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As I keep saying, the #BLM lunacy is transcontinental, spreading from the imperial center to the colonies.

France renames a school from Colbert, the founder of dirigisme and one of the founders fathers of economic protectionism, whose reforms allowed the Sun King to achieve Napoleonic Wars-level mobilization rates and fight half of Europe… to Rosa Parks, an American who has nothing to do with France.

Meanwhile, his statue has been vandalized in front of the National Assembly.

And this is all happening despite Macron being, perhaps surprisingly, more based on the Looter Question than BoJo and Trump combined, unreservedly declaring that France isn’t removing any statues.

Why are the SJWs and some minorities “triggered” by Colbert? Because he happened to draft the Code Noir, a set of laws meant to regulate slavery in the French colonial empire. They at least established some minimal legal protections for slaves and the main tragedy, so long as abolition wasn’t on the agenda, is that they were very rigorously enforced.

I imagine a further irony is that some of the French blacks campaigning for canceling Colbert must be the descendants of those who had sold their co-ethnics into slavery in the first place.

 
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  1. Please keep off topic posts to the current Open Thread.

    If you are new to my work, start here.

  2. utu says:

    Code Noir restricted the activities of free Negroes, made Roman Catholicism religion compulsory, and ordered all Jews out of France’s colonies. – Wiki

    • Replies: @joe2.5
    , @The Alarmist
  3. Not that anyone expects consistency out of the left or the ruling class, but Macron has been shooting the eyes out of yellow vests for what, 2 years now? He has experience.

    • Thanks: AaronInMVD
  4. All this “white” and “black” stuff is an American import. I’m English, that is how most English people traditionally saw themselves, not as a “colour” and I think most other European countries are the same.

    “White” as an identifier is an American invention because they are of such mixed origins that basic racial type is the only thing the Americans of European descent originally had in common. I think all this overt talk of “white” and “black” in the British media sounds quite jarring and odd to British ears.

    • Agree: Iris
    • Disagree: Kent Nationalist
  5. @Europe Europa

    You are absolutely correct. “White” as a group identity really means White American. White is an American race indigenous to the US to the extent the word actually describes a real ethnic group. That’s where it comes from, maybe not just America but with elements of it in the New World and/or Colonial World at least. To categorize a discrete culture that emerged that was a mix of European elements and distinguish it from other discrete new world mixed cultures that developed separate from it. Same thing with “Black”. Blacks in Africa do not see themselves as black nor identify with pan-Africanism. The lexical words and the racial views they imply is a distinct product of US history.

    • Agree: Charlotte
    • Replies: @bro3886
  6. Mitleser says:

    Because he happened to draft the Code Noir, a set of laws meant to regulate slavery in the French colonial empire. They at least established some minimal legal protections for slaves and the main tragedy, so long as abolition wasn’t on the agenda, is that they were very rigorously enforced.

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  7. Lowe says:
    @Europe Europa

    Lol, black people are going to overrun Europe.

    Will that be quite jarring to your ears?

  8. hgv says:

    A question must be posed: why do the powers that be destroy their own instruments (western countries)? It seems impossible for elites that run the West not to know the score when it comes to race and intelligence. The Western countries are.their home market and cannon fodder for world politics. It is an instrument, a valuable one, fully controlled. How will a broken US and EU (broken by continual civil unrest caused by mass immigration, blank state egalitarianism, PC culture) be able to stand up to China? How will the elites that run the West be able to contain China if their countries (instruments of containment) will be destroyed? Why do they destroy their own instrument? How will they make world politics with broken instruments? How will Israel fare without western protection, and how can the West protect it if it is destroyed day by day? I would be grateful if someone could enlighten me on this ( I reject a priori the theses that the elites are fellow blank slatists, just like their servants in academia and civil society; those who run the whole show cant be stupid, otherwise they would not run it).

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Lowe
  9. Lowe says:
    @hgv

    They’re not that smart, making plans that far in advance. Western elites are selected for being deeply conformist, able to brush off failure, hard-working, and having high social calibration.

    Wokeism and the existential threat it poses to the West, and to their long term power and prestige, is something they don’t contemplate. The consequences are somewhere out there on the horizon, something they might think about in the abstract for an instant, if ever.

    Bioleninist shock troops in the gays, the blacks, the feminists, and the Muslims are so great to have at your beck and call, in the grasping, animal quest for power. They make it possible to eke out that much more slave labor from the white plebs. It is impossible to resist using them.

    Also, the worse it gets, the less blood there is to soak out of the stone, the more willing to use extreme measures they will be. If your predecessors going back decades, to the very beginning of the post-war era, put you on a track to oblivion, and there is nothing you can personally do about it… why stop the train? Just keep going and wring out as many shekels as you can.

    I am not saying they think this consciously. The incentives are there. People have a way of following incentives, even if they could not describe them. Most elites just don’t have the emotional (anti-social) make-up to question the equalist religion, even if they do have the intelligence. So there is no mental machinery to see clearly to the horizon of consequences. But you better bet they feel it, getting closer every day, and with each day find more creative ways to get the blood out of that stone.

  10. Matra says:
    @Europe Europa

    Eric Clapton 1976:

    This is England, this is a white country, we don’t want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country

    Enoch Powell 1968:

    in this country in 15 or 20 years’ time the black man will have the whip hand over the white man.

    Winston Churchill (supposedly)

    “Keep England White” is a good slogan

    • Agree: Kent Nationalist
  11. melanf says:

    About Colbert’s purchase of Russian slaves from the Tatars (you will be interested in this Anatoly)

    His Majesty justly believes that the best measures for increasing the number of his galleys (by obtaining slaves to row the galleys) are to purchase Russian slaves in Constantinople. They are sold (in the markets of Constantinople); in this connection, he ordered to find out from the merchants who sell slaves there how they (slaves) can be purchased in large numbers, and in case of a successful transaction to send a ship for the slaves, but it is necessary to ensure that among the purchased Russian was not a single schismatic Greek…

    Later, Colbert was very sorry that the reduction of Tatar raids on Russia led to problems in the rowing power of the French Mediterranean fleet. From the blog of historian Alexey Lobin https://alexuslob.livejournal.com/40742.html#comments

    • Thanks: Anatoly Karlin
    • Replies: @melanf
  12. melanf says:
    @melanf

    ** I don’t support renaming

  13. Dumbo says:
    @Europe Europa

    I’m English, that is how most English people traditionally saw themselves, not as a “colour” and I think most other European countries are the same.

    Maybe in England, where people are increasingly insane, but in most of the rest of Europe, Africans and Arabs are not considered Europeans, even the craziest refugee-loving liberals know that. Europeans (or rather, the different people in each nation) are *by definition* white.

    • Replies: @Lars Porsena
  14. @Europe Europa

    Will you ever stop being retarded?

    In the 1950s people in areas with high levels of non-white immigration were forming White Defence Leagues.

    The Edwardians would refer to the colonies occupied by white settlers as the white empire.

    • Replies: @Amerimutt Golems
  15. This kind of crap is pretty normal. One of the two major state schools in my city (Oxford) recently had ‘colleges’ with the following names:
    Jesse Owens college (blue)
    Isaac Newton college (purple)
    Marie Curie college (red)
    Jane Austen (green)
    Martin Luther King Jr. college (yellow)
    Rosa Parks college (orange)

    So, 50% of them were named after American Blacks (note only one ‘token’ White English Male, too).
    This system was put in place by some white lady headteacher in the mid 2000s. It seems to have ended now as she was squeezed out in a vote of no confidence a few years ago.

    Actually, I can understand some kind of positive reasoning behind it. The school was very ‘diverse’, so naming buildings after fellow ethnic figures that might inspire the students seems reasonable (though in practice, it just makes them resent whitey more). I assume the case is similar at this French school (the article Phillippe linked to claims this change was in the works before the BLM riots).

    What’s more laughable/worthy of derision is the Cuckservatives over the years who thought that, say, a London populated by blacks would view statues of their heroes like Churchill with the same kind of reverence as they did.

  16. @Inselaffen

    Oxford is a very odd city. Half of it is full of (mostly white) academics and students, but when you cross over the bridge suddenly you are surrounded by halal butchers, people of indeterminate ethnicity (South American indians?) hanging out around betting shops and gibbering intoxicated blacks

    • Replies: @Inselaffen
  17. @Kent Nationalist

    LOL, the mystery meat of ‘indeterminate ethnicity’ turn out to be Timorese (I wondered about them for a while too). You’ll find any Betfred in the city packed with them as they’ve been kicked out of all the other betting shops (which I do the rounds in as I’ve found myself able to make substantial amounts betting on MMA).

    As for the white academics and students, they’re the worst class of liberast traitors around, but we all know that already…

    • Replies: @Kent Nationalist
  18. @Kent Nationalist

    Will you ever stop being retarded?

    I think he or she is just trolling aka my fellow whites.

    Besides no single Western European country held a referendum over importing third world ‘enrichment’ and ‘diversity’.

  19. bro3886 says:
    @Lars Porsena

    Only an ignoramus would believe this. You apparently have never read any memoirs or histories by colonial Europeans. They didn’t hesitate to identify themselves as white and others as, well, not. You’re simply regurgitating far-left anti-white propaganda.

    • Replies: @Lars Porsena
  20. @bro3886

    You’re simply regurgitating far-left anti-white propaganda.

    Fascinating and powerful take.

    any memoirs or histories by colonial Europeans

    What I wrote:

    That’s where it comes from, maybe not just America but with elements of it in the New World and/or Colonial World at least.

    Your retort is that colonial Europeans considered themselves white in contrast to the other new world elements. Duh. That’s what I said.

    Find me an example of an Englishman considering himself white in contrast to the black Dutch.

  21. @Dumbo

    But “white” is not an ethnic group in Europe prior to mass immigration in the last few decades. White is a racial archetype. White is the common name for caucasoid. Of course all the Europeans are white, as are Arabs too. But Arabs are not European.

    A category below “white” whatever you call the category, people in Europe are ethnic Poles, ethnic Spaniards, ethnic Germans or ethnic Italians. Of course they are all white, but white is not an ethnic type in traditional Europe.

    White becomes an ethnic description to describe the ethny that emerged in the colonies of the new world as a mix of various European sources.

    Same with blacks. Everyone is Africa is black but they do not have a black culture. There is no black ethnic culture or society. It emerged in the new world, it is the black American culture. In Africa the blacks will have Zulu culture, or Somali, Ethiopian or Igbo culture. But in the US blacks have “black culture”. Implicit in “black culture” is “black American culture”. It is a distinct culture that formed in the US from a bunch of amalgamated African inputs.

    • Agree: utu
  22. @Inselaffen

    What’s more laughable/worthy of derision is the Cuckservatives over the years who thought that, say, a London populated by blacks would view statues of their heroes like Churchill with the same kind of reverence as they did.

    They never counted on a London or New York or Washington DC or Paris populated by blacks: They figured the help would magically appear to do the scut work and then fade into the woodwork when their workday was done.

  23. Jake says:

    A Mandarin Culture is the one that is held and promoted by the Elites of an Empire. People adapt to and then assimilate to the Mandarin Culture that rules over them.

    The Mandarin Culture of the Globe is WASP. The British Empire worked very hard to make WASP culture Mandarin across the planet. The Yank WASP Empire completed the job.

    WASP culture created the Anglo-Zionist Empire. After World War 2, all Western European peoples adapted quickly to WASP as Mandarin Culture over them. By the 1960s, all Western European peoples began assimilating fully to WASP culture.

    It is therefore no mistake, no oddity, that all of Western civilization now acts like the heart of the WASP world.

  24. @Inselaffen

    the mystery meat of ‘indeterminate ethnicity’ turn out to be Timorese (I wondered about them for a while too)

    Thanks, I thought I would never know the answer to this question

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