Race-Industry Leeches

Bruce Thornton is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, a Research Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, and a Professor of Classics and Humanities at the California State University. He is the author of nine books and numerous essays on classical culture and its influence on Western Civilization. His most recent book, Democracy's Dangers and Discontents (Hoover Institution Press), is now available for purchase.


apr6-550x400The trial of George Zimmerman is over, but the persecution of him by the race industry isn’t. The Department of Justice is currently combing through the case to find some pretext, no matter how specious, for charging Zimmerman with a violation of civil-rights laws. No matter that the FBI investigation has eliminated race as a factor in Zimmerman’s actions, or that the prosecutors in Florida studiously ignored race as a motive. Under Attorney General Eric Holder, the DOJ has become the Luca Brasi of the race industry, enforcing the self-serving, racialist narrative that in part propelled Holder’s boss into the White House. So don’t be surprised if the DOJ seizes the opportunity.

Indeed, the specter of a DOJ trial is just the latest in a series of events, from the Duke lacrosse team prosecution to Holder’s abuse of the Voting Rights Act, that demonstrate the mendacious, hypocritical racial ideology that permeates our politics and institutions. The central theme of this narrative is the endemic, eternal white racism that accounts for every dysfunction in the black community. No amount of progress, from the remarkable expansion of the black middle class to the utter discrediting of old-school racists like the Ku Klux Klan, can alter this narrative, for the simple reason that a significant number of black politicians, professors, federal and state employees, and activists gain power and money by exploiting the “racism” meme.

Consider the reaction to the trial from the usual race-hack subjects. Hilary Shelton, head of the NAACP Washington Bureau, said, “Those of us who are fathers, particularly of African-American boys, find it [the acquittal] shockingly frightening.” The message, he says, is “Not only can we do this, we can get away with it.”

Well, what should be “shockingly frightening”  is the fact that 64% of black children live in homes without a father. Huge numbers of black men are siring children they do not take responsibility for, and are getting away with it. This means that Shelton is speaking about a minority of black men when he evokes “those of us who are fathers,” a minority that no doubt comprises those blacks who are better educated and better employed than the other two-thirds. In other words, Shelton is exploiting the social and economic dysfunctions of under-educated, under-employed clients of the welfare state in order to justify the power and influence of the NAACP.

Then there’s the implication that whites itch to murder blacks, and when they do they can depend on a racist jury to let them off. What Shelton is ignoring, of course, is the fact that black youths are murdering each other at a “shockingly frightening” rate. The homicide rate is 28.8 per 100,000 for black youths between the age of 10 and 24, but only 2.1 per 100,000 for whites in the same cohort. Worse yet, 90% of black murder victims are killed by other blacks. A few weeks before the Zimmerman verdict, Chicago reached 200 murder victims, including some children. But in the midst of such slaughter, the race-hacks were fulminating over a “white Hispanic,” as The New York Times called Zimmerman, who killed a black youth while defending himself. Clearly, the race industry is concerned not with black men dying, but with exploiting selected incidents that feed the white-racism narrative.

All this, of course, has been pointed out over the past few months, yet Shelton still goes on record with a ridiculous narrative of homicidal racist whites murdering innocent blacks. The fact is, blacks have murdered hundreds of times more blacks than the 4743 blacks lynched between 1882-1968. In 2011, 6329 blacks were murdered. Of those murders where the race of the offender was known, 2447 of 2695 victims were killed by other blacks, suggesting that of those some 6000 murder victims, over 5000 were killed by other blacks just in one year. And by the way Mr. Shelton, in 2011, whites killed 193 blacks, while blacks killed 448 whites.

Equally preposterous is the whole redefinition of “racism” necessary for the race-hacks to camouflage the fact that genuine racism––the belief in the innate intellectual and moral inferiority of blacks no matter what their education or economic status––has withered to a handful of marginal cranks. Thus we get the following, from a law professor at the University of Florida: “I think you could make out the case that unconscious racism caused Mr. Zimmerman to profile” Trayvon Martin. Of course, “unconscious racism” is not a fact of science, but a pseudo-scientific confection based on two-bit Freudian assumptions of behavior no more credible than phrenology or mesmerism. No one can explain a physiological mechanism whereby actions are driven by some ghost-Klansman-in-the-machine rather than choice or instinctive reactions.

Like “institutional racism,” “unconscious racism” is the rhetorical perfume used to hide the fact that actual racism has little to do with the problems afflicting many blacks today. These dysfunctions are cultural, in the main a consequence of the breakdown in morality, religious faith, and restraint that was institutionalized in the 60’s, mostly by whites who could better afford it. The doctrine of “If it feels good, do it,” whether “it” is sex, drugs, laziness, or crime, is destructive enough for the middle and upper classes, but it has been devastating for the poor and lower classes. And for blacks, just at the moment when increasing economic opportunity and the Civil Rights Act had removed the legal barriers to black advancement, the culture began systematically destroying the virtues and morals––especially self-restraint, delayed gratification, and self-reliance––necessary for taking advantage of the new opportunities. That so many blacks resisted this public validation of immorality, dependence, and license is testimony to the strength of black culture and faith.

Finally there is the illiberal identity politics that abandoned the central morality of the Civil Rights movement––that human rights inhere in individuals, not categories––and instead institutionalized the notion that identity is predicated on groups defined by superficial physical characteristics, and by their historical victimization by the dominant white culture. This means that there is ultimately an impermeable barrier between white and black, victimizer and victim, an idea encapsulated in the popular t-shirt slogan, “It’s a black thing, you wouldn’t understand.”

This dubious idea was voiced by another law professor after the Zimmerman verdict, this one from the University of Miami. Noting that the six-person jury comprised 5 whites and 1 Hispanic, the professor said, “You want to have people of color on your jury because sometimes their experience with the police is something that white people don’t have.” Notice the assumptions: all black people are victims of police misbehavior, and all white people aren’t. Moreover, deciding guilt or innocence based on facts and law isn’t the key to a jury trial, but empathy for and identification with the accused or the victim, subjective emotional states that can miscarry justice as much as irrational bigotry or prejudice (See Trial, O.J. Simpson). Worse yet is the implication that all black people are victims, and all have run-ins with the racist police, so any random black person no matter his economic status or education can identity with another black person no matter how different. Of course, this idea dehumanizes individuals into cultural stereotypes, and ignores their unique complexity.

But all these dimensions of the race-industry narrative are very useful for black professors, activists, and politicians. Better-educated and more well-off than millions of whites, they can rationalize their privilege by leeching off the suffering and dysfunction of the black underclass, and then leverage white guilt for their own advancement. Meanwhile millions of blacks remain underemployed and uneducated, victims of crime, drugs, sexual carelessness, and the liberal racist plantation of dependency and victimhood.

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  • OfficialPro

    The thing about Identity Politics and the concept of “institutionalized racism” is the theories espoused by the far radical left race baiting industry won’t make sense at all to regular people who haven’t taken womens/ethnic studies, and those who’ve drank the kool-aid will berate white people (or conservatives or just regular people) who are bewildered by the nonsensical rhetoric and the persuasive redefinition of words (such as the word “racism” which has been persuasively redefined by the race industry as something only white people can harbor, and something that only Persons of Color can be victims of, instead of the real definition cited in the article). It’s like who wastes their spare time reading radical leftist claptrap anyway?

    • HaLeviSHmuel

      From far away but as an American Citizen, I cannot but feel sad and dismayed at the terrible setting affecting the USA.
      As a former Chicago resident, I see that culture infesting Washington as well. The administration is harming the very fiber of the Constitution, destroying military credibility, associating with Islamic Jihadists and worse.
      I am a retired Senior Fellow Engineer, US Department of Defense Military Avionics Programs.
      I sense tragic, terrible consequences to the ghastly policies emanating from the administration.

      • OfficialPro

        Normally, Identitiy Politics dictates that Only Whites Can Be Racist. That’s why they had to turn the portrayal of Zimmerman into the nonsensical flying pink unicorn designation “white hispanic” or just plain “White”.

  • EamonnDublin

    Here in Ireland, the almost exclusively leftist/liberal media has come down heavily against Zimmerman, despite displaying – either through negligence or intentionally – a complete ignorance of all of the reasons why there really was no case to answer put forward by the prosecution. Sad, bad days.

    • Teresa Geib Bacon

      So you are fed lies as well? this is a great article

  • Kahane had it right!!

    Food for thought: Perhaps someone can offer me good insight as to why? I have handled multiple murder cases where a black teenager was murdered by another black without a single protest from anyone in the black community. In fact in most cases witnesses refuse to come forward. Isn’t black crime and not racism the reason why profiling exists? Why does any tourist in Paris hold his wallet when he sees a Gypsy approaching? Is it because the tourist is racist against Gypsys? Amazing how this discussion hasn’t been brought up by a single talk show host or enraged race baiter.

  • riverfred

    Zimmerman not guilty but not according to Obama’s/Holder’s Dept. of Injustice:
    Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Detail Role of Justice Department in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests prior to trial! Talk about race baiting! This is ‘change’ citizens of the U.S. cannot live with, they should go to jail for racism incitement!
    According to documents unearthed by JW, following the Martin shooting, the Holder DOJ dispatched a little-known unit within the agency called the Community Relations Service (CRS), to Sanford, FL, to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.

    • aposematic

      Relax, its just the community agitator in chief doing the only thing in his life he has ever come close to realizing any success–stirring that pot of racial hatred.

      • riverfred

        Well said, I would add Obozo is following “Rules for Revolution, the Alinsky Model.”

  • insecticide

    Let’s face it, anyone with an idiotic name like “Trayvon” is just asking to be shot!

    • bbf

      That is really a stupid response. Zimmerman did not know or care what Trayvon’s name was. He just saw a “suspicious” Black..who he decided was not supposed to be in the neighborhood..so it was OK to follow him, after being told not to, be high on the prescription Temazepam which causes hallucinations, aggressive behavior and memory loss… and shoot Trayvon in the heart.

      • OfficialPro

        no, Trayvon attacked Zimmerman because his idiot girlfriend on the phone told him that the “creepy ass cracka” might be a homosexual rapist.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        So Trayvon was not an individual, he was a “black” to you.

        Project much?

    • hpe reader

      nice worm, insecticide. Apparently, bbf couldn’t resist.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    Cultures are very slow to change, and it is not surprising that race hustlers should quickly rise to the top. I addressed the problem of residual racism here: http://clarespark.com/2012/01/21/the-persistence-of-white-racism/. “The persistence of white racism.”

    • objectivefactsmatter

      I think you’re relying too much on your own experiences. Striving to be aware of and to rectify one’s own biases is most of the battle.

      All of us travel more and see far more diverse media images not merely because some chose to present more diverse images but also because our choices are so much wider than before. I had never even been exposed to racial biases until I was in my teens. I saw a diverse world from the time I was born. Things seem to be changing a lot more than you can perceive from your self-examination.

      And leftover fears might drive some bias, but that doesn’t add up to a systematically racist society. In essence we’re overcompensating in the judicial system for fears like yours that we’re not wholly clean in our spirit. Nobody is wholly pure about anything. We have more than enough ways for individuals with legitimate grievances to find remedies. Virtually all of the conflict is about collective justice. That’s anti-American.

      If you find useful solutions, that’s fine. Share them. But hand-wringing and presenting it in the context of the current political environment is not helpful in my view.

  • Nancy

    “Race Industry”-I LOVE IT!!! It describes these NEANDERTHALS to a TEE! If Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are Reverands, I’m a Tangerine! Oh, and Eric Holder, why don’t you crawl back under your rock, Mr. “Fast and Furious!” HYPOCRITES ALL OF THEM!!!

    • Robert Raulerson

      I couldn’t agree more Jackson and Sharpton are black devils, living off race baiting.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      It’s fine to be angry about their outrageous collectivism, but fighting them with more collectivism is falling in to their trap. They want you to use dehumanizing language to verify what their claim is; that we’re a fundamentally racist society.

      They’re behavior is disgusting and manipulative. Some of them suffer from poor education and being manipulated by leftist elites. I’m not asking you to feel compassion or tolerate excuses, I’m pointing out that in fact they are human and have simply wasted their potential to contribute productively to our free society. They are accountable humans. They aren’t animals and they are the same race as every other human.

      Fight the collectivism that lies at the root of all of these conflicts. Don’t contribute to it.

      Holder, Jackson and Sharpton deserve the scorn they receive, many times over. But they’re sleazy disgusting leftist humans. Your arguments will also be far more persuasive when you have them better calibrated with the facts.

  • OldmanRick

    The ugly sphector of racism is the reflection peering back at both Holder and Harpy when they gaze into a mirror.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Whether or not the Loch Ness monster exists, there’s lots more money to be made from retailing the myths than from sticking to the facts.

      They don’t want to catch the monster, they want to lead the tours.

      • OfficialPro

        yup. The “tours” bring in waaaaaaaaaaaay more money.

  • aposematic

    Will the Obuma Admin. pursue its race baiting goals…YES! The only real question is will that pursuit be behind open or closed doors.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Both. As always.

  • alpha_1

    Here in Canada we seee the same scenarios beginning to play out. Gangs made up of ethnic minorities, including blacks of all backgrounds, Asians, and eastern Europeans are busy killing each other off at a prodigious rate. We had a few years of ‘gun control’ here, but that didn’t work, so now we’re trying ‘hug a thug’……hmmm, that doesn’t seem to be working either. The Mainstream Media is a huge part of the problem and most rational Canadians are sick and tired of seeing greiving single mothers, wailing on T.V. about how sweet and innocent their sons were when they were killed. I’d like to know where the fathers are. Do the mothers even know who the fathers are? I’m sorry, but if that’s called bigotry then so be it. Enough of this already. Whatever happened to morality and decency?

    The downward moral spiral marches ever downward.

    • OfficialPro

      I know exactly what you’re talking about. Places like Winterpeg, Downtown Tronna, Halifax, Montreal, and Surrey, BC (and Victoria, BC as well) are the Single Parent Capitals of Canada. While Divorce is prevalent enough to make this a problem, many times this is out of wedlock births to women seeking to have a child before their clock runs out, or seeking to “fix” a relationship but failing miserably. For some reason these days it is very likely for it to go toxicly wrong to the point where the man and woman hate each other so much that the woman keeps the kids away from the father, or the father just loses all interest because he was a dirtbag deadbeat narcissist all along. This happens accross racial lines and does happen quite frequently among whites. I mean hell, just look at the recent death of Corey “Glee” Monteith. NO mention of his father AT ALL. NOTHING. It’s like either they couldn’t find him, or he just didn’t give a sh*t that his own son was dead. Or he didn’t even know he had a famous son. And that kid was TROUBLE when he was younger, drug addicted with a single mother living in Victoria, causing problems until he got into acting. According to Wikipedia his parents divorced when he was 7, and he didn’t see much of his dad at all after because his dad is in the Military.

      The gangs are special case and you are right, there does appear to be a sort of what I call “head in the sand parenting” particularly among single mothers, and while even white (often Italian) women do this, it is very common among Hispanic and Black mothers OR GRANDMOTHERS! Whenever their little darling is caught by the cops for vandalism or drive by shooting, it’s always “My Jonny/Jamal/Jesus is a good boy!” in protest. Grandmothers seem to do a lot of raising criminal children because often the mothers are too strung out on meth or too irresponsible and partying to be mothers to their children while the father has yet to appear on Maury Povich. Grandmothers who very often do not have a GRANDFATHER with them (see a pattern here?). Grandmothers who aren’t even collecting OAP yet (or Social Security unless they have a disability). It seems to be a cultural thing among minorities to do this because they believe “The Man” is out to get their minority children just because they are black, hispanic, chinese, East Indian, whatever.

      Vancouver’s Bacon Brothers gang is different than those in that both parents, white, were fully involved in the criminal activities and taught all their sons how to be crooks. That level of intergenerational depravity doesn’t happen a lot in that particular manner, but when it does, it is a clear menace to society. Both Bacon parents are freaking sociopaths.

    • mtnhikerdude

      Alpha , “Hug A Thug ” what a brilliant perspective . I am going to use it .
      It is genius when three words can sum up hundreds of thousand words written on the Zimmerman case.

      • OfficialPro

        Nobody does “hug a thug” like Canada! Democrats wish they could be as lenient with criminals!

  • herb benty

    Charles Manson,(who wanted a race war between blacks and whites), must be an Obama prophet!

  • spyeatte

    They will investigate it, but that investigation can be drawn out for years, until a new administration comes in. It is very doubtful they will find any justification for a civil-rights violation, but dragging it out gets the DOJ off the hook from the race-baiters. This Administration is expert in delaying something by saying “it’s under investigation”.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      AKA “pandering.”

      ABC = Always Be Campaigning

  • Mary Brown

    Reverse discrimination is rampant and if it continues it will flare into open battle.

  • SRVES339

    … and in the same district, a young black mother was sentanced to 20 years (charged by the same DA) for going to the garage, getting a gun and firing a warning shot through a wall to get an abusive husband to back off, no one was hit or injured… but of course there is no racism in the Florida legal system… back to your fantacies of an equitable society (white) boys and girls!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Zimmerman used his gun lawfully and the example you illustrated discussed someone who did not.

      Your point is totally invalid. It’s not hard to understand for those Americans who are not maleducated.

    • krinks

      I’ll bet the jury found this “warning shot” and “abuse” to be but excuses after the fact for attempted murder. Then again don’t let facts get in the way.

      • SRVES339

        Lets see now… you ‘bet’ you know the reason for this injustice against a black woman in the racist Florida legal system (after all, followers of blogs like this make up the key political demographic… justice (lol) officials must pander to the racist electorate to get the job), then you rattle on about ‘facts’… u must be one of those ‘maleducated’ racists

        Not that you’ll ever admit it, but the truth is blacks are typically over charged (fav DA scam) and do not have the resources to adequately defend such charges (they don’t get $500,000 in donations from neanderthals the way George did) so most must plead to a lesser crime (guilty or not)… this woman is a professional with a masters degree and she refused to plead to a lesser charge (with a 3 year sentence)… so off you go girl, for 20 years… and if you’re in Florida, you’d vote the DA in again for a job well done (btw… thats why GZ got off… same RW Republican DA tanked the prosecution… she’d never get re-elected in Florida if she put poor George away)

        fortunately, I don’t live in a gulag and get to watch (in wonder) from the sidelines as amerika sinks deeper and deeper into the abyss

        R.I.P.

        PS… Better get your fire arms oiled and loaded… that black menace Holder’s comin’ after your “Boy George”… you know, the one that cries for help like little girl cause he can’t get a young teen more than 50 lbs lighter off himself (after a year of fight training..lol) long enough to pull out his loaded gun to end the altercation (and he knew the cops were no more than a couple of minutes away at that point)

        Sorry but my time is up… wouldn’t want to catch anything nasty hangin’ ’round here too long

        • Drakken

          And you wonder why whites are throwing off the shackles of the the race card being thrown at them at every turn. Keep up the great work, the Balkanization continues.

          • SRVES339

            “throwing off the shackles”

            You meant “pulling off the hood” didn’t you?

          • Drakken

            The KKK that your referring too is a dead organization and has a few old guys that couldn’t organize a circle jerk, so thanks for playing libtard.

          • SRVES339

            A little above your pay grade I’m sure, but that was a metaphor for what you and your friends revel in. Coming “out of the closet” and wearing your narrow minded racism on your chest with pride… of course only in the comfort, safety, and anonymity of friendly web enclaves full of like minded, knuckle dragging, bigots.

            Have at it kids.

          • Judahlevi

            339, I am afraid you are just as much as a “bigot” as you accuse others of. Bigotry comes in all sizes, colors, and flavors.

            Racists see the world as black and white. Non-racists seen the world as full of unique individuals. You might want to change your perspective.

          • SRVES339

            you may want to read through the comments on this page again… if only you could find a way to get those blinders off

        • krinks

          Holder’s own FBI couldn’t find a reason to charge Zimm with anything.

          As for the black woman she was stupid. Never fire a weapon at someone unless it is to kill and then be sure to unload the clip. That is the first rule of firearms training. If she had a brain she would have known this and accepted the lesser charge. She is in prison for being dumb.

  • tokoloshiman

    boring now!

  • Brigid

    Wonderful, succinct article, thank you.

  • AmericaFirst

    This goes out to all those future Trayvons in cyberspace; keep reaching for that rainbow of Skittles, my niggras! http://vbox7.com/play:de334712

    • UCSPanther

      I have to ask: How old are you?

      Seriously, because “Picklesnout” is a an insult I would expect from a little pottymouthed kid.

      Does Mommy or Daddy know you are using the computer?

    • Sealight58

      I’ve been reading your comments around here the last few weeks, and although most of them are controversial, you’re hands-down the most clever, entertaining poster on here. Keep it up! Cheers.

      • OfficialPro

        dude you forgot your sarcasm tags?

  • Melinda Craig

    yea the more Sharpton and Holder drag this out the more angry Affricans become and the more Cr@ckers they get to watch die. at worst for holder is he gets to watch whites cower in their homes terrified of blacks and wondering if they are going to be a target of black violence.

    • Drakken

      The problem with that is, the whites aren’t cowering in their homes, guns and ammo are flying off the shelves in response to Comrade Obummers race grievance theater being played out in front of our very eyes. Just wait until a black mob comes across the wrong white guy, then watch as Sharptongue and company really go ape.

  • Deborah

    Bruce,
    I dare say this issue isn’t so much about race as it is about A STRATEGY TO EMPOWER ANTI-AMERICAN ENTITIES. David Horowitz has detailed eloquently in his books the Communist strategies, such as this case, that have been used in America for decades – unfortunately, very effectively. I wish this was highlighted more.

  • Omme Perrt

    What is there to be shocked about?

    http://westhillconsulting.info/blog/

  • Moto

    “No amount of progress, from the remarkable expansion of the black middle class to the utter discrediting of old-school racists like the Ku Klux Klan, can alter this narrative, for the simple reason that a significant number of black politicians, professors, federal and state employees, and activists gain power and money by exploiting the “racism” meme.”

    Kinda tells you something,doesn’t it? Like maybe the KKK aren’t the bad guys these days. Not saying they’re the good guys, but if you compare recent KKK racism to recent Obama administration racism against whites, Jews, and hispanics, it’s not even close.

    “The fact is, blacks have murdered hundreds of times more blacks than the 4743 blacks lynched between 1882-1968.”

    Hundreds of times more whites than white racists ever murdered too. The truth is, if anybody owes anyone anything, it is now time for blacks to do the walk of shame for the next 50 years giving up job and college opportunities to us whites to pay for the racist black-on-white violence we’ve patiently endured for decades while paying for their school lunches, their housing, their food, Obamaphones, air conditioners, and all the other riot insurance they’ve demanded.

    They’d have to spend another 200 years in chains picking cotton just to pay us back for all the property damage they’ve caused,not counting loss of life and everything else.

    “Clearly, the race industry is concerned not with black men dying, but with exploiting selected incidents that feed the white-racism narrative.”

    Just imagine if they one day had to compensate white people for,say, Affirmative Action. That bill can never come due. They’d never be able to pay it off. Discrimination against whites makes them money right now, and it has to stay that way for them, because if it goes the other way, it would cost them a kingly fortune.

  • mtnhikerdude

    They are the unequivocal “Turd Polishers” .

  • tawag mc tia

    How is this a hate crime? why is the case with the two black thugs that mu rdered a white baby not a federal crime? there are thousands of crimes where black thugs target whites. this is brought because blacks hate whites so muc they will do anything to keep their race fired up and

  • MarilynA

    The Grand Dragon of the NAACP, Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Eric Holder, etc. are coming out of the closet. they all are beginning to sound like David Dukes. the system doesn’t work to suit them so they want to invoke their kind of justice.