My friend Jeff sent me this piece, reprinted on the blog of a New Zealander, currently living in Belgium. Let’s ignore, for now, the fact that she implies that the Patriots Day Second Amendment demonstrations in Washington, DC recently to incendiary, violent, hateful and filled with rhetoric.
Let’s ignore, for now, that protests against government actions are the right and responsibility of a free people.
Let’s ignore, even, that the recent protests meant to assert our fundamental rights were peaceable and organized.
Let’s focus, for a minute, on the essay’s vapid attempt to assert the existence of a “white privilege” which allows anyone and everyone who is white to threaten others, engage in violent and incendiary rhetoric, and to be viewed as patriotic, instead of extremist and pathetic.
Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia,just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s,assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters–the black protesters–spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government. Would these protesters–these black protesters with guns–be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were Arab-Americans? Because, after all, that’s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country’s political leaders if the need arose.
Now, imagine hundreds of thousands of black men descending upon Washington DC , demanding that “their” issues be placed on the national agenda – issues based on nothing but race – led by a radical orator and proven hater of Jews, who has openly and vocally displayed his hatred, calling Judaism a “gutter religion ,” accused the government of manufacturing the H1N1 flu vaccine in order to depopulate the earth, and another radical leader who specializes in race baiting and blackmail.
What if these same men were white men, demanding white issues were put on the national agenda – an agenda based on nothing but the needs of the white race? What if these same men were led by a proven anti-Semite, KKK leader and all-around racist? Would he be condemned? Considering how quickly Republicans kicked David Duke to the curb – much quicker than Barack Obama disavowed the hateful rhetoric of Jeremiah Wright, I think!
Imagine that white members of Congress, while walking to work, were surrounded by thousands of angry black people, one of whom proceeded to spit on one of those congressmen for not voting the way the black demonstrators desired. Would the protesters be seen as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions,or as an angry, potentially violent, and even insurrectionary mob?After all, this is what white Tea Party protesters did recently in Washington.
Let’s ignore for a moment that there’s still doubt that there was any kind of spitting. I did see the video, and there was a guy who was yelling at one of the Congressman who walked past him, and it looked like he unintentionally frothed at him. But besides that…
Imagine that two members of a radical, racist New Black Panther Party stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia , intimidated voters, and screamed racial epithets. Imagine that the intimidation was so obvious, that a respected member of the Civil Rights movement testified that they definitely violated the Voting Rights Act.
To support its evidence, the government had secured an affidavit from Bartle Bull, a longtime civil rights activist and former aide to Sen.Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign. Mr. Bull said in asworn statement dated April 7 that he was serving in November as a credentialed poll watcher in Philadelphia when he saw the three uniformed Panthers confront and intimidate voters with a nightstick.
Hmmmm. If this were a few white guys doing the same thing, would the government have dropped the charges against them? Can you imagine the kind of uproar that would arise if charges were dropped against two obviously racist white guys intimidating voters with night sticks?
Imagine that a rap artist were to say,in reference to a white president: “He’s a piece of shit and I told himto suck on my machine gun.” Because that’s what rocker Ted Nugent said recently about President Obama.
Now imagine a student stating clearly in an essay that he would like to shoot President Bush, because he would be known as a national hero. Or imagine an artist creating an art exhibit portraying an image of George W. Bush with a gun to his head.
Imagine that a prominent mainstream black political commentator had long employed an overt bigot as Executive Director of his organization, and that this bigot regularly participated in black separatist conferences, and once assaulted a white person while calling them by a racial slur. When that prominent black commentator and his sister–who also works for the organization–defended the bigot as a good guy who was misunderstood and“going through a tough time in his life” would anyone accept their excuse-making? Would that commentator still have a place on a mainstream network? Because that’s what happened in the real world, when Pat Buchanan employed as Executive Director of his group, America’s Cause, a blatant racist who did all these things, or at least their white equivalents: attending white separatist conferences and attacking a black woman while calling her the n-word.
Now imagine the President of the United States appointing a radical African American Marxist as a member of his administration – a Marxist who advocated for cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal. A Marxist who accused a former President of the United States of being a “crackhead.” Imagine the President of the United States attending a church, where the pastor continuously blasted America and showed his hatred by blasting Jews, and then claiming that somehow, in 20 years, he wasn’t aware of Jeremiah Wright’s political leanings and statements. Somehow, America accepted that excuse and voted this particular President into office anyway.
Imagine that a black radio host were to suggest that the only way to get promoted in the administration of a white president is by “hating black people,” or that a prominent white person had only endorsed a white presidential candidate as an act of racial bonding, or blamed a white president for a fight on a school bus in which a black kid was jumped by two white kids, or said that he wouldn’t want to kill all conservatives, but rather, would like to leave just enough–“living fossils” as he called them–“so we will never forget what these people stood for.” After all, these are things that Rush Limbaugh has said, about Barack Obama’s administration, Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama, a fight on a school bus in Belleville, Illinois in which two black kids beat up a white kid, and about liberals, generally.
Now imagine a slew of celebrities calling a sitting President a fascist, a brownshirt, accusing him of manufacturing the largest terrorist attack on US soil in history,
“I not only think that they (U.S. leaders) are misguided, but I think they know exactly what they are doing and I think that they are men who are possessed of evil.” — Harry Belafonte
“The real terrorist threats are George W. Bush and his band of brown-shirted thugs.” — Sandra Bernhard
“Yes, (Bush is a) racist. We all knew that but the world is only finding it out now. As Texas’s governor, Bush led a penitentiary system that executed more people than all the other U.S. states together. And most of the people who died from (the) death penalty were Afro-Americans or Hispanics. (Bush) promoted a Conservative program, designed to eliminate everything Americans had accomplished so far in matters of race and equality.” — Danny Glover
“Too many people are being bowled over by Bush and Tony Blair in Britain. It’s ludicrous to expect the whole world to follow what they want. America doesn’t have the moral right to tell other people what to do. To say the whole world has to fall into line is you-know-what. I hope more people will rise up.” — Spike Lee
Get it yet?
Imagine that a black pastor, formerly a member of the U.S. military, were to declare, as part of his opposition to a white president’s policies, that he was ready to “suit up, get my gun, go to Washington, and do what they trained me to do.” This is,after all, what Pastor Stan Craig said recently at a Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina.
Two words: Jeremiah Wright. One quote: “And the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations. When it came to treating her citizens of Japanese descent fairly, she failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When it came to treating her citizens of African descent fairly, America failed.She put them in chains, the government put them on slave quarters, put them on auction blocks, put them in cotton field, put them in inferior schools, put them in substandard housing, put them in scientific experiments, put them in the lowest paying jobs, put them outside the equal protection of the law, kept them out of their racist bastions of higher education and locked them into positions of hopelessness and helplessness. The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, not God Bless America. God damn America — that’s in the Bible — for killing innocent people. God damn America, for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America, as long as she tries to act like she is God, and she is supreme. The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent.“
Imagine a black radio talk show host gleefully predicting a revolution by people of color if the government continues to be dominated by the rich white men who have been“destroying” the country, or if said radio personality were to call Christians or Jews non-humans, or say that when it came to conservatives, the best solution would be to “hang ‘em high.” And what would happen to any congressional representative who praised that commentator for “speaking common sense” and likened his hate talk to“American values?” After all, those are among the things said by radio host and best-selling author Michael Savage, predicting white revolution in the face of multiculturalism, or said by Savage about Muslims and liberals, respectively. And it was Congressman Culbertson, from Texas,who praised Savage in that way, despite his hateful rhetoric.
Imagine a black columnist and university professor who perpetually advocates citizen disarmament by force who essentially condemns the concept of a “United” States, while pushing the agenda of “Black America?” How about an Attorney General who calls us a nation too cowardly to talk about race, while his boss cavorts with overt racists, such as Jeremiah Wright and Charles Ogletree, while appointing a woman to the Supreme Court who thinks her Latina wisdom makes her much more capable of reaching the right conclusion than a white male?
Imagine a black political commentator suggesting that the only thing the guy who flew his plane into the Austin, Texas IRS building did wrong was not blowing up Fox News instead. This is, after all, what Anne Coulter said about Tim McVeigh,when she noted that his only mistake was not blowing up the New York Times.
Imagine news outlets comparing psycho anti-government lunatic Joe Stack to TEA party protesters.
Imagine that a popular black liberal website posted comments about the daughter of a white president, calling her “typical redneck trash,” or a “whore” whose mother entertains her by “making monkey sounds.” After all that’s comparable to what conservatives posted about Malia Obama on free republic.com last year,when they referred to her as “ghetto trash.”
Imagine a popular liberal website calling the daughter of a white president a slut. Imagine doing a Google Search on Jenna Bush and finding about 35,000 hits with the keywords “Jenna Bush” and “slut.”
Imagine that black protesters at a large political rally were walking around with signs calling for the lynching of their congressional enemies. Because that’s what white conservatives did last year, in reference to Democratic party leaders in Congress.
Imagine black demonstrators at a celebration saying the following to police officers:
“White bitches. F— McCain. You white police can’t do nothing,”19-year-old Celita Hart taunted officers as she stood with a throng of Obama supporters in the 6900 block of South Western Avenue, Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said in a court Wednesday. At some point, authorities said, Hart left the crowd, which had been chanting “Obama, Obama,” walked up to a squad car, and smacked a male officer in the face.
Yeah, all that white privilege…
The bottom line is that the fear of being called a racist is so deep and ingrained in this nation, that we’re willing to ignore blatant racism as long as it’s perpetuated by members of the “Victim of the Month” Club against the “oppressors.”
And by the way… as for the Second Amendment demonstrations and TEA party protests – compared to the “anti-war” protests in St. Paul a couple of years ago, where buildings were vandalized and a police car was set on fire… Compared to the violent threats issued against George W. Bush during protests throughout his presidency… Considering the group of pro-illegal alien scum who attacked police officers in Arizona just a few days ago…
…I would submit that it’s not the (largely Caucasian) Second Amendment and TEA party demonstrations that have turned violent in recent years, but the largely liberal (and minority-dominated) protests that have gone largely ignored by the mainstream media and smoothed over by both politicians and political appointees in an effort to appear “progressive” and tolerant.