From the New York Times opinion section:
Here’s the New York Times today stoking more racist fear and loathing of white men. Just remember, racist hate isn’t bad, it’s positively good when it’s directed at white men with guns. Why? Because they are bad. As Stalin said, all that matters in politics is “Who? Whom?”
Granted, my analysis of the major intellectual trends of our times sounds kind of reductionist. Surely, it has to be more subtle than that?
Nah, it doesn’t. The 2021 style of public discourse is really that dumb and hate-filled.
By the way, the author undoubtedly took a class in college from somebody who thought Foucault was cool:
By Danté Stewart
Mr. Stewart is a writer and speaker on race, religion and politics. He is the author of “Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle.”
There is a memory I will never forget. It sits in my body like a nightmare. It crept from my feet, up to my stomach and into my mind as my ears heard “not guilty” and “Kyle Rittenhouse” in the same sentence. I sighed. “Damn,” I said, my body getting a little hot from the anxiety and the rage. “Damn.”
… My mind tries to forget, but my body remembers.
… In the heat of a South Carolina summer, just two weeks after my body went down in and back up out of the baptismal pool, the white garments sticking to my body like swimming trunks, I am traveling on a back road with my sister, two brothers and a cousin….
I see the rage take over Depaul’s body. …
The anxiety — nah, more than that — the terror takes over my body when suddenly —
… The first thing I know to do is to run my hands down my body to make sure I wasn’t hit. My hands tremble as I pat my body. …
My body wouldn’t stop shaking. I learned at church that baptism saved us from ourselves and from the wrath of God. But it did not save our bodies from the wrath of man.
… No amount of Sunday school lessons or math problems or names on the back of orange jerseys or degrees from academic institutions could save my body from American terror.
This was 53 years after Emmett Till’s mutilated body appeared in the pages of Jet magazine for the world to see. It was four years before the news of Trayvon Martin shot by George Zimmerman; it was six years before people would stare at the lifeless body of Mike Brown as he lay face down on the hot Ferguson, Mo., concrete for four hours; …
I wonder what he feels, what he has seen, what he knows and what dreams sit in his body.
… We are exhausted, but we catch our breath again.
As I’ve said a million times, in the decades from W.E.B. Du Bois to Berry Gordy, blacks famously had souls. Now, though, according to academics, they just have bodies.
By the way, here’s my Taki’s column on an interracial murder with a rifle that got almost zero press attention at the time and has since disappeared into the national memory-hole:
May 13, 2020
Last Friday, the day after two whites in Georgia were arrested in the vastly publicized killing of the black jogger/prowler Ahmaud Arbery, a young black gunman murdered two octogenarian whites, Paul and Lidia Marino, while they were visiting their son’s grave at a veterans’ cemetery in Delaware. After a six-hour firefight with the police, the shooter, a 29-year-old black man, was dead—whether at police hands or his own remains unknown.
In contrast to Arbery’s killing, this second interracial killing case has gotten virtually zero national media attention through Tuesday morning, even though it’s fairly spectacular in scale and quite curious in motive. For example, an eyewitness speculated that the killer appeared to have brought extra ammunition for his planned shoot-out to the death with the police.
The cops don’t have an explanation for the killer’s actions yet. It wasn’t a robbery. It doesn’t sound like a contract killing. (I can’t rule that out, but I did check if the victims, a retired lithographer and a housewife, were close relatives of any mafioso of the same surname, but found zero connections.) It could be some kind of personal beef, but nobody has found a connection between the killer and the killed at this point.
No confession note, social media, or interviews with the shooter’s family have yet emerged to explain his motivations. Although, to be frank, the press doesn’t seem to be all that motivated to get to the bottom of this seemingly random slaughter. There isn’t even much talk about what kind of weapon the killer used, in contrast to the gun porn after similar mass shootings.
Imagine that the circumstances were reversed and if on Friday a young white man had hunted down an elderly black couple visiting their son’s grave at a veterans’ cemetery.