But today liberals want to shut down the right to free speech at universities that they fought for more than fifty years ago. Why? Because now they have the power on campus to stamp on the faces of their enemies—forever. Who needs principles when you have thugs?
Klein’s obliviousness to the past fifty years of history is rather comic. Until very recently, the ’60s were the most famous decade in the history of the world. But younger dispersers of the conventional wisdom, such as Klein and Ta-Nehisi Coates, tend to suffer from a half-century amnesia, rendering themselves amusingly ignorant of how their side has been in charge of so many areas of American life for so long.
You can’t have Bad Thoughts if you don’t have any thoughts.
Klein eventually seems to endorse the stratagem offered by his favorite researcher, Jennifer Richeson: The media should lie harder to white people.
Richeson believes it would be wise for demographers to stop using terms like “majority-minority America”—after all, whites will still be a plurality, and what good can come of framing America’s trajectory in a way that leaves the single largest group feeling maximally threatened? It sounds like “a force of nonwhite people who are coming and they are working as a coalition to overturn white people and whiteness,” Richeson said, laughing. “That’s a problem!”
But for the Democrats, of course, that’s not a problem; that’s the plan.
Richeson’s research shows that if you can add reassurance to discussions of demographic change—telling people, for instance, that the shifts are unlikely to upend existing power or economic arrangements—the sense of threat, and the tilt toward racial and political conservatism, vanishes.
Of course, that’s a lie:
The problem, she admits, is, “we can’t say, ‘Don’t worry, white people, you’ll be okay…’”
The problem for the Democrats is the media also can’t resist simultaneously stoking antiwhite hatred. White people can click not only on the propaganda intended to lull them into submission but also on all the antiwhite triumphalism, such as this week’s TV series from Jay-Z: Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.
Now, you might think that Rest in Peace would be a proper title for a show about that unfortunate tragedy. But there’s big money in gratifying black megalomania these days, so it’s Rest in Power.
A likely outcome not explicitly considered by Klein is what I call Flight From White.
Klein raises a rationalization popular among his Vox colleagues:
Demographers can and do disagree over whether these projections will hold. Perhaps Hispanic whites will begin identifying simply as whites in the coming years, much as the Irish became white in the 20th century.
After all, who can forget how just moments after Charles Carroll of Carrollton, perhaps the richest man in America, signed the Declaration of Independence, he was discovered to be Irish Catholic and so John Adams auctioned him off into slavery to Thomas Jefferson?
As we all know, the Irish and Italians weren’t legally white in America until Congress passed the Bing Crosby–Joe DiMaggio Act of 1941.
Seriously, you know and I know that the cliché about “the Irish became white” is a myth made up by Noel “Abolish Whiteness” Ignatiev. It’s an insult to the suffering of blacks and American Indians.
But a huge number of people believe it these days. After all, we live in an era in which it’s extremely respectable to insult whites. So it’s hardly surprising that many whites of weak character try to find refuge from their culture’s bigotry toward themselves via fantasies about their oppressed nonwhite ancestors.
All this sounds very promising for the Democrats.
Still, the problem for Democrats is that they have lashed their brand to blacks, who tend to see themselves as deserving of vast power and acclaim without showing much competence in exercising it. For instance, the Obama Administration’s catastrophic Black Lives Matter campaign against the cops has already gotten thousands of additional blacks murdered by other blacks.
Whether the media can continue to lie hard enough to keep these disasters covered up is unknown.
So the future remains unwritten.
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