The Chimpmania racists live on the margins of respectable civilization. They are the direct ideological descendants of those who wore hoods and lynched blacks in the South, but they operate in the shadows. Their hateful words and beliefs are almost universally recognized for what they are, the product of ignorance. The vast majority of Americans of any race or creed would be mortified to be associated with the site, or with anyone who read it.
In contrast, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice projects the sheen of respectability, and aims to advance legitimate, if debatable causes: the elimination of police militarization, and the banning of profiling. It is, however, as racist in its assumptions about whites as Chimpmania is regarding African-Americans, just more subtle.
We all accept the fact that there will be violent riots in Ferguson, and perhaps elsewhere, if Officer Darren Wilson isn’t convicted of murder, correct? Since it is increasingly clear that he won’t be convicted of murder or even tried, riots are a certainty, and were a virtual certainty the moment civil rights activists, race hucksters and cynical politicians decided to construct a useful narrative about the shooting of Michael Brown, well before any facts were established.
Until I learned about the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, I wasn’t going to write about the issue any more. I had already posted this, in which I explained why the Ferguson situation had been so thoroughly mishandled on all sides that there was no longer any chance that the end result wouldn’t be ugly and damaging to national race relations. It is increasingly clear, however, that the media and African-Americans especially are embracing reverse-racist passions and sentiments as irrational and ugly as any of the anti-black beliefs my family used to listen to, with mouths agape, on PBS programs like the David Susskind Show. There the provocative host interviewed white supremacists and American Nazis for the edification of normal, civilized Americans just as P.T. Barnum entertained their ancestors with freaks of nature. We did not regard their outrageous statements as legitimate or worthy of respect, however. Today, virulent anti-white racists are being featured as pundits on cable news.
Yesterday on CNN, I watched a St.Louis columnist, an African-American woman, reject the possibility that Darren Wilson could be anything but a racist killer. Her reasoning was as deranged and bigoted as anything I heard from those skin-heads and hooded racists on PBS. First, she said that since he was white and Michael Brown was black, the killing should be presumed to be based on racism unless Wilson could prove otherwise. This is a racist statement per se: it means that all whites are racist by nature, and absent proof to the contrary, are to be presumed so. She then declared that Wilson’s self-defense and reasonable fear claim was itself proof of racism. “‘He’s big, he’s scary, he’s violent’—this is just the stereotypical white fear of blacks that has been used as an excuse to kill them for centuries,” she said. The fact that Brown was big, had just assaulted a store owner on camera, was stoned and had tried to grab the officer’s gun didn’t factor into this journalist’s reasoning at all. Whites are out to kill blacks, that’s all. Back in the Sixties, hateful whites with such paranoid biases against blacks were mocked and held up as a societal malady. Now reverse racism exactly as indefensible and hateful is presented by the mainstream media as a rational view.
Million Hoodies Movement for Justice embodies the acceptance of these racist assumptions about police, whites, and white police. The name of the group is itself a lie. It refers to the initial false narrative presented by the news media and Trayvon Martin’s family that the young man was profiled because of his apparel by a racist “stalker.” There was and has never been any indication that this was true. George Zimmerman did not profile Martin, nor did he stalk him; nor was there any evidence that Martin’s race played any role in the tragedy. Nonetheless, that version of events, the fictional, racially divisive version—the one bolstered by the President of the United States when he irresponsibly identified with the victim—is still referred to as if it were accurate, because it inflames emotions and encourages hatred of whites. Facts do not matter to the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, any more than facts mattered to the KKK members David Susskind slyly mocked on his show all those years ago. While white racists were once exhibited to draw the nation together, however, these black racists are being allowed to try to tear the country apart. They will begin with Ferguson, Missouri.
How much more harm they can do we can only wait to find out. Meanwhile, the official position of the Holder Justice Department and Holder’s rumored successor, Thomas Perez, is that reverse-racism isn’t a problem.
I am tempted to conclude that this constitutes an endorsement.
Pointer: Jeremy Wiggin