous life’ and achieved great things. Above all, he did not whine.

That is one thing our professional anti-racists and identity-politics ideologues — especially feminists — could learn with profit: stop whining about how unfair life is to you and do something to improve your lot. You would thus make everyone around you happier, and you would be happier yourself.

Teddy Roosevelt also had a deep social-political message that our generation, especially paid-up members of TROM, should rediscover. ‘The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin,’ he wrote in his autobiography, ‘would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.’

He was thinking of the habit of calling recent immigrants Italian-American or Irish-Americans or German-Americans. He was dead set against this practice of coining ‘hyphenated Americans’. He would not have been surprised to discover that the lowly hyphen was a potent weapon in the divisive armory of multiculturalism and identity politics. When we speak of an African-American or Mexican-American or Asian-American these days, the aim is not descriptive but deconstructive. There is a polemical edge to it, a provocation. The hyphen does not mean ‘American, but hailing at some point in the past from someplace else.’ It means ‘only provisionally American: my allegiance is divided at best.’

It is curious to what extent the passion for hyphenation is fostered more by the liberal elite than the populations it is supposedly meant to serve. How does it serve them? Presumably by enhancing their sense of ‘self-esteem’. Frederick Douglass saw through this charade some 150 years ago. ‘No one idea,’ he wrote, ‘has given rise to more oppression and persecution toward colored people of this country than that which makes Africa, not America, their home.’

The multicultural passion for hyphenation is not simply a fondness for syntactical novelty. It also bespeaks a commitment to the centrifugal force of anti-American tribalism. The division marked by the hyphen in African-American (say) denotes a political stand. It goes hand-in-hand with other items on the index of liberal desiderata — the redistributive impulse behind efforts at ‘affirmative action’, for example. Affirmative action was undertaken in the name of equality. But, as always seems to happen, it soon fell prey to the Orwellian logic from which the principle that ‘all animals are equal’ gives birth to the transformative codicil: ‘but some animals are more equal than others’.

Which brings me to another sad aspect of the decision to remove that statue of Teddy Roosevelt from its place in front of the Natural History Museum. If Teddy Roosevelt can be tarred with the brush of racism because George Floyd died, who is immune from retrospective condemnation?

This is something that a reporter for the New York Times came close to perceiving in her story about the decision to remove the statue of TR. ‘The museum took action,’ she wrote, ‘amid a heated national debate over the appropriateness of statues or monuments that first focused on Confederate symbols like Robert E. Lee and has now moved on to a wider arc of figures, from Christopher Columbus to Winston Churchill.’

Indeed, that arc now includes George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ulysses S. Grant. The target is not a bugbear called ‘America’s racist past’ but America itself. The appetite to discover and destroy enemies will be boundless until we awaken from our ‘dogmatic slumbers,’ disgorge the would-be usurpers, and reclaim our heritage.

Roger Kimball

June 22, 2020

11:16 AM

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Will White People Self-Destruct?

Paul Craig Roberts

The November presidential election has been racialized by the Democrats, media, white liberal elites, and the George Floyd protests. The racialization makes this election a watershed.

The Democrats, media, and white liberal elites have placed the responsibility for the multi-city rioting and looting by blacks on white Americans for being racist.  Although the evidence is clear that Floyd died from a fatal dose of the opioid on which he was strung out, his death is falsely attributed to strangulation by white police.  Thousands of businesses in many cities have been damaged, looted, or destroyed.  People have been injured and killed, and public monuments of white men have been destroyed, including statues of George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant.

White liberal elites are apologizing to blacks for white racism and accept the rioting and looting as an understandable response to Floyd’s alleged murder.  The white elites do not comprehend that what is underway is not a demand for  inclusivity, but a demand for the obliteration of Western civilization.

The Antifa Manual spells it out:  “Whites, especially cis white males, have proven to be the greatest evil mankind has ever known. . . . To create a culture of tolerance,” white power has to be overthrown. The way to do this is to fill up the country with non-white immigrants and to limit the growth of the white population. “It’s well-known that whites in America are not producing as many offspring as their counterparts. It’s important to make abortion, on demand and without apology, overwhelmingly available in predominantly white communities. We must lower the bar to access birth control in these communities and use media to promulgate the image of childless white people as being sexy, hip and cool.”  Once whites are a minority of 30% of the population, they can be cancelled.

The manual was found by an acquaintance floating around on Instagram.  He did screenshots of the pages, but did not do a good job. It is possible that the manual is a fake, but it sounds like Antifa. Fake or not, the manual shows the actual agenda and contains the usual Antifa contradictions, such as simultaneously calling for the elimination of “all forms of hate speech” while damning whites as “racist, homophobic, misogynistic.” Here is the link:  https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Af042a417-edef-4007-9f5f-9d7daaa2dd08#pageNum=4 [1] 

The attack on whites is not limited to cis white males. It is a total attack on everything from packaging to classical music to the English language. The entire purpose, history and culture of whiteness is alleged to be the suppression of people of color.

When I lived in the French Quarter of New Orleans, I would walk the two blocks to Preservation Hall, sit on a log on the dirt floor and enjoy the jazz created by the black musicians.   I never thought the black jazz lacked “ethnic diversity” and  therefore was racist. But classical music is a white accomplishment and thereby racist.  Although the US population, despite best efforts to the contrary, remains 60% white and blacks are only 13%, it is white classical music, not black rapper music, that is  declared to be unsuited to the ethnic diversity of the American population — https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/06/22/classical-music-is-being-cancelled/ [2] . The New York Times accuses classical music performances of being too ethnically homogenous and thereby masking “a racist problem.” Little doubt that the New York Times’ agenda is to discourage the white liberal foundations from helping classical orchestras meet their budgets.

Blacks dominate basketball just as whites and Asians dominate classical music, but we don’t demand racial balance in basketball or criticize it as “too ethnically homogenous.”  If we did, there would be few black players.

Racial attacks on classical music are now commonplace. In this one — https://nmbx.newmusicusa.org/its-time-to-let-classical-music-die/ [3] — classical music is said to be a racist abuser.  The author, apparently a failed black composer, writes that “classical music is inherently racist” and that “Western classical music is not about culture. It’s about whiteness.”  

So is black music about blackness?  Notice, it is only white accomplishments that are racist. 

 It wasn’t racist for the black king of Dahomey to create the black slave trade, but it was racist for European colonists to purchases his slaves.  

It is not racist for blacks to loot and burn white people’s stores, but it is racist for white people to attempt to defend their property.

Black people can use Ebonics, but it is racist for white people to use the English language.

If white people defend themselves and the accomplishments of Western civilization from attacks, they are dismissed as racists. Blacks do not encounter this problem, because white people are not permitted to criticize them.  To criticize a black person is to engage in hate speech and to commit a hate crime, just as criticizing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is proof that you are an anti-semite. 

Only the white vote can elect Joe Biden president. If white people elect Joe Biden, it will be an act of self-destruction. Biden has promised to ignore the Second Amendment and to disarm the population.  Of course, it will only be law-abiding whites who are disarmed.  Once they are disarmed, the next looting and burning will be in white neighborhoods.  

For decades the entire purpose of education has been to destroy white confidence and to build black anger.  It has been successful.  White people will now have to fight for their lives or be cancelled. 

It will be difficult for white people to defend themselves, because they have no leaders. The Democrats have aligned with the looters, but the Republicans have done nothing to defend property and to restore public order.  Trump is isolated in his own establishment government surrounded by enemies who will not implement the agenda that got Trump elected. Tucker Carlson makes it clear that the Republicans are stupid, effete, and weak — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWmw3IzdDVQ [4] .  But Trump would not ride roughshod over the 2nd Amendment.  To be armed is the best hope white people have.

White people are intellectually disarmed and at the mercy of Critical Race Theory which instills guilt and shame into them.  Corporations run their white employees through unconscious race bias recognition seminars to make white people comfortable abasing themselves before blacks. It is difficult for people trained to admit guilt to defend themselves and their fellows. The result is a white majority dispossessed of confidence who are submissive to black violence.  

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1 hour ago, JakeHolman said:

Teddy Roosevelt saw this mob coming

Who is immune from retrospective condemnation?


Ellen ****, President of the Museum, is cocooned by that scrim. ‘Over the last few weeks,’ she said in an interview, ‘our museum community’ (have you noticed that the word ‘community’ now requires a dose of dramamine before being swallowed?) ‘our museum community,’she said, ‘has been profoundly moved by the ever-widening movement for racial justice that has emerged after the killing of George Floyd.’


Roger Kimball

June 22, 2020

11:16 AM

OK word filter, am I'm missing something, how is Ellen Fut_er OFFENSIVE?



Calling the field that, for shame! :P

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(TRIVIA: Studio originally had eyes for Michael Moriarty vs Voight as Joe Buck in *MIDNIGHT COWBOY?


On his topic, -please tell me somebody out there also saw 1985's dunamic/adventure RUNAWAY TRAIN??/ he earned another of his 5 to date nominations for it)

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