The question has been looming for many years, but intensifying of late. The cynical use of the fraudulent term “antiracism” to promote racism—but the good kind, where it’s white people who are the targets of stereotyping, hate and discrimination—has exploded on the culture, with many, many people, businesses and organizations too cowardly to stand up and say, “Enough.” At some point, decent Americans of all races will have to do so in great and overwhelming numbers. The alternative is too horrible to contemplate.
I was thinking of all this after reading a truly disturbing essay by Elie Mystal. Mystal is a black lawyer and pundit who teems with hate. The last time Ethics Alarms sullied its cyberpresence by mentioning him was in January of this year, when he tweeted this:
If you search for Mystal by using his tag here, or just use the Ethics Alarms search engine to find “Mystal,” you can get an even uglier picture of the man, a lawyer who has a double Harvard degree and has used it to spread the maximum amount of racism and racial division such credentials can permit. It is an open question whether Mystal is mentally ill, but if he is, it is a kind of mental illness that the Left now celebrates. And he has a apparently always been this way. In 2016, he advocated black jurors sabotaging the justice system:
“Black people lucky enough to get on a jury could use that power to acquit any person charged with a crime against white men and white male institutions. It’s not about the race of the defendant, but if the alleged victim is a white guy, or his bank, or his position, or his authority: we could acquit. Assault? Acquit. Burglary? Acquit. Insider trading? Acquit.Murder? … what the hell do you think is happening to black people out here? What the hell do you think we’re complaining about when your cops shoot us or choke us? Acquit. Don’t throw “murder” at me like it’s some kind of moral fault line where the risk of letting one go is too great. Black people ARE BEING MURDERED, and the system isn’t doing a damn thing to hold their killers accountable. Sorry I’m not sorry if this protest idea would put the shoe on the other foot for a change.”
I wrote, “Mystal is bonkers. There’s no reasoning or fairness in his screed. He’s just fulminating, growling and slobbering like a rabid dog. It’s sad. Nobody can take anyone who expresses this kind of irrational hate as a response to frustration seriously. He’s not accurate, he’s not truthful, he’s not responsible. He has left law and logic so far behind he may never work his way back to them.”
Well, he clearly isn’t working his way back, and won’t. The latest from Elie is a post in “The Nation,” where he is the “justice editor,” which tells you all you need to know about both “The Nation” and its readers. Mystal felt secure in revealing the dark depths of his hate by extolling his favorite video-game, “The Sims,” because it allows him to create the perfect neighborhood, or what he thinks would be one:
“….I picked a neighborhood and moved all the prepackaged Sims out. I moved my Sim family and Sim friends in. I have to be around Sims that I want to be happy, after all. No Republicans are allowed in my game. I’ve even deleted the files of prepackaged Sims that give me any kind of Republican vibe…. The friends I do put in the game are people I really like in real life, people I’m happy to be reminded of as my Sim-self jogs through town… My world is much browner and, well, gayer than what I started with. That’s just what happens when you let Sims flirt with whomever they want and marry people who share their interests. But I do occasionally have to add a family I don’t personally know just to decrease the chances of inbreeding: So, the Obamas are in my game. Sasha grew up and married my grandson. I’m buried in their backyard. Frankly, I couldn’t write a better utopian postscript for myself: a founding member of a brown, gay, rainless world that banished Republicans who is buried under the kiddie swing of his progeny…. Sometimes, I just need the terrible world to leave me alone with my doll.”
It isn’t a terrible world, but people like Mystal, hate-blinded, arrogant bigots and nascent totalitarians, are doing their utmost to make it one. The sentiments he vomits out stamp him as no different from any German intellectual who argued for the ejection of Jews from 1930s German society, nor distinct from the Klan members who used tactics of terror to try to drive Black Americans from the south. Oh, Elie thinks he’s different, because he knows who deserves to be hated, shunned, and if possible, purged. But he’s not different from his racist predecessors, not in any way.
Well, in one way: no white lawyer or pundit today who openly expressed the desire to live in a world with as few blacks as possible and an absence of progressives would ever be employed by a media organization that wasn’t derided as representing the worst of the United States. Mystal, however, in addition to being an editor at “The Nation,” is also a frequent contributor to the left-wing legal gossip site “Above the Law” and (I suppose this isn’t surprising), a regular guest of fellow racists like Joy Reid on MSNBC.
Ethical Americans of all races, creeds and political affiliations have an obligation to categorically reject any news organizations, or any organizations period, that give Mystal (or others like him, of which, unfortunately, there are many, especially in universities, city governments, Congress and the Biden Administration) a platform to divide the nation and traffic in bigotry. I won’t watch MSNBC, stopped follwoing “Above the Law” long ago, and even without Mystal, there has never been any excuse for reading “The Nation.”
There is no “good racism,” and if bigotry makes you “happy,” as it does Mystal, you are the problem, not the solution.
The frightening part is that Elie Mystal is so certain his favorite species of hate is sufficiently on the ascendant that he can be candid about his views of what a perfect world would be. If he’s right that being openly bigoted is acceptable if it’s the “right” bigotry, the ethical among us have a lot of work to do.