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Remember when the New York Times was feverishly anticipating the arrest of a cruelly handsome Great White Defendant in the shooting of little black Jazmine Barnes in Texas?

But after the Times running 12 articles on this distant police blotter item, it turned out the killers were two black guys.

So Jazmine, instead of becoming the new Emmett Till, has been memoryholed as yet another embarrassment to the Narrative.

For some reason, I don’t think the NYT is going to be running dozens of stories 60 years from now about that 5-year-old boy in Minnesota.

 
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  1. Logan says:

    What gets me is that if the cruelly handsome white guy had shot the little girl in Texas, that would have been taken as proof of the inherent racism and malevolence of white people as a group against black people as a group. Even though he could have been firing at the car or an adult in it, not really trying to kill that specific little girl. (Not that this would have been okay.)

    But when a black guy very intentionally and personally tries to kill a specific little white boy, this is not only not taken as representative of black people in any way, it’s assumed he was mentally ill.

    Which he may very well be, of course. But the point is that situation A is assumed to tell us something about white people as a group, situation B assumed to tell us nothing at all about black people as a group.

  2. jill says:

    Schools are dividing us into groups causing hatred and suspicion:

    Student: What White Privilege Lessons Did to My High School

    During my sophomore year of high school, a mandatory lesson for the entire school was scheduled regarding the concept of being an ally towards those who were labeled as being marginalized. All homeroom teachers were required to discuss the idea that “privileged” people need to stand up for the minority students and ensure their safety and well-being. Minority students included anyone that was not white, straight, and Christian. The absurdity is how, within an instant, we were all separated into groups that we had not recognized prior to this. Some were labeled as victims while others had a superior position just by being born. From then on, relationships changed. It was so insulting to suggest that one group of people should feel guilty for their “privilege” and the other group forced to have the mindset that they need help from the privileged.

    https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/student-what-white-privilege-lessons-did-my-high-school

    • Replies: @El Dato
  3. Arclight says:

    At the bottom of it all, progressives only really care about issues that can be weaponized politically. A white person being mean to a black person is major news (to say nothing of an alleged homicide) and evidence of a deep sickness at the heart of our society. Thousands of black on black murders each year not only say nothing about the state of affairs of a significant share of our nation’s population or our social policies, it must not be commented upon at all.

    • Agree: bomag
  4. Why did the sketch-artist depict the imaginary suspect in a hijab? And why didn’t the idiots at CAIR sputter about it?

  5. This is how the New American Cultural Revolution® works.

  6. My granddaughter goes to a predominantly Asian school in suburban Austin. Her class has four white kids and the rest are from various Asian backgrounds (local tech companies like IBM, Dell and Texas Instruments employ the parents). The kids all get along great and talk with the Midland accent that has imprinted itself on much of Austin. I guess they will have to be divided and taught to resent each other now. Too bad. They are nice kids and good students.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
  7. El Dato says:
    @jill

    All homeroom teachers were required to discuss the idea that “privileged” people need to stand up for the minority students and ensure their safety and well-being.

    These teachers must never had problems with the big-bodied muscular form of the protection-worthy minority schoolroom population,

  8. Logan says:
    @Arclight

    Actually, it’s more bizarre than that.

    Black on black homicide is taken as evidence of the horrific ongoing effects of white racism.

    • Replies: @Arclight
  9. Ibound1 says:

    Haven looks like he’s wearing a hijab in that drawing. No doubt to hide his blond (or is it red) hair.

  10. The most famous blue check mark I’ve seen on twitter to retweet the GoFundMe page for Landen is Minnesotan comedian and actor Nick Swardson, who made sure to include the phrase “for no reason” when referring to the criminal act. Interesting. Like he was trying to inoculate himself from an accusation that he might be fanning the flames of racism or something. There’s almost like a conspiracy of silence around this crime. Donald Trump needs to tweet about it to force the media to cover the story, if only to call Trump a racist for tweeting about it. Haven’t watched much TV the last couple of days. Is Fox giving this story much coverage? My liberal brother who watches CNN says he’s heard nothing about the story.

    • Replies: @TWS
  11. @Logan

    But when a black guy very intentionally and personally tries to kill a specific little white boy, this is not only not taken as representative of black people in any way, it’s assumed he was mentally ill.

    Only White people have agency. It is hence tautological that if Black people commit crimes, it cannot be the fault of Blacks in general. It is in fact the fault of Whites in general(redlining, escalatoring, blah ,blah blah) It’s the sociological equivalent of “deep pockets” litigation ; you go after the nearest party with means, irrespective of culpability. Here you go after the nearest party with agency, irrespective of culpability. As only Whitey has agency, it turns out Whitey is on the hook.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    , @Reg Cæsar
  12. @kaganovitch

    After the mass murder committed by Dylann Roof, the Confederate battle flag was no longer sold and its display anathematized.

    After a mass murder committed by a black man . . . crickets. Can’t we at least ban the cacophonies of people like Nipsey Hussle in retribution?

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    , @Buffalo Joe
  13. @Hannah Katz

    The white kids are probably considered GoodWhite kids. So they’ll be spared the worst of such BS.

  14. @Logan

    If ‘they’ didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all.

  15. Gotta love iSteve. Not only does he read the NYT for us so that we don’t have to, but he even remembers it for us, too!

  16. TWS says:
    @Malcolm X-Lax

    It’s a dog bites man story. How much coverage do you expect?

    • Replies: @Malcolm X-Lax
  17. Anon[314] • Disclaimer says:
    @Logan

    I don’t see why mental illness resolves the question of bigotry. Nutcases don’t randomly choose victims. Living in an environment in which white people are demonized could well influence the mentally ill to target them.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
  18. @Harry Baldwin

    Nah, It’s going to turn out that this is another reason to ban high capacity magazines or something.

  19. Arclight says:
    @Logan

    True – it is progressive dogma that blacks are uniquely without agency or the ability to self-improve, and that only by whites deliberately handicapping themselves and massive government interference in the workforce, economy, education, and politics on their behalf can they lead reasonably successful lives. Which when you think about it, is just about the most demeaning and contemptuous attitude you could have towards an entire class of citizens, made all the ironic that the left positions itself as “allies” towards these helpless creatures.

    However, it does serve a political purpose in keeping a huge percentage of the black population culturally and economically segregated from the rest of society, and thus a nearly cohesive voting bloc. This is what the Democrats are trying to pull off with Latinos – they are scared stiff that if the newer arrivals assimilate, they will start to behave like previous ethnic groups and more or less split their vote evenly between the two parties, which of course would be political doom for the party at a national level.

    • Replies: @Coag
  20. In the same time frame a 17 month old black boy was shot and killed on his grandmother’s porch here in Buffalo. The grandmother, celebrating her 54 th birthday was shot and killed also. Now, if someone had said that the drive by shooters were white, you, where ever you are in America, would have heard about this heinous crime. Bet you didn’t. How about last week’s murder of a twelve year old boy here in Buffalo? Did you read about that? Dog bites man, over and over and over.

    • Replies: @Mike_from_SGV
  21. @Harry Baldwin

    Harry, LA has already renamed an intersection after Nipsey Hussle. Another intersection where visiting whites will have to hustle through or avoid.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    , @Jasper Been
  22. AceDeuce says:

    Till was a criminal who sexually assaulted Caroline Bryant. He should be a poster child for race realists.

  23. @TWS

    I wasn’t expecting much. But there are elements to the story that make it more newsworthy than most, which is why Steve has devoted a thread to it, and Tucker will surely cover the shit out of it tomorrow.

  24. Tim says:

    Black kills white–Dog bites man. Meh.

    White kills black–Man bites dog. HOLD THE PRESS!

  25. Lurker says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Isn’t that good thing, naming it in such a way as to give clear warning as to the danger?

    Not a good thing, of course, in that it represents another chipping away of the culture and public space in praise of a worthless non-entity.

  26. @Buffalo Joe

    I read just this morning that a black in Phoenix killed his two kids, his wife, and his wife’s lover. For some reason he spared one of his own kids.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  27. @Logan

    Since it is nowadays assumed that the most heinous violent crime is caused by mental illness, why are the parents of most mentally ill people able to successfully convey the moral lesson that murder is the worst form of immorality, while “mentally ill” murderers are unable to process the most fundamental moral lesson? Or, did their parents fail to teach them?

  28. Anonymous[397] • Disclaimer says:

    Morality tales are usually instruments of power. Emotional whips. Self-flagellation whips are also offered to the initiated.

    They are less about right-or-wrong of any particular case but how it resonates with a certain power and agenda.

    So, in all these cases, people need to ask:

    1. Who has the power?

    2. Whom do they fear most or seek to control most in order to secure their power?

    3. What narratives morally advantages them, what narratives disadvantages them?

    Just like White Settlers favored stories of whites slaughtered by Indians than vice versa, the current rulers of America tend to favor certain tales over others to keep control.

  29. @Logan

    If you’re interested in doing more than just bitching on the internet, you’re going to have to get out of passive voice.

  30. fish says:

    But after the Times running 12 articles on this distant police blotter item, it turned out the killers were two black guys.

    Two black guys, my ass! I’ve cracked the case! I give you…..”Hot Felon” or the black guy who used to be on the original CSI

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Meeks

    or, as an alternative hypothesis……

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Dourdan

  31. @Desiderius

    With your customary, laser-like focus, you’ve zeroed in on the real issue at hand–linguistic choices. Thank you for your service!

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  32. @Buffalo Joe

    Would that be Crenshaw and Slauson? Not too far from another infamous intersection, Florence and Normandie?

  33. Coag says:
    @Arclight

    True – it is progressive dogma that blacks are uniquely without agency or the ability to self-improve, and that only by whites deliberately handicapping themselves and massive government interference in the workforce, economy, education, and politics on their behalf can they lead reasonably successful lives. Which when you think about it, is just about the most demeaning and contemptuous attitude you could have towards an entire class of citizens, made all the ironic that the left positions itself as “allies” towards these helpless creatures.

    The progressive theory of blacks having no agency in the face of phantasmagorical racism is a genuinely well-intentioned attempt at explaining away the truth deemed unbearable— that blacks by and large don’t have the intellectual capacity to succeed in modern society.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  34. anon[155] • Disclaimer says:
    @Logan

    What gets me is that while situation A and situation B tells us nothing about either group, group statistical averages do tell us something real about groups.
    And what the group averages keep telling us is that the black group is far more violent than the white group, and far more racist in its targeting of violence than the white group.

  35. memoryholed

    I first read that as “hemorrhoid”. Hemorrhoided sounds like it could be a useful verb.

  36. @kaganovitch

    Only White people have agency.

    The male ones, that is. And the fetuses, if you accept the prochoicers’ argument.

  37. @Arclight

    At the bottom of it all, progressives only really care about issues that can be weaponized politically.

    True.

  38. @Mr McKenna

    Active voice has a subject, and thus someone who can be held responsible for whatever it is that’s grinding your gears.

    Notice the passive voice at the end there avoids having to talk about who specifically will be doing the holding.

    Active voice is for action, passive for dodging it.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  39. @Desiderius

    No kidding, genius! Now tell us all how you tie your shoes.

    PS: Your understanding is primitive and devoid of nuance, not to mention even a slight hint of appreciation for irony. Most worrisome, that.

    • LOL: Desiderius
  40. @Logan

    He was a little ‘off’. He’d been banned from the mall for one incident of dropping something off the 3rd floor, then for throwing a glass at someone from the 3rd floor. He must have had something like that ‘impulse to jump’ that people get from heights. Not saying he’s not criminally responsible, just that he’s a little off.

  41. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Mike_from_SGV

    You left off the punchline:
    –Damn you, white supremacists!

  42. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Coag

    The progressive theory of blacks having no agency in the face of phantasmagorical racism is a genuinely well-intentioned attempt at explaining away the truth deemed unbearable— that blacks by and large don’t have the intellectual capacity to succeed in modern society.

    Up until 1950 or so, very few college educated people, along with very few people period, would have objected seriously to that premise, which seems self-evident to any disinterested observer. Today, only a few marginalized whites would admit to the knowledge of that. Most college educated people actually believe that groups as groups are approximately equal.

    Something changed.

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