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Monday, February 20, 2017

What exactly causes "white guilt?"

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.

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.

Whites are just absolutely terrified about appearing "racist" against blacks, in any way. It's a crippling fear, to the point where whites will cower in the face of black demands. Yet there is no equivalent fear regarding the other races.

So why is it that no such fear of being accused of racism exists vis-a-vis yellow people or brown people? It's not as if Amerindian or Asian features aren't easily recognizable.

There's a virtual boycott against Hispanics and Asians at the Oscars, but nobody seems to care. Hispanics and Asians are extremely underrepresented in professional football and basketball, yet nobody expresses concern. (Sport is, of course, the one area of American life where nobody seems to be agitating for proportional participation; Americans seem content to let pro sports remain a meritocracy.)

Nobody ever feels obliged to say, oh, some of my best friends are Hispanic. Or, some of my best friends are Asian. Nobody ever feels the need to prove that he regards Hispanics or Asians as intelligent, civilized human beings. These groups simply don't provoke the same types of fears that blacks do.

It's not that there aren't any scary Hispanic gangs around. The Mexican Mafia is as vicious as any black street gang. And MS-13 may be scarier. But on an individual basis, Hispanics don't strike fear into the hearts of white people.

And as far as Asians, well, why would whites be afraid of a group who score higher on the SAT's and are physically smaller and less criminally inclined than they are?

The white fear of being accused of racism against blacks seems to be rooted in the overall white fear of blacks. This leads to the ironic situation where whites are so afraid of blacks that they fear showing how afraid they are of them.

Most whites, even if they don't fully grasp them, at least sense the many ways in which whites and blacks differ. And so, in their heart of hearts, they realize that they are in fact "racist." And since they've been told time and again by the media how evil this makes them, they end up groveling and acquiescing to black demands in order to show that this is not true.

But it's a universal law of human nature that the truer something is, the more effort will be spent denying it. It's the person who constantly says that he's got honesty and integrity whom you can be sure has neither. It's the guy who who disparages gays the most vociferously whom you can be pretty sure has pretty strong inclinations in that direction himself. And so on.

Likewise, those who go to the greatest lengths to prove they're not racist tend to be the ones who in fact feel the most instinctively repelled by blacks. ("Racist" has a lot of vague, overlapping, and usually self-serving definitions, but for purposes of this post, "instinctively repelled" is the sense in which I'm using the word.)

Whites' feelings of guilt don't stem from slavery. Only a small percentage of whites in America today had ancestors who owned slaves. And those who did are no more responsible for what their ancestors did than blacks are somehow collectively responsible for the blacks who've raped and robbed whites. So whites have no reason to feel individually guilty about what happened long before they were born.

It's far more in keeping with human nature to feel guilty about one's own innermost feelings. And if one's inner thoughts about blacks tend to be negative, and if one is told constantly that harboring such thoughts makes one a bad person, that can lead to feelings of guilt.

Whites aren't as fearful of appearing prejudiced against Hispanics and Asians simply because they are less prejudiced against them. They may make some negative judgments about those groups, but they tend to feel more comfortable with members of those groups individually, and therefore have less to cover up. When the average white converses with a Hispanic or Asian, he simply doesn't put his guard up to the same extent.

It's an almost mathematical relationship: the more uncomfortable a white is with blacks, the more alien he perceives them to be, and the more scared of them he is, the greater the effort he will put forth to make it appear he's not racist.

A strident, vocal, virtue-signaling stance of anti-racism is itself the best proof of racism there is. 

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hispanics are well-represented in major league baseball.

John Craig said...

Anon --
True, although a fair number of those are Dominicans, many of whom are part black. When I wrote of Hispanics, I was thinking of immigrants from Central America. You're right, though, so I changed "professional sports" to "professional football and basketball." Thank you.

Anonymous said...

First off, thanks for your very informative articles on Sociopath behavior and Asperger's Syndrome. I was in charge of an employee who behaved in the manner described.
This article on White Guilt was extremely interesting to me because as a 64 year old East Asian I fail to fathom why White People not only feel guilt but why do they pat themselves on the back by importing Third World Cretins into their countries? Behavior like this is not exclusive to Western Europe as many fair skinned protesters are demanding open borders in the USA. Is this virtue signalling, psychosis, or both? Suicidal Altruism seems to be exclusive to White People. Also, why haven't Asians, especially the wealthy NE countries (Japan, S. Korea, China, and Taiwan) invited "refugees" to signal their "goodness." Mr. Craig and learned readers, please elaborate. It is disgusting beyond words to watch Western Civilization in its' death throes.
Off topic, your "bad white" observations regarding "good white" behavior leads me to believe that your non suicidal altruism comes from your mother's side.

John Craig said...

Anon --
Thank you.

The answer to your question is, people are susceptible to brainwashing, and to peer pressure. The media keeps hammering home the message that any sort of "discrimination" is evil, and the gullible swallow it whole. It's one thing to not judge someone by his race, that is just basic fairness; but the message is now, you can't judge a race by its people, and any sort of observation of patterns is evil, and you can't even defend your own borders, or you're evil. People have conflated all of these messages, and now, as you rightly point out, the West is committing suicide.

And yes, it's both (virtue signaling AND psychosis); they're inextricably intertwined at this point.

I'd say that my observations are fairly simple and straightforward, it certainly doesn't take a genius to make them, I'm just a little more honest about it than most. As far as which side the observations are from, all the genes got jumbled up in me, so I have no idea.

Anonymous said...

For years I felt smug because my ancestors never owned slaves. They were too poor. They were lucky to have shoes. Then up popped a relative in Wisconsin who told me about my great grandmother. Her father came from a rich family in Raleigh who owned a lot of slaves. I don't know that I felt guilt about it, but it was a shock. Other than people like Thomas Jefferson, I don't remember hearing anyone talk about their family having slaves.

John Craig said...

Anon --
There's no reason to feel smug that you're ancestors didn't own any slaves, or ashamed that they did. You're not responsible for what your ancestors did, period.

Mark Caplan said...

Referring to whites overwhelmed with guilt because generations ago whites owned slaves, there is something comparable on the black side. Most blacks will say, "I was a slave." "I was lynched." "I was oppressed." They erase the distinction between what happened to someone with black skin many generations ago and themselves.

As others have noted, black Africans owned (and own) slaves. Muslims owned (and own) slaves. East and Southern Asians owned (and own) slaves. Even American Indians owned slaves. But whites alone abolished the institution of slavery within the white-majority countries they had control over.

John Craig said...

Mark --
Honestly, I've never heard a black say that kind of stuff in first person.

Couldn't agree more about how whites are the only ones who are supposed to feel guilty about having committed the Original Sin. As a matter of fact, I have the notes for a post about that I'm going to put out in the near future.

Mark Caplan said...

Now that I've pointed it out, I think you'll notice it over and over.

I used Amazon's "Look Inside!" feature for some examples in Ta-Nehisi Coate's masterwork Between the World and Me:

"I was not in any slave ship. Or perhaps I was."

"We were enslaved in this country longer than we've been free."

"As slaves, we were this country's first windfall."

Who is this "we," black man?

John Craig said...

Mark --
I wasn't doubting you, merely commenting that I hadn't heard it myself.

I get the impression that Ta-Nehisi actually believes what he says. Steve Sailer frequently references how the worst example of racism Ta-Nehisi had experienced was when a white woman on an escalator standing behind him and his son asked them to move so she could get off the escalator. (Or something like that, I may not have the story exactly right.) And he grew up being picked on and beaten up by other black boys. But somehow, his troubled life has all been.....white people's fault.

Mark Caplan said...

You have a good memory. That escalator escapade was Coates's one rendezvous with systemic racism.

John Craig said...

Mark --
Thanks. Well, I guess we can't blame him for being so scarred.

Mark Caplan said...

One could dismiss such Coates locutions as "We were slaves" as the ramblings of an ill-educated African American who does not grasp the meaning of words. However, the logical extension of "We were slaves" is "we" deserve reparations, which is something Coates is currently lobbying for, even though Coates himself has parlayed his anti-racism diatribes into a small private fortune. It sails over the heads of most African Americans that white society is already paying blacks reparations in the form of affirmative action.

Joshua Sinistar said...

White people don't really feel guilty. Nobody likes blacks. NOBODY. Its just that this dessicated corpse of a lying system will go after someone's livelihood. Some think this is the new Soviet Union. These are the "folks" that are gonna die. Samizdat, baby. The end of the world as you know it is NOW HERE>

John Craig said...

Joshua Sinistar --
I can honestly tell you I've met plenty of blacks I've liked. That doesn't mean I don't see the average behavioral differences between the races, or the incredibly dishonest double standards by which the races are judged in the current pc political atmosphere.

Mark Caplan said...

Joshua - I haven't seen any scientific surveys but plenty of anecdotal evidence indicates that Swedish and German women like black men a whole hell of a lot.

Joshua Sinistar said...

Yeah sure blacks are so popular that you can value real estate based on their proximity and people who claim they have black friends will pay over half their salary to be as far away from them as possible. Who are you trying to kid? Fifty years of brainwashing and media lies can evaporate in five to ten minutes of actual exposure. Segregation is actually a necessary component in maintaining the myth of black competence and value. These fuckers aren't just stupid, they're cartoon stupid. Those stereotypes are so true its jarring at first. Its not prejudice. The people who believe blacks have potential are prejudiced. Hating blacks is almost entirely due to experience. They're universally dumb, violent and dishonest. They only behave when they're alone or afraid of being arrested. In their natural habitats of the urban jungle, they're worse than most wild animals. Don't even try to pretend anymore. Desegregation and experience has destroyed every excuse they had and more. There is just no possible excuse for letting these savages run loose. They're not even interesting enough to keep at the zoo. This won't end well for them, and any of you who kept pushing these monsters on unsuspecting people should expect to be treated like Nazi Collaborators after the War.

Anonymous said...

But where does this "intrinsic repulsion" come from? My cousins, who live in the northwest, have very little experiences with black Americans, yet they are the most liberal, guilt-ridden, anti-racists I know. Me...I am from Mississippi, went to college in a majority black city in Alabama, and now live I a Southern city where blacks outnumber whites. I do not have any feelings of guilt.
What I do have is a huge lizard brain. How did my lizard brain get so big while my cousins' are tiny? Simple, experiences. And even though the majority of my experiences have been benign or even positive, I have had more than my share that were bad and injurious enough to disabuse me of feeling bad about the past.
Most of the white "anti-racists" that I have ever seen live in safe, extremely white neighborhoods. I have begged my cousins to come visit so that I can introduce them to that of which they speak but of which they have no true experience. I have challenged them to give up their cozy surroundings for the inner city of almost any Southern town. I have never been taken up on my challenge, even as they cry "racism" or "racist" about things they are clueless about. Insulation affords you a liberal mindset. Remove your security and your self preservation instinct kicks in or you are ultimately victimized. Liberals are insulated. conservatives, not as much. That is why the whites in states with large black populations vote republican.

John Craig said...

Anon --
You're exactly right. Back in 1988 during the Democratic primaries Wisconsin voted for Jesse Jackson, and I remember thinking, that's because the only blacks they know are the ones they see on the Bill Cosby Show. If those were the only blacks I'd ever seen, I'd be liberal too.

Your cousins undoubtedly get their news from outlets like the NY Times or the Washington Post, which report on every white-on-black crime they can find, and neglect to mention -- or at least give short shrift to -- the far more numerous black-on-white crimes. And since the MSM never mentions the IQ gap and things like that, they probably think that all differences in achievement are due to racism. And since the MSM never mentions different crime rates, they probably think that differences in arrest rates are due to racism. Just as they're supposed to think.

I suspect that deep, in their heart of hearts, they have some sense of the truth about racial differences. But since the MSM has told them they're evil if they are aware of such things, they basically just banish those thoughts.