Part I is here.
Still trying to empty my “annoying ethics notes” in-box. Bear with me…
4. It’s called “not caving to peer pressure.” Remember when that was a good thing? In the 75% black NBA—that means black supremacy, right?—any white player who doesn’t grovel before that Black Lives Matter idol, which has its name emblazoned on the NBA courts—is asking to have his home firebombed. Thus the only player with the guts and integrity to stand for the National Anthem—not standing is the position of the Democratic Party, remember—is black. Orlando Magic forward, Jonathan Issac, became the first NBA player to demonstrate proper respect for the symbol of the nation that my father risked his life for, as the NBA resumed its season after a 20-week hiatus. All the other players and coaches from both teams, as well as referees, “took a knee” during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, as the 22-year-old not only stood, but was not wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt.
Here was a typical reaction on social media:
5. And while we’re on the topic of the National Anthem, I refuse to believe a majority of Americans will vote for the side that encourages this insanity. Last month, The USSSA Pride and Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, two independent professional softball teams that feature some of the top players in the world, began a seven-game series in Melbourne, Fla., facing little competition from other live sports. However, after the organization’s general manager tweeted to President Trump during the game that the teams were standing during the national anthem, all the players quit, vowing never to play for the organization again.
6. In case you wondered, the New York Times is still romanticizing and sentimentalizing illegal immigration. So is Netflix. In its new documentary “Immigration Nation”—that gets an immediate ding from me, because it’s about illegal immigration, a crime, not immigration, an honorable, essential process—
Part of that effect comes from seeing agents push the boundaries of legality — most strikingly, how they routinely enter apartments when “invited” by cowed, uncomprehending immigrants, in a way that’s surprisingly similar to what you’d see in a TV cop drama. (Maybe that’s where they learned it.) Once inside the home of the target, probably an immigrant accused of a crime, they frequently find “collaterals,” additional people who can be rounded up simply because they’re undocumented.
That last clause is a classic. It’s not “simply because they are undocumented,” it is entirely because they are in the country illegally, violating our borders and laws, and if they left on their own, the wouldn’t have to be “rounded up.” Here’s another quote from the review,
But the real impact of the show’s early episodes isn’t the outrage you may feel over the thuggish tactics. It’s the wearying, demoralizing depiction of a self-perpetuating bureaucracy, one that churns through the lives of people it takes little notice of — as if your trip to the D.M.V. meant not just standing in an endless line, but then being shackled and put on a plane to Central America.
The lives of illegal immigrants are not the concern of ICE—they are the responsibility of their own countries. “Self-perpetuating bureaucracy” is meaningless pejorative rhetoric: what perpetuates ICE is the continued breaching of our borders, encouraged and enabled by people like Hale. and, incidentally, the late John Lewis.
7. Here’s a revealing article that will blow your mind…These Girls Are Leading Black Lives Matter Protests.
The Times interviews several self-involved, self-righteous, passionate and completely ignorant young women who demonstrate that they are motivated entirely by free-flowing emotion without any concern for reality. Of course, the Times reporter feeds their narcissism, never challenging their certitude. If you wonder why so much of the George Floyd Freakout looks like it was organized by children, here is your answer: it is.
“’I think that educating people is essential to movement building,” said Ms. Chandler, who is also active in the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led climate justice organization,'” says the piece. Chandler is not talking about education, but indoctrination. She appears to lack basic critical thinking skills, like all of the young women interviewed.
“Climate justice is racial justice. Black Lives Matter isn’t just about eliminating police brutality. It’s about dismantling all systems that endanger Black people,” says Briana. She just regurgitates slogans and cant. She couldn’t explain what “climate justice” is, or how the goals of the Green New Deal would affect the economic status of blacks, or any of the scientific evidence. She just knows she is right.
Brianna goes on: “It’s the idea that Black women have to say things nicely, or they have to say things using standard English, or that they’re ignorant if they speak using African-American vernacular English. I think what the world gets wrong is that the anger of Black women isn’t valid — and it is. It’s more valid than I think any white person can comprehend.”
No, they are naive and foolish to speak using ungrammatical dialects, because they cannot be understood, and because they create the rebuttable presumption that they are uneducated. Moreover, “anger” is not a substitute for reason. It impedes reason. Your anger may be valid, but the conclusions you reach based on anger may not be.
Here’s Brianna again:
I will say that sometimes the more popular elder activists are reformist. And I think that my generation is kind of calling for abolition rather than reform. Like, we don’t just want to give police body cameras. We want to get rid of the police because we don’t feel like they’re making anyone safer. We don’t feel like they’re making our neighborhoods better.
You don’t feel like that because you have no idea what you’re talking about. Crime and violence in major cities like Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and New York have exploded since the George Floyd Freakout, because police are standing down, or because they have been forced to minimize law enforcement. Feelings aren’t facts. Most adults, not all, but most, come to learn that.