Simplified Shelby

13 01 2018

USA

Shelby Steele, in the WSJ:

Black Protest Has Lost Its Power

Have whites finally found the courage to judge African-Americans fairly by universal standards?

The recent protests by black players in the National Football League were rather sad for their fruitlessness. They may point to the end of an era for black America, and for the country generally—an era in which protest has been the primary means of black advancement in American life.

There was a forced and unconvincing solemnity on the faces of these players as they refused to stand for the national anthem. They seemed more dutiful than passionate, as if they were mimicking the courage of earlier black athletes who had protested: Tommie Smith and John Carlos, fists in the air at the 1968 Olympics; Muhammad Ali, fearlessly raging against the Vietnam War; Jackie Robinson, defiantly running the bases in the face of racist taunts. The NFL protesters seemed to hope for a little ennoblement by association.

And protest has long been an ennobling tradition in black American life. From the Montgomery bus boycott to the march on Selma, from lunch-counter sit-ins and Freedom Rides to the 1963 March on Washington, only protest could open the way to freedom and the acknowledgment of full humanity. So it was a high calling in black life. It required great sacrifice and entailed great risk. Martin Luther King Jr. , the archetypal black protester, made his sacrifices, ennobled all of America, and was then shot dead.

For the NFL players there was no real sacrifice, no risk and no achievement. Still, in black America there remains a great reverence for protest. Through protest—especially in the 1950s and ’60s—we, as a people, touched greatness. Protest, not immigration, was our way into the American Dream. Freedom in this country had always been relative to race, and it was black protest that made freedom an absolute.

It is not surprising, then, that these black football players would don the mantle of protest. The surprise was that it didn’t work. They had misread the historic moment. They were not speaking truth to power. Rather, they were figures of pathos, mindlessly loyal to a black identity that had run its course.

It’s not even that complicated.

Black protest has “lost its power” because it never had any real power to begin with.

The reason black people still have “a great reverence for protest” is because they don’t understand the concept of correlation-causation.  Their relatively ancient ancestors developed rituals based on confusing correlation and causation.  For instance, some kid would dance around a tree just to be goofing off, and then it would start raining, and then on another day, the kid would do it again, and it would start raining.  From that, everyone in the tribe started in on dancing around the given “magic” tree if they wanted it to rain, and sometimes it would work, sometimes not.  Likewise, “modern” black Americans maintain something of the same magic-totem-ritual mentality about marching and protests, that all one has to do is engage in them, and good things come your way.  A la the cargo cult.

It’s as simple as this:  The civil rights movement’s biggest legislative wins had nothing to do with black people marching or even black people in general.  Yes, black people marched, and yes, the civil rights movement won, but not because the former caused the latter, more like the latter caused the former.  A bon mot of mine, relevant because of what is coming up on Monday, is this:  MLK didn’t cause the CRM, the CRM caused MLK.  Sans MLK, the CRM still would have happened.

The real causes of the CRM are twofold:  One, Jews gaining control of crucial American institutions in the decade of the 1920s, and two, the fallout of World War II.  The country, by that time, Jewish predominated in many of the crucial institutions, that consummately lauded itself for having helped to beat Hitler in Berlin, could not have turned around and continued to tolerate segregated lunch counters in Greensboro and walls in Nogales.  Which means the civil rights and immigration legislation of the 1960s were inevitable, the only open variables were names, dates and proper nouns.

At approximately the same time frame of the American CRM, many other white countries enacted similar measures.  And I know for sure there was no Martin Luther King in those other countries.

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9 responses

13 01 2018
Lewis33

Despite how you feel, that certainly looks like a pre accident post from you. Great stuff!

13 01 2018
countenance

Looks are deceiving.

13 01 2018
Alex the Goon

The first time you saw the guy at the offramp with a “Will Work For Food” sign, it made you think. The five hundredth time you saw him, you thought he should just get a job. Same principle applies with these ooks. If Rosa Parks (PBUH) chained herself to the front seat every damned day, her status would drop from Noble Protestor to That Batshit Chain Lady.
A greater reason for this bemoaned loss of ennegroment: the BoweLMovement is not protesting Injustice, it is protesting Justice. They demand the right to walk through White neighborhoods to explore burglary opportunities; the right to rob liquor stores and walk down the middle of streets; to sell heroin on street corners; to cause 85% of violent crime, while comprising 3% of the population. Negroes are protesting Law and Order; or put another way, they are protesting White Western Society. Once Whites realize this, they are not going to feel sympathy for the poor downtrodden ennoblified apes; they’re going to nod their heads in approval when Trump leaks a comment about building a merchant marine fleet to send them back to Africa.

14 01 2018
Dale Gribble

When your infant child is squawking you know he needs formula or a diaper change. When hes a toddler you figure out he trying to get his way. Why havent liberals figured out the way they treated blacks as infants isnt working now that they are grown up kids

16 01 2018
Nicholas Stix

How were Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and Ali/Clay courageous?

They were all black supremacists.

Ali/Clay didn’t “fearlessly rag[e] against the Vietnam War”; he was the ventriloquist’s dummy of genocidal, convicted seditionist, Elijah Muhammad.

“Jackie Robinson, defiantly running the bases in the face of racist taunts.”

How does one “defiantly run the bases”?

Back in 1990, when I still considered myself a liberal, I liked Steele, but I was never gaga over him. And it became clear over time that he did not hold himself to high standards, nor did his white benefactors.

16 01 2018
countenance

As you can see from another very recent post, my short term memory is starting to come back. Meaning that, among many others, I now remember who you are.

* You’re my biggest fan, though I think I originated that quip

* You have called me the country’s greatest living political scientist that nobody knows about. Who knows when I’ll be able to be that again in a sustained way.

* Brooklyn or Queens, I think Queens.

21 01 2018
Truth-hammer

A post that could have been stated in one sentence– All worthless niggers must go back to Africa to live prosperous lives of religious fulfillment safe and secure from YT’s oppression.

24 01 2018
Nicholas Stix

Yes, yes, and yes! (And yes, the quip did come from you, but I was proud to repeat it.)

This means that the most important part of your recovery is complete!

24 01 2018
countenance

Yes, now I can totally own the world.

You mentioned Jackie Robinson.

1. On the day of his first major league game, that “historic” event was barely news according to the self-styled legitimate sources when it actually happened. Repeating for those needing:

https://countenance.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/historical-racism-porn-4/

2. During his major league playing career (1947-1956), St. Louis was both as far south and as far west as major league baseball teams went, except for the last two years of that time frame, after the Philadelphia A’s moved to Kansas City, making them the farthest west. Of course, the Dodgers and Giants moving all the way west in 1958 changed that, and the quintessential South would not get a team until 1966 when the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta.

Which means that Robinson, in playing major league baseball, circulated in cities and states that had long ago jettisoned anything that smelled like segregation and Jim Crow. The most problems he had in that stead were when the Dodgers came here, during the early years of his career, as St. Louis still had remnants of its soft implementation of segregation. Which were de jure totally gone by the latter part of it.

Robinson was not some David fighting Goliath. He just benefited from other people who by April 15, 1947 had all but totally killed Goliath.

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