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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Blacks, Cops and a Sinking Economy

As published at CounterCurrents, Unz Review, Intrepid Report and LewRockwell, 7/10/16:

In Ethnic America, Thomas Sowell observes, “American pluralism was not an ideal with which people started but an accommodation to which they were eventually driven by the destructive toll of mutual intolerance in a country too large and diverse for effective dominance by any one segment of the population. The rich economic opportunities of the country also provided alternative outlets for energies, made fighting over the division of existing material things less important than the expansion of output for all, and rewarded cooperative efforts so well as to make it profitable to overlook many differences.”

Racial, ethnic and religious differences can be overlooked as long as there are rich economic opportunities, but absent this expansion of output for all, pluralism collapses and explodes into mutual resentment, finger pointing and violence, and we’re only at the beginning of this hell.

Those on the lowest rungs have a near monopoly on street crimes (as opposed to boardroom heists). Perennially at the economic bottom, blacks crowd American prisons. The right attribute this to the natural outcomes of inequality between races. The left blame it on racism.

What can’t be argued is that blacks have been hurt tremendously by the relentless importation of cheap labor for menial work. How ironic, then, that blacks are loyal to a Democratic Party that has robbed them of employment and dignity. Liberal immigration policies harm blacks more than anybody.

In theory, blacks can leave the heavy lifting, garbage and grease behind, attend college then glide into the financial or tech sectors of our “new economy.” They can follow the lead of Marvel’s new Iron Man, a 15-year-old black girl who is a tech genius and graduate of MIT. Outside the superhero universe, less competitive people of any color or age are lucky to snare a minimum wage job at McDonald’s or Chick-fil-A.

With a 2015-16 enrollment of 11,331, MIT has 524 blacks, or 4.6%, as compared to 14.4% for the general population. Even this low number comes with an asterisk, however, thanks to affirmation action, a racist policy that hurts all non-blacks as well as blacks that don’t need this stigmatic prosthesis.

Ron Unz points out, “The more conspiratorially-minded racialists, bitterly hostile to immigration, sometimes speculate that there is a diabolical plot by our ruling power structure to ‘race-replace’ America’s traditional white population. Perhaps a hidden motive along these lines does indeed help explain some support for heavy immigration, but I suspect that the race being targeted for replacement is not the white one.”

By July 4th, there had been more than 2,000 shootings this year in Chicago. Though only a third of its population, blacks commit more than 70% of the city’s murders, and this huge discrepancy is repeated across the country.

Teaching a political writing class in Leipzig, I showed my German students the Philadelphia Police Department’s YouTube channel. Video after video had black men committing crimes. Though I hadn’t picked the day or sequence, I pretty much knew what we would see.

In Bensalem, a Philly suburb, I paused at an electronic billboard to stare at one black crime suspect after another.

At Jones Corner Bar, a black dive in Steelton, PA, the news came on to show a murderer’s face. “It’s a brother!” someone shouted. Way too often, it is.

A month earlier, there had been an armed robbery at Jones, and three months before, someone had been shot just outside.

I’ve wandered through dozens of unfamiliar European and Asian cities late at night without fear of physical harm. In the US, this would not be too wise, mostly because of black crimes. Though all Americans recognize this menace, it’s not supposed to be aired, and even the term “black crimes” is taboo in polite company.

Feeling increasingly superfluous, blacks have been lashing out and popping everybody, including cops. Cops shoot blacks and other races, sometimes preemptively. If we were still a sane country, each shooting would be examined singly, but the left only see police abuse. As for the right, blacks are just getting their deserts.

Micah Johnson, the alleged sniper in Dallas, was blown to bits by a robot-delivered police bomb. Was there no other way to neutralize the suspect? Increasingly, our law enforcement resorts to summary execution.

In this left/right, black/white society, few can admit that America has a problem with police brutality and black crimes, and that unchecked immigration exacerbates both.

What hurts us benefits our rulers, however, for they get low wages, disunity among an increasingly pissed off populace and support for even more surveillance and iron-fisted policing. It won’t be their blood that will be spilled this summer and beyond.

On May 18th, 2015, Obama came to Camden, New Jersey, a majority black city with one of the nation’s highest crime rates. A huge crowd lined the route of the President’s motorcade, and the mood was quite festive, with dancing and drumming. Flags were waved. The cops who provided security that day had to endure a hail of verbal abuse, however.

One young white cop was given so much crap, a young black woman behind me said to her friend, “Why are they all in his face like that? That is so rude!”

Draped in an indigo thobe, a black man with a bullhorn followed a black cop around to harangue him nonstop.

An older black woman yelled at another black cop, “Why are you on that side? With them?! When the shit hits the fan, you’re going to be on this side with us!”

Since 1981, Camden has had five black mayors and one Hispanic one. Even in a black-ruled city, many blacks see cops as the enemy.

After the Dallas murder of five policemen, a line of cops stood outside a closed 7-Eleven, with protesters milling near them. Some could be seen to laugh, dance, shout or point fingers at the police. When the TV announcer asked the on-site reporter what was going on, she explained that people had been stranded because of suspended bus services. When a bus came and went, and most protesters stayed put, it’s fair to assume that some of them enjoyed taunting and gloating too much to leave this victory party.

The war continues.



Anonymous said...

"We need a program of psychosurgery for political control of our society. The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone who deviates from the given norm can be surgically manipulated. The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Some day armies and generals will be controlled by electric stimulation of the brain"

J. M. Delgado, Jewish-Spanish neuroscientist, in the late 70s (if my memory serves me).
What was still an art in Edward Bernay's time is now exact, rigorous, methodic science.

"The difference of race is one of the reasons why I fear war may always exist; because race implies difference, difference implies superiority, and superiority leads to predominance."

That is Disraeli, speaking in favour of British imperialism.

"Progress and reaction are but words to mystify the millions. They mean nothing, they are nothing, they are phrases and not facts. All is race. In the structure, the decay, and the development of the various families of man, the vicissitudes of history find their main solution."

Still Disraeli, in one of the many novels he wrote in the 1832-1847 time frame.
You find extremely interesting material in his literary and non-literary activity (non-literary writings include the blueprint for a Zionist state in Palestine under British rule that was published as anonymous) and be amazed by their temporal outreach.

"Politicians [his age's name for "rulers"] divide mankind into two classes: tools and enemies"

That is Nietzsche.

It's not just a black people issue, It's a weak-dominating, far wider question. Many white people in the USA, and people of all ethnicities for that matter, are falling into a pit.
That's the undeclared outcome of capitalism, specially in its new totalitarian form, financial marketism.
It's the return of humanity to jungle. A jungle were tigers and lions have 140 IQs. The jungle of intelligence.

Linh Dinh said...

The below, by another "anonymous," showed up in my inbox:

Hi Linh. The fact that something is called a crime doesn't really have the same meaning to people on the edge. This is well known. Maybe not?

I would guess your students in Liepzig know history better than I do, but when a society starts shouting in earnest, with zeal, about crimes, those too are the earmarks of a society going to hell. At least that's what I think. Some of the worst shit happened when it was legal, that's what I remember from my brief foray into history in grade 13.

One set of rules is going to prevail for a moment - like a doomed engine sputtering along a bit more - and the cops today aren't equipped to fight the big "crimes", they are paid to do what they are told. But they may get Predator drones first. All too happy to assist the rise of the authoritarians - buffalo over a cliff.

It's obvious when some troubled never do well is pulling some shit, not so obvious when someone gets wealthy with an idea they picked up off the floor, or stole, or sold, then has the audacity to get into influence peddling for their own selfish interests - no doubt convinced they are right.

Money matters of course. Nobody gives a hoot about problems in Camden. People have fought to get money into these communities, but self interested power isn't going to do it. Ain't no return on that investment, at least not fast enough.

Their excuses litter the daily hidebound found on the farcical non-left outlets, as well as the race consumed faux-left outlets. Blame the Government (a favorite of the money managers in the propaganda business), blame it on the people themselves (comfortable for everyone else). Meanwhile, they gear up the cops or celebrate the soldier, or something.

Generally speaking, there are differing levels of respect for authority in the hood, always has been. Police themselves will admit that locking people up and seizing assets keeps them in the red. They are in the business too. Sometimes they are the dealer. Everyone's gotta survive right?

Going up the food chain a bit - consider H1-B, a "non-immigration" tool to play labor off itself. Usually doesn't result in respect for authority from those so afflicted. Sorry about your houses.

I agree with dude above when he wrote: "Many white people in the USA, and people of all ethnicities for that matter, are falling into a pit." But that ain't gonna sell.

swindled said...

I don't know. I told my daughter today, my biracial daughter, that I hope this all comes to a head "this time around." And I'm not even sure what I meant by that. Burning cities? Well, no, not exactly. I mean, my daughter works in the city, one of those cities, where because of her skin tone she's probably safer than me. And I sure as heck don't want the neighborhood where she works going up in flames. But what is the alternative?
Malcolm X. Son of the same city in which my daughter works. If not the ballot, the bullet. Does this peter out again in time like Occupy, like Ferguson? Disappearing from our minds once its disappeared from the daily news feed--even if in fact there are still protests happening?
Or do we get to the bottom of this. And I can rest easy that my daughter lives in a country where the color of her skin doesn't serve as some kind of a signpost, Second Class Citizen Female. Like Diamond Reynolds (I think that's her name) cuff'd and stuff'd for being black in a car with a dead man, who the cops just killed.
If that makes any sense at all. And of course it doesn't. But what the hell? This is America.

CC said...

"Micah Johnson, the alleged sniper in Dallas, was blown to bits by a robot-delivered police bomb. Was there no other way to neutralize the suspect?"

The cops were pissed.

Linh Dinh said...

In response to a reader, I left this comment at Intrepid Report:

Alton Sterling, the man shot in Baton Rouge, was shot while lying on his back. He was resisting arrest and had a gun in his right pocket.

Watch carefully the two available videos. Sterling’s right hand cannot be seen.

Though a cop was sitting on top of Sterling, this huge man was still resisting quite violently. If his right hand had reached his right pant pocket, where his gun was, both cops would have been in great danger.

One cop screamed, “He has a gun! He has a gun!” The second cop shot Sterling in the chest (not the back).

The cops came in the first place because someone called 911 to report, correctly, that a man had a gun.

Sterling had a long rap sheet, including convictions for having sex with a 14-year-old when he was 20, for home invasion and armed robbery, for strangling his girlfriend and, in 2009, for resisting arrest. As a felon, he wasn’t allowed to have a gun on him. Though Sterling’s criminal background does not justify him being shot, it reveals that he’s a habitual law breaker. Cops in the area knew about him.

Soon as Sterling was dead, a cop yanked Sterling’s gun from his right pant pocket, so we must conclude that this cop knew, by touching it perhaps, that there was a gun there before Sterling was shot.

Remember that the cops only had seconds to react and they arrived knowing Sterling was armed.

As for Castile, he was pulled over because a Hispanic cop thought he was an armed robbery suspect. A thin black man with dread locks had just robbed a convenience store in that small town the day before.

He wasn’t pulled over because of the broken tail light, like his girlfriend said in the video.

He did have a gun in the car. It’s not clear if it was out.

The cop was justifiably nervous, so he shot when Castile supposedly didn’t obey his orders.

It’s irrelevant if Castile had a concealed weapon permit. What’s crucial is, Did he obey the cop’s command to show his hands? Assuming that Castile was an armed robbery suspect, the cop was understandably nervous.

There was marijuana in the car, apparently, so Castile may have been high, which may have impaired his reaction.

All these details, you see, have to be sorted out, but too many people just want to scream racism at the first opportunity.

One can be honest, or one can simply go along with one’s tribe, be it one’s race or political affiliation.

Many people call themselves “independent thinker,” but almost none of them are.

Years ago, when I was almost mugged by a black guy, police cars pulled up and the cops had us against the wall and frisked us both. No dummies, neither of us resisted. Whatever you do, you do not want to give cops any reason to panic.

It’s standard procedure for the cops to frisk us both, since they could not afford to pause to figure out who was criminal and who was victim. Often, cops only have seconds to act.

It’s too easy for us to study YouTube videos and deliberate about how we would act. In a real life situation with an armed suspect, you must act quickly or you might be dead.

None of this means we don’t have a huge problem with police brutality. Cops are militarized and shooting too many citizens. As of July, cops have killed 238 whites, 123 blacks, 79 Hispanics and 69 of unknown or other races. A ridiculous number of dogs are also killed by cops daily.

Twenty-eight cops have been shot to death this year. We have become an insanely violent society.

As for the Dallas shooting, there’s only one video in which the suspect is seen, and the strange sparks for the fired projectiles are causing the more perceptive people to scratch their heads. Bullets hitting concrete, cement or brick don’t make sparks like that. Zirconium spark balls do.


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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.