Case Study: When You See Racism Where There Is None, I Really Don’t Care What Else You Say Is Racist

I’m shocked, shocked that this embarrassing and ridiculous episode emanated from a Black Lives Matter leader!

Deray McKesson, one of the most visible and vocal  leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, announced on Twitter that he was personally offended by the costuming  in the new “War for Planet of the Apes” movie. Some of the conquering apes were wearing vests like the one he always wears! Obviously the film was making a racist statement about Deray McKesson! Why, this was like the Donald Trump clone being assassinated in “Julius Ceasar”! The activist tweeted,

He really did. Here is a movement that has sparked violence, divided college campuses, prompted attacks on police, caused deaths and NFL grandstanding, and one of the key individuals at the center of it is so conditioned to see racism behind every shadow, cloud and wisp of breeze that he thinks a science fiction movie is targeting him personally.

(Psst! Deray! The movie isn’t insulting you, because most people don’t know who you are, and as your conduct here demonstrates, have no reason to , because you are a silly, divisive, racist and race-obsessed narcissist with an outlandishly inflated view of your own importance.)

It didn’t take long for people to point out, gleefully, on social media that the vests McKesson (and others in his movement, because bias makes you stupid, and race hate makes you ridiculous and stupid) found offensive—and so typical of the subversive bigotry of those hateful, bigoted white people—were based on the original 1968 movie starring long-dead Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Maurice Evans.

(Those three aren’t Chuck, Roddy and Maurice, by the way, which you should know if you know your movie classics.)

1968 was long before the Great Deray McKesson wore a similar vest, so his race-baiting was just another example of how  people who make their living and amass their fame by  claiming race prejudice at every opportunity  eventually discredit themselves by seeing race in everything—ice cream, knock-knock jokes, trained seals and costume plots for old movie re-boots.  [My favorite of the mocking tweets: “…a movie from 1968 was mocking Deray and BLM. How did they know?”

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the leadership of Black Lives Matters, endorsed by the Democratic Party. More importantly, Deray shows us the mindset of the victim and guilt machine that spawned Black Lives Matters, as well as the underlying narcissism and paranoid view of reality that drives it. Now and then the cynical and irresponsible people in the driver’s seat mess up, and show how gullible anyone is who takes them seriously or regards their movement as more than a catalyst for suspicion and hate.

Thank heaven for that.

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47 responses to “Case Study: When You See Racism Where There Is None, I Really Don’t Care What Else You Say Is Racist

  1. Chris

    What an idiot.

  2. dragin_dragon

    Gotta wonder how long this stupidity is going to last. And, afterwards, if there is ANY hope we will survive, as a country. I’m doubtful.

  3. Paul Compton

    Laugh, people, laugh. It doesn’t matter if you are talking about McKesson, Bin Laden or BLM, the one thing they can’t stand is people laughing at them. The thing that will bring them down is having people decide they are a joke.

    Railing against them gives them legitimacy, laughing at them robs them of power.

    • Isaac

      The entire new alt-right movement is based on mocking the self-righteous, humorless progressives who take these absurd positions and then earnestly lecture about them. If the Left could just police its wacky Marxist fringe I’d wager the alt-right would dry up too, like a fire without air.

      • Im hardly part of the alt-right, and I feel exactly about the left as you described. And if they left me nothing to mock, I’d still have my hands full deconstructing why bleeding heart policies are more harmful than helpful to the oppressed groups they supposed are supposed to help.

        But a world without the alt-right, and without the extremist wing of the left (the part that provides such frequent mock-worthy material) might actually be a world where some progress can be made.

        • dragin_dragon

          Never happen, Chris. The alt-right and the increasingly mainstream left are what provide fodder for the Democratic press. If the fodder goes away, they’ll start manufacturing it. Oh, wait…they already are.

  4. What MONUMENTAL cognitive slippage!

    This imbecilic addlepate is like that staggeringly epic dipshit Spencer Pratt, whom I only know about because the surgically disfigured/former babe he latched onto, Heidi Montag, went to HS with my nieces in Crested Butte, CO.

    McKesson’s learned the “art” (spit!) of self-promotion and his dying ember of a flame fame (14 minutes & 20-19-18-17…) needs to be continuously stoked, lest it get snuffed out.

    He’s nothing special yet expecting the world to make endless exceptions for him.

    John Leo was the only reason I used to subscribe to ‘Time Magazine,’ and he called it “Stealth Racism.” It’s EVERYWHERE, and if it’s not, you simply manufacture it.

    Chris; H/T for the “What an idiot.”

    Quid pro quo? So’s Sarah Palin.

  5. John Billingsley

    What distresses me is to see that human genius has limitations, and human stupidity has none.—A. Dumas, fils.

  6. Glenn Logan

    Yes. And the race-baiters were offended by the Lord of the Rings because the foes of the good guys were non-white.

    Racism. If you look hard enough, you’ll see it everywhere.

  7. Arthur in Maine

    Most interesting – because if you read just a tetch into the original movie, you see that Deray doesn’t understand the premise of the franchise.

    The original movie was based on the idea of conflict between species of hominids. In true Hollywood fashion – and Hollywood has long liked to drive its points home with all the subtlety that can be conjured with a Louisville Slugger – the original movie was essentially a warning about the stupidity and futility of civil wars in general, and race wars in particular.

    I will confess I thought the original movie was little more than okay, thought the sequels to it weak, and have been uninterested in the revival. None of which weakens the fact that the series argued that conflict based on phenotype is suicidal. Thus, Deray’s dudgeon reveals him as woefully ignorant at best.

    I’d call him stupid, but I won’t. That’s because I’m a straight white guy, and thus if I call him stupid it means I’m a racist misogynist homophobe..

    I’m not, but just now I’m not willing to spend the time required to mount an effective defense. It’s summer, and there are much more worthwhile ways to pass the time.

    • “I’m not willing to spend the time required to mount an effective defense.”

      I dont blame you, but that’s what they bank on. Anyone who chooses not to fight back, validates the claim. Then again, fighting back often validates the claim as well. Damned if you do, yada yada…

      • Well, it’s essentially a faith claim.

        You either have faith that the systemic racism and microaggressions are impactful, and the whole Leftist narrative of evil racist America makes sense or you don’t believe that systemic racism and microaggressions are impactful, and the whole Leftist narrative of evil racist America is pure drivel.

        No amount of arguing and reasoning will persuade either side regarding a faith claim. I’ll however stick to the side that doesn’t seem to produce perpetual malcontents that seek misery and victim-hood at every turn.

        • wyogranny

          Seems wise.

        • OOOPS!

          You either have faith that systemic racism exist and microaggressions are impactful or not….

          blew that phraseology.

        • Chris

          You either have faith that the systemic racism and microaggressions are impactful, and the whole Leftist narrative of evil racist America makes sense or you don’t believe that systemic racism and microaggressions are impactful, and the whole Leftist narrative of evil racist America is pure drivel.

          That seems like quite a false dichotomy. Is it not possible to believe that systemic racism and microaggressions are impactful while not believing that America is “evil?” Is it not possible to believe that systemic racism and microaggressions are impactful because of personal experience, or research, rather than “faith?”

          • Ask your local progressive, Chris. Seems to me they are the ones always calling America ‘evil’ and using this excuse as proof

          • If the term “evil” is your hang-up, then read the whole assertion minus that, because you blatantly missed the point. But then again, slick’s response also suffices.

            • Chris

              Hm.

              I believe that systemic racism and microagressions are impactful.

              I honestly don’t know what people mean when they argue over whether America is a “racist nation.” Racist compared to what? I’d wager all nations are racist to some degree. At this point in time we are nowhere near as racist as, say, Japan. We have also done a lot of work as a country to fight racism. And yet systemic racism, in my opinion, persists in this country. So if I had to, I guess would say we are both a racist nation and an anti-racist nation. That seems like a contradiction, but so does everything else about America.

              • And I don’t believe they are impactful. Now, all the narratives about how America handicaps people by race are complete bunko, because of the faith claim I make. All the narratives about how America handicaps people by race are pure gospel to you, because of the faith claim you make.

                Like I said, I’ll stick with the side that doesn’t acculturate perennial malcontents, victim-status abusers and grievance mongers.

                • Chris

                  And I don’t believe they are impactful. Now, all the narratives about how America handicaps people by race are complete bunko, because of the faith claim I make. All the narratives about how America handicaps people by race are pure gospel to you, because of the faith claim you make.

                  What? No, that can’t be right. My opinion is based on evidence, as I’m sure yours is. It is not based on “faith.”

                  Like I said, I’ll stick with the side that doesn’t acculturate perennial malcontents, victim-status abusers and grievance mongers.

                  • Not sure how the Ann Coulter link is relevant.

                    She unethically overreacted to a situation where she was legitimately knocked out of a position she paid for…?

                    Not sure how that’s related…and if it is…somehow…I think it’s a solidly done job of cherry picking on your part followed by a bang up hasty generalization.

                    Either way, my original assertion is correct.

                    • Now I’m curious: What IS the message of that photo supposed to be? Surely it can’t be that because Ann Coulter is an asshole, as we have known for a decade, and in fact she knows, since it is her chosen persona, those who are in sympathy wither her political views “acculturate perennial malcontents, victim-status abusers and grievance mongers”? Of the three, only the first vaguely fits—all Ann does is bitch, because bitching is funny—and even there, the term is in the context of the post, suggesting race-baiting. In fact, in the current controversy, while others have claimed that AC might have been discriminated against as an outspoken conservative, she hasn’t. When she has claimed discrimination, as at Berkeley, she could hardly be accused of “seeing bias where there was none”—she was explicitly censored for content.

                    • On the “even a blind squirrel may find a nut” continuum, Ann Coulter does have one redeeming quality: she positively OWNS Keith Olbermann’s fat ass; she knows it, & better yet, he knows it.

                      And he rates appreciably higher on my scale for assholishness than she.

                    • Arthur in Maine

                      Well now… THERE’S a splendid concept for The Worst Porn Film Ever Made: Anne Coulter is a D&S with Keith Olbermann. Don’t matter who is D or S.

                    • THERE’S a splendid concept for The Worst Porn Film Ever Made

                      Eeeewwwwwww

                    • “THERE’S a splendid concept”

                      Oy! Where I can get a case price on Brain Bleach?

  8. Anyway, that toy looks more like a Ferengi than an Ape.

    And anyway…I haven’t seen the most recent movies, I vaguely recall the 1st and even more vaguely recall the 2nd…

    Aren’t the apes loosely cast as the good guys and the humans as the jerks?

    In which case, why wouldn’t you want your culture identified with the apes…?

    • In these new movies, the apes are much more sympathetic. They have a story arc and motivations. Humans are generally the overall villains, but more than anything, every bit of the conflict is misunderstanding and failure to involve oneself in critical thinking and self-reflection.

      I do like how the Ape society is structured. That they have the intellectual class (Orangutans), the brute class (Gorillas), and the ruling class (Chimpanzees). It seems even Apes recognize that hyper-intellectuals aren’t fit for leadership.

      • When I said 1st and 2nd I should’ve been more clear in that I meant the 1st and 2nd of the reboots. I definitively remember the apes are the generally the bad guys in the old originals.

        That is not being said in someway to imply your response is less valid. You answered my question thoroughly. Thanks!

        For your last paragraph: I always like movie renditions of alternate societal structures for thought experiment purposes only and whether or not a story teller really has considered all the ramifications and outcomes of the structures they describe.

        • For alternate societal structures, my absolute favorite is Starship Troopers for their distinction between a civilian and a citizen.

          • Interesting point: the ‘disorders’ referenced in that book, which caused veterans to take over the world, look a lot like where we might be headed.

            That book is full of rationalization, unethical statements, and outright propaganda. But the author uses the platform to tell a great story about the human condition. This makes the story one of those sci-fi classics Jack should read the cliff notes of… you know, to be culturally literate.

            🙂

  9. Some perspective: an example of something that’s NOT considered racism (or elitism, or classism, or sexism) to Lefty.

    A painfully clear window to the soul, such as it is, of the career Lefty.

    Self-deluded, smugly sanctimonious Lefty walks into an “upscale” sandwich shop with a clearly ignorant (only a HS degree!) female friend.

    She: Clearly intimidated by all the tres hip combinations and esoteric ingredients unbeknownst to the great unwashed.

    He: Would you prefer the laughably simpler, hysterically lower echelon, “beneath those like me” dumpster diving possibilities of another place? Hey, howse about slummin’ with Mexican?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4687590/NYT-columnist-mocked-bizarre-sandwich-story-article.html

    • Chris

      I saw almost universal mockery of that column among the lefties I follow on Twitter, so I don’t think this is a good example of mainstream opinion among lefties, Paul. I don’t know if I consider it racist, but it’s definitely elitist and classist, and the lefties I follow who discussed the column all said so.

      • ”I saw almost universal mockery of that column among the lefties I follow on Twitter”

        Then a genuine H/T to you & them.

        “I don’t know if I consider it racist,”

        Let’s take a trip down the food-chain and make it ”easier” with “Mexican?” Shoot, a helluva lot more has been made out of a helluva lot less, am I right?

        Please note, I <always capitalize the L in Lefties.

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