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Friday, February 17, 2017

Jim Crow in reverse

When Adele was awarded the Record of the Year at the Grammys last week, she felt she had to apologize to Beyonce for having won it over her. After last year's #Oscarssowhite campaign, blacks, who comprise 13% of the population, were given 30% of the acting nominations for the Academy Awards this year.

Hispanics are now 18% of the population, and their nominations totaled zero, but nobody seems to be overly concerned about that. That's because the great arc of race relations in this country concerns only black and white; the other races are barely even a sideshow. And, when it comes to that arc, we have come full circle: whites now grovel like a subjugated people.

This behavior stands in stark contrast to the way blacks tend to act around whites. My own experience has been that many blacks are completely uninhibited when it comes to saying what they think around and about whites. And they are extremely sensitive about anything which even hints at subservience. I've heard whites ask innocuous favors of them ("Could you hand that to me?") and witnessed blacks respond with an exaggerated "Yes Massa," or words to that effect, as if the request were somehow racially derogatory.

Most blacks won't take any chance of appearing as a Tom. Given that blacks were once expected to bow and scrape, the sensitivity is sorta understandable. Sorta.

But that sensitivity is engendered not by any actual memory of those times. Brown vs. the Board of Education was decided in 1954; very few living blacks remember life before that. Any black  younger than 65 today grew up during the affirmative action era. Their "memory" comes from the constant propagandizing they hear from the media, the constant reminders of slavery and segregation.

In any case, the black ethos demands racial solidarity above all else, and blacks generally have nothing but contempt for other blacks who kiss up to whites.

(What is "racial solidarity" but racism by another name?)

Today, it's whites who bow and scrape the way blacks were supposed to have done in the first half of the last century. Note how virtually every college administrator has folded without a fight in the face of BLM-style protests.

None of them quite said "Yes Massa" to the protesters. But, given their craven cowardice, they might as well have.

Adele must have been so afraid of sparking another Kanye West-Taylor Swift moment that she decided to preempt it by prostrating herself, beforehand, to Queen Bey.

And those Academy members must have been so horror-stricken by the negative publicity of the Oscarssowhite controversy that they made sure not thirteen percent, but thirty percent of this year's acting nominees were black.

Those rare whites who object to the current double standards usually feel obliged to start off with the qualifier, "I'm not racist, but….."

Blacks, on the other hand, never bother to qualify their statements with "I'm aware of the IQ and crime statistics, but…."

We live in a world where whites castigate themselves for that nebulous and mostly fictional concept of white privilege. And where whites worry about committing microaggressions, one of which is merely noticing the macroaggressions that blacks commit.

Whites are simply terrified of being accused of racism. So they tiptoe around, pretend not to notice obvious patterns, and watch their words extremely carefully. It's basically Jim Crow in reverse.

There will come a day when whites grow some backbone, and feel contempt for race traitors the same way blacks and Hispanics do. But that is highly unlikely to happen before they become a minority in this country.

15 comments:

Mark Caplan said...

A big difference in the way the racial pecking order has changed in the United States is that blacks always resented having to act subservient to whites. White liberals, on the other hand, enjoy kowtowing to and licking the boots of their black superiors.

John Craig said...

Mark --
Good point, it allows them to virtue signal, show what wonderful people they are.

Anonymous said...


Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?
Jeremiah 2:14

====fake baba

Mark Caplan said...

A book* I'm currently reading about Detroit in the 1930s provides a relevant note:

"Joe Louis's handlers carefully sculpted the fighter's public image, coaching him continually on what was prohibited. The idea was to make him acceptable to white America. Among the don'ts: gloating, showing too much emotion, going out on the town alone, and being photographed with white women. He was to lead a clean lifestyle in the ring and out. In April, [1935,] there were staged photos of Joe Louis at training camp reading his Bible. The effort worked. One observer said that Louis 'is the kind of man who would make the customers forget the antics of Jack Johnson. [...] [One of Louis's black trainers said,] 'White man hasn't forgotten that fool nigger with his white women, acting like he owned the world.'"

With Louis following his handlers' advice, the higher ups in boxing's power structure allowed Louis to become the first black boxer since Jack Johnson to contend for the heavyweight championship. This makes you wonder: was Muhammad Ali just being himself with his gloating and comically ridiculous, exaggerated antics, or consciously and methodically shattering taboos of how black athletes were expected to behave in white America?

*Terror in the City of Champions (2016) by Tom Stanton.

John Craig said...

Mark --
I think Ali was doing both: by claiming to be the greatest of all time, he was just giving his ego free reign, and clowning around was definitely part of his playful nature too. He was also hyping the gate with some of his antics. But there was also an undeniable element of resentment and political awareness too. He was born in 1942, so spent his early youth in segregated Louisville, and it would be hard to blame him for being resentful.

as far as the strictures that Joe Louis was forced to observe, obviously they were completely unfair. If this were the 1930's, I'd be a liberal. But now we live in an era that's in many ways the opposite, so......

Anonymous said...

"My own experience has been that many blacks are completely uninhibited when it comes to saying what they think around and about whites."

Mine too.

" And they are extremely sensitive about anything which even hints at subservience. I've heard whites ask innocuous favors of them ("Could you hand that to me?")...."

True story. I was in a bookstore cafe when a black child carelessly bumped into my table as he was running. No big. Kids do that sort of thing. He accidentally tipped over my drink. I asked him politely to get me a napkin so I could clean it up. I didn't ask HIM to clean it up, of course. His father was sitting a few tables away and became enraged and screamed at me, and then told his son not to "do anything for her." Oh by the way, the man's wife is white. I saw them around the 'hood several times.

The ultimate effect of this is to make blacks, literally, untouchable. Whites unconsciously avoid blacks, and the more liberal the white, the greater the avoidance.

Which brings up the urban "don't touch my hair" myth. As a man you may not be aware of all the online chatter about black women and their hair. Black woman are always complaining that white women come up to them & touch their hair. This is such a flat out lie. White people avoid blacks. There might be some challenged nice white lady who grew up in a so-called "lily white" town, but on the whole, when you see black, you step back.

"Most blacks won't take any chance of appearing as a Tom. Given that blacks were once expected to bow and scrape, the sensitivity is sorta understandable. Sorta."

Oh, I think it's completely understandable. I also think it's ludicrous. The US is really sunk in a psychological prison w/r/t black and white race relations.

"In any case, the black ethos demands racial solidarity above all else, and blacks generally have nothing but contempt for other blacks who kiss up to whites."

Yeah, and watching blacks police other blacks is a fascinating thing to watch. The real policemen of the black community are women, which is why so many black men want to get away from them.

I worked with a nice, pretty black girl who told me something amazing. We worked together in the 90s. Going back to your observation that blacks have zero inhibitions about making their hatred of whites known, we were discussing Whitney Houston's music. She simply assumed that as a white girl I'd be a huge Whitney fan. Actually, I wasn't. I thought Whitney had a great voice but her music was bland and overproduced. She told me in a completely unhostile tone of voice that blacks had no interest in Whitney's music because she had sold out to the mainstream, meaning, the white mainstream. The irony is that I agreed, but this girl in very racist fashion thought I was incapable of thinking something so sophisticated.

Meanwhile, her rejection of Whitney had nothing really to do with her music but because she was the first enormously successful crossover black female star - therefore something had to be wrong with her.

She didn't say this in a hate filled way. That was what to me was so galling.

Blacks and whites live in two different worlds John. Not just two different countries. Worlds.

Puzzled

John Craig said...

Puzzled --
Thank you for those accounts. I think most whites have had experiences like that. They know they're never supposed to mention it, or describe it accurately, or attempt to analyze it, because that would mean that they're evil for doing so. But it has created this farcical situation we all live in today, where everybody must pretend that they don't notice any of these things and that pretense is strictly enforced by the media.

More and more people seem to be aware of these double standards, and the hypocrisy, and that resentment is largely what Donald Trump tapped into to get elected. But there's still no honesty when it comes to this stuff in public life.

Anonymous said...

black privilege: affirmative action
white privilege: ?????
wealth privilege: probably a worthy term

- Ed

Mark Caplan said...

The other day I walked into a Family Dollar store wearing a backpack. The store employees were all black. One told me to check my backpack with the cashier. I felt like saying, "Are you nuts! Can't you see I'm white!" (How dare they show no deference to my white privilege.) Instead, I meekly complied.

John Craig said...

Ed --
No question, there's no official policies that favor whites the way that AA favors blacks. And most of what blacks consider "white privilege" is either fictitious or a result of the way blacks act. For instance, part of white privilege is supposed to be the ability to walking a store and not have the people who work there be suspicious of you. But that suspicion is nothing more than a result of having witnessed more blacks shoplifting. It's also supposed to be not having the police be suspicious of you; but that, too, is simply a direct result the fact that all cops are faced with the reality that violent street crime is committed way disproportionately by blacks. So if blacks want to be angry at someone about that, they really should blame the criminal element among their own who give them a bad reputation.

But, that said, there is SOME reality to the fact that whites are more likely to inherit large sums of money. Not all whites, obviously, but there is a racial correlation there. And, at a certain level, people's suspicions are unfair to the law-abiding blacks, even if it would be crazy NOT to racially profile to a certain extent. Again, I certainly don't blame whites for being suspicious, and the resentment of law-abiding blacks is focused on the wrong place, but I can understand their general sense of resentment.

I agree, wealth privilege is a good concept. And that's what affirmative action should be based on, rather than race.

John Craig said...

Mark --
Ha, I'm glad you swallowed your pride instead of giving whites a bad reputation.

Nate said...

I worked with a black guy for several years at the local college. He is a teacher and loved to talk. He loved to bitch too. He could bitch for hours until I thought my eyes would cross.

He brought up wealth privilege except that he felt there was a LOT of reality to the fact that whites are more likely to inherit large sums of money. Traditionally black people couldn't due to slavery or racism. And it's not just about inheriting. Any parent wants to give their child a better life, but if you can't build a better life, then you can't help your child and you get permanent poverty. Because of that there aren't many wealthy black families. I thought he had a valid point plus it was a concept I'd never thought about.

I think affirmative action or EEO or whatever did help him when he got a job with the city, but he didn't get his education through affirmative action. A previous employer actually paid for his Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

John Craig said...

Nate --
I agree about the tendency for whites to pass along more money, as I said in my response to Ed's comment. But there's also some truth to the fact that when blacks get money, they're worse at hanging onto it.

Anonymous said...

"But that suspicion is nothing more than a result of having witnessed more blacks shoplifting. "

Funny you should mention this, I just saw an attempted shoplifting in a Zara clothes store. And, tada, the security personnel who nabbed the punks were black!

It was really stupid of these kids, because they've got cameras all over the place now, and the floor walkers can easily call security via headset if they see funny business. The main security guy was a 6'5" ex-football player/bouncer type. I would never want to cross this guy.

I knew something was happening when I saw Mr. Big advance grimly across the floor and go downstairs accompanied by two other security guys. Five minutes later they came upstairs 'escorting' three 'teens', two boys and girl. They literally chucked the 'teens' out of the store with a warning never to come back again. I guess it was company policy not to cause a ruckus for a first time offender.

Which makes me wonder how much black crime goes unrecorded.

Puzzled

John Craig said...

Puzzled --
There seem to be a lot of big black guys working as bouncers. I think that's for two reasons: first, a higher percentage of black males are huge and muscular, and second, it helps the intimidation factor. Oh, and third, they're less inhibited about going after misbehaving blacks.

BTW, your month-and-a-half absence is not appreciated.