Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
The media erupted in outrage over trucks flying Confederate flags passing by a black birthday party but continued praising the racist #BlackLivesMatter movement whose tactics include harassing white people by invading “white spaces” and intimidating people trying to eat lunch. A perfect inversion of the sit-ins at lunch counters fifty years ago. Those were a moral crusade to make a space for blacks at the table. This is a racist attack to make whites leave the table
But in the topsy-turvy race world we have come to inhabit, it is not racism when black racists do it.
Since the Ferguson riots, America has been suffering from a violent outbreak of anti-white racism. It’s time to call it what it is.
If white mobs harassed black people, screamed racist slogans and claimed that even the existence of black people was oppressive, no one would hesitate to describe that ugliness as racism. When #BlackLivesMatter racists do it, it’s excused, defended and even praised as a civil rights movement.
Racism is not civil rights. No group that talks about “white supremacy”, “white privilege” or “white spaces” is a civil rights movement.
It is a racist movement, and anti-civil rights.
Black racism hides behind alleged victimhood. Every act of bigotry, from name-calling to race riots to murder, is justified by the claim that every single white person is part of a conscious or unconscious conspiracy to discriminate against them. This claim, embodied by the racist term “White Privilege”, is classic racism. White people are not responsible for the fact that homicide is the number one cause of death for black males. White people do not sit around conspiring to deny black people jobs. If there is a job problem in the black community in America today it is because of the anti-business policies of a black president and the worst economic recovery on record.
#BlackLivesMatter activists are not victims of racism, they are perpetrators of racism. That is why they reject “All Lives Matter” and insist that only “Black Lives Matter”. Every victimhood excuse made to defend this racist disdain for other races is a lie. The truth is that to black nationalists, only black lives matter. #BlackLivesMatter means that non-black lives don’t and that is the root of its racist violence.
Americans hesitate to call out this vile bigotry because they carry the stereotype of black people as victims. The left shrieks that black people can’t be racists because racism exists only as an institutional phenomenon and black people are institutionally powerless. Not only is this wrong, it is ridiculous. The country has a black president; its justice system is run by a black attorney general (not for the first time; it is represented at the United Nations by a black ambassador (also not for the first time). The nation’s national security adviser is black; the president’s chief of political operations is black.
Institutional racism against blacks was outlawed in the United States 50 years ago. Nonetheless in the hypocrisy that has become the civil rights movement, the federal government implements institutional racism against white people and Asians – a fact that is never mentioned.
When Obama and Holder gave a pass on voter intimidation to the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia, it was blatant racism. When Obama and Holder intervened in Ferguson to prosecute a racial agenda while trying to cover up the actual facts of the case, that too was racism.
There is no epidemic of police genocide or even systemic racism against blacks as claimed by the so-called civil rights movement. There was no case of Hands Up Don’t Shoot. The fact that neighborhoods have more expensive homes than others is not the second coming of segregation. America does not have a white supremacy problem. It has a black racism and lynch mob mentality problem.
Conservatives don’t like to talk about black lynch mobs or black race riots. It’s an uncomfortable conversation, but it’s one that we need to have because without it we can’t even begin to deal with the racial problems we face and because the failure to have that conversation creates a vacuum the left fills by playing the race card against everyone in their way.
The hardest truth that we have to deal with is the fact that much of “black victimhood” is just anti-white bigotry. Race hustlers use an exaggerated sense of racial vulnerability to justify racial aggression. If white people having brunch is a “white space” because white people are not people, but “white supremacy” incarnate, then white people are already dehumanized and can be attacked for almost anything. In our classrooms in our colleges to hate white people – oppressors, genocidal zealots - is a politically correct idea.
Black cries of racism in the absence of actual white racism – as in Ferguson - says more about black racism than it does about white anything. The underlying problem is not white racism or even black racism, but black racial insecurity. Paranoia about the place of black people and the intentions of white people is an easy gateway to racism.
Racial insecurity makes it easy for black people to believe the worst about white people and to react collectively. It is why so many black people and insecure white liberals are convinced that opposition to Obama is about his race rather than say his dictatorial ways and contempt for constitutional order, his determination to destroying our borders and our sovereignty, while delivering nuclear weapons to our enemies. It is why a cop shooting a black man will lead to protests and riots, while black gang members shooting up neighborhood houses and killing babies only leads to tearful funerals. It’s also why black activism remains relentlessly focused on imaginary white problems rather than on the pathologies that are ruining and ending lives in all black communities.
The left claims that racism is based on power and blacks have no power. Absurd on its face. Blacks have a lot of power beginning with the White House. Blacks control major American cities like Baltimore and systematically ruin them because that’s what you get with a one-party system, and in urban America you can get a one-party system when you tar and feather the other party as white. Racism is based on insecurity rather than power. The #BlackLivesMatter activist screaming at a white couple having brunch and the Klansman screaming at a black family are inspired by parallel insecurities. They gain power and a sense of security through racial intimidation.
There are no Klansmen remaining in the U.S. Senate now that the last Democrat Klansman, Robert Byrd is gone. But there are more than a few black racists on the Democrat side of the House. #BlackLivesMatter activists are already holding 2016 candidates hostage to supporting their racist agendas.
Not talking about the problem of black racism will not make it go away. There is no reason why in 2015, with blacks as dominant forces in the federal government and in major American cities and in the national culture, we should accept the intertwined assumptions of black victimhood and white guilt. Whites are not perpetrators and blacks are not victims. Blacks are not helpless innocents and whites are not a powerful conspiracy.
Making black people into victims and white people into perpetrators dehumanizes both races. It provides fertile soil for racism, paranoia and mistrust to grow on both sides.
The first step to getting out of the corner the nation has painted itself in is to admit that black racism is real. It is not a minor problem. It has become the engine of racial tensions in America. It must cease to be a taboo to speak out and tell that truth.