April 12, 2017

Leo Frank

Leo Frank

That kind of hubris carries with it a certain danger. Obsessing over an overblown menace can make one blind to other, more unanticipated menaces. This month is the 104th anniversary of the murder of Mary Phagan. For the few of you who might not be familiar with the story, here’s the short version: A 13-year-old white girl was murdered in an Atlanta pencil factory. The Jewish factory manager, Leo Frank, was immediately suspected. Two notes found by the body were written by the black janitor; all parties involved agreed that the placement of the notes proved that the janitor had been in contact with the corpse. The black janitor claimed that the Jew manager had forced him to write the notes in order to deflect the blame from himself. The Jew was put on trial, the Jew was convicted, the Jew’s death sentence was commuted to life, the Jew was lynched.

I”€™m not here to debate whether the Jew or the janitor committed the crime. Scores of people have spent years studying the Phagan case, only to come to diametrically opposed conclusions. My interest is only in pointing out one aspect of the story. Detectives became certain that the janitor, a man often referred to in contemporary press accounts as “€œthe Negro Jim Conley,”€ had been forced to write the notes because Conley, an illiterate, didn”€™t have the English language skills to have written the notes his’self. In particular, big-brained detectives and prosecutors pointed out that the notes had used the word “€œdid,”€ as in, “€œhe did it,”€ whereas the small-brained Conley knew only to use the word “€œdone“€ in such a context (“€œhe done it”€). The notes, therefore, had to have been dictated by the big-but-evil-brained Leo Frank.

Case closed. Except no, Conley had fooled everyone. He was quite literate for a black person at the time (he”€™d even attended one of Atlanta’s best black public schools). Whether Frank was guilty, or whether Conley was, can be debated forever. What is not up for debate is that Conley totally tricked the white detectives and prosecutors (Conley’s own attorney admitted after the trial that his client had fooled everyone regarding his literacy). Here’s the hubris: The whites involved in the case never believed for an instant that a negro could fool them. It had to be the Jew! The mesmerizing Jew and his witchcraft. The detectives and prosecutors were so certain that they could only be misled by a Jew, that only a Jew would have the temerity to even attempt to outmaneuver them, that they may have allowed a guilty man to walk free (and, by extension, an innocent man to be lynched).

The Negro Jim Conley would get a real kick out of today’s white-pride types. He”€™d probably find numerous ways in which to hoodwink the “€œJews did everything”€ fanatics, whose tunnel vision, arrogance, and paranoia set them up to be perfect marks. There’s no question that Europe needs to grow a pair and stand up to the leftists who seek its demise; Jew-obsessed white nationalists are not the ones to lead that fight.

If you think you”€™re being gulled into “€œgenocide,”€ the last people you want leading the resistance are those who are endlessly preoccupied with gulling themselves.


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