Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
Even though Christopher Harper-Mercer, the Oregon killer, had a black mother who raised him, the media insisted that he was a “white supremacist”. Mercer was about as white as Obama. Most of his victims were white Christians. If being half-black and hating Christians qualifies you as a white supremacist, then Obama needs to be investigated for possible white supremacist leanings.
Maybe the media meant that Mercer was a half-white supremacist who believed in the innate racial superiority of half-white people. More likely the media had grown so used to throwing around false accusations of racism that it was no longer paying attention to whether any of them made sense.
Mercer may be black, but white supremacism is the new black. A thoughtless accusation to be hurled in the media’s frantic culture wars against anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders.
Hardly a day goes by without another media piece accusing Donald Trump of white supremacism.
Every clickbaiting media outlet from the New Yorker to NPR, Counterpunch, Jezebel, the Daily Beast, Salon and Media Matters had climbed on the “Trump is a Nazi” bandwagon. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which named me and a bar sign, as hate groups, even warned of the Trump Klan menace.
But their Trumpenfuhrer is the same guy who told Jewish groups, “I have a Jewish daughter. This wasn’t in the plan, but I’m very glad it happened.”
Mercer, a black man who shot white people, makes a lousy white supremacist. So do Trump and his “Jewish” daughter.
But the very worst white supremacist of all may be Ben Carson; a black man who is running for president. Carson has been accused of courting the “white supremacist” vote. I’m not sure which white supremacists would vote for a black man. Maybe the extremely tolerant and open-minded kind.
The SPLC put Carson in its “Extremist File” next to some assorted neo-Nazis. Salon accused Carson of promoting white supremacist fantasies. A black neurosurgeon running for president on the Republican ticket can only be the fantasy of the most masochistic white supremacists ever.
I hear it’s the second-most popular white supremacist fantasy after Israel becoming the 51st state.
If you listen to the media, then the GOP presidential candidates slate, which includes a black man, two Latinos and an Indian-American, is the second coming of Adolf Hitler and George Wallace rolled into one. But real white supremacists are urged to stick to the Democratic ticket which has as much racial diversity as a Seattle Starbucks or a Decemberists concert crowd.
The current three top polling candidates are Carson, Trump and Rubio. It’s the most ruthlessly diverse top tier of presidential candidates in any major party in American history.
And that’s why the media has to roll out its counter-narrative. Even if it’s a counter-narrative that, like Mercer’s white supremacism, makes no actual sense to anyone with two brain cells to rub together.
If you believe the media, then a black man who targeted white Christians is a white supremacist, a New York City tycoon with a Jewish daughter is the new George Wallace, Ben Carson is a white supremacist fantasy and the most diverse presidential lineup in history is the embodiment of white supremacism.
You get the feeling that the media has just programmed bots to randomly attach “white supremacist” to any trending story. Either that or they’re crazier than Hitler going cold turkey off crystal meth.
White supremacists do exist, but they have little legitimacy and less influence. The same however isn’t true for black supremacists, whether it’s Al Sharpton on MSNBC or #BlackLivesMatter in the streets.
Black supremacism is the reason why #BlackLivesMatter violently rejects #AllLivesMatter and insists on the racial exclusivity of its slogan instead. It’s hard to think of a clearer form of supremacism than the belief that the lives of members of your race matter more than those of everyone else.
You don’t hear lectures on racial superiority from Donald Trump. Ben Carson is denounced as a white supremacist for emphasizing getting past race. Meanwhile Hillary Clinton sits down with another former Democratic presidential candidate, Sharpton, a supremacist bigot who warned of “white interlopers”.
Hillary complained about Trump’s dangerous “demagoguery” and “prejudice” to a man who had boasted that, “White folks was in caves while we were building empires…. We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and those Greek homos ever got around to it.”
People have been fired from jobs and forced sell NBA teams for a lot less than that. But there’s a different standard for Democrats.
After the weekly episodes of Trump outrage, nothing he said was as racially offensive as Hillary Clinton’s crack about Gandhi running “a gas station down in St. Louis.” But this type of contempt runs in the party. Biden had made an even less clever version of the same joke a few years earlier.
And there was certainly nothing racist with Biden describing Obama as the, “first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”
Any Republican would have had even one of these comments hung around his neck until he died. Or, like Biden and Hillary, became a Democrat.
When Ben Carson questioned whether a Muslim who believes in Islamic law should be president, he was attacked as a bigot. Condemnations of Carson by CAIR were promoted by the media, even though CAIR is a Muslim Brotherhood organization. The Brotherhood’s motto is “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
This motto also neatly encompasses the motive of every Muslim terrorist who killed Americans in the name of his supremacist creed.
CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, whose attack on Carson was widely quoted by the media, “I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.”
"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth," Omar Ahmad, CAIR's co-founder, had said.
These aren’t just blatant threats to America. They are also blatant expressions of Islamic supremacism.
White supremacism hasn’t been mainstream since the Democrats dominated the South. But black supremacism and Islamic supremacism are far too mainstream. When hate groups such as #BlackLivesMatter or CAIR dominate discussions of race and religion, that is supremacism.
The left’s lens distorts Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio into white supremacists and Biden and Clinton into honorary minorities. Trump and Carson are George Wallace reborn, but Ta-Nehisi Coates’s claim that the 9/11 firefighters “were not human to me” merits a MacArthur genius grant.
The media can see supremacism in a blonde lock of Trump’s hair, but can’t see it in the violent racist rants of members of their own movement. Their magical racial wand can transform a black serial killer into a white supremacist, but finds nothing objectionable in the Islamization of America.