Why white liberals cheer jokes about their demise.
Dominated for decades by a Hollywood establishment intent on convincing them that America is an evil and racist place, indoctrinated for years by a university system that says the founders were early Nazi incarnations, today’s white liberals celebrate their own demise. Literally.
That’s what happened Saturday night on Saturday Night Live. With Jamie “Our Lord And Savior Barack Obama” Foxx hosting, things were bound to get dicey in a hurry. And Foxx didn’t disappoint. He launched into a monologue about his new movie, Django Unchained, which looks to be a fantasy about a former slave killing slaveholders in the antebellum South:
“I play a slave. How black is that? I have to wear chains. How whack is that? But don’t worry. I get free. I save my wife and I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?”
The crowd laughed and cheered. After all, what’s not to love about a man celebrating a racial genocide, especially when he loves Barack Obama?
The same feeling that led the crowd to cheer Foxx’s racist proclamation led them to cheer his similarly racist rant about the glories of President Obama’s second term – which, Foxx said, would demonstrate his “black” side, as opposed to his “white” first term. In his second term, said Foxx, Obama would rename himself “Barack Dikembe Mutombo Tupac Mandela Hussein Obama X.”
All of this would be simply cutting-edge humor back in the 1960s and 1970s. In the world of Richard Pryor, proclaiming the black desire to kill white folks was an ugly sentiment, but at least it mirrored a similarly ugly sentiment in areas of the country that longed for the days of Jim Crow. It was a response to the times.
Now, this sort of talk is tired. More than anything, it reinforces the notion that America is just as racist now as it was when Richard Pryor made the same jokes forty years ago. That’s nonsense. In point of fact, more black Americans are racist against white Americans than vice versa. Black on white crime is significantly more prevalent than white on black crime.
But you’d never see that on television. On television, virtually all crimes are committed by white people, typically upper class white people. Oh, sure, the initial suspect may be a member of a minority. But when push comes to shove, there’s a nefarious white person in the back manipulating the minority in order to harm the minority community. In The Shield, the real villains aren’t the minority drug dealers who murder cops – it’s white corrupt cops like Vic Mackey, who use them as pawns, or white police assistant chiefs like Ben Gilroy, who deliberately deplete police resources in minority communities in order to drive down real estate values.
And you don’t have to rely on scripted television to reinforce the images of white guilt. Take a look at shows like Cops, which follow criminality across the country with real footage. John Langley, who created the show, told me, “I show more white people than, statistically, what the truth is.”
There’s a reason that the Hollywood left pushes that skewed view – it’s trying to overcome what it sees as America’s continuing, deep-seated racism. But the monster it fights was slain long again, although the tail may still lash. Of course there are racists out there. They are horrible, evil, despicable people. But the notion of irrevocable institutional racism is a figment of the liberal imagination. As we move through time, the true racists die off. Sadly, black racism is growing. In fact, in many ways, black racism is increasingly a problem of the young, told by the left that their lives are a series of grievances rather than a series of decisions.
The effect is predictable: white liberals think they’re guilty for the problems of blacks, and black liberals agree. Imagine a white person going on national television and joking about murdering all the black folks – and imagine that getting laughs. You can’t, because it wouldn’t happen in today’s America. But Jamie Foxx does exactly that, and white liberals chortle, relieved at their own broad-mindedness.
This isn’t to sound the alarm about a race war. It isn’t coming. What is happening is a media war on non-minorities, convincing them that they are guilty for the sins of their ancestors, and must therefore bow their heads before the racism of those their ancestors sinned against. But the time has come to move beyond all of that. America already has. Only Hollywood hasn’t.
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