Well, maybe the Nicholas Brothers will cheer me up….
I wrote about Fayard and Harold here. Talk about victims of systemic racism: the only reason these guys aren’t as famous as Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly is that Hollywood wouldn’t let them be. Justice would be making sure every single American kid sees this routine before they are 18.
1. Of course rioting is domestic terrorism. What else would you call it? It’s calculated violence against innocent citizens to promote fear and to advance a political objective. That’s terrorism.
If the truth hurts, tough. Boy, Rationalization #64. Yoo’s Rationalization or “It isn’t what it is” has had a work-out this year!
2. New York Times priorities: Here’s the top front page headline in the Times today: “How Trump’s Idea For Photo Op led To Havoc in the Park.” Riots, looting, attacks on police and deaths from the George Floyd riots, and that’s the story the Times believes should be first today. Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias.
3. Oh, no, not the “All lives matter” nonsense again! Yes, again. this time, it led to the cancellation of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer since 1988, Grant Napear, who was fired yesterday after tweeting, “ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!”
The Horror. He was set up: former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins, asked him for his “take on BLM.” This is why public figures, especially those of limited intellectual capacity, should stay off Twitter (and now we have the added reason that the platform is a censorious manipulator of public discourse for partisan gain.)
The radio station that employed Napear on his namesake show, said “the timing of Grant’s tweet was particularly insensitive,” as it dumped him as well. Napear groveled an apology, saying he was “not as educated on BLM as I thought. I had no idea that when I said ‘All Lives Matter’ that it was counter to what BLM is trying to get across.”
Here’s what Black Lives Matter is “trying to get across,” and has been from the beginning: its name asserts that black lives don’t matter to white Americans. That message is false and racist, just like the organization itself. If all lives matter, then police brutality against blacks is exactly as wrong and outrageous, but that’s not what BLM is aiming at. Its mission is to advance the false narrative of the United States as a white supremacy culture with its demographic majority hostile to African Americans, and its law enforcement a tool of that hostility.
Grant Napear should have been able to respond to the attacks on his tweet with that fact. That he didn’t shows that he was foolish to engage in the topic at all, since he was ill-equipped to debate it.
If he had read the Ethics Alarms rationalizations list, he could have used #64.
4. Gee, why isn’t the U.S. like other developed countries? Jonathan Turley reports that three British teenagers have been arrested for a Snapchat video mocking the death of George Floyd. As usual with these posts, Turley feels it necessary to explain why freedom of speech is important. That depresses me almost as much as the news item itself.
This is the mains reason I see little reason to pay attention to criticism of the U.S. from abroad. These cultures are not like ours; they do not have the same respect for individual liberties, nor the same ethical values. American politicians and pundits who use the “Why aren’t we like Great Britain/France/Australia/Canada/Denmark?” argument to advance various policy measures disqualify themselves by that very question, which relies on Rationalzation #1, “Everybody Does It,” the hoariest rationalization of them all.