Let's hope cooler heads prevail:
Now, Black America is surely as sickened by this horror outside Roanoke as was White America by the Charleston massacre.Pat Buchanan rightly notes that the press and both parties have an interest in firing up a race war: the press because it sells papers* and the parties to energize their various bases for the 2016 election. But it only goes so far. Republicans want their law-and-order voters to vote, and have little worry they'll take the law into their own hands. Dems might want to scare blacks, but it's only to motivate them to vote, i.e. to work inside the system.
But it is hard to see how and when we come together as a people. For racial crimes and race conflict have become “the story” that everyone seizes upon — since Ferguson in the summer of 2014.
But a rising number of people are voicing a desire to step outside that system for a redress of grievances real or imagined. This bodes ill for America, especially as we enter an economic downturn so long and deep and transforming that it will radicalize nearly everyone. If such a war is incited in a newly-impoverished America, then we are simply going to have one, at least in certain areas. Best to move to an area where it is far less likely to take place.
I'm going to skip over why white Americans would call for such** if only because it's a less interesting question than why a group that makes up <15% of the national population would be willing to call the other 85% (or even just the white 70%) to war.
Over at Vox's, some opine that it's related to the alleged aggressiveness and short time preferences of blacks. But while both sound plausible on the surface, I suspect that the more barbaric/savage/uncivilized blacks are assumed to be, the less likely it is they would start a war with an enemy 5-6x their size. If you read the Roman historians, you'll find that they always faced barbarian hordes that outnumbered them. This is not just because the Romans wrote history to make themselves look good, but because barbarians never attacked unless they had an overwhelming numerical advantage. Making blacks stumble into a race war because they are 21st century Cimbris doesn't hold much water.***
So then why do some blacks seems to act so irrationally, even going so far as to incite their weaker-minded brethren into blindsiding cops and reporters? I think the answers are four, three rational and one irrational:
1. They are posers. A lot of what you see on the streets and in pulpits such as those of Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakan is just showing off. It's grasping attention by claiming that one is just a little more pure, a little more angry, a little more radical than one's competitors. The competitors are not in this case whites, but other blacks. They are doing it for money, for attention, for ego.
2. They trust whites to respect their rights. This plays in a bit with #1. Blacks who seemingly relish a race war trust that Whitey is not really going to go there. When they taunt a line of white cops, they are certain that the cops are not going to open up on them with automatic rifles. When they get arrested, they are confident they'll be cycled right back to the streets within hours. Even when protesting over the death of some black kid at the hands of cops, they know that cops are not going to do that to thousands. White America would not stand for it.
3. They are doing it to get stuff. Since the current oppositional black culture was established 50 years ago, black acting up has been answered by whites paying them off. If saber-rattling always gives you what you want, why would you not occasionally do it?
Those are the rational ones, even though they make plenty of noises that might seem irrational. That said, there's also:
4. They are bad at math. There are, I'll confess, a growing number that simply don't understand what 15% of x means. They have never been to Kansas or Texas or California, places where you can drive for days and meet no one but whites and Hispanics. They live in a city governed by black people, went to schools run by black people, and see no one but black people around, every day, on every corner. The only white people they see are cops whom they fear and squirrely liberal metrosexuals**** whom they despise, and only those in small numbers. From their perspective, it looks like they have an overwhelming majority.
For these latter, inciting a race war is surely as irrational as it looks on the surface, for once it kicks off in earnest, as one black leader noted, yo ass is getting up in the truck. It might be a good idea to visit the Cheyenne or Sac and Fox reservations to see what happens when Whitey really decides to go to war.
While I share Buchanan's hope that we blacks and whites and citizen Hispanics can come together as a people, I no longer think it's going to happen without a plausible external threat. I noted before that once the Romans defeated their main rival, Carthage, they immediately turned inward and ripped themselves to shreds. It was not the end of Rome, but it was the end of the Republic and of domestic tranquility. Waves of political bloodshed lasted nearly 200 years until Augustus crushed them without mercy, leading Rome into the Imperium.
America since the end of the USSR has hurtled itself down the same path, just much faster and with much, much more crazy.***** An all-out, unapologetic race war may or may not be the end of America, but it will surely be one act in the drama that transforms America into something unrecognizable altogether.
* It's a figure of speech.
** Most will say it's for the saving of Western Civilization or some such, as if the real danger to Western Civilization is poor blacks in Atlanta rather than white PhDs at Harvard. Others just don't like black people and would be perfectly happy if the whole lot moved to Liberia so they could go back to despising Slavs or the Irish.
*** One could argue that feral blacks do attack in overwhelming numbers, whether they are attacking a random guy on the street or a convenience store. But that makes it less likely they will openly attack those superior in arms and numbers.
**** In their defense, I'm sure they wonder how, if most whites are like the latter, how whites ever managed to conquer anything.
***** Smackdown Hand of God sold separately.