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I was at UCLA today and walking along Fraternity Row, I was struck by all huge signs celebrating the new faith, such as a big painting of the lovely Mr. Floyd and a banner reading:

A riot is the voice of the unheard — BLM

After all, who ever previously heard black voices? It’s not like there’s a major genre of popular music that consists of loquacious blacks talking at you.

Anyway, it seems pretty obvious that the Cult of St. George was generated out of locked-down young people, such as fraternity boys and sorority girls, needing a societally-approved excuse to get out and party. Young people need to get out.

The problem is that Modern Sanctimoniousness means everybody is supposed to take the cause seriously.

I’ve been wondering about analogies between the post-May 24 madness of mourning the death of some drugged-up bouncer as if he were Martin Luther King and the medieval custom of celebrating a Feast of Fools in which a simpleton was elected Pope for a Day and other inversions of the social order were enjoyed.

After ten weeks of lockdown, people needed an excuse to get out and party, and the martyrdom of St. George served its purpose.

But medieval folks found the Feast of Fools to be funny, if Victor Hugo’s account can be believed:

In 2020, however, nobody gets the joke.

 
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  1. It’s George Floyd Day. Toga! Toga! Toga!

    BTW, Steve, you are very generous to the black community. “It’s not like there’s a major genre of popular music …” Music? Really?

  2. A riot is the voice of the unheard — BLM

    Wasn’t that MLK’s line?

    Actually, a concealed carry license is the voice of the unheard.

    • Thanks: Charon
    • LOL: Gordo
  3. Anon[124] • Disclaimer says:

    @ Anyway, it seems pretty obvious that the Cult of St. George was generated out of locked-down young people,

    Bingo.

    Moms noticed this a while back. Now the trend is traveling.

    • Replies: @Barnard
    , @Corvinus
  4. Kronos says:

    I think I just discovered another reason why the title of “St. George” is a fitting title for George Floyd and why fraternities and sororities celebrate him. The actual St. George is the patron Saint for leprosy and syphilis. For the young, that’s contemporary acne and STDs. So worshipping this fallen saint may cure you of your ills (unless provided by mom and dad, college students don’t often have health insurance so their only hope is a prayer.)

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  5. Kronos says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    What if you have a silencer? Are you still the voice of the unheard is nobody hears you?

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  6. usNthem says:

    It most certainly is a joke, unfortunately way too many people and corporations are taking it seriously, or pretending to, like these students. Either to stay on the good side of the ledger or as an excuse to party.

  7. inertial says:

    After all, who ever previously heard black voices?

    A riot is the voice of other unheard black voices. You know, aspiring rappers.

  8. Art Deco says:

    You’re whistling past the graveyard.

    I’m hoping we’re seeing a witless fad which will fade after a few years (Promise Keepers was a benign fad). Of course, variants of it have been a an occasional feature of campus life since about 1990 (earlier at latrines like Brown).

    • Replies: @Dennis Dale
  9. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Kronos

    You missed one fun fact about St. George.

    ENGLAND’S PATRON SAINT GEORGE WAS A BLACK MAN!
    by Forest Parks | Feb 16, 2016

    England’s patron Saint George is an important symbol for many English people and along with countless pubs named after the legend of George and the Dragon he has become a strong symbol of England’s growing right wing groups.

    Along with the red cross (George’s own flag and England’s flag) the white knight slaying the dragon has long been in use by the “racist” and “extremist” who seek to have symbols to empower their masses.

    However this reeks of madness (but we can’t expect them to have any sense) from the basic facts of the Saint’s story!

    Saint George is known to have been the buy who slayed a dragon that was terrorizing a town in Lybia or Lydda. Yes, that’s North Africa!

    To make things more interesting the real man who is Saint George seems to have been born either in Syria-Palestine or Modern Day Turkey to Palestinian Christian parents.
    Some early depictions show him as a black man, likely born to black-Palestinian parents…

    https://urbanintellectuals.com/englands-patron-saint-george-black-man/

  10. Antifa was a lot more fun in the 1980’s.

  11. Wow, so many new articles to read and I am late to the party. But, forget blm, big news is that California is going back into the CVovid shell, shuttering evertyhing they just reopened. America is no longer a country, it is 50 fiefdoms ruled at whim by governors and their lackey mayors California is not reopening schools, even though studies show that in some districts less than 50% of the students log in. Why aren’t teachers essential employees and when does the race gap in on line education become the next flash point?

  12. @Buffalo Joe

    Things will open up after Biden is elected. That’s the plan and it is the only thing that matters.

    • Agree: By-tor
    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  13. J.Ross says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Wasn’t that MLK’s line?

    Not an expert but I believe it was Bogdan Chmielnitsky. Or the emperor Nero?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  14. I think the frats are putting out an insurance policy against getting burned to the ground if all Hell breaks loose. It’s like black owned businesses putting a sign in the window saying “Black owned” during race riots, or hanging a white flag outside your house when enemy troops enter your town.

    • Agree: AnotherDad, DCThrowback
    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @Kyle
  15. … such as a big painting of the lovely Mr. Floyd and a banner reading:

    A riot is the voice of the unheard — BLM

    Alpha-Phi-Alpha?

  16. MNL says:

    Yea, I’m quite convinced that the rioting and race hysteria we’ve experienced these last few months has its roots in the coronavirus lockdowns. A great many people are (or were) out of work, stressed, isolated, and scared due to Covid-19. Their routines got up-ended. Social distancing translated into social isolation for too many. And the riots, the BLM movement, and new justifications for woke outrage have arisen to fill the need. These are socially acceptable channels for satisfying a whole lot of pent-up frustration, need for control, and need for connection. I’m not saying George Floyd’s death isn’t a tragedy. But the public reaction to it (which has omitted all facts regarding race and police interaction) has been a hyper-response. He was just a spark for what have been tinderbox social conditions.

  17. @Buffalo Joe

    If compulsory attendance (i.e. the draft) were abolished, come the first in-person school day, probably around half the kids wouldn’t show up.

    Among the shows, most would be there as reluctant recipients of “free” babysitting.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  18. MBlanc46 says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    That was sort of the Founders’ intent, Joe. That said, they probably didn’t imagine the likes of Newsome, Cuomo, or Pritzker running states.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  19. @Clifford Brown

    Things will open up after Biden is elected. That’s the plan and it is the only thing that matters.

    I used to agree with this 100%.

    Now I feel like the GlobHomists may be going for the whole enchilada and planning to implement Soviet America if Biden is mail-frauded in.

    • Replies: @Polynikes
  20. Cato says:
    @Anonymous

    “Black Palestinians”? Say that in my neighborhood, and the Palestinians would set you straight.

    • LOL: Mr McKenna
  21. @Anonymous

    • Replies: @Not Only Wrathful
  22. Barnard says:
    @Anon

    I have thought from the beginning if people were making typical summer plans and joggers had been entranced with the NBA playoffs there wouldn’t have been any protests outside of Minneapolis and no riots.

  23. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    In Herzog’s Aguirre, Wrath of God there’s a scene where Aguirre decides he needs a figurehead. He grabs the biggest, strongest, dumbest of his men, declares him king, and seats him on a makeshift throne.
    The patsy doesn’t understand the obvious ploy, and thinks he’s been made real king. He weeps with joy.

    That’s what I think of when I see various black mediocrities reveling in this new order.

    • Replies: @Escher
    , @Dube
  24. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @Art Deco

    “a witless fad which will fade after a few years”? Like “Promise Keepers”?

    This is so inapt it makes me angry.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  25. @Buffalo Joe

    Wow, so many new articles to read and I am late to the party. But, forget blm, big news is that California is going back into the CVovid shell . . .

    Forget BLM? Big news is Covid? You really must be late to the party. Around here, Steve has been forgetting coronavirus for quite a while. Steve’s earlier corona obsession has been memory holed.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  26. Gordo says:

    Good job threatening to shoot a pregnant woman ( and a POC one at that) in the stomach doesn’t count a misogyny or TPTB would be condemning the late Mister Floyd.

  27. duncsbaby says:
    @MNL

    George Floyd’s death isn’t a tragedy. It’s the logical end point for a life led in moral squalor. The reaction to his dismal death is a tragedy.

  28. Gordo says:
    @Anonymous

    You missed one fun fact about St. George.

    Anatolian, before the Turks invaded, therefore White European.

  29. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    Urban intellectuals indeed.

    [G]uy who slayed a dragon that was terrorizing a town in Lybia or Lydda. Yes, that’s North Africa!

    No it ain’t! Lydda (Lod) is in modern day Israel. St. George is probably legendary but the legends place him in Diospolis (the Greek name for Lod) or possibly in Cappadocia (Turkey). Libya ain’t got nothin’ to do with it other than maybe it sounds somewhat like Lydda in Ebonics. None of the legends place George in Africa.

    Nor was their any ‘hood in Palestine where the “black Palestinians” lived. Syrian Christians like St. George were as white as the Assad family of Syria:

  30. @MNL

    ‘… I’m not saying George Floyd’s death isn’t a tragedy…’

    I’m saying it’s not a tragedy. Around three hundred thousand people die every day — most of them far worthier specimens of humanity than George Floyd was.

    • Agree: William Badwhite
  31. Pericles says:
    @MNL

    Seems to me the leftists were very ready to exploit this unfortunate case of bad luck. Pallets of bricks, stolen cars for transport, out-of-staters turning up out of nowhere, and so on. On the blue government side, passivity, submission, kneeling, weeping, macarena.

  32. Anonymous[751] • Disclaimer says:

    What are you being arrogant, smug and condescending about?

    Boomer “conservatives” like you who praise evil anti-white activists like the plagiarist philanderer communist martin luther king are DIRECTLY morally and intellectually culpable for younger whites worshipping trayvon and george floyd.

    This is quite literally 100% your fault.

    Absolutely disgusting. Soi-disant Conservatives praising MLK. You all deserve to be murdered by the roving gangs of black criminals MLK and his friends would support.

  33. Polynikes says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    I know people who matter (that sounds douche-y but I don’t know how to phrase it otherwise…” moderate-level powerbrokers”?) who feel the same. It’s scary that that particular notion is no longer black helicopter territory and actually being debated by sane people.

    Fwiw, I fall on the side of this being Trump-related and mostly orchestrated to sway/steal an election. Not exactly an endearing proposition, either, but slightly less far down on the societal collapse scale than full-on communist take-over.

  34. El Dato says:
    @Anonymous

    Saint George is known to have been the buy who slayed a dragon

    Is this like an “ask” only with more cash?

    In other news, Prince Valiant has been found to really have East Asian origins.

  35. Art Deco says:
    @Dennis Dale

    Promise Keepers was a benign organization. It also came and went in a few years. This is a malevolent movement. I’d like to think it would come and go, but we’ve been having a variant of this problem for 30-odd years (prefigured by episodes going back to 1969).

  36. Brutusale says:
    @duncsbaby

    This highlights the problem. Those of us comfortable with living our lives by a majority of tenets listed by the Smithsonian “whiteness” chart have next to nothing in common with the majority of the black community.

    Your “moral squalor” is just another day to a lot of blacks.

    • Agree: duncsbaby
  37. @MNL

    I’m not saying George Floyd’s death isn’t a tragedy

    A million deaths is a statistic, a career criminal dying of a drug overdose is a tragedy.

    I don’t care. I never got any support for my ‘Freddie Gray Memorial Heroin Distribution Center’ idea, and I’m not going to contribute to the ‘Saint George of Floyd Tabernacle of Fentanyl Psychosis.’ Period. I mean it this time.

  38. Escher says:
    @Dennis Dale

    The difference is these mediocrities will actually get access to some of the levers of power.

  39. Escher says:
    @Anonymous

    More like “notice the grime on the light skin”.

  40. MarkinLA says:
    @Patrick in SC

    Yes, the frats cannot arm themselves. Guns are strictly forbidden on UC campuses and residences. That probably transfers to UC recognized housing like frats and sororities.

  41. @Abolish_public_education

    Abolish, real fun facts from Buffalo, 35 % of HS students miss 37 days or more of school, which is more than seven weeks of classes. And Buffalo teachers are near the top in the nation missing an average of 18 school days, or more than three weeks of classes. And, these are in class numbers, not on line classes.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  42. @Federalist

    Fed, so many Covid twists and turns, open, close, don’t close, no close.

  43. @Reg Cæsar

    The sheer cussedness of Langston Hughes has always bothered me…

    “What happens to a dream deferred?
    Does it dry up, like a raisin in the sun?

    ….Maybe it just sags,
    Like a heavy load.
    Or DOES IT EXPLODE?”

    Maybe it just studies biochemistry and finance and law and economics and business management, and, y’know, gets slowly and methodically un-deferred. But that wouldn’t be any fun, would it. Better to just explode. What a prat.

    When I was a kid, there was this PR slogan that made the rounds…

    “The most dangerous thing in the world is a black man with a book.”

    Well, why “dangerous”? Why not “helpful,” or “interesting,” or “constructive”? Having been hit in the head as a kid many times by books thrown at me by black kids, I sort of got the impression that they could think of no other use for them.

    • LOL: Buffalo Joe
  44. Old Prude says:

    A riot is the voice of the unheard — BLM
    That dove tails with Zman’s observation: To the Woke, our speech is violence, and their violence is speech. QED they have the moral right to stop our “violence” with their “speech”.

  45. Corvinus says:
    @Anon

    It really frightens Mr. Sailer that increasing numbers of young people, especially whites, are more in tune with race relations than him. And it’s no surprise that he wants to pedalize and demonize them (and the victim as well). The protest movement was a culmination of events, with the trigger being a crime that was caught on camera, so leave it to iSteve to offer yet another false premise. After all, there are bills to pay.

  46. I suspect for a lot of people it’s like a cross – like: put this cross around your neck to protect you from vampires.
    A cross or holy relic to protect oneself from a (spiritual) evil is a specific set of intuitions:

    1. “There’s a dangerous evil I need to be protected from”
    2. “I must display the holy signal so that the evil, when it sees it, will pass over and by me”
    3. “I am not good/virtuous enough, of my own character, or strong enough, of my own spirit, to resist this evil on my own power – therefore I require a relic of faith”

    The important facet of #3 is two part:

    A. A belief: “No one else will stand up in solidarity to face the evil down with me, so on my own it will smite me”
    B. A conviction or personal value: “I cannot bear to be martyred”

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  47. Not disputing that there is a kernel of truth to your analyses Steve, but this is more than a fad and a mere blowing off of steam to college kids. It literally is their “new faith”. After all, they waste years of their lives and go tens of thousands of dollars into debt to become indoctrinated in “the faith”. It’s no coincidence.

  48. I’d buy a Steve Sailer fundraising t-shirt that tastefully just said:

    nobody gets the joke

  49. Well, these are the times when the voters were asked if they would like to have George Bush’s brother as the next president or maybe Marco Rubio, or if they prefer a Democrat, Bill Clinton’s wife. Then those knee-slappers were topped with an even bigger, funnier joke: Let’s elect Donald Trump. St. George Floyd fits the day.

  50. Art Deco says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    That’s only disturbing as it indicates the rules aren’t being enforced. I doubt there are aggregate welfare losses from unmotivated people not cluttering up the school building. Four suggestions:

    1. Sequester the incorrigibles in day detention centers run by the Sheriff’s department. When they reach the age of 14, put them out on the curb. If they can find wage work, that’s gravy. If they commit crimes, remand them to age-graded state prisons. When they reach the age of 18, they are eligible for rationed slots in adult education centers (if they seek that).

    2. Distribute your secondary school manpower thus: 1/3 academics, 1/3 voTech, 1/3 basic education and life skills classes. As we speak, no more than 6% of your secondary school manpower is devoted to voTech. Liberal education is wasted on most people.

    3. Reduce the number of curricular subjects in primary schooling. For the first few years, three Rs; at around age 9 or 10, add social education (consisting of the fundamentals of American history, geography, and civics). Have music, art / shop, and athletics as side activities, as now. Ration berths in music classes through lottery, and have music teachers instruct small groups (maximum of six) in playing an instrument. Segregate art / shop and gym classes by sex.

    4. Track all your primary students. Three to five paces, every subject.

    You’ll have fewer teachers offering bogus sick calls if they’re not made miserable by disciplinary problems. You’ll have fewer students playing hooky when they’re not made miserable by bullies and they’re not stupefied by unproductive classroom time made so by the incorrigibles and made so by the pace of instruction being ill-adapted to most of the students in the class.

    None of this will ever come to pass, of course.

  51. @jimmyriddle

    Obviously it’s satire but it warms my heart nonetheless. The character portrayed means no harm to anyone and is enjoying his best life. Somehow that is seen as terrible.

  52. Art, thank you for your well thought out reply. Please goggle “High student absenteeism in Buffalo Schools, Buffalo News,Sandra Tan.” Buffalo does not take attendance. The State and County funding to BPS Billion dollar budget is 92% and is based on enrollment. So, every time some one signs off on made up attendence numbers they are signing a illegal instrument and committing a felony. But who is looking. One party state, big bucks from teachers unions and shit in shit out results.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  53. Anonymous[396] • Disclaimer says:

    Didn’t Twitter host its own Feast of the Fools yesterday, ~6pm Pacific time? Though of course per Dr. Peter Venkman, there’s not just clean and dirty, there are many subtle levels of laundry

  54. In 2020, however, nobody gets the joke.

    Because in 2020 everybody is the joke.

  55. Art Deco says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    / rant on

    There is no reason in the world the state should be providing 92% of the Buffalo district’s budget. Given the geographic variation in income levels in New York, a satisfactory means of financing schools would be an unrestricted grant out of the state treasury (distributed according to formulae which had the total population of each district, the school-age youth population of each district, and the per capita income of each district as arguments) supplemented by local property tax revenue and (in core cities) a special sales tax. The geographic variation in burdens is such that you could get by passably if about 20% of the finance came from the state grant and 80% local taxes. (I’ve run the numbers my stupid self). The core cities and impecunious small town and rural districts would rely more on the state grant, suburbs more on local revenue. Even a quite peculiar district like Kiryas Joel in Orange County would not be bereft enough to rely on state grants to the tune of 92%. I’m wagering all that state money has gobs of conditions and compliance costs associated with it, so the school board has little discretion.

    / rant off.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    , @Reg Cæsar
  56. @J.Ross

    Wasn’t that MLK’s line?

    Not an expert but I believe it was Bogdan Chmielnitsky. Or the emperor Nero?

    Patton’s signature line about making the other dumb bastard die for his country wasn’t original to him, either. Nor did he claim it was. It was current with British soldiers in the Great War. He loved it, so he used it often in speeches.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  57. J.Ross says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Neither of those attributions were serious, the reply was about rioting being bad.

  58. Dube says:
    @Dennis Dale

    Actually as I recall, Aguirre chose a noble young man to be “king” in this travesty, and the tears were a bitter expression of shame.

  59. “After ten weeks of lockdown, people needed an excuse to get out and party, and the martyrdom of St. George served its purpose.”

    Been thinking about this very thing. Not surprisingly, not a peep from the Masters of The Media.

    More and more it looks as though what we are seeing unfold is beginning to look like Orson Welles “War Of The Worlds”, only blown up tenfold. In other words, we may be seeing a type of mass hysteria or psychosis–due largely to the fear being engendered by King Covid the 19th, with the Floyd thing serving as the trigger.

  60. @Simplepseudonymichandle

    Simp, more often than not, a cross around one’s neck is a symbol of your Christian beliefs, not a talisman.

  61. @Art Deco

    Art, again thank you , but don’t guess the answers are all on line.

  62. @Art Deco

    There is no reason in the world the state should be providing 92% of the Buffalo district’s budget.

    Lefties downstate like to ask how Upstate(s) could survive without subsidies from them. They never consider that an independent state or states would set their own tax levels and regulations, and an area unhobbled from the rest of the state would rebound very quickly. It almost did under Gov Pataki.

    The Erie Canal route was our first Silicon Valley– GE, Carrier, Kodak, Xerox, Bausch & Lomb. Link Aviation, Bendix, Whirlpool, Corning and IBM were not too far away.

  63. Kyle says:
    @Patrick in SC

    I think it’s just the sorority houses doing their thing.

  64. Keypusher says:
    @Art Deco

    Why would it ever go? It’s being given hundreds of millions of dollars. Do you think it’s going to hand the money back and disband?

  65. @Art Deco

    Promise Keepers are still going as an organization, although they’re certainly lost their broader cultural mojo.

    I had a quick look at their website, and it confirmed one thing I remembered from the news reports when they burst onto the scene: they were very consciously and visibly promoting racial harmony. It’s still there in #6 of their seven core promises:

    UNITY
    A Promise Keeper is committed to reaching beyond any racial and denominational barriers to demonstrate the power of biblical unity.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  66. @Buffalo Joe

    Well, when people on mass are able to suspend disbelief and buy into the mythology of a literary or media trope, there’s probably some common psychology behind it. But thanks for answering.

  67. @Buffalo Joe

    and in any case too, your point misses the point.
    It’s like: I was talking about when you go out shooting to hunt game, and you came back and said it’s not like that when you take your gun to the shooting range.

    The reason – fraternity row – goes to all the trouble to put up BLM stuff – is like – people who would wear a cross as a talisman against vampires.

    It isn’t – like – people who wear a cross as an outward expression of their Christian beliefs.

    The two aren’t mutually exclusive, but if the first reason is present, it largely overrides the second and is helpful in any case to get at the psychology of our Fraternity Row Bros: it says more about their belief in and fear of vampires and lack of internal backbone, than it does about their faith in a redeemer.

  68. Anonymous[323] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    Yes, they went Full NASCAR – endlessly hectoring their supporters (who paid their bills) for being racists. You never go Full NASCAR.

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