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From the Washington Post:

… The report stoked fear among Twin Cities Somalis, who have worked for decades to become part of the city’s fabric. There are now Somalis on the police force, the city council and in the Minnesota House of Representatives. But the largely Muslim population of Somali Americans in the Twin Cities region still face Islamophobia and innuendo about terrorism.

“They fear this will be just another event used to create animosity toward the Somali community,” Mohamud Noor, executive director at the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, told The Post.

Already, hateful posts criticizing Islam and sharia law are filling social media in response to the police shooting. Several far-right blogs featured sensational headlines that blamed the officer’s ethnicity, not his training, for the deadly use of force.

Other Somali officers in the police department are “nervous,” Jamal said.

“They’re not talking at all,” he said. “You can feel the pressure, because you know, the difference now is ‘one of you guys did it.’

“The fact that the police involved in the shooting is Somali makes it a different matter,” he said.

Mohamud Noor, who is not related to the officer, is also a city council candidate. He and others in the Somali community have protested other police shootings in the Twin Cities region along with Black Lives Matter, but this one “changes the narrative,” he said. Usually, they are protesting the death of black men at the hands of police, he said. Now it is a white woman reportedly shot by a black officer.

He hopes the conversation will focus on police reform, not racial stereotypes.

Here are some other recent examples of media frontlash.

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From The Atlantic:

In Ferguson, the Seeds of Trump’s Defeat

Trump may have risen on the wings of white backlash. But black Americans’ fierce resistance to a candidate they see as racist could spell his defeat.


FERGUSON, Missouri—… Two years ago, the protests in Ferguson that followed Brown’s death galvanized African Americans—and many others—around what some see as a new civil-rights movement. Now, as a presidential election of historically divisive proportions nears conclusion, the black community has experienced it as a fresh trauma: As America’s first black president prepares to leave office, one of the major-party nominees appears to them to be not just a racist, but running on a platform of racism.

Some have argued that Trump’s nomination may have come as a white backlash to events like the Ferguson protests, which Trump has called “race riots.”

Of course, only a racist like Trump would call Ferguson’s August and November 2014 protests against white racism, with all their exuberant undocumented shopping and diversity pyrotechnics, “race riots.”

But if Trump loses the presidential election, an outcome that looks increasingly likely, it will be due to the backlash to the backlash: the increasingly diverse American electorate, starting with an African American community that proved stubbornly resistant to Trump’s belated attempts to woo them.

Or maybe, all the energy put into burning down Ferguson ten months before Trump entered the race by prestigious NGOs, federal officials, the ruling media, and their street thug allies, constituted the “frontlash.”

Fortunately, frontlash is not a word!

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I can recall reading a few decades ago that St. Cloud, Minnesota, a small city 66 miles northwest of Minneapolis, then had the lowest crime rate in the U.S.. But St. Cloud is putting its hateful white-bread, plain vanilla past behind it.

From CNN:

ISIS wing claims responsibility for Minnesota mall attack
By Chandrika Narayan and Steve Visser, CNN
Updated 9:11 PM ET, Sun September 18, 2016

The man who stabbed nine people at a Minnesota mall Saturday before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer was a “soldier of the Islamic state,” according to an ISIS-linked news agency….

Fortunately, the Frontlash has gone into action:

Community leaders fear anti-Muslim backlash, call for unity

In response to local reports identifying the attacker as being of Somali descent, members of the Muslim and Somali communities held a news conference Sunday expressing their grief for the victims and calling for unity.

“We are also concerned about the potential backlash,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) chapter in Minnesota. “We understand in St. Cloud there is more anti-Muslim organizing and we hope they do not use this incident to divide … our community.”

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Back in the early 1990s, Susan Faludi was, along with Naomi Wolf, a feminist poster girl for the post-Clarence Thomas Year of the Woman in politics that, in order to fight the plague of sexual harassment in the workplace, elected as President … Bill Clinton.

Faludi’s 1991 book Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women was a huge bestseller as part of the frontlash that put Bill in the White House. Granted, it was kind of lame and lowbrow, although not as dopey as Naomi Wolf’s book The Beauty Myth, but that’s what elite opinion wanted at the time.

Since then Faludi’s career has been rather low profile with only three more books, in part, I like to imagine because she’s actually, like Susan Brownmiller, kind of a good person and has had qualms and second thoughts about simply churning out Feminist Red Meat. Her 1999 book Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man, for example, was more sympathetic to Average Joes than had been expected.

Now she has a memoir, In the Darkroom, about her father that sounds like a useful addition to the literature of transsexualism. We have quite a few (not necessarily plausible) memoirs by various writers who decided in later life to announce that, even while fathering all those children, they were always women on the inside. (This has hardened into an ideological orthodoxy that you publicly question at some peril to your career.)

But now we have one from a writer whose father has made such a claim.

From the Belfast Press:

Susan Faludi: The feminist whose violent dad told her he’d never been that macho and was becoming a woman

By Eilis O’Hanlon

Big change: Susan Faludi has written about her father going through reassignment surgery

In early 2004, Susan Faludi, author of the feminist manifesto Backlash, received an email from her father, Steven, revealing that “he” was now a “she”, having undergone gender reassignment surgery in Thailand. The news didn’t come as a total surprise. Faludi had heard rumours that the father to whom she’d barely spoken in 25 years had been exploring this option, but it was definitely a shock in one other sense.

“I’d always known my father to assert the male prerogative. He had seemed invested – insistently, inflexibly, and, in the last year of our family life, bloodily – in being the household despot. For as far back as I could remember, he had presided as imperious patriarch, overbearing and autocratic, even as he remained a cipher, cryptic to everyone around him.”

I’ve known one high achieving man who later announced he was transgender, and when I knew him he was widely considered the biggest prick around. Perhaps it’s a pattern among autogynephilic late-in-life transsexuals?

Now, suddenly, here he was announcing his pristine identity as a woman called Stefanie, declaring: “I have had enough of impersonating a macho aggressive man that I have never been inside.”

Soon Faludi is headed to Budapest, where her Hungarian-born father had decamped after his erratic, violent behaviour led to divorce from Faludi’s mother, to investigate this cipher further, intending, she admits, to draw up a charge sheet against him. “I wasn’t sure I was ready to release him to a new identity; she hadn’t explained the old one.”

This mindful switch between pronouns becomes a feature of the book. Faludi carefully uses “she” and “her”, even while wracked with doubt about her father’s new persona, not least when, in the middle of a disagreement, that old prerogative reasserts itself: “I am still your father”.

This father figure, what’s more, was always an adept liar and fraudster whose lifelong credo has been “getting away with it”.

A professional photographer by trade, her father was skilled at manipulating images, and Stefanie makes herself no easier to know than Steven, declaring herself to be uninterested in the past, only the future.

Is this, the author wonders, just her father’s latest guise behind which to hide the true self? If so, it’s not one she finds particularly edifying.

Faludi wants to understand her father, but finds that “every road into the interior was blocked by a cardboard cut-out of florid femininity”. The author takes refuge in the literature, and talks to doctors, psychologists, and other trans people, but much of what she learns heightens her disquiet. Far from enabling her to understand her father, her investigations “were having the opposite effect”.

What’s more, a disturbing edge of sexual fetishism always seemed to be lurking just below the surface. She notes that it’s one of the basic tenets of transgenderism that identity and sexuality are different things, but Faludi finds them constantly conflated.

“The transformation from one gender to another was eroticised at every step.”

Here’s a fine 2007 New York Times article about the war that various super-high IQ late-in-life transgender types like Donald/Deirdre McCloskey along the with SPLC, always sniffing out new sources of revenue, conducted against scientists who were disclosing to the public the role a particular sexual fetish plays in the highest profile type of transgenderism.

The screensaver on her father’s computer is of Stefanie dressed as a French maid, with blonde curls like Susan’s as a child, reaching down to adjust a stocking, while the ‘How To’ manuals advise those who think of themselves as women to “practise submission with sex toys in front of a mirror”.

… As Faludi says, the trend since Freud has been to accept that the real psychological origins for a person’s behaviour are complex, often hidden deeply from plain sight, but a fear of giving offence to those who identify as transgender has meant that there is no equivalent examination of the range of reasons why a human being might feel they are in the “wrong” body.

Accepting their own self-diagnosis without question might avoid confrontation with those for whom transgenderism is a matter of faith, but it does so at the expense of intellectual honesty. What if they’re actually “seeking womanhood to reclaim [their] innocence, be exonerated from the sins of a male past”, or “craving the moral stature that comes from being oppressed”? Or simply wanting to be a woman to “feel special, celebrated, loved”?

The book culminates in a shocking scene, when her father finally talks about the time when, outraged by her desire to attend a Christian summer camp with a friend, he burst into the teenage Faludi’s bedroom and repeatedly bashed her head against the floor, shouting: “I created you. And I can destroy you.”

I always assumed over the last quarter of a century that Faludi was of Italian Catholic ancestry. You learn something new every day.

She asks if he remembers what he said.

“I remember exactly what I said,” her father replies. “That they exterminated the Jews, and how could you do this?” Faludi concludes: “I didn’t correct her. Whatever the actual words, I understood this is what they meant to her.” She reaches over, squeezes her father’s hand, and says: “It’s okay.”

The scene is presented as a touching moment of bonding and forgiveness, but it’s genuinely horrifying.

I haven’t read the book, but it sounds like another example of a widespread pattern in postwar feminism: bright Jewish daughter grows up angry (sometimes with good reason, as in Susan Faludi’s case) at at least one member of her Jewish family. But she learns that she’ll be rewarded if she generalizes and intellectualizes her resentment toward a Jewish relative into blaming her animus on Society or Men or Stereotypes or anti-Semites or whatever it is that gentiles can be badgered into feeling guilty about.

White guilt is the worry that your ancestors were too ethnocentric; Jewish guilt, as I learned from reading Philip Roth, is the worry that you aren’t ethnocentric enough for your ancestors.

Jewish guilt turns out to be more personally useful.

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It’s getting more challenging for the Narrative Molders to frontlash after Muslim terrorist attacks, but I have confidence in their powers of self-delusion. What strategies are emerging?

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Here’s part of an interview with the President in Vox that is pretty much along the lines of one of my “Core v. Fringe” election strategy articles, just discussed from the opposite partisan point of view. Obama tells Ezra Klein that he’s not worried about a backlash against Democrats over attacks on whites such as Trayvon and Ferguson because he’s using immigration to frontlash America into more and more of a “a hodgepodge of folks,” and thus opponents will “have much less ability, I think, to express” dissenting views.

Ezra Klein: One of the powerful things that’s happened as polarization has increased politically is it’s begun structuring people’s other identities. The one I’m particularly interested in here is race. If you look back at polling around the OJ Simpson verdict or the Bernhard Goetz shooting in New York, Republicans and Democrats — you basically couldn’t tell them apart. Now you look at the Zimmerman verdict or you look at what’s going on in Ferguson, and opinion on racial issues is very sharply split by party. Do you worry about the merging of racial and partisan identity?

Barack Obama: I don’t worry about that, because I don’t think that’s going to last. I worry very much about the immediate consequences of mistrust between police and minority communities. I think there are things we can do to train our police force and make sure that everybody is being treated fairly. And the task force that I assigned after the Ferguson and New York cases is intended to produce very specific tools for us to deal with it.

But over the long term, I’m pretty optimistic, and the reason is because this country just becomes more and more of a hodgepodge of folks. Again, this is an example where things seem very polarized at the national level and media spotlight, but you go into communities — you know, one of the great things about being president is you travel through the entire country, and you go to Tennessee and it turns out that you’ve got this huge Kurdish community. And you go to some little town in Iowa and you see some Hasidic Jewish community,

I think Obama is trolling here. Ezra later picks up on Obama’s reference to one of the most flagrant hubs of illegal immigration.

and then you see a bunch of interracial black and white couples running around with their kids. And this is in these little farm communities, and you’ve got Latinos in the classroom when you visit the schools there. So people are getting more and more comfortable with the diversity of this country, much more sophisticated about both the cultural differences but more importantly, the basic commonality that we have. And, you know, the key is to make sure that our politics and our politicians are tapping into that better set of impulses rather than our baser fears.

Ezra Klein’s post-interview interjection: Specifically you see this in Postville, Iowa, where a Lubavitcher family’s purchase of a meat-processing plant in the late 1980s has led to the migration of a small community of Hasidim to the area.

Obvious iSteve Bait from Ezra. Postville has been a notorious example of fringe aggression against core Americans since the publication on 9/10/2001 (poor timing, I’ll grant) of Stephen G. Bloom’s book Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America. A Jewish college professor went to Postville to write a book about how bigoted small town Iowa people were to ultra-Orthodox Jews just because they were diverse, but wound up writing about how excessively nice Iowans were to the relentlessly un-neighborly and even criminal newcomers.

Then, of course, there’s the Wikipedia article on the Postville Raid:

The Postville Raid was a raid at the Agriprocessors Inc. kosher slaughterhouse and meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa, USA, on May 12, 2008, executed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security together with other agencies. The raid was the largest single raid of a workplace in U.S. history until that date, and resulted in nearly 400 arrests of immigrant workers with false identity papers who were charged with identity theft, document fraud, use of stolen social security numbers, and related offenses. Some 300 workers were convicted on document fraud charges within four days. The majority served a five-month prison sentence before being deported.

Several employees and lower and middle level managers were indicted on charges of conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants, aggravated identity theft, and child labor violations among others and were convicted, serving prison sentences between 60 days and 41 months. Neither the owner, Aaron Rubashkin, nor his sons Sholom and Heshy Rubashkin, who were in charge of the management of Agriprocessors, were convicted of immigration and labor law violations. Financial irregularities brought to light by the raid and subsequent investigations led to a conviction of the plant’s chief executive Sholom Rubashkin on bank fraud and related charges. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison, and his trial on immigration charges was canceled.

So, Postville symbolizes both immigration fraud and bank fraud.

The INS was going to raid Postville back in 2000, when it was still a small time illegal immigration hub, but the raid got scrubbed due to the election. Agents heard that the owners were friends with Senator Joe Lieberman and feared political blowback. So they let Postville metastasize for eight years.

Back to Obama:

Obama: And my gut tells me, and I’ve seen it in my own career and you see it generally, a politician who plays on those fears in America, I don’t think is going to over time get a lot of traction. Even, you know, it’s not a perfect analogy, but if you think about how rapidly the whole issue of the LGBT community and discrimination against gays and lesbians has shifted. The Republican party, even the most conservative, they have much less ability, I think, to express discriminatory views than they did even 10 years ago. And that’s a source of optimism. It makes me hopeful.

Obama is optimistic because freedom of expression is much more limited than even ten years ago.

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From the Washington Post:

A tweet from far-right icon Le Pen causes anger in France

By Adam Taylor January 9 at 10:42 AM

Jean-Marie le Pen, the father of France’s mainstream far right movement, provoked both outrage and support on Friday when he tweeted an image of his daughter Marine le Pen with the slogan “Keep Calm And Vote Le Pen.”

The elder Le Pen’s message came as police struggled with two separate hostage standoffs in Paris. At least one of the incidents is believed linked to a terrorist attack on the offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead Wednesday. …

Online, there was clearly some support for the National Front: Jean-Marie le Pen’s message received more than 1,000 retweets in less than an hour. However, many users expressed shock at what they saw as a cynical appropriation of a tragedy. “Vous êtes odieux” (You are odious), one user tweeted at le Pen. “Manœuvre nauséabonde” (a nauseating political maneuver), wrote another.

Whenever Muslims Behave Badly, we are immediately warned by the establishment, in what I call the Frontlash, that the real danger is the imminent, looming Backlash.

In the U.S., of course, this is awfully silly since there are basically zero white Christian youth organizations outside of the control of responsible adults.

In soccer countries, with their more organic, working class sports culture, however, there are hooligan firms that could conceivably cause trouble. So old man Le Pen’s tweet is telling his rowdier supporters to keep calm and instead express their outrage in the voting booth.

So you might think that Le Pen’s call — “Keep calm” — for no Backlash in the streets would be praised. But Le Pen’s call for peace and democracy is outraging the Establishment: because the point of their Frontlash is not to avoid some broken glass, it is to hold on to power by demonizing and demoralizing anyone thinking of holding the ruling caste accountable for their policy mistakes via the democratic process.

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Whenever a member of a protected group behaves in a stereotypically horrible fashion, such as the Iranian refugee / terrorist in Australia or the civil rights protestor / terrorist in New York, the good people, the principled humanitarians such as Tessa Kum and Al Sharpton, immediately launch a frontlash against the backlash. From the AP:

Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Notice that the frontlash is organized not to head off any actual violence but instead to prevent people from noticing that months of the Establishment valorizing and encouraging the looters who burned down the wrong convenience store in Ferguson and scrawled “Snitches Get Stitches” on the the wall might deserve some of the blame.

In the raw hours following the killing of the officers, police union officials and politicians accused those who have protested the deaths of Garner and Brown of fanning anti-police fervor. Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association in New York, said there was “blood on the hands” of demonstrators and elected officials who have criticized police tactics.

The Garner and Brown families issued statements repudiating the officers’ killings, while civil rights leaders took to the airwaves to try to put some distance between the movement and the crime.

“To link the criminal insanity of a lone gunman to the peaceful protests and aspirations of many people across the country, including the attorney general, the mayor and even the president, is simply not fair,” NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Brooks said the shootings were “certainly not a step forward” for the movement.

Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down at close range in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who then committed suicide. Before the attack, Brinsley, 28, wrote on an Instagram account: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs.”

He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown — references to two blacks who died at the hands of police. Garner died in a New York City officer’s chokehold, and Brown was shot by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Grand juries decided not to bring charges against either officer.

In the wake of the ambush, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani lashed out at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. Speaking on Fox News, Giuliani said: “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police.”

“They have created an atmosphere of severe, strong, anti-police hatred in certain communities, and for that, they should be ashamed of themselves,” he said.

In a tweet, former New York Gov. George Pataki called the killings the “predictable outcome of divisive, anti-cop rhetoric of Attorney General Eric Holder and Bill De Blasio.”

The accusations stoked fears that any gains made in the protest movement would be lost. …

Irene Sundiata Myers, a black woman who was selling roses and inspirational words Sunday on Harlem’s Malcolm X Boulevard, said that because of Saturday’s ambush, some officers might think twice about pulling the trigger on black men.

“It will change the attitude of police across the country in terms of how they go about killing black men, if they begin to think that there’s a possibility that there will be a retribution,” she said.

Clearly, the problem is that the President has only been consulting with Rev. Al frequently instead of constantly.

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